Student Stories

Khumehra Mohammed

MSc Quantity Surveying

Having previously studied law at undergraduate level, Khumehra decided to change career with the help of Birmingham City University. She is now working as a Project Manager in the construction industry at the same time as studying a Master’s degree in Quantity Surveying, giving her a range of technical knowledge which she can apply to her work and an insight into future career options. 

“I chose to study at BCU due to the location of the University and the nature of the course. I was looking for a Master’s programme that would help me in my future career aspirations and discussed with my colleagues the best course that would help equip me to achieve my desired level of competence.

“Although I am studying Quantity Surveying, I work as a project manager in construction. I wanted to study Quantity Surveying as it included some project management modules but also allows me to gain a more technical understanding of the construction profession and greater commercial knowledge. 

“I have mostly enjoyed the experience of the course so far and the ability to experience and work in a variety of learning styles. In my previous course, most my work involved coursework or exams but I now have the opportunity to learn things that will work in practice. For example, in cost management I have identified ways that we can use risk management and software which can calculate risk.

“The support from staff here has been very positive, and lecturers will take their time to discuss topics in more detail at convenient times. When you are trying to balance a Master’s with work this is necessary to help us achieve.

Furthermore, the equipment and learning facilities show that BCU truly invests in its students’ futures, preparing us for the world of work.

“I plan to continue working as a project manager and achieve my RICS certificate in Quantity Surveying. I’ll then be able to make a better-informed decision of whether to become a Quantity Surveyor or continue down my current path.”

MSc Quantity Surveying

Birmingham City University