MSc Quantity Surveying

Why study MSc Quantity Surveying?

The discipline of project management has become central to the management approach adopted by numerous UK and international industries in both public and private sector. From the construction and property industries to information technology and heavy industry, there is growing recognition of the benefits strategic project management can bring.

The MSc Construction Project Management course at Heriot-Watt University equips graduates with the knowledge and skills to develop successful careers as professional project managers in the construction industry and beyond. For graduates with a first degree in a built environment subject it can provide a competitive edge in a fierce employment market. For architects, engineers and other professionals it can provide a move into project management.  The course increasingly attracts those whose qualifications and experience lie outside the field of construction, but recognise the career opportunities that exist for suitably qualified Construction Project Management graduates.

The course offers a breadth of management, procurement and technology related subjects delivered by an experienced course team and supported by an on-line virtual learning environment. Lectures, tutorials, group work and exercises are used to promote a stimulating and challenging learning experience. Taught from the perspective of construction project management, using principles that are applicable in all industrial sectors, this course provides students with access to both a solid theoretical base and current and future strategies in practical project management. It is focused on industrial relevance, ensuring that graduates of the course are quickly able to make a positive and effective contribution to the success of their working environment, and the development of their own professional careers.

A MSC QUANTITY SURVEYOR WILL BE ABLE TO:
  • Calculate the amount of materials needed for building work, and how much they will cost.
  • Prepare tender and contract documents, including bills of quantities with the architect and/or the client
  • Undertake cost analysis for repair and maintenance project work
  • Assist in establishing a client’s requirements and undertake feasibility studies
  • Perform risk, value management and cost control
  • Advise on a procurement strategy
  • Identify, analyse and develop responses to commercial risks
  • Prepare and analyse costings for tenders;
  • Allocate work to subcontractors
  • Provide advice on contractual claims
  • Analyse outcomes and write detailed progress reports
  • Value completed work and arrange payments
  • Maintain awareness of the different building contracts in current use
  • Understand the implications of health and safety regulations.
ON GRADUATING FROM THIS COURSE YOU WILL:
  • Manages all costs relating to building and civil engineering projects, from the initial calculations to the final figures.
  • Seek to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money, while still achieving the required standards and quality.
  • Ensure statutory building regulations are met.
CONTENT OF MODULES:
  • CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY
    Provides postgraduate students with a basic understanding of the structural elements in a building in order to enable them to work efficiently with other construction disciplines in the design and construction of buildings.
  • PEOPLE & ORGANISATION MANAGEMENT IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
    Develops an understanding of people management in both personal and organisational objectives
    Develops an understanding of the principles of management in organisations and of management techniques
    Learn how management relates to organisations and individuals in managing change
    Develops an understanding of contemporary good practice in management concepts, including recent initiatives
  • CONTRACTS AND PROCUREMENT
    Understand advanced procurement practices, the situations in which their use is appropriate and the contractual principles upon which they are based.
    Introduce students to the mechanism used by a typical standard of construction contract to control the risk exposure arising from the liabilities of contracting parties created by the contract and common law, as well as the flow of money and information between contracting parties
  • CONSTRUCTION FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
    Enable students to appreciate and make an intelligent contribution towards the managerial and financial aspects of construction companies in general and construction projects in particular. This includes developing awareness and understanding of the need for financial planning and monitoring and the cost of control process.
  • CONSTRUCTION PRACTICE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
    Provide an insight into the development of information systems in construction industry
    Evaluate the use of modern ICT means which have an impact on business performance in construction
    Study relevant IT concepts and appraise its applicability to construction process re-engineering
    Develop adequate research skills in reviewing and preparing academic publication
  • QUANTITY SURVEYING FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
    Develop knowledge of the key aspects of a quantity surveyor’s role in relation to the built environment. The objective is to enhance student’s understanding of the cost and measurement practice and the practice of tendering and commercial management of construction projects.
  • VALUE AND RISK MANAGEMENT
    Gain practical understanding of the value and risk management of the strategic and tactical development of a construction project.
    Gain practical appreciation of value & risk management techniques used at the technical development stage of the design
    Acquire an understanding of the practice of value management with the UK practice of cost management
    Develops an understanding of the development of a PPP brief, including a practical appreciation of value & risk management techniques used at this stage.
  • REAL ESTATE APPRAISAL AND VALUATION
    Establishs the economic context for the creation of value, introduce the principles for the assessment of value in property markets, develop a clear understanding of the valuation process and appropriately apply the principal valuation methods (conventional and contemporary) to a range of property types and interests.

DISSERTATION

Students choose a topic for their dissertation/project report that aligns with the research interests of staff in the School and/or relates to aspects of their employer; or interests that they wish to develop further. Some examples of past project titles are listed in a later section. Distance learners are likely to develop something based in their country of residence with advice from staff in the School. This may well include work with an employer, a local company or may involve independent study. Students receive academic supervision throughout the project period from Heriot-Watt staff. Individual arrangements will be set up with each student. Presentation arrangements will also be set up individually.

UNIVERSITY

Heriot-Watt University

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
  1. Advanced National Diploma in Civil Engineering plus 8 years relevant experience.
  2. Advanced Diploma City & Guilds plus 8 years relevant experience.
  3. Relevant First Degree.
  4. Mature Entry Route (to be assessed individually)
GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES

As a quantity surveyor you could work for either the client or the contractor, in an office or on site. You will be involved in a project from the start, preparing estimates and costs of the work. When the project is in progress, you’ll keep track of any variations to the contract that may affect costs and create reports to show profitability. Alternative job titles include construction cost consultant and commercial manager.