Are you interested in gaining a master’s qualification that will equip you for a professional career in surveying? This RICS accredited course includes a specialist pathway for becoming a quantity surveyor, also known as a construction cost consultant.
The first stage of this course will introduce you to key concepts and frameworks related to built environment disciplines. The second stage is specific to quantity surveying and will develop your knowledge of writing specifications, tendering, managing contracts and projects, procurement, construction law and dispute resolution.
The final stage will be a master’s dissertation that investigates an aspect of how quantity surveyors manage the costs of construction projects while ensuring the required standards and quality.
The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which is a reflection of its relevance and quality and meets the academic requirements for membership.
You’ll study by flexible distance learning. Many of our students combine their studies with jobs in property, construction or a wide range of other industries. We welcome people from a variety of academic backgrounds, not just surveying.
Learn From The Best
You’ll be taught by tutors who have many years of experience in the property and construction sectors. Their professional experience, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.
The quality of their research has put Northumbria University among the UK’s top 30 universities for the percentage of research outputs in architecture and built environment that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. These collaborations and links help inform our curriculums and ensure input from practitioners.
Teaching And Assessment
This is a distance learning course and you’ll learn through expertly written learning materials that help you engage with topics in interactive ways. Like other master’s courses there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.
The pace of the two-year course is controlled to make it easier for you to balance work, study and life commitments. We encourage online communities to flourish among all those taking the course, ensuring that you can interact with fellow students.
Assessments are designed to give you feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. You can expect both your tutors and your peers to provide useful comments and feedback throughout the course. Assessment is coursework based. There are no examinations.
Module Overview Year One KA7016 - Economics and Business Environment (Core, 20 Credits) KA7050 - Law and Quantity Surveying Professional Practice (Core, 20 Credits) KA7054 - Construction and Sustainable Technologies (Core, 20 Credits) KA7055 - Dissertation Preparation Module (Core, 0 Credits)
Year Two KA7018 - Quantity Surveying Practice and Management (Core, 20 Credits) KA7032 - Dissertation (Core, 60 Credits) KA7041 - Contract Administration and Practice (Core, 20 Credits) KA7044 - Construction Economics (Core, 20 Credits)
As a distance learner you’ll have full access to our eLearning Portal, ‘Blackboard Learn’, which includes web conferencing, study notes, discussion boards, virtual classrooms and communities. Blackboard Learn brings together all aspects of course management as well as assessment and feedback. You can contact tutors in other ways too, including by email and telephone.
You’ll also have online access to Northumbria’s library, which has half a million electronic books that you can read whenever or wherever you need them. Our library was ranked #2 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015 and, since 2010, it has been accredited by the UK Government for Customer Service Excellence.
As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your master’s dissertation and then discuss its development through to completion in the final semester.
Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Throughout the course your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research.
Our specialist interests include construction management and economics - including economic aspects of sustainability, innovation in architectural design and urban design with an emphasis on place-making. Northumbria University is also known for Building Information Modelling and novel uses of computational modelling.
Give Your Career An Edge
The course meets a particular need for professional training for graduates who may not have studied quantity surveying at undergraduate level. During the course you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work in quantity surveying. At the same time you’ll develop transferable key skills and personal attributes that promote employability and lifelong learning.
The dissertation in addition to the taught modules will promote personal development and a range of interpersonal, intellectual and technical skills.
The course has the additional credibility of being accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.
When it comes to applying for jobs and promotions, our Careers and Employment Service offers a range of resources as well as support that’s available online and on a one-to-one basis.
This course will open up new opportunities in areas such as quantity surveying, construction management, project management and property development.
The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.
Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.