Postgraduate MSc/PgDip

Quantity Surveying

School of Science, Engineering and Environment




Distance Learning


One year

Two and a half year

Next enrolment

September 2020

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In a nutshell

Quantity surveyors plan and manage the procurement and financial aspects of construction projects. With core skills ranging from managing construction contracts to leading project teams, their role is at the heart of the built environment. With an increasing focus on sustainability in construction, quantity surveying is fast-becoming a popular postgraduate study route.

Designed as a standalone conversion programme, our postgraduate quantity surveying degree is an ideal choice for graduates with a legal, business or geography background, who are seeking a different career focus for their skills. With accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and exemption from RICS academic entry requirements, the course is also a solid choice for existing built environment employees who are keen to cement their skills with a recognised qualification.

There are few better places in the UK to study quantity surveying. In 2019, Salford is once again ranked amongst the world top 100 centres for architecture and built environment study (QS 2019). Led by academics with industry experience, we're at the heart of the UK's largest property and construction market outside of London, with a host of local case studies and live projects to study.

Quantity surveying is an in-demand global role. With talented quantity surveyors who can provide a cost management service to the construction industry in short supply, you'll graduate with a recognised qualification ready to take advantage of exciting career opportunities either in the UK, or overseas in Asia, Europe or the Middle East.

You will:
  • Learn to organise and plan the procurement and financial management of construction projects
  • Be able to effectively manage and administer construction contracts
  • Lead and work effectively with project teams and communicate effectively in a variety of forms

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This is for you if...


You're a knowledgeable construction or built environment professional looking to move into quantity surveying


You're a graduate from a law, business or finance background looking to focus your skills in a new area


You want to enhance your knowledge and gain specialism in quantity surveying with a recognised qualification

Course details

All about the course

The quantity surveying postgraduate degree course is delivered using a modular programme. Featuring eight carefully-designed modules and one research-based project, you'll explore financial methods and considerations used within the construction industry. Module content will also explore construction practice and technologies such as BIM that are driving change. 

You can choose to study full-time or part-time on campus, or via distance learning. The master's award consists of eight taught modules followed by a dissertation. The PgDip requires the completion of eight taught modules. To receive the PgCert award you'll need to complete four specified taught modules. 


You will study four 15 credit taught modules in each of your first two trimesters on campus. Modules are designed to give you the core knowledge required for quantity surveying in construction. In your final trimester, you'll undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits.


You will study two 15 credit taught modules in each of your first four trimesters on campus, these are designed to give you the core knowledge required for quantity surveying in construction. In the final trimester, you will undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits.


You will study two 15 credit taught modules in each of your first four trimesters. Assessment is driven by real-world problems aligned to your workplace and job role. Teaching is based around a virtual learning environment supported by interactive online sessions. In the final two semesters, you'll undertake a Dissertation, also delivered online and involving extensive tutor support.

Trimester one

Contracts Management and Practice

  • Standard Forms of Contracts and Sub-contracts- JCT, FIDIC, ECC/NEC, GC Works etc
  • Contractual mechanisms and procedures at various stages of the contract
  • Contract Clauses- issues of time extensions, contract price and variations
  • Commercial management of contracts: Interim payments, sub-contract and supplier agreements
  • Conflict avoidance and management procedures


  • Strategic procurement in construction
  • Procuring design and construction services – examining alternative strategies for procuring consultants and contractors
  • Procurement frameworks – understanding alternative contractual frameworks within which relations between organisations are formed
  • Partnering strategies within construction procurement
  • Supply chain management – examining ‘supply'

Financial & Commercial Management

  • Finance in the construction industry
  • Approaches to estimating
  • Tendering and bidding
  • Payments
  • Financial control

Quantity Surveying Practice

  • Budgeting and order of cost estimating
  • Cost planning
  • Quantification and costing
  • Tendering process and procedure
  • Whole life costing
Trimester two

BIM for the Built Environment

  • Concepts to collaborative working and BIM
  • Standards and procedures for collaborative working and BIM
  • Relevance of BIM for your role in collaborative working projects
  • Simulation workshop – 4D Simulation & Construction Planning, 5D Cost Estimating
  • Project monitoring – scan to BIM

Value and Risk Management

  • Value management in construction projects
  • Theory and applications Risk, hazard and uncertainty
  • Risk management systems and frameworks
  • Value and risk assessment/analysis
  • Emerging processes and practice

Sustainable Construction Process and Technology

  • Foundations/Substructure
  • Superstructure. - domestic
  • Superstructure - commercial
  • Environmental sustainability and services
  • Pre-manufactured solutions incorporating off site construction and assembly/modern methods of construction

Process Management in Construction

  • Construction process and project process models
  • Process analysis and modelling
  • Construction innovation and process improvement
  • Project planning tools and techniques
  • Project resource management and control
Trimester three


This module allows you to develop a research proposal with clear aims and objectives related to your study.  You will undertake a critical analysis of existing research and engage in various forms of recognised research in order to produce a sustained, sophisticated, and logical argument in the form of a written dissertation.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?




If you’re studying on campus, you'll experience lectures, tutorials and project work.

Lectures introduce the core knowledge for each module and include guest lectures from experts in the field. Tutorials provide a forum for discussion and debate with personalised instruction from tutors. Project work is your opportunity to apply research and use practical techniques to develop your solutions to prescribed tasks.

If you’re studying via distance learning, you’ll experience our online learning environment with intensive tutor support.

Weekly online tutorials are led by tutors with student interaction. Our online repository of learning material enables you to complete self-directed study at your own convenience. Learning is driven by real-world problems with application to your workplace and job role.


You will be assessed through:

  • Written coursework (100%)
  • Continuous informal assessment by your tutors

*For full-time students, some modules include assessment using presentations

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What about after uni?

This course aims to equip you for a rewarding career as a quantity surveyor. The role of a quantity surveyor is varied and challenging, with opportunities to travel, and the likelihood that you will help to shape the future built environment.

Quantity surveying graduates can expect to work in a wide range of public and private sector organisations, including construction companies, project management consultancies, and government departments. Salford's quantity surveying alumni have progressed to work at leading construction industry organisations, including Lend Lease, Kier, Laing O'Rourke, Gardiner and Theobald, and Balfour Beatty.

A taste of what you could become

A quantity surveyor

A construction manager

A project manager

A planner

And more...

Career Links

This course is extensively informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industry partners from the built environment. Our experienced teaching team maintain strong links with the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, both local and international.

This collaboration with the professions ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as career networking opportunities. You will benefit from field visits, practitioner-led lectures and real-world problem-solving work developed for and by industry.  


What you need to know


The course is suitable for graduates from a broad range of subject areas, including the arts, sciences, law or business. This course is also relevant for current professionals who want to formalise their existing skills with an accredited qualification.

No prior knowledge of quantity surveying, property or construction is required, however, quantity surveying is a broad and challenging field, so it is important that you are prepared for the scope of the learning material.



International applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

Applicants must have a minimum of a second class honours degree (2:2).

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019/20 £8,208per year
Full-time international 2019/20 £12,960per year
Part-time 2019/20 UK/EU: £1,368 per 30 credits. International: £2,160 per 30 credits.
Distance learning 2019/20 UK/EU: £1368 per 30 credits. International: £1,815 per 30 credits.
Full-time home/EU 2020/21 £8,460per year
Full-time international 2020/21 £13,320per year
Part-time 2020/21 £1,410 per 30 credits
Distance learning 2020/21 UK/EU: £1410 per 30 credits. International: £1,845 per 30 credits.
Additional costs

You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students 2020/21

We’re proud to offer five fully funded Commonwealth Scholarships to applicants for our distance learning pathway on this programme.  You could benefit from fully funded tuition fees, and the opportunity to study for a UK master’s programme whilst living and working in your home country.

Learn more about our Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Built Environment Postgraduate Silver Award  worth £1,500, and the Salford International Excellence Scholarship

For more information go to International Scholarships 

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

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