Quantity Surveying (Mechanical and Electrical)
School of the Built Environment
September 2019Next enrolment
In a nutshell
There is currently a severe skills shortage in the UK for quantity surveyors with expertise in mechanical and electrical installations. Qualified mechanical and electrical quantity surveyors find employment in the building sector or in specialist fields including nuclear power.
Studying this course will provide you with the skills demanded by clients who rely on a quantity surveyor’s specialist mechanical and electrical knowledge and judgement to keep a project running smoothly. This programme will equip you with a professional understanding of procurement, financial and risk management and lifecycle cost management, as they apply to the construction industry. In addition to formalising your knowledge of traditional quantity surveying, you’ll receive a solid grounding in cutting-edge developments applying to mechanical and electrical works.
As this full masters degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), you will be educated to the highest industry standards and are granted exemption from RICS academic entry requirements.
- 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.
This is for you if...
You're a practising quantity surveyor and/or senior construction professional who would like to develop and formalise your skills in this area
You have a strong academic and/or professional background in the built environment with direct experience of quantity surveying processes
You enjoy collaboration and have strong leadership, communication and organisational skills
All about the course
The MSc award consists of eight 15-credit modules followed by a dissertation. The PgDip requires the completion of the eight taught modules. Assessment of these modules is driven by real-world problems aligned to your workplace and job role, using coursework only. Two 15 credit taught modules are studied per trimester.
Teaching is based around a virtual learning environment supported by interactive online sessions. In the final two trimesters, you will undertake a dissertation which is also delivered online and incorporates extensive tutor engagement and support.
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.
Mechanical and Electrical Technology
- Heating and Ventilating Systems
- Electrical Systems
- Specialist Systems
- Heavy engineering
- Design appreciation
Quantity Surveying Mechanical and Electrical Practice
- Order of cost estimating M and E
- Cost planning M and E
- Quantification, costing and financial management M and E
- Mechanical and electrical tendering - Process and procedure
- Whole life costing M and E
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
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
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
- Financial 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?
Studying via distance learning, you’ll enjoy access to an online learning environment supported by intensive tutor support. Weekly online tutorials are led by tutors with student interaction. Our online repository of learning material enables you to undertake 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
The School of the Built Environment
The School of the Built Environment (SoBE) aims to transform the quality of life for society and the wellbeing of future generations through a better and more sustainable urban future. With a focus on architecture, building and construction, SoBE has over 1,000 undergraduates, 800 postgraduates, and over 200 PhD research students from across the world. Having led the built environment research agenda for more than 20 years, our rich community of internationally-recognised scholars works with students, business and industry across all levels of study and research.
Salford is home to the unique Energy House – the only fully climate controlled research facility in the world. Built in 2011, this full-scale two-bedroom terraced house is inside an environmental chamber that can replicate almost any weather conditions. It is fully furnished and packed with a vast array of sensors that can monitor a wide range of variables.
Think Lab is our futuristic research environment. It leads the development of advanced technology platforms for smart city applications, collaborative engineering, industry collaborations, simulation and gaming applications, and interactive training and learning
What about after uni?
On successful completion of the course, you'll be closer to a role supporting the procurement and financial management of mechanical and electrical projects. Equipped with the capability to critically examine existing construction practices, you'll graduate with the skills and knowledge demanded by clients who rely on a quantity surveyor's knowledge and judgement to keep a project running smoothly.
As a qualified mechanical and electrical quantity surveyor, you could find employment in the building sector or in specialist fields such as the nuclear industry. Due to the current skills shortage in the UK for quantity surveyors with expertise in mechanical and electrical installations, graduate employment statistics for this course are high. Due to the increased importance of sustainability, new roles are emerging for the mechanical and electrical quantity surveyors in renewable energy, low carbon technologies and energy management.
This course was developed at the request of industry to meet the training needs of aspiring mechanical and electrical specialists, and to help plug the skills gap which currently exists in the UK. Guest lecturers from industry with expertise in relevant areas regularly give lectures throughout the duration of the course.
The full masters award is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) allowing exemption from their academic entry requirements.
What you need to know
International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.0 with no band below 5.5 or an equivalent qualification are proof of this
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).
£1,332 per 30 credit module
International Distance Learning:
£1,755 per 30 credit module
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Distance learning||2019||£1368 (UK/EU) per module, £1815 (INTERNATIONAL) per module|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.