UWE Bristol

Graduate Diploma/MSc Quantity Surveying

This professionally accredited course gives you the technical knowledge and skills to become a highly employable Quantity Surveyor and member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The MSc Quantity Surveying course is for graduates with a minimum of three years' professional experience or a qualification in a closely related discipline.

The Graduate Diploma Quantity Surveying course is for students with a first degree in an unrelated subject seeking to convert to a career as a Quantity Surveyor. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma allows advanced entry onto the Masters course requiring only submission of the dissertation to complete your studies.

Learn flexibly

Both courses are for those who aspire to become Chartered members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The courses are designed to offer varied and flexible patterns of study, so you can fit studies and experience around your personal and professional commitments. They reflect and address the needs of professional practice and help you develop the skills and knowledge to become an effective professional surveyor in the construction industry. You'll cover construction technology, measurement, law, economics, procurement and contract management.

You can follow the RICS accredited route as a Quantity Surveyor or the Graduate Diploma route. The courses are academically challenging, and encourage independent, analytical and reflective thought and judgement that applies equally to the workplace and professional ethics.

You'll also develop a range of transferable skills, such as investigation, problem-solving, logical and systematic data analysis, information management, sustainable decision-making and effective communication.

Entry Requirements

MSc
We normally require an honours degree of 2:2 or above in Quantity Surveying, Construction Management, Civil Engineering or a closely related subject.

Graduate Diploma
We normally require an honours degree of 2:2 or above.

Career Prospects

On graduation from the MSc or Graduate Diploma routes you will be well equipped to meet the challenges posed by changes to the quantity surveying profession and the wider construction industry and to exploit the opportunities these changes offer.

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Course Details

We introduce you to skills and knowledge in construction technology, measurement, law, economics, procurement and contract management, in the Pre-Enrolment Reading at Level 1.

You then develop your core skills at Levels 2 and 3 and procurement, contractual, project management skills and Building Information Modelling in the M-Level modules.

Grad Dip students take the Level 2, 3 and M modules except the dissertation.

MSc students take the Level 3 and Level M modules.

Level 2:

Construction Technology and Building Services (Graduate Diploma Only) (30 credits) - Here you'll take the basic principles of domestic construction into the area of more complex buildings, such as offices and warehousing, in multi-storey and wide span construction. You'll then look at the specification and performance requirements of the finished building elements, as well the process of construction, including sustainable construction and health and safety issues.
QS Project (Graduate Diploma Only) (30 credits) - Covers the basic knowledge and skills required to begin work as a QS using the lifecycle of a medium-sized construction project as a case study. You'll cover project-based skills in budget estimating, basic cost-planning, bill production, tender estimating, interim valuations and final accounts.
Level 3:

Strategic Cost Planning (30 credits) - This module introduces you to large projects, often characterised by uncertainty and complexity, where you'll need to evaluate strategic options over extended time periods to maximise value. The module is linked to a European Study visit in November, which exposes you to European practice and culture in construction practice.
Commercial Management (30 credits) - As a counterpoint to the previous module, we focus on the contractors' perspective, covering contract and sub-contract management, preliminaries costing and apportionment, payment and claims applications, and cost-value reconciliation. Your coursework looks at new markets for construction services and existing barriers to entry.
Level M:

These modules examine current advanced-level practice in detail and reflect on the latest initiatives. They draw on the expertise of leading industry practitioners as visiting lecturers and speakers. We encourage you to develop coursework based on your own work experience.

Construction Contract Law (15 credits) - Builds your knowledge in advanced construction law and developments in standard forms of contract.
Construction Procurement (15 credits) - Examines current perspectives on best practice in construction procurement, comparing UK Government guidance on public sector practice with European and international practice across the private and public sectors.
Construction Project Management Practice (15 credits) - Project management has become the key discipline for construction professionals in the fast paced construction environment. The focus of this module is on the optimal use of resources and programming to deliver projects on time and on budget.
Building Information Modelling in Design Co-ordination (15 credits) - BIM is a vitally important part of the construction industry in the 21st Century. All professionals in the built environment must embrace the new approach in terms of collaboration and design as well as the cost planning and whole life costing elements. Successful completion of this module will equip the student with insight and skills in this fast evolving area.
Dissertation (MSc students only) (60 credits) - This is aimed at giving you the valuable experience of advanced independent enquiry, working at the boundaries of current knowledge, and linked to research expertise within UWE Bristol. You'll submit a research proposal and present it at a progress seminar before completing a 16,000-20,000-word dissertation.

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