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MSc / PG Dip Quantity Surveying

Course Description

The MSc Quantity Surveying course is for graduates with a minimum of three years' professional experience or a qualification in a closely related discipline.

The Graduate Diploma Quantity Surveying course is for students with a first degree in an unrelated subject seeking to convert to a career as a Quantity Surveyor. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma allows advanced entry onto the Masters course requiring only submission of the dissertation to complete your studies.

Key benefits

The Graduate Diploma and the MSc in Quantity Surveying are fully accredited with the RICS to provide acceptance on the Assessment of Professional Practice, and qualification as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor.

Course detail

Both courses are for those who aspire to become Chartered members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. The courses are designed to offer varied and flexible patterns of study, so you can fit studies and experience around your personal and professional commitments. They reflect and address the needs of professional practice and help you develop the skills and knowledge to become an effective professional surveyor in the construction industry. You'll cover construction technology, measurement, law, economics, procurement and contract management.

You can follow the RICS accredited route as a Quantity Surveyor or the Graduate Diploma route. The courses are academically challenging, and encourage independent, analytical and reflective thought and judgement that applies equally to the workplace and professional ethics.

You'll also develop a range of transferable skills, such as investigation, problem-solving, logical and systematic data analysis, information management, sustainable decision-making and effective communication.


We introduce you to skills and knowledge in construction technology, measurement, law, economics, procurement and contract management, in the Pre-Enrolment Reading at Level 1.

You then develop your core skills at Levels 2 and 3 and procurement, contractual, project management skills and Building Information Modelling in the M-Level modules.

Grad Dip students take the Level 2, 3 and M modules except the dissertation.

MSc students take the Level 3 and Level M modules.


Level 2:
• Construction Technology and Building Services (Graduate Diploma Only) (30 credits)
• QS Project (Graduate Diploma Only) (30 credits)

Level 3:
• Strategic Cost Planning (30 credits)
• Commercial Management (30 credits)

Level M:
• Construction Contract Law (15 credits)
• Construction Procurement (15 credits)
• Construction Project Management Practice (15 credits)
• Building Information Modelling in Design Co-ordination (15 credits)
• Dissertation (MSc students only) (60 credits)


Teaching methods vary depending on the module, but typically include lectures, project work and tutorials. We encourage 'formative work' to prepare for assessments this is not credited, but gives you valuable feedback to help improve your performance.

Support is available if you have difficulties with numeracy, IT, literacy or study skills. Our staff provide a friendly, enabling environment for learning. They are also actively engaged in research or professional practice, ensuring you learn directly from the latest academic and business developments.

The course is also supported by a group of employers who contribute towards resources used in teaching, offer sponsorship and placements to students, and are keen to employ UWE Bristol graduates.


We assess you through a combination of written examinations, coursework, projects, presentations and case studies. Because of the importance attached to presentation and collaboration skills, up to 25 per cent of assessment is through oral presentation and group work.

Careers / Further study

On graduation from the MSc or Graduate Diploma routes you will be well equipped to meet the challenges posed by changes to the quantity surveying profession and the wider construction industry and to exploit the opportunities these changes offer.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx


- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

Visit the MSc / PG Dip Quantity Surveying page on the University of the West of England, Bristol website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above in Quantity Surveying, Construction Management, Civil Engineering or a closely related subject.

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