MSc in Quantity Surveying (RICS Accredited)

Course Intake – July 2018

Quantity surveyors play an integral role in the construction and built environment industry – they manage and control financial aspects of the construction process and specialise in construction contract law and procurement. Quantity surveyors ensure that projects are completed within budget, and work on behalf of contracting organizations or representatives of clients.

The Masters degree is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), and is specifically developed for professionals or graduates who want to specialise in quantity surveying.

This course aims to create reflective practitioners in quantity surveying who have a knowledge and understanding of procurement and financial management and recognise the significance of process, technology and people to the success of projects. Followers of this course will critically examine existing practice through implementing process measurement, evaluate alternative strategies for process improvement and will develop skills and capabilities to integrate and improve teamwork in construction operations.

MSc in Quantity Surveying

Course Duration and Intakes

  • One year with three intakes in January, May and September every year.

Special Features of the Programme

  • The course is delivered fully by University of Salford staff using full-time and blended learning approaches.
  • Royal Institution of Charted Surveyors (RICS)
  • Assessments are coursework based with no exams.
  • Four taught modules and dissertation.
  • Affordable fees
  • Supported by leading contractors, consultants, trade associations, professional bodies and the Chamber of Construction Industry in Sri Lanka
  • All lectures conducted at the Colombo School of Construction Technology (CSCT) campus in Colombo

Career Prospects

A career in quantity surveying is diverse and exciting, giving you the chance to travel and shape the world that we live in, with the role of the surveyor to measure, value, protect and enhance the world’s physical assets.

With the increased focus on the environment and sustainability in the planning of construction projects, there has developed a strong demand for and short supply of quantity surveyors to provide a cost management service, both financially and environmentally to the construction industry.

This course has been designed to help you plan and organise the procurement and financial management of projects whilst also giving the skills to administer and manage construction contracts. Our course will equip you with the skills to critically examine existing construction practices while evaluating alternative strategies to set in motion a process for improvement in construction. This course will provide you with the skills demanded by clients who rely on the quantity surveyor’s knowledge and judgment to keep a project running smoothly.

Industry Links

The full Masters award is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) allowing exemption from their academic entry requirements.

Guest lecturers from industry with expertise in relevant areas are invited to give lectures throughout the duration of the course. Site visits are organised each year in co-operation with local construction companies, these give full-time students the opportunity to visualise what you learn and apply it to a real-world context.

Applicant Profile

This course is for you if you have a desire to enhance your current knowledge base and specialize in the area of quantity surveying.

You will have a strong academic and/or professional background in the built environment, enabling you to build on the experience you already have.

Strong leadership, communication and organizational skills and good knowledge of construction processes are a must.

Entry Pathways

Applicants for This Course Must Have:

a : A minimum of a second class undergraduate honours degree in a relevant discipline, or

b :A minimum of a second class undergraduate honours degree in an unrelated discipline and significant work experience within the built environment, or

c : A recognised appropriate professional qualification such as RICS or CIOB.


1. Procurement in construction and property (30 credits)

2. QS in Construction (30 credits)

3. Process and Project Systems (30 credits)

4. Financial and Risk Management (30 credits)

5. Dissertation (60 credits)


GBP: 7,000.00 for the full programme.