Quantity Surveying - PgCert / PgDip / MSc

Full Time, Part Time
January 2019
£5,900 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2019 entry (view all fees)

On our MSc degree, you will learn how to add value to projects through demonstrating excellent knowledge and skills in managing cost and information, advancing practices and procedures, and managing risk effectively.

What's covered in the course?

The course will develop your skills of critical thinking, problem-solving, business development, team collaboration, cost management and awareness of sustainability in the built environment. You will learn how to ensure construction projects are delivered to the satisfaction of the client and other construction professionals and influence a better future in the built environment.

You will develop knowledge and skills to meet the challenges presented by change and innovation in the sector.

The course provides opportunities for graduates from diverse backgrounds including students from the UK and international students, students with limited exposure to the built environment, as well as students looking for mid-career development in a quantity surveying specialist area.

The course is designed to challenge you to question your current thinking and practices in the face of a rapidly changing global construction industry, and develop your ability to be innovative and creative in solving unique problems.

It will encourage you to engage in life-long learning and become an independent professional learner through a range of modern interactive teaching.

Why Choose Us?

  • This course enables you to meet the challenges of the built environment and lead the future construction industry as a qualified quantity surveyor.
  • The course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is seeking accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). Successful completion of the programme enables you to pursue Professional Membership of RICS.
  • You will take part in workshops with students from other built environment postgraduate courses. This leads to genuinely multi-professional learning and develops your understanding of all aspects of this exciting industry.
  • Strong industry links help you make vital contacts and gain practical experience to back up theory.
  • Specialised modules deliver the latest knowledge and skills in cost management and quantification including advanced whole life costing approaches, probabilistic risk modelling and BIM cost management.

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Open Days

Our next Open Day for this course will take place in 2019. Register your interest and we'll send an email update nearer the time. Visit us to see our facilities and speak to our staff and students.

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This course is open to International students

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Speak to an expert

If you’ve got any questions about the course, we’d love to hear from you. Please email the Course Director: Franco Cheung.

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Alternatively, you can register for our next postgraduate open day.

Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • RMS

And in jobs such as:

  • Junior Quantity Surveyor

New £10,609 postgraduate loans

You may be able to take advantage of the government’s plans to make loans of up to £10,609 available for postgraduate study.

More about postgraduate loans

Course Accreditations

This course is accredited by:

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Entry Requirements

UK students

A good UK honours degree at 2:2 or above/equivalent in surveying, construction, civil engineering, real estate or any other construction subject.

We will also consider other qualifications and suitable work based experience on an individual basis. You may be asked to attend a selection interview.

International students

Non-EU students need to demonstrate a good command of English. IELTS 6.0 or equivalent is needed before they can enrol in this programme.

Introduction course

If you do not have a Quantity Surveying degree or considerable experience in quantity surveying, there is an online introduction course based on self-directed learning available (at no charge) to prepare you for entry to this Master’s programme. You can complete this at your own pace as part of your application process.

International Students

Entry requirements here

International Students

Don't meet our entry requirements? You could apply for courses at our International College.

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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
PgCert / PgDip / MSc Jan 2019 FT 15 months £5,900 per year
PT 28 months £2,950 per year

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
PgCert / PgDip / MSc Jan 2019 FT 15 months £12,000 per year

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

Course duration

Please note, there are no taught classes over the summer months (June to August) for postgraduate courses, so the total time spent in University for this course is:

  • September start (full-time) 12 months
  • September start (part-time) 20 months
  • January start (full-time) 15 months
  • January start (part-time) 20 months

Personal statement

Students are required to submit a personal statement as part of their application for this course.

Your postgraduate personal statement is going to shine a light on your personal experience, academic success, personal skills and any other factors that will support your application for further study.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Your passion and motivations

Studying a postgraduate course usually means you want to specialise in something. So what’s driving you?

Why this course?

Show that you’ve researched the course offering. What is it about this particular course that appeals to you? Is it the lecturers? The modules? Etc.

What makes you a good postgraduate candidate?

Tutors want to know that you can handle postgraduate study, so show them how your undergraduate experiences or work life has equipped you for a more advanced level of study. Key areas to address are research and group work but this can vary depending on your chosen course.

Relevant academic or work experience

Add anything relevant that relates back to your chosen course and shows how your skills will contribute towards your learning. What extra-curricular activities have you taken part in? What awards have you won? What employment or voluntary experience do you have that has helped you develop transferable skills? How do these specifically relate to the course you are applying for?

You should also mention your future plans and how a postgraduate qualification fits in. Try to look beyond your postgraduate study – do you plan to jump straight into a specific career or follow your studies with a research degree? Lastly, use plain, professional English and, where possible, utilise the language of your chosen industry.

Get more information on writing personal statements


Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

Accommodation and living costs

The cost of accommodation and other living costs are not included within your course fees. More information on the cost of accommodation can be found in our accommodation pages.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans


Integrated Project Delivery
20 credits

In this module you will take a production process view of design, construction, and operation, examining developments in effectiveness and efficiency, and how these can be managed and applied to construction projects. Key aspects of the module include design and construction management; integrated procurement strategies; managing human and technological resources; BIM processes, standards and their implications on construction projects; creating and executing plans using workflow and responsibility matrices. You will consider concepts such as transformation, flow, and value creation in order to develop fundamental intellectual and technical skills, as well as an understanding of the notion of integrated project delivery.

Advanced Quantification
20 credits

This module will explore how analysis, measurement, and interpretation of construction projects and resources can inform and assist with cost control and adding value. You will learn how detailed analysis of professional relationships, costing techniques, buildability, design economics, and procurement using IT technology can ensure high quality presentation of costing information through the quantification processes. Real-life examples and exercises will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of how advanced interpretation of technical drawings, construction plans, and the associated technology can be applied to inform and assist in cost control of building and civil engineering projects.  

Construction Law and Contract
20 credits

This module will provide you with an understanding of construction contracts, their application and execution, and the legal aspects of working in construction. You will examine the issues and opportunities that arise in construction project management, as well as the legal and organisational factors at play in the industry. Studying real-life projects and case studies, you will explore forward-thinking approaches to identify and apply best practice to problems in construction projects, particularly relating to commercial and contractual aspects, and you will develop interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills to prepare you for managerial roles. 

Cost Management
20 credits

In this module you will develop an appreciation of data analysis and data presentation in relation to the cost management processes involved with construction. The financial, analytical, interpretative and teamwork skills you will develop will be fundamental to your degree and your future career. This module is designed with a ‘whole life’ approach to construction economics, looking at the financial aspects of client, contracting, and consulting roles in the industry. Through a range of lectures, seminars, and practice-led workshops, you will explore risk awareness and risk analysis in the built environment, taking into account the global nature of the construction industry.

Sustainable Construction
20 credits

In this module you will explore the effect that construction activities have on the environment, and examine the environmentally sound construction methods and innovative management practices that are required to work sustainably. You will develop your awareness of sustainable construction through evaluating industry responses to climate change and sustainability, critically reflecting on what constitutes good practice, and developing creative solutions to the challenges faced. This module will give you a rigorous grounding in the fundamentals of organising and managing construction projects within the changing global construction industry, enabling you to become a more capable, creative, reflective, and critical construction professional. 

Project Management Methods
20 credits

This module explores various methods of project management within the context of construction. You will learn about the practical aspects of the development and construction process, and in particular, those areas over which a project manager would expect to have some control. Themes such as project specifications, programming, costings, stakeholder management, risk assessment, and project control are addressed, and practical solutions are explored. Lectures from industry experts will introduce the latest practices and discuss topical issues, and collaborative group workshops will foster a strong global perspective and intercultural experience.

Individual Master’s Project (Dissertation)
60 credits

This project is the culmination of your Master’s study; using your previous studies and current modules as a foundation, you will carry out research into a practice-based problem, and develop your ability to theorise and conceptualise. This project will allow you to build understanding and expertise in a selected area of specialised study relating to construction and project management, providing you with a good foundation to build a career in the area that most interests you. In the first semester you will explore research methods that will guide your project, and you will then work with your assigned supervisor to develop your ideas. 

The teaching for this course puts you at the centre of learning and teaching, with a particular focus on the reflective learner and the development of professional skills and applied research. The course team use lectures, seminars, workshops, action learning sets, group work, problem based activities, guest speakers, on-line learning via Moodle,  a study trip and discussion forums to deliver learning.

Critical thinking is vital in Master’s study, and you are required to develop your own ideas and come up with solutions to problems based on solid evidence and logical analysis. You’ll also be expected to complete reading and assignments outside of class hours.

Part-time students attend lectures on a day-release basis, and share the modules with full-time students.

This course is accredited by:

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

The course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Successful completion of the course will lead to Professional Membership after the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC). 

Further Study

Funded PhD research opportunities are available in the school.

Enhancing your employability skills

Birmingham City University programmes aim to provide graduates with a set of attributes which prepare them for their future careers. The BCU Graduate:

  • is professional and work ready
  • is a creative problem solver
  • is enterprising
  • has a global outlook.

The University has introduced the Birmingham City University Graduate+ programme, which is an extra-curricular awards framework that is designed to augment the subject based skills that you develop through your programme with broader employability skills and techniques that will enhance your employment options when you leave university.


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Career progression

With experience, salaries can rise to between £30,000 and £45,000. Senior chartered quantity surveyors can earn between £50,000 and £60,000 a year.

This course has a very strong international flavour in terms of teaching content and recruitment. The course considers UK construction practice as well as the shared and different practice around the globe in order to meet the demand of a globalised construction industry.

Existing students are from many different countries including India, China and Nigeria. The diversity of our students means that you can work with people from different cultural backgrounds, share your experience and understand construction project management from different perspectives.

This course has been successfully franchised to Hong Kong and Sri Lanka, and our international partners bring in invaluable project case studies.

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.


BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

City Centre Campus

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. This course will be taught at Millennium Point at the City Centre Campus.

Building work on our new Conservatoire began in the summer of 2015 and is scheduled for completion in summer 2017. This means you have access to your very own building site as part of your studies.

You will be provided with the latest Computer Aided Design software – free of charge – to enable you to acquire the skills you need in a modern design office.

As part of the course, you will carry out survey work using a range of equipment, such as levels, theodolites, measuring tapes.

Our staff

Our academics have worked alongside small, medium and large companies and bring to the table expertise from within the automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, ICT, environmental and health sectors.

Franco Cheung

Dr Franco Kai Tak Cheung

Associate Professor in Quantity Surveying

Franco Cheung joined Birmingham City University in 2016. Coming from a professional background as a quantity surveyor for a consultant and contractors specialising in cost planning, he developed his specialism in cost modelling and forecasting techniques through his PhD study.

Franco is an active researcher. His recent research studies are in the areas of risk analysis, building information modelling (BIM) and value co-creation. His research studies have been published in leading refereed journals in the field of construction management such as Building and Environment, Construction Management and Economics, and Automation in Construction.

He is keen to develop links with the industry through research studies. He has managed and contributed to a number of research studies including two recent projects funded by EPSRC and Innovate UK to develop integrated data model for low impact design and collaborative BIM platform for low impact schools. He is experienced in teaching a broad range of quantity surveying and commercial management subjects including cost planning, procurement, risk management, BIM cost management and project appraisal at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Beck Collins

Dr Beck Collins

Senior Lecturer

Dr Beck Collins currently teaches across all undergraduate courses in the School of the Built Environment, as well as MSc Construction Project Management and MA Planning Built Environments.

Beck was awarded her PhD in “Local Projects for Sustainable Energy – Exploring the Nature of Success” in 2014, and is interested in local approaches to installing sustainable energy. This could be as social housing refurbishment projects, community renewable energy projects and so on.  Beck is particularly interested in questions of governance, systems intervention, behaviour change and projects for change, that sustainable energy throws up. 

Beck explores this both in her research and in practice – Beck has worked on local authority energy efficiency programmes and is also a volunteer Director of a Community Energy Company which is looking to install renewable energy in Birmingham.

Beck also brings all these research and practice based insights into the classroom, where she lectures on sustainability and research methods topics.

Dr Hong Xiao

Senior Lecturer

Hong obtained his BEng in Industrial and Civil Buildings in 1985, and MSc in Construction Management in 1988 from Hunan University, China. He lectured there until 1998.  He came to Britain in 1998 as an academic visitor sponsored by the Chinese Government, and then began his PhD study at the University of Wolverhampton. His PhD research project was ‘A Comparative Study of Contractor Performance Based on Japanese, UK and US Construction Practice’, and he obtained his PhD in 2002.

On June 2003, Hong joined the Birmingham City University as a Research Assistant to conduct a DTI sponsored research project, ‘An approach to knowledge management for SMEs’. Upon the successful completion of the research project, he moved to a lecturing post and has been teaching and researching since.