Postgraduate MSc/PgDip

Quantity Surveying (delivered in Sri Lanka)

School of Science, Engineering and Environment




One year

Next enrolment

January 2020

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In a nutshell

Quantity surveyors organise and plan the procurement and financial management of construction projects, as well as effectively manage and administer construction contracts. They must lead and work successfully with project teams, taking measures to improve teamwork.

A career in quantity surveying is diverse and exciting, with opportunities to travel and shape the world that we live in. With the increased focus on the environment and sustainability in the planning of construction projects, there is high demand for, and short supply of, quantity surveyors to provide a cost management service, both financially and environmentally to the construction industry.

This postgraduate degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), meaning you will be educated to the highest industry standards and granted exemption from RICS academic entry requirements.

The course is delivered in partnership with The Colombo School of Construction Technology (CSCT) - a modern higher education institution situated in Sri Lanka that is dedicated to students seeking internationally recognised education and qualifications in the construction industry.

You will:
  • Understand how to organise and plan the procurement and financial management of construction projects
  • Learn how to effectively manage and administer construction contract
  • Lead and work effectively with project teams and communicate effectively in a variety of forms
  • Learn from UK-based tutors and academics delivered in Sri Lanka

students accepted

This is for you if...


You're a building or construction professional keen to specialise in quantity surveying


You're a built environment graduate form areas including building surveying, construction management or architecture


You have a desire to enhance your current knowledge base and specialise in the field of quantity surveying

Course details

All about the course

The Masters programme comprises eight 15 credit taught modules followed by a Dissertation. The PgDip pathway requires the completion of the eight taught modules only. All modules are assessed using coursework. There are no exams.

You will study four 15 credit taught modules in each of your first two 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.




Complete a structured, managed and well-presented project on a subject-related topic of your choice. With support from an academic tutor, you will apply the knowledge you've developed on this course and demonstrate your capabilities in research methodology, data selection and project management.

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

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

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

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?


Teaching comprises lectures, tutorials and project work. Tutors from Salford deliver an innovative 'flying facility' where they attend the college and deliver classroom teaching in timetabled blocks.

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, and project work is your chance to use research and other techniques to develop solutions to prescribed tasks.


Written coursework (100%) and continuous informal assessment by your tutors.

Some modules are assessed using presentations.

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What about after uni?

This course will equip you for a rewarding quantity surveyor career in the global construction industry, including Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The life of a quantity surveyor is varied and challenging and it is highly likely that you’ll have plenty of opportunities to travel, and that you’ll hold a key role in shaping the built environment.

A taste of what you could become

A quantity surveyor

A construction manager

A project manager

A planner

And more...

Career Links

The full masters award is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) allowing exemption from their academic entry requirements.


What you need to know

Academic requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of a second class honours degree. 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.

English Language Requirements

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


This course is delivered in partnership with the Colombo School of Construction Technology (CSCT) is a modern higher education institution situated in Sri Lanka that is dedicated to students seeking internationally recognised education and qualifications in the construction industry.

Which qualifications do I need?

Entry requirements

Applicants for of this course must have a minimum of a second class honours degree.

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 international 2020/21 £7,000per year
Additional costs

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

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Enrolment dates

January 2020

September 2020