Quantity Surveying MSc
Facts about Quantity Surveying
|Duration||Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years
|Attendance||Full time: 2 days per week
Part time: 1 day per week
|Assessment||Essays, seminar papers and presentations, case studies, the major research-based project or dissertation, and a conference paper that you will present at the Annual Masters Conference.
Choose Kingston's Quantity Surveying MSc
The construction industry is booming nationally and across the globe, with quantity surveyors playing a key role in ensuring that development costs are appropriately and accurately managed. Kingston University is a long-established Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors partnership university, and this course (which is accredited by RICS) will equip you with the skills and knowledge to start you on a career that offers enormous scope for team working, travel and financial rewards.
What will you study?
You will develop knowledge and skills in the core competencies required of the Chartered Quantity Surveyor. You will gain an understanding of the whole of the construction process, especially the legal and financial implementation and control of contracts. You will learn how to ensure that, together with the rest of the professional team, building projects are completed to budget loss of time and quality.
To prepare you for this challenge, you study modules covering technology and law as well as several aspects of management, from contract administration to business and financial planning and construction-related economics. In addition to the core taught modules, you will receive research methods training and undertake a research-based project.
Many of the staff in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture are research active. This ensures they are in touch with the latest thinking and bring best practice to your studies.
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Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.
- Business Consultancy
This module gives you an in depth knowledge of standard contract forms. You cover:
- the different types of construction contract; and
- the legal duties and responsibilities of the construction professional.
Economics of Construction
This module builds on your understanding of economic principles in an applied way. It covers:
- how to apply estimating, cost planning and pricing techniques to contracts in a critical way; and
- the economic context within which such techniques are applied.
- European Law
One of the highlights of the programme is a week long field trip to a major European city. This normally takes place at the end of the Spring term. This module provides the opportunity for students to work in groups and undertake a major task involving various aspects of their study and enabling them to integrate learning from across several modules.
Additionally, students undertake individual work to ensure that they gain the ability to reflect and to deepen their technical knowledge in an aspect of their studies. The module is delivered primarily through the field trip and assessed by reports, both group and individual.
- Procurement and Financial Management
- Project Management
- Sustainable Construction Technology
This half module provides students with the opportunity to devise and deliver an original piece of research in open forum and thereby helps them to extend the ethos of research culture into their subsequent professional work, and to encourage continuing professional development and life-long learning. The module requires them to develop an aspect of their dissertation or master's project (as applicable) into a short conference paper and presentation and to deliver this. Assessment is of both the written paper and the oral presentation.
- Dissertation or Project
Dissertation or Masters Project Proposal
This module provides you with practice of devising an original primary research strategy for a specific research project, appropriate to satisfying the course objectives.
In so doing it ensures that you explore and critically evaluate primary research methodology and proposals. You prepare a well-developed research proposal, which will be preparatory to undertaking your dissertation or masters project. You are supported by workshops, seminars and tutorials.
- Research Concepts
Related to this course:
The School of Surveying & Planning is hosting a series of postgraduate open days.