This course provides a route for new entrants to the professional practice of Construction Cost Management or Quantity Surveying, who have taken degrees in non-related disciplines. It provides an introduction to the fundamental topics related to Construction Cost Management and an understanding of the latest academic theories and research, which inform vocational practice in the financial management of construction projects. The purpose is to prepare non-cognate graduates for a career in quantity surveying or financial management in construction.
The distinctive focus is on the principles, tools and techniques of financial and cost management from inception of a project, through to design and construction.
The course is for graduates from any discipline who are seeking a professional qualification leading to employment in a dynamic, exciting profession involving the application of financial, managerial and property design skills.
Construction and property cost consultancy is a thriving business activity which is seeking to recruit ambitious graduates from all disciplines who wish to enter a career in which they will develop in a climate of self-management and progress by making their own career choices. Property and construction cost consultants operate in an industry that provides essential, innovative and exciting facilities. They provide services to clients of the construction and property industries through the professional application of economic, financial, engineering, design, management and communication skills. The MSc in Construction Cost Management is designed to provide the basis of these skills for good graduates from all disciplines.
The course is offered as a one-year full-time modular course or two-year flexible modular course. It is accredited by RICS and CIOB.
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
The dissertation is a major individual research project. Guidance will be given on choosing a research topic, research techniques and the style and presentation of the finished document. Classes in research skills are provided as part of the dissertation module. Students will have their own carefully selected dissertation tutor whose role is to help them plan and successfully execute this key part of the programme.
We offer a one-year, full-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The full-time programme starts in September each year.
We also offer a two-year, part-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The duration of the flexible route is strongly recommended as two years, but this is not fixed. The flexible course starts in September each year.
The construction and property industry provides many of life's essential services. It is a large, varied and exciting industry. Cost managers in construction and property can work for consultancy practices, designers or construction firms. They provide the essential financial direction to projects while working with clients, architects, designers or building engineers. Cost managers require a unique mixture of skills, including design appreciation, financial and cost skills and management ability. The cost consultant firms associated with this established programme are looking to recruit graduates who wish to enter a demanding and rewarding profession. Those students who secure appropriate sponsorship from such firms can take the course in flexible mode while undertaking the required professional training for RICS qualification in parallel. Full-time students will carry out their professional training after completing the MSc.
Graduates will typically find employment in cost management or quantity surveying with public and private sector clients, consultants, or contractors in the building, civil engineering or oil and gas sectors.
If you are an ambitious numerate graduate, or a practitioner in the field, this Masters will equip you with the analytical skills for a rewarding career supporting transport delivery and policy-making at national, regional and local level.
97% of our graduates find employment in a professional or managerial role, or continue with further studies.*
Study transport economics, as well as econometrics and cost-benefit analysis.
Develop a suite of economic skills that will help promote economic growth within a regulatory framework that minimises any damaging health and environmental impacts, whilst incentivising the best use of resources.
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Also experience what it is like to be part of a project team working across disciplinary boundaries within the transport sector. Through this, gain insights into how economics, planning, environmental science, modelling and engineering can work together to design sustainable solutions to global challenges. This industry-inspired approach will enable you to apply your knowledge to real-world issues in the field.
Your colleagues will be among the best and brightest from Latin America to the Far East, from Africa to Europe and the UK. Together, you will learn economic research techniques that will help you develop transport networks that are founded on robust evidence, sustainable and equitable principles, state-of-the-art modelling, accurate data analysis, and an understanding of human psychology.
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We have redesigned our suites of courses following close consultation with Industry and academia.
With a strong focus on industry needs, our degrees will prepare you for employment in your chosen field. They will also address the multi-disciplinary nature of transport – enabling you to make effective decisions for clients, employers and society.
And to experience what it’s really like to work in the transport sector, collaborate with a project team of students from our other degrees through our new Transport Integrated Project module.
The Institute for Transport Studies (ITS) was established as the UK’s first multi-disciplinary transport department, and we continue to lead the field with our research.
Our economics research has been successful in bridging the interface between academia and industry. For example, CQC (Cost, Quality, Customer) Efficiency Network initiative which is based at ITS and a joint venture between the National Highways & Transport Network (NHT) and the University of Leeds. The CQC Efficiency Network offers local authorities throughout Britain the ability to quantify the scope for cost savings in the delivery of highway services and to identify better practises.
Other Study Options
This programme is available part time, allowing you to combine study with other commitments. You can work to fund your studies, or gain a new qualification without giving up an existing job. We aim to be flexible in helping you to put together a part-time course structure that meets your academic goals while recognising the constraints on your study time.
This programme fulfils the educational requirements for membership of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT UK).
Postgraduate study involves a range of teaching methods, supported by independent learning. In addition to the traditional lecture and seminar formats, you’ll experience a blend of workshops, computer exercises, practical sessions, directed reading, reflective journal, student-led discussions, fieldwork and tutorials.
Assessment is equally varied and can include coursework essays, case-study reports, group assignments, posters, presentations and exams.
Transport at ITS is an applied subject. We offer plenty of opportunities for students to experience transport systems in action, both within the UK and Europe, allowing you to meet and hear directly from transport professionals and see what you’ve learned in practice.
For many of our students, the highlight of their year is the European Field Trip. This week-long trip which takes place after the summer exams and has been a fixture in the ITS calendar since 1987. The itinerary varies from year to year, but has often included Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany.
Stops en-route have included Pedestrian Centres and Docklands Transport in Rotterdam; Cycle and Traffic Calming Facilities in Delft; the Motorway Traffic Control Centre in Amsterdam; the Guided Bus System in Essen; the Wuppertal Monorail; Town Planning features in Duisburg and Dusseldorf; research talks at the University of Hasselt, and visit to the Brussels Metro.
Links with industry
ITS has close working relationships with a number of organisations and many employers visit ITS each year to interview our students for graduate schemes and other vacancies. ITS also regularly circulates specific job vacancies to students.
Our students are highly sought after and have a good reputation with transport consultants, and may receive a job offer before or shortly after graduation.
The organisations that have advertised and/or recruited directly from ITS include Arup, Mott MacDonald, AECOM, Capita, Transpennine Express, Transport for London, Pell Frischmann, Leigh Fisher, JMP, Amey and Hyder among many others.
Read more about Graduate Employability at the Institute for Transport Studies.
You develop your practical and theoretical knowledge and critical understanding of issues and subjects relevant to your chosen field for study and your personal, interpersonal and professional skills and capabilities, including those of self-direction and self-management.
The course aims to produce graduates who meet the academic, professional and ethical standards required by the RICS. It enables you to operate as independent reflective practitioner and provides you with both transferable and specific vocational skills which can be used to gain professional employment in a rapidly changing environment.
On the course you strengthen your knowledge of theory, contracts and practice through activities such as case studies and simulations. You also complete an individual in-depth dissertation that requires a critical and evaluative approach to professional practice and theory. Through your dissertation you complete technical and professional tasks, and apply contractual solutions, while drawing on your developing knowledge.
You benefit from a range of teaching, learning and assessment techniques which allow you to work on complex, professional briefs that have an emphasis on the latest thinking from the quantity surveying sector.
Areas studied on the course reflect the wide and varying nature of the quantity surveying profession and include economics in relation to the construction industry and how it impacts on the profession, as well as construction law and dispute resolution methods. You also learn to carry out the measurement of construction works, and gain knowledge of building technology and sustainability.
The course also enables you to study and appraise the financial management and cost planning of projects, so that you can actively provide budget costings and control cost during the life of a project. You discover the procurement methods used in the industry and gain knowledge to be able to advise and appraise on the contract administration requirements and choices for a wide range of different projects.
you study and complete research of a particular area of interest in order to produce a dissertation. In addition to this, the course also includes an interdisciplinary development task in a different country. On this task you work with students from across related subjects to increase understanding of the other roles in the profession that interact on a day-to-day basis and how the role of a quantity surveyor fits in with these roles. It also develops the skills and knowledge that are essential to becoming an effective professional practitioner.
Our course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and satisfies the academic stage of the journey towards attaining Chartered Surveyor status in a quantity surveying professional career pathway. It is also accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).The course’s reputation means many international surveying firms recruit students for roles spanning the globe.
After completing the course, you are able to proceed to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors assessment of professional competence.
Practical quantity surveying knowledge and skills improve your career prospects in the UK and global public and commercial sectors. Opportunities range from fund manager to specialist subcontractor. They provide a vitally important service to the organisations they serve.