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MSc in Quantity Surveying

Course Description

This part-time programme provides an opportunity for non-quantity surveying graduates to become educated for a career in the construction industry in quantity surveying/construction economics in Ireland and abroad. It has been developed as an alternative route into the quantity surveying profession other than by way of the traditional honours undergraduate degree. The programme is presented within the School of Real Estate and Construction Economics in the College of Engineering and Built Environment in DIT. The total intake of students each year will be approx. 20-25 students from different disciplines and backgrounds. The content of the programme, delivered over 2 ½ years (5 Semesters) includes subjects pertinent to the practice of Quantity Surveyors and construction economics professionals. The programme’s focus is strongly oriented towards quantity surveying practice, building measurement, the management and economics of development.

In these new turbulent times the issue of controlling and managing costs within the construction industry is of paramount importance to any private of public sector client.

Semesters 1 and 2 of the programme are designed to build rapidly the foundations required to develop the distinctive skills of the quantity surveying professional. The core modules are: Construction Technology; Quantity Surveying Practice and Building Measurement aim to develop the building blocks and techniques together with developing specialist knowledge of the nature of the industry and the professions that surrounds the built environment.

From the beginning of the third Semester, students apply the principles of Construction Economics and Project Management. Students will have the option in this semester to build on their knowledge of Building Measurement or gain a greater insight into Project Cost and Financial Control. In Semester 4 students gain a more detailed understanding of the legal framework in which construction work operates. They also undertake a major Development Project that seeks to integrate the learning from earlier modules. The Semester will also give the students the option to select either a Professional Practice module or a Commercial Surveying Module.

In order to complete Semester 5 and the entire programme, students will have to undertake the completion of a Dissertation or Group Company Project.
Course Content


Semester 1: Construction Technology 1; Quantity Surveying Practice 1; Building Measurement 1

Semester 2: Construction Technology 2; Quantity Surveying Practice 2; Building Measurement 2


Semester 3: Construction Economics; Project Cost and Financial Control; Advanced Measurement or Project Management

Semester 4: Construction Law; Development Project; Commercial Surveying or Professional Practice


Semester 5: Research Methods and Dissertation or Company Project

Entry Requirements

In order to be admitted to the course, students should have an honours (2.2 grade or higher) undergraduate degree or equivalent. Selection will be made, following interview, using the following criteria. Academic achievement Relevant employment experience Evidence of commitment to a career in Quantity Surveying Interest in and critical awareness of role of the Quantity Surveyor and Evidence of interest in postgraduate construction research

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