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PgDip / MSc Quantity Surveying

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time; Part-time

Overview

The course is intended for graduates working, or intending to work, in the construction industry offering advice on project feasibility, methods for financing and procuring construction work and financial management of the design and construction process within consultant firms, client organisations or contracting companies.

Applicants should have an interest in construction cost management and the motivation to pursue an intensive route to professional qualifications. Course content covers the skills required of the practicing quantity surveyor.

Three supplementary modules at the beginning of the course bring you up to speed in relation to construction technology, law and contract documentation and administration before you embark on the masters level modules. These supplementary modules are a distinguishing feature of the course and are highly valued by students and their employers.

We offer different course options, depending on your circumstances:

  • If you hold an undergraduate Surveying degree, you should apply for the  ‘Surveying graduates’ route as you will study fewer modules; your previous study will be taken into account.
  • If you do not hold an undergraduate Surveying degree, you should apply for our ‘Conversion’ course
  • For either of the above routes, you can opt to study either a full Masters qualification or a PGDip (without dissertation) qualification. Please note: Postgraduate loan funding via Student Finance England, is only available for students taking full Masters courses without any module exemptions. PGDip courses are ineligible for this scheme.

Features of the course

  • RICS accredited (PGDip) award in 2 semesters for full-time students or 4 semesters for part time students
  • Option to achieve a PGDip award, take a break of up to 2 years, and return to do a 'top-up' Masters
  • Emphasis on the business skills required in quantity surveying practice
  • Contributions to programme from practitioners
  • An expanding Alumni Association that provides you with excellent networking opportunities.

Excellent scholarship opportunity

Students who have accepted an offer for a place on this course are encouraged to apply for LSBU's Stuart A Johnson scholarship. Find out more about the Stuart A Johnson scholarship.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
12 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time MSc (Conversion)
Duration
24 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time PgDip (Conversion)
Duration
24 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Conversion)
Duration
12 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time MSc (Conversion)
Duration
12 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
24 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
12 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
24 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
16 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
28 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
24 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
12 months
Start Date
January
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

The postgraduate modules cover project appraisal, methods for financing and procuring construction work and financial management of the design and construction process. There is also a module that develops understanding of the construction industry from an economic perspective and a module on construction contract law.

You also select one option from a wide selection of modules that are offered to all our postgraduate students. In order to complete the MSc stage, students are required to take a research methods module and undertake a major dissertation on a topic approved by their supervisor.

Core modules

  • Project evaluation
    This module focuses on the range of techniques used by construction professionals to appraise and manage cost and value in construction projects.
  • Construction contract administration
    This module introduces the student to key elements of contract administration applied to the roles of contract administrators, quantity surveyors and commercial managers.
  • Construction law
    This module examines the various types of construction contracts, including families of standard construction contracts, and the common law, legislation and administrative procedures, which govern them. It provides a working knowledge and understanding of construction contract legal problems, and related applicable law, such as non-contractual liabilities. It examines when a dispute arises in legal terms, and how dispute resolution methods may be employed to resolve problems and disputes.
  • Procurement and management of construction
    This module focuses on developing an awareness of the issues which need to be considered when deciding how to procure and manage construction projects.
  • Economics and finance for construction
    This module uses some analytic tools from economics and finance (and management) in broad discussion of construction markets and construction firms. The nature of construction projects is identified and their demand is considered in national and international contexts. Attention is also focused on the production process of construction products and current debates within the industry regarding project-based industries. The main principles of corporate finance will be considered in the analysis of the firms' performance while international construction, innovation, and entrepreneurship topics will provide a bigger insight to the dynamics of this industry.
  • Dissertation (MSc only)
    The module provides the opportunity for students to undertake an independent piece of research, investigating in depth a subject, in which, they have a particular interest and of their own selection. Each student will submit a dissertation of between 15,000- 20,000 words. The module includes teaching of research methods.

Additional modules (conversion course only)

  • Construction
    This module is intended to provide a broad and critical perspective of the construction and assembly of buildings and their performance requirements and also to provide an understanding of the context in which construction decisions are made and implemented.
  • Measurement, documentation and estimating
    This module introduces students to documentation used for tendering in the construction industry and the techniques used to measure and specify construction work and produce estimates and tenders.
  • Institutional and legal context for construction
    This module examines the relationship between ethics and the law, and introduces the sources of and basic rules of UK law, including common law and statute law as it affects construction professionals. It provides an introduction to construction contract law, tort and restitution. It explains the difference between common law and equity and its relevance to construction professionals.

Optional modules

Please be aware that option selection is subject to availability.

  • Behavioural finance
    The module develops a comprehensive understanding of the decision-making process in any real estate decision and it transition mechanism to market prices.
  • Building control
    The module focuses upon the control and enforcement of the Building Regulations and associated legislation, along with supporting technical documents and alternative solutions, to meet specific regulative requirements as they apply to various building schemes.
  • Building information modelling and collaborative working
    A module to provide a general understanding of the role that BIM can play throughout the design, construction and operation of building assets. It looks to identify and develop the necessary managerial, technical and interpersonal skills required to deliver better value through a collaborative BIM approach.
  • Health and safety management in construction
    This module focuses on the management of safety on site – a process that can be applied to a wide range of work settings and project types.
  • History of architecture and construction
    This module examines the inter-relationship between building design and production as it occurred throughout historical time. Particular attention will be paid to those periods in history when major transformations occurred in architectural style and the building process. Other historical themes will also be pursued.
  • International real estate and construction
    This module introduces students to the international context of real estate markets, construction industry and project development. It specifically focuses on the activity of international real estate investors and large construction companies. The module also provides students a comparative perspective on real estate markets and construction process.
  • Legal resolution of property and construction disputes
    This module focuses on the range of dispute resolution techniques used by construction and property professionals to resolve and manage disputes in the construction and property industries.

Structure of the qualification

Module structure - full-time
Semester 1 Semester 2
Measurement, Documentation and Estimating Construction Law
Construction Construction Contract Administration
Institutional and Legal Context for Construction
Economics and Finance for Construction Project Evaluation
Procurement and Management of Construction Option
  Dissertation
Module structure - part-time (Year 1)
Semester 1 Semester 2
Measurement, Documentation and Estimating Construction Law
Construction Construction Contract Administration
Institutional and Legal Context for Construction
Module structure - part-time (Year 2 and 3)
Semester 1 Semester 2
Procurement and Management of Construction Project Evaluation
Economics and Finance for Construction Option
Year 3  
Dissertation

Employability

The employment record for students on this programme is excellent, with previous graduates gaining employment across nearly all of the largest consulting and contracting firms. Many are also employed by smaller firms in this exciting industry.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Professional links

The MSc/PgDip  is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; this will allow entry to Quantity Surveying and Construction Faculty through APC.


Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors logo

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the world's leading professional body for setting standards in the surveying industry. They have accredited our degrees and diplomas for almost 50 years.


Brighter connections

London location affording access to:

  • Major development areas and schemes to visits / study
  • The main offices of the country's leading property consultancies and companies
  • The RICS headquarters and its library
  • Other professional and academic libraries and exhibitions
  • A well developed alumni organisation
  • Extensive programmes of talks and lectures, promoted by the RICS and others, often at reduced cost or free to students.

Expertise and history

London South Bank University has a long history of educating professionals for the building-related industries. With roots in London Council School of Building (1904), Brixton School of Building (1940) we have been offering training for this sector for over 100 years.

Today we are expert at attracting property and construction students from the UK and around the world. Much of this is down to the highly successful links we have with major real estate consultancies, property companies, contractors, cost consultants and developers to ensure our courses are highly relevant for the current market.

Today, according to the Guardian PG subject tables 2013 we are the largest School of Building and Town Planning in the UK (combining full-time and part-time modes of study) and our building graduates have the best employment prospects in London (Complete University Guide 2014).

Our current students and alumni hold key positions in their organisation, often as senior managers and business owners.

Placements

Surveying project

Our surveyors look at financing a project, procuring construction work, financial management and the entire construction process. We want our students to have 'real world' experiences while studying at LSBU, of field work is a major component. We create these situations by inviting guest speaks in to give up-to-date lectures, having great industry links and taking our students into situations where they would like to work. Most of our surveying and construction courses give our students the opportunity to carry out a construction project. Their work will take into account current construction technologies, energy efficiency solutions and environmental and sustainability issues. The project is very detailed and is carried out across site visits, analysing on-going construction projects and an appraisal of eco-technologies. These factors can be influenced by a construction's location so our field trips can take our students both overseas to expanding countries like Dubai or round the corner to building developments happening on our own campus.

Market report and case study analysis

Students on our MSc Surveying courses can choose to study International Real Estate & Construction as an optional. For this complex module students need to go on a study visit to an international city which has an emerging real estate and construction market.

Past students have gone abroad to take in either Dubai in the United Arab Emirates or Shanghai in the People's Republic of China. The field trip includes visits to real estate companies and construction firms, site visits and meetings with various professionals. From these briefings, students need to produce a country report that includes a detailed strategy including how they could break through in the real estate or construction market in these overseas destinations.

Teaching and learning

Staff

Entry requirements

Conversion

  • A minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree, the subject area does not matter as number of students undertake the course as part of a career change

For Surveying graduates/professionals

  • A minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree in a Surveying subject, or
  • Corporate membership of a professional body concerned with property or construction, for example, CIOB, RIBA, RTPI, CIOH or other relevant body of equal standing.

APEL/APL

  • An applicant who is offered a place on the course may seek credit for recent prior academic qualification or professional experience. The applicant should expect to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Course Director and Module Coordinator substantial relevant knowledge and skills at least equivalent to Level 6 or Level 7 as appropriate to those modules for which credit is being sought. Applications should be made before the commencement of the semester in which the particular modules are being offered.
  • Please note however, that if you are granted any APEL/APL which allows you module exemption you will be ineligible for a Student Finance England Postgraduate Loan. If you have already started to receive loan instalments and you are then granted module exemption, the University has a duty to inform SFE that you are no longer eligible for the loan and no further loan payments will be made.

Part-time additional requirements

The P/T mode requires the student to be in employment related to Quantity Surveying (a reference from the employer will be required)

Admissions based on experience

Applicants who do not meet this requirement will be considered for entry on the basis of the length and quality of their employment experience in areas cognate to surveying and construction. Evidence of this will be required in support of any application made.

Overseas applicants

Applicants are expected to have competency in spoken and written English. Oral presentations are an integral part of the course. Written English should be at the British Council/Cambridge IELTS Level 6.5 or above.

How to apply

International students

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
12 months
Start date
September
Application code
P060548
Application method
Mode
Part-time MSc (Conversion)
Duration
24 months
Start date
September
Application code
P045805
Application method
Mode
Part-time PgDip (Conversion)
Duration
24 months
Start date
September
Application code
P060544
Application method
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Conversion)
Duration
12 months
Start date
September
Application code
P060544
Application method
Mode
Full-time MSc (Conversion)
Duration
12 months
Start date
September
Application code
P045805
Application method
Mode
Part-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
24 months
Start date
September
Application code
P060548
Application method
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
12 months
Start date
September
Application code
P060547
Application method
Mode
Part-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
24 months
Start date
September
Application code
P060547
Application method
Mode
Full-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
16 months
Start date
January
Application code
P060548
Application method
Mode
Part-time MSc (Surveying graduates)
Duration
28 months
Start date
January
Application code
P060548
Application method
Mode
Part-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
24 months
Start date
January
Application code
P060547
Application method
Mode
Full-time PgDip (Surveying graduates)
Duration
12 months
Start date
January
Application code
P060547
Application method

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See our admissions policy (PDF File 544 KB) and complaints policy (PDF File 127 KB).

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Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time

Part-time

Year 1 FT Southwark JAN (Cognate MSc 180 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9135International fee: £13780
AOS/LSBU code: 5394Session code: 1FS00

Year 1 FT Southwark JAN (Cognate PgDip 120 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £6090International fee: £9186.67
AOS/LSBU code: 5405Session code: 1FS00

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT (Cognate MSc 180 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9135International fee: £13780
AOS/LSBU code: 5283Session code: 1FS00

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT (Cognate PgDip 120 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £6090International fee: £9186.67
AOS/LSBU code: 5107Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £6090
International £9186.67

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT (Non Cognate MSc 240 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £12180International fee: £18373.33
AOS/LSBU code: 5284Session code: 1FS00

Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT (Non Cognate PGDip 180 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £9135International fee: £13780
AOS/LSBU code: 4129Session code: 1FS00

Year 1 PT Southwark JAN (Cognate MSc 180 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £2030International fee: £3062.22
AOS/LSBU code: 5395Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £9135
International £13780

Year 1 PT Southwark JAN (Cognate PgDip 120 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £2030International fee: £3062.22
AOS/LSBU code: 5404Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £6090
International £9186.66

Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT (Cognate MSc 180 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £2030International fee: £3062.22
AOS/LSBU code: 5285Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £9135
International £13780

Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT (Cognate PgDip 120 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £2030International fee: £3062.22
AOS/LSBU code: 5108Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £6090
International £9186.66

Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT (Non Cognate MSc 240 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £5075International fee: £7655.56
AOS/LSBU code: 5286Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £12180
International £18373.34

Year 1 PT Southwark SEPT (Non Cognate PgDip 180 credits)

The fee shown is for entry 2019/20.
UK/EU fee: £5075International fee: £7655.56
AOS/LSBU code: 4962Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £9135
International £13780

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

See our Tuition Fees Regulations (PDF File 136 KB) and Refund Policy (PDF File 102 KB).

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

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Stuart Johnson scholarship

We are able to offer a subject scholarship from the generous donations of alumnus Stuart Johnson. Read more about the Stuart Johnson scholarship.