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Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

The MSc in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management (QSCM) programme is designed to meet the challenging demands of the modern learner and the rapidly evolving needs of the construction industry. It employs an innovative teaching structure that is integrated with Brookes’ Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The result is the delivery of a flexible and exciting programme of study.

Starting in either January or September, the MSc programme may be studied either full time over one year, or as a distance learner over two years.

Why choose this course?

Pending confirmation, accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) demonstrates professional recognition of the quality of our programme and as such our programme is your first step towards becoming a chartered Quantity Surveyor. Our staff sit on professional committees including CIOB and Constructing Excellence. Our longstanding links with prominent companies in the sector, such as Mace, Willmott Dixon and BAM Construction, and our strong links with local companies such as Beards, Kingerlee and Bidwells together ensure that the programme is directly tailored towards the employment skills needed by the construction Industry.

The coursework only programme uses an applied learning approach to study. This ensures that it is real-world focused and holistic. Not only is this more effective teaching, it is much more engaging than the traditional study and examination approach. Students develop a broad range of quantity surveying and management skills and knowledge including Building Information Modelling (BIM), project finance, technology, and procurement by working on real life problems as experienced by the construction industry. Our innovative programme structure which was commended at validation provides a flexible pattern of study that brings together both distance and full-time learners. Students can start either in September or January, easily switch between distance learning and full time modes of study and, if needed, extend their study up to 5 years.

Professional accreditation

Pending confirmation, accreditation by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

This course in detail

There are two modes of delivery for the MSc QSCM: full time on campus or distance learning, and there are two entry points - September or January. Course length is as follows:
Full time: MSc:12 months; PGDip: 9 months; PGCert: 4 months
Part time: Distance Learning: MSc: 24 months; PGDip: 21 months; PGCert: 9 months

Extensive online learning material is provided to all students via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) - our own intranet site to which students have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Module leaders can be contacted via the VLE, e mail, telephone and Skype.

Intensive Study Periods - all students attend four intensive study periods during their programme each being around three days long. Students and staff enjoy these intensive sessions as they are able to share experiences and knowledge as well as renew friendships and make connections within the industry and the distance earning students get the opportunity to meet face-to-face with staff.

The organisation and the collaborative nature of these intensive study periods is always praised by our students who particularly like the site visits, workshops and guest lectures from industry experts.

European Field trip -To expose our students to the international nature of the construction industries, we also run a week long subsidised fieldtrip to Europe (usually Holland) every year in January. Feedback shows our students highly value this opportunity get to know how construction in other countries works to different management cultures.

Applied or Problem-Based Learning - We have responded to requests from industry to make our postgraduate education more practical and industry focused by using an ‘applied’ approach to learning, sometimes called “Problem-Based Learning” or PBL. This approach encourages learning by allowing you to actively puzzle through problems that are adapted from complex real-life situations. We use our links with industrial practitioners to help devise these problems and, as construction problems often cross discipline boundaries, they require research and collaboration to find their solutions. This leads to a more exciting and relevant student experience.

Teaching and learning

Teaching, learning and assessment methods are to a considerable degree shaped by the use of the applied learning approach. This leads to a more challenging and industrially relevant course than the traditional lecture approach.

Learning takes place through groups of students puzzling through problems, often adapted from real situations with much of the complexity and context intact, using published resources, or reference to experts who are available to offer advice.

In full-time mode, the delivery of new material is weekly with intermediate tutorial or seminar sessions. The intensive study weeks and a European field-trip, wherein students in both modes of study come together, complement this delivery pattern.

For the distance learner, the virtual learning environment is the primary mode of delivery. Communication with distance learning students will be supplemented by email, Skype and telephone.

Careers and professional development

Graduates of our postgraduate construction programmes have an outstanding employment record. Our graduates are recognised as having excellent levels of communication, presentation and problem-solving skills. Consequently, our students go on to be employed across the broad spectrum of the construction industries both locally and internationally.

Many of these companies visit the department annually to meet students for graduate positions whilst all of our distance learning students are employed full time by prominent companies in the sector.

As our programmes are accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Builders (CIOB), both subject to confirmation for the September 2016 start, our graduates are firmly on the path to become professionally chartered opening up excellent recognition for future career progression.

Graduates from the course will normally go on to become Quantity Surveyors within the construction industries, for which currently there are excellent job opportunities.

Visit the Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The MSc in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management is open to students who hold a good undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or above) in a related discipline. Please note, we will also consider applications from candidates with relevant experience (or an alternative qualification) and demonstrable ability to study at master's level.

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