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Transform your Surveying career with our distance learning Surveying (Quantity Surveying) MSc.

 Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the course will teach you all you need to know to succeed in this competitive industry.

From developing your knowledge of the key concepts and frameworks related to built environment disciplines to specific quantity surveying skills - such as writing specifications, tendering, managing contracts, procurement, construction law and dispute resolution - this course will enhance your professional profile and earning potential.

Our RICS accreditation is a reflection of our high standards of teaching. It also shows you’ll be learning industry relevant content which can be applied in everyday working life, before and after graduation.

Choose to start studying in January, April, July or October.

In 2018, one in every 14 surveyors in the UK to be awarded the status of Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors studied at Northumbria (January - June 2018).



 

Transform your Surveying career with our distance learning Surveying (Quantity Surveying) MSc.

 Accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the course will teach you all you need to know to succeed in this competitive industry.

From developing your knowledge of the key concepts and frameworks related to built environment disciplines to specific quantity surveying skills - such as writing specifications, tendering, managing contracts, procurement, construction law and dispute resolution - this course will enhance your professional profile and earning potential.

Our RICS accreditation is a reflection of our high standards of teaching. It also shows you’ll be learning industry relevant content which can be applied in everyday working life, before and after graduation.

Choose to start studying in January, April, July or October.

In 2018, one in every 14 surveyors in the UK to be awarded the status of Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors studied at Northumbria (January - June 2018).



 

Course Information

Level of Study
Postgraduate

Mode of Study
2 years Distance Learning

Department
Architecture and Built Environment

Location
Ellison Building, Newcastle City Campus

City
Newcastle

Start
January 2019 or April 2019 or October 2019 or January 2020 or April 2020

Related Surveying Courses

We offer a number of specialised Surveying MSc courses; all distance learning and all accredited by RICS.

Explore Our Department

Whether you already work in the industry and want to gain a qualification that will help you take that next step up, or you’re looking to change direction, we've got the online quantity surveyor course for you.

The recommended study time for this course is 15 hours a week, so it is ideal for busy working professionals. Plus, our distance learning delivery and flexible carousel model means you’ll be able to balance your studies alongside any current commitments – no need for a career break or to disrupt your personal life.

Choose to start in January, April, July or October and get your Masters in quantity surveying within two to four years, depending on how quickly you want to study.

As a distance learning student, you can access the same teaching and research facilities as those on campus, while being free to study whenever and wherever you want.

Our eLearning portal, Blackboard Ultra, will offer 24/7 access to an extensive range of quantity surveyor training materials (from online readings to videos), in-course communication tools (including discussion forums), advice and support services. You’ll also be part of a strong, global student community where you can participate in interactive seminars with tutors, group tasks and more.

A dedicated Student Success Advisor will also be on hand to support you from enrolment to all the way through to graduation. They’ll provide non-academic guidance and advice, helping you hit those important deadlines and get the most out of your time with us.

Read more about the modules you’ll take below. During each, you’ll have regular virtual assessments to help you keep on-track. These will be coursework based and the format may vary but all will be submitted through the eLearning portal.

You’ll have access to our University Library Services, including a book postal service and access to over half a million books and eBooks.

Facilities for Distance Learning Students

Related Surveying Courses

We offer a number of specialised Surveying MSc courses; all distance learning and all accredited by RICS.

You’ll be taught by tutors with years of experience in the surveying sector. Their industry knowledge, combined with their on-going research, will provide the best foundation for your quantity surveyor career.

In fact, the quality of our research has put us among the UK’s top 30 universities for the percentage of research outputs in architecture and built environment ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

Get to know some of our module tutors below.

Meet Our Staff

We have a number of experienced academics on our Masters. Below are just some of those who may be teaching you on this course.

Research

Throughout the course, your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research. You’ll also be supported to develop your own research skills, alongside your knowledge of your chosen surveying specialism; our Research Methods module will provide you with the quantity surveyor training needed to prepare an extensive professional research project. You’ll then put these new skills into practice when you complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

During your time with us, you’ll build the industry understanding and transferable skills needed to advance your career, even if you’re new to surveying.

Our reputation for quality is reflected in our strong links and collaborations with industry partners, such as RICS and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Experienced practitioners help to influence our academic content, ensuring our students develop the knowledge employers need them to have.

You’ll also improve your interpersonal and research skills, plus your ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation, contribute to new processes and  use judgement when considering ambiguous data – all highly valuable traits to employers.

Our Careers and Employment Service offers a range of resources and support, available online and on a one-to-one basis, for you to tap into.

Successful completion of this Masters in quantity surveying could also lead you to a Postgraduate Research Degree.

 

In 2018, one in every 14 surveyors in the UK to be awarded the status of Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors studied at Northumbria (January - June 2018).


 

Course in brief

Who would this Course suit?

This course is perfect for graduates looking to progress a career in quantity surveying with a RICS accredited Masters.


 

Entry Requirements 2018/19

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have: 

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree.

International qualifications 

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry 

English Language requirements 

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry

Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree.

International qualifications

If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/yourcountry

English Language requirements

International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS. You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit www.northumbria.ac.uk/englishqualifications

Fees and Funding 2018/19 Entry

Full UK Fee: £7,000

Full EU Fee: £7,000

Full International Fee: £7,000

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

Click here for UK Masters funding and scholarships information.

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Click here for UK/EU Masters tuition fee information.

Click here for International Masters tuition fee information.

Click here for additional costs which may be involved while studying.

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Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £6,990

ADDITIONAL COSTS

There are no Additional Costs

FUNDING INFORMATION

Click here for UK and EU Masters funding and scholarships information.

Click here for International Masters funding and scholarships information.

Click here for UK/EU Masters tuition fee information.

Click here for International Masters tuition fee information.

Click here for additional costs which may be involved while studying.

Click here for information on fee liability.

 

 

Our Application Process

Applying for this course is quick and easy, and can be done using our online applicant portal.

 

As part of the application process, you’ll need to upload a selection of important documents including:

  • Your Bachelor’s degree certificate
  • A copy of your degree transcript (if this was awarded in a language other than English, you’ll need an official translation too)
  • Evidence of any other postgraduate or professional qualifications
  • An updated CV/resume
  • Proof of your English Language proficiency (if English is your second language)
  • A 500 word personal statement

If you are a non standard applicant, you will also need to send us two professional / personal references on headed paper.

 

After receiving your application, our Applicant Services team will aim to respond to you as soon as possible.

 

You are advised to apply early to secure your place and organise any sponsorship, scholarships or funding.

 

Useful application advice:

Our decision making process

Application advice for disabled students

Applying as an international student

 

 

The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

 

Modules Overview

Modules

Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

PE7003 -

The Business Environment (Optional, 20 Credits)

In this module you will learn about the strategic management and organisational development contexts that shape the built environment, its markets and professions You will critically review and evaluate the operating environment of built environment organisations through the application of strategic management and organisational development theory.

Within each of these areas you will study a range of topics to support this:
• Strategic Management
o The strategic management process
o The external and internal business environment
o Determining the organisations strategic position
o Moving the organisation on through strategic options and implementation
• Organisational Development
o The meaning and nature of organisations
o Organisation structure and culture
o Management and leadership within organisations
o Organisational development and change

On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding acquired forms part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your discipline specific professional pathway.

You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the use and evaluation of data; effective communication; self-direction and personal responsibility; and the role of ethics and corporate social responsibility within businesses

More information

PE7004 -

Construction and Sustainable Technologies (Optional, 20 Credits)

In this module you will learn the fundamentals of construction technology in the context of a society’s aim of mitigating climate change. The syllabus includes the processes and technology of commercial and domestic construction, both current and the recent past to equip graduates with the knowledge to manage the construction, maintenance and development of property assets. The importance of the environmental impact of materials and the use of life cycle costing to enhance sustainability will supplement the teaching of low carbon construction technology and energy sources.

Within each of these areas you will study a range of topics to support this:

• Construction technology
o The structural elements, finishes and services found in typical low rise domestic construction.
o The structural elements, finishes and services found in commercial and industrial property.
• Low carbon design
o Site selection and building orientation
o Passive low carbon design in the domestic and commercial field
o Water conservation
o Green roof and wall applications
o Sustainable urban drainage
• Renewable energy applications
o Photovoltaic applications
o Biomass heating
o Ground and air source heat pumps
o Solar water heating
o Wind energy

On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding acquired forms part of the broader contextual framework for the study of your discipline specific professional pathway.

You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the use and evaluation of data; effective communication; self-direction and personal responsibility.

More information

PE7005 -

Quantity Surveying Practice and Management (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module aims to further develop your understanding of the key processes and practices applied within the quantity surveying profession. The module has been designed to be aligned with the RICS competencies framework.

The module will cover the following topics:

• Building Measurement (NRM2)
• Civil Engineering Technology and Measurement (CESMM4)
• Construction Administration (including Strategic Procurement, Ethics)
• Financial Management (Including Financial Control of Projects)
• Project Management (Including Health and Safety, and Value Management, Risk Management)
• Construction Law (including Forms of Contract, Expert Witness, and Dispute Avoidance and Resolution)
• Construction Economics (Economic theory and concepts, Land Use and Value, Estimating, BIM-costing)
• Development Economics (Development Appraisal, Cost Benefit Analysis, Whole Life Cycle Costing)

This module will develop your understanding of the knowledge underpinning the work of the professional quantity surveyor including: measurement, procurement, management, law and economics. You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the use and evaluation of data; effective communication; and self-direction and personal responsibility. Exposure throughout the module to real world practice will enhance the skills necessary for employment in this surveying discipline.

More information

PE7018 -

Law and Surveying Professional Practice (Optional, 20 Credits)

In this module you will be introduced to the legal system and professional practice concepts that underpin the role of the surveying professional. You will initially study key professional competencies that form part of the RICS mandatory competencies and the CIH code of professional standards. You will then explore key principles contained within the English legal system as they pertain to practice such as legal reasoning and legislation.

Within each of these areas you will study a range of topics to support this:
* Professional competencies

o Professional ethics

o Professionalism and client care

o Communication and avoiding/resolving conflicts

o RICS competencies and continuing professional development

* Legal systems

o Introduction to the English legal system and legal study skills

o Contract Law and the formation of contracts

o Contract law and associated problems

o Land law

o Tort

o Landlord and tenant law

On completion of this module the knowledge and understanding that you have acquired will form part of the broader contextual framework that will prepare you for the further, detailed study of your chosen discipline.

You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to effective communication; self-direction and personal responsibility; and the role of professionalism and ethics within practice.

More information

PE7000 -

Research Methods (Optional, 20 Credits)

In this module you will engage with materials that will enable you to plan and designa substantive research based investigation in your discipline area. This student-led, independent study allows you to synthesize and apply previous learning and experience, and build upon existing academic, research and personal skills.

Aspects will include:
• Engagement with the purpose and process of research
• Identification and refining of appropriate research questions
• Critical awareness of research theory, approaches, methods and ethics, to inform effective research design
• Searching for, managing and evaluatingsources for inclusion in a literature review

You will develop your skills as autonomous, reflective learners in support of the process of completing the dissertation.

More information

PE7001 -

Research-based study (Optional, 40 Credits)

There is currently no summary for this module.

PE7006 -

Contract Administration and Practice (Optional, 20 Credits)

In this module you will gain an understanding of, and examine, the role of the surveyor in managing property, construction contracts and the design process. You will learn to identify and analyse the key theories and procedures within construction projects including procurement, tendering and contract selection. You will understand how these are integrated within the roles and duties of the contract administrator and health and safety practice. An understanding of design principles and practice along with specification writing will further enhance your practical skills and compliment the theoretical knowledge learnt.

You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the use and evaluation of data; effective communication; self-direction and personal responsibility; and the role of ethics and corporate social responsibility within businesses.

More information

PE7007 -

Construction Economics (Optional, 20 Credits)

This module aims to further develop your understanding of the key processes and practices undertaken by the quantity surveying profession during the development process.

The module will include the following topics:

• Preliminary and Cost Estimating
• Cost Planning, Checking and Analysis
• Cost Modelling
• Building Morphology, Risk Management, Programming Construction Works
• Building Information Modelling (BIM) (Costing, Navisworks)

This module will develop your understanding of the knowledge underpinning the work of the professional quantity surveyor. You will develop, throughout this module, academic and professional skills relating to the use and evaluation of cost and other building information data; effective communication; and self-direction and personal responsibility. Exposure throughout the module to real world practice will enhance the skills necessary for employment in this surveying discipline.

More information

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Applicants Contact Details:

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