Quantity surveying student views augmented reality model of the structure of a building
Mode of Study
Full-time, Part-time
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date
September 2022
Accredited
Yes

Overview

Work toward being a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with this RICS-accredited Master's course. You'll build your skills in efficient construction, law and financial management, while proving you meet a globally-recognised standard in quantity surveying. 

You'll be studying with an academic team of experts drawn from the breadth of the construction industry, in a university that's been delivering courses to the property sector for over 50 years. Our Professional Advisory Board, chaired by a past president of RICS, keeps your learning relevant to the needs and best practices of the industry.

As a successful graduate, you'll be set to follow many of our past students into senior positions in the construction industry, with all the professional knowledge and confidence you need to build a career of your own.

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

Course highlights

  • Pursue your Chartered Quantity Surveyor status on an established course recognised by RICS and by the industry
  • Explore professional markets and environments with construction site visits and local case studies 
  • Grasp contemporary issues in the construction sector as you study with staff from a wide range of practice, including quantity surveyors, architects, project managers, construction lawyers and structural engineers
  • Convert your undergraduate learning or industry experience into a professional qualification

Accredited by:

This course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

What you'll study on this MSc Quantity Surveying degree course

Full-time

Modules studied
All modules on this MSc Quantity Surveying are core. 

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Appraise the mechanisms by which the law relevant to a construction professional is enacted and developed
  • Critically discuss the obligations most commonly imposed by law; those arising from statutory provisions, the contract or resulting from the negligence of the parties.
  • Manage and apply contract principles to the regular matters which occur during the life of a project
  • Assess and evaluate contract principles and relevant case law relating to construction disputes and differences and assess the management needs resulting from these particular issues
  • Appraise the available dispute resolution methods and make an informed selection when faced with a contractual issue; recommend the most appropriate procedures and remedies available to the parties
  • Apply health and safety law to construction situations

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Evaluate the nature and purpose of Project Management and the Project Cycle
  • Critically discuss the nature and context of the commercial environment within which the Project Manager conducts his/her business
  • Critically discuss the need to identify specific contract conditions and to analyse likely outcomes of particular problems
  • Critically discuss the relationship between health and safety management and general management and the importance of a positive health and safety culture
  • Evaluate the importance of the Construction, Design and Management (CDM) regulations and assess their impact on anticipating risks and the proactive management of health and safety within the UK construction industry
  • Critically review and discuss the methods by which common health and safety risks can be controlled

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically evaluate the technical criteria applicable to the construction of a building
  • Estimate and evaluate appropriate measurement techniques and conventions and demonstrate the ability to transfer drawn information
  • Organise, plan and formulate tender documentation of a professional standard for a number of trades or work sections based on a supplied set of drawings and specification using a standard method of measurement
  • Formulate tender documentation and apply cost information using published building cost texts in order to provide a 'live' tender

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Analyse project and client issues in order to apply and advise of appropriate estimating, procurement and contractual routes and be able to justify chosen solutions
  • Evaluate economic theory and apply that theory in order to critically discuss changes in property markets and thus evaluate the effects which economic policy may have on property development and management
  • Summarise the relationship between project specifics, design variables or design solutions and their impact on cost through the life of the project
  • Critically discuss the relationship of post-contract functions to specific contractual obligations. Manage the contractual and financial obligations between contractual parties
  • Assess the risk distribution between client, main and sub-contractor relationships for typical procurement routes
  • Formulate valuations, variations and final accounts using standard pro-formas in accordance with recognised convention and to operate appropriate mechanisms for the pricing and assessment of variations

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Appraise and evaluate key research tools and techniques
  • Organise library searches effectively to identify key source material and review such material to establish a well-informed context for the project and appropriate justification for the topic
  • Assemble a viable research methodology, recognising the quantitative and/or qualitative elements that are generic to such methodologies. Classify, analyse and develop the facts, principles and theories relevant to the project and apply them so as to present and justify an innovative solution or design, often in areas where information and practice are undeveloped
  • Recognise and discuss any ethical considerations presented by the proposed project and formulate transparent procedures to protect participants and environments
  • Analyse and synthesise the data collected to draw appropriate qualified conclusions linked to objectives set within research design
  • Organise and plan work independently on a topic over an extended time frame and report progress regularly and effectively to a supervisor

Explore this module

Part-time

Year 1
Year 2
All modules on this MSc Quantity Surveying are core.

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Evaluate the nature and purpose of Project Management and the Project Cycle
  • Critically discuss the nature and context of the commercial environment within which the Project Manager conducts his/her business
  • Critically discuss the need to identify specific contract conditions and to analyse likely outcomes of particular problems
  • Critically discuss the relationship between health and safety management and general management and the importance of a positive health and safety culture
  • Evaluate the importance of the Construction, Design and Management (CDM) regulations and assess their impact on anticipating risks and the proactive management of health and safety within the UK construction industry
  • Critically review and discuss the methods by which common health and safety risks can be controlled

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically evaluate the technical criteria applicable to the construction of a building
  • Estimate and evaluate appropriate measurement techniques and conventions and demonstrate the ability to transfer drawn information
  • Organise, plan and formulate tender documentation of a professional standard for a number of trades or work sections based on a supplied set of drawings and specification using a standard method of measurement
  • Formulate tender documentation and apply cost information using published building cost texts in order to provide a 'live' tender

Explore this module

All modules on this MSc Quantity Surveying are core.

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Appraise the mechanisms by which the law relevant to a construction professional is enacted and developed
  • Critically discuss the obligations most commonly imposed by law; those arising from statutory provisions, the contract or resulting from the negligence of the parties.
  • Manage and apply contract principles to the regular matters which occur during the life of a project
  • Assess and evaluate contract principles and relevant case law relating to construction disputes and differences and assess the management needs resulting from these particular issues
  • Appraise the available dispute resolution methods and make an informed selection when faced with a contractual issue; recommend the most appropriate procedures and remedies available to the parties
  • Apply health and safety law to construction situations

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Analyse project and client issues in order to apply and advise of appropriate estimating, procurement and contractual routes and be able to justify chosen solutions
  • Evaluate economic theory and apply that theory in order to critically discuss changes in property markets and thus evaluate the effects which economic policy may have on property development and management
  • Summarise the relationship between project specifics, design variables or design solutions and their impact on cost through the life of the project
  • Critically discuss the relationship of post-contract functions to specific contractual obligations. Manage the contractual and financial obligations between contractual parties
  • Assess the risk distribution between client, main and sub-contractor relationships for typical procurement routes
  • Formulate valuations, variations and final accounts using standard pro-formas in accordance with recognised convention and to operate appropriate mechanisms for the pricing and assessment of variations

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Appraise and evaluate key research tools and techniques
  • Organise library searches effectively to identify key source material and review such material to establish a well-informed context for the project and appropriate justification for the topic
  • Assemble a viable research methodology, recognising the quantitative and/or qualitative elements that are generic to such methodologies. Classify, analyse and develop the facts, principles and theories relevant to the project and apply them so as to present and justify an innovative solution or design, often in areas where information and practice are undeveloped
  • Recognise and discuss any ethical considerations presented by the proposed project and formulate transparent procedures to protect participants and environments
  • Analyse and synthesise the data collected to draw appropriate qualified conclusions linked to objectives set within research design
  • Organise and plan work independently on a topic over an extended time frame and report progress regularly and effectively to a supervisor

Explore this module

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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Careers and opportunities

Careers this Master’s prepares you for

As a successful graduate of this course, you'll have a RICS-recognised postgraduate qualification in quantity surveying on your CV, proving your expertise in the sector. This puts you on the path to chartership as a quantity surveyor, opening the way to careers in the construction and built environment sector.

You'll also have the interdisciplinary management skills, in areas like research, communication and flexibility, that careers in land and property are seeking.

9 reasons to do a Master's

Graduates have gone on to work with companies including:

  • CB Richard Ellis
  • Davis Langdon, AECOM
  • Faithful+Gould
  • Gardiner & Theobald
  • Gleeds
  • Transport for London
  • Turner & Townsend
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Skanska
  • Local authorities, such as Portsmouth City Council, and bodies such as Housing Associations, the NHS, Ministry of Defence

Career planning

During your course you'll have expert careers advice from our Careers and Employability Centre, your tutors and our Student Placements and Employability Centre. You can access support from our Careers and Employability Centre for up to 5 years after you graduate.

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You'll benefit from:

  • Networking events
  • 1-to-1 appointments  
  • CV and cover letter advice
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Workshops to enhance your employability skills
  • Recruitment events including the Student and Graduate Opportunities Fair
  • Support starting your own business

Learn more about your career support

How you'll spend your time

Student using computer

Industry standard software packages

Use our suite of software tools to expedite traditional processes in construction measurement, planning and scheduling, thermal performance and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

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Port-Eco House

Our Port-Eco House is a 3-bedroom property equipped with various monitoring systems, which measure everything from the efficiency of heating and insulation to dampness and exterior weather conditions.

Learn more

Your facilities

We recognise that you'll probably be juggling more demands when you do your Master's degree, as you may be working or you may have family responsibilities.

We'll give you as much indication here as we can of how much time you'll need to be on campus and how many hours you can expect to spend in self-directed study, but please note that these indications are always subject to change. You should receive your full timetable several weeks before you start with us.

It is our expectation that all international students will join us here on campus in Portsmouth.

Course structure

This Master's degree will take 12 months (full-time study) or 2 years (part-time study). 

Full-time students should expect to have lectures 2 days a week, and part-time students should expect lectures 1 day a week. Typically, lectures will span the full day, with breaks between. We suggest that you allow 3 hours of independent study for each hour of lecture time. 

In the last 3 months of the course you'll be focusing on your research project.

Teaching

Master's study is deeper and more specialised than an undergraduate degree. This means you'll focus on something that really matters to you and your career as you work closely with academics committed to the subject.

You'll spend more time in independent study and research than you did for your undergraduate degree, but the majority of your teaching time will be in-person and face-to-face.

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • site visits
  • field work

Assessment

You'll be assessed through:

  • exams
  • coursework
  • dissertation project

Teaching staff

These are some of the expert staff who'll teach you on this course:

Richard Wise

I've split my career between teaching and industry since 1978, delivering civil engineering and building projects from a helicopter landing pad to hospital and school buildings. I'm also a Value and Risk Manager, and contributed to the graduate training programme for construction consultancy Davis Langdon. My research covers inception, feasibility and procurement of projects, contracts, professional practice and dispute resolution.

Read more about Richard

Mark Danso-Amoako

I'm a senior lecturer at Portsmouth with interests in computer information systems, automation in construction, construction software development, Building Information Modelling (BIM), and interoperability between applications in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction industry. I worked on the $400 million Takoradi Thermal Power Project in Ghana, and have developed several IT solutions for construction companies in the USA.

Read more about Mark

Term dates

September start

The Master's academic year runs from September to the following September. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter. Over the summer you'll be writing your project/dissertation.

See key dates

Joining us as an international student

You'll feel at home in our international community and our diverse city. You'll be joining over 5,000 international students from more than 150 countries who are studying with us.

Learn more about international student life and how we can help you with visas, applications, arrival and settling in. 

Information for international students

Supporting your learning

Master's study is more focused on independent learning than undergraduate study, but you'll get lots of support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to postgraduate study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your Master's.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning support tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study in one-on-one and group sessions.

They can help you:

  • master the mathematics skills you need to excel on your course
  • understand engineering principles and how to apply them in any engineering discipline
  • solve computing problems relevant to your course
  • develop your knowledge of computer programming concepts and methods relevant to your course
  • understand and use assignment feedback

All our labs and practical spaces are staffed by qualified laboratory support staff. They’ll support you in scheduled lab sessions and can give you one-to-one help when you do practical research projects.

As well as support from faculty 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
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your mathematics skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (September 2022 and January 2023 start)

  • Full-time: £8,100 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time: £4,050 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

  • Full time: £8,100 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time: £4,050 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

These figures both include the Transition Scholarship for EU students.

  • Full-time: £18,300 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time: £9,150 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

Funding your studies

Explore how to fund your studies, including available scholarships and bursaries.

If you're a UK student, you may be eligible for a Government Postgraduate Master's Loan, which you can use to help with course fees and living costs.

If you're a UK student who achieved a first in your undergraduate degree you may be eligible for a £3,000 University of Portsmouth scholarship.

Additional 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. Additional costs could include:

  • Accommodation: Accommodation options and costs can be found on our accommodation pages.
  • Recommended reading: You can borrow key texts from the library and if you choose to purchase these texts they may cost up to £60 each.
  • General costs: such photocopying, memory sticks, printing charges, binding and specialist printing. We suggest budgeting £75 per year.
  • Final project transport or accommodation: where necessary, which related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Read more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Entry requirements​

Eligibility

This course accepts UK, EU, and international students.

September 2022 start

  • 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.

Please get in touch if you're not sure if your undergraduate subject is relevant to this degree.

Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications will also be considered, such as previous study, employment, voluntary work and training courses, including courses and qualifications you didn't complete. Learn more about our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you're applying as an international student with a non-UK degree, view the equivalent entry requirements we accept for your country.

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent) with no component score below 5.5.

You do not need an IELTS or equivalent certification if:

  • you have a UK degree
  • you have a degree from a majority English speaking country (not taught by Distance Learning)
  • you are a national of a majority English speaking country

Degrees taught solely in English from non-majority English speaking countries will be considered on a case by case basis. Find out more about our English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Apply

Unlike undergraduate applications, which go through UCAS, applications for this Master's course are made directly to us.

There's no deadline for applications to this course. We accept applications right up until the start date in September, as long as there are places available. If you wait until September to apply, you may find that the course is full.

If you're applying as an international student, remember that you'll need to leave plenty of time to get your visa organised.

You can find more advice about applying in our Master's application checklist. International students and current students and recent graduates of the University of Portsmouth also have some different application options, which are detailed below.

Extra information for international students

If you're an international student, you can apply directly to us using the same application form as UK students.

You could also 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.

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Standard applications

Start this course in September 2022

Apply now (Full-time)

Apply now (Part-time)

I'm a current Portsmouth student, or a recent Portsmouth graduate

If you're currently in your final year of study at Portsmouth, or you graduated since July 2021, you're eligible to make a fast track application. You'll have:

  • a shorter application form to complete
  • access to the 20% Alumni fee discount
  • a guaranteed conditional offer, for most Master's courses 

Learn more about fast track

After you apply

Once we receive your application, we may ask you for further information. We will then either make you an offer or suggest alternatives if your application is unsuccessful.

You'll usually get a decision within 10 working days, so you shouldn't have to wait too long. Some courses have an interview stage – we'll let you know if you need to prepare for one.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.