Quantity Surveying MSc
MSc Quantity Surveying
Quantity surveying is an important business asset – sound professional advice in the area is essential in a number of industries, from construction to law.
If you want to be progress your career in this highly sought-after field, this MSc Quantity Surveying course will give you the expertise and practical experience you'll need to succeed.
You'll develop your skill in efficient construction, law and the financial management of built environments. You'll get the knowledge and confidence required of professionals in the construction business – and follow in the footsteps of our past graduates, many of whom now hold senior positions in the industry.
We've been delivering property courses for over 35 years, we're one of the longest established Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)-accredited centres, and this course has been recognised by both the construction profession and the national press.
What you'll experience
On this course, you'll:
- Visit sites and study locally based case studies that will introduce you to the professional markets and environments
- Attend and contribute to current debates by visiting guest speakers
- Gain a solid understanding of contemporary issues in the construction sector
- Be taught by staff from a wide range of commercial, construction and quantity surveying practice, including quantity surveyors, architects, project managers, construction lawyers and structural engineers
Work experience and career planning
We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work.
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.
Careers and opportunities
This course will prepare you to take senior positions in the industry. As a RICS accredited professional with interdisciplinary management skills for land and property, your skillset will be in demand. Previous graduates have gone on to work for employers such as Turner & Townsend and Transport for London.
Specific roles that previous students have taken include:
- quantity surveying
- property development
- project management
This course is professionally accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Following successful completion of this course and a period of work-based experience, you can apply for the designated title Chartered Surveyor.
- A good honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in a technical or analytical discipline. Exceptionally, applicants from non-technical/analytical disciplines but with proven and substantiated experience in the property or construction fields will be considered.
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
Tuition fees (2019 start)
UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students
- Full-time: £7,500
- Part-time: £3,750 (maybe subject to annual increase)
- Full-time: £15,900
- Part-time: £7,950 (maybe subject to annual increase)
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
What you'll study
During this MSc, you'll need to study units worth a total of 180 credits – 4 units worth 30 credits and 1 dissertation worth 60 credits.
On this course you'll study the following units:
- Pre-Contract and Post-Contract Quantity Surveying Practice
- Construction Technology, Measurement and Tendering
- Construction Management and Safety
- Construction Law and Dispute Resolution
Changes to course content
We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.
Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.
As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
Teaching methods on this course include:
- site visits
- field work
How you'll spend your time
Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:
- Autumn teaching block – September to December
- Spring teaching block – January to Easter
- Assessment period – Easter to June
Most teaching takes place during the day, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- dissertation project
Apply for this course using our online application form.
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region. To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section.