The course

Delivery
Full-time, Part-time, Distance learning
Course type
Taught
Location
Edinburgh, Online
Entry date
September, January (DL only)

Contact

Overview

Our Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying course is designed to meet the needs of the financial management and quantity surveying sectors. The degree offers a solid theoretical base, combined with a strong focus on industrial relevance. This means that you’ll quickly be able to make a positive contribution to the success of your working environment, and the development of your own professional careers. Our students are often recruited by international construction and quantity surveying practices. Graduates also develop careers across different sectors of industry and commerce.

The Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying course is delivered by the Royal Academy of Engineering Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design.

Course length

The full-time course starts in mid September and lasts one year. The course can also be taken part-time over two years, or online via Independent Distance Learning (IDL).

Accreditation

The MSc Quantity Surveying course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.

Course content

   Detailed course guide

For the MSc, students undertake 8 taught courses plus a research dissertation. Students on the Postgraduate Diploma programme take the 8 taught courses only.

Students study 7 mandatory courses and choose 1 optional course from a choice of electives.

Semester 1 Semester 2
  • Construction Technology
  • Contracts and Procurement
  • Value and Risk Management

Students choose 1 course from a range of optional courses, including:

  • Sustainable Design and Development
  • Real Estate Economics
  • Sustainability in Civil Engineering
  • Spatial Planning
  • Quantity Surveying Financial Management
  • Construction Financial Management
  • People and Organisation Management in the Built Environment
  • Construction Practice and Information Technology

Course descriptions

Please find below the course descriptions. For more information on courses, please contact the Programme Leader.

People and Organisational Management in the Built Environment

(mandatory)

This course aims to develop a high level of interdisciplinary understanding about complex organisational and personal management processes and how important they are in underpinning technical skills to deliver high quality services as a professional. Students will learn about and explore management theory and practice and will have a chance to reflect on their own personal development in a synoptic way. This will be valuable in terms of career development, as management competences and self-reflection are increasingly sought in practice.

Topics covered by the syllabus include: What is management and why is it important for professional practice? Good and bad examples of management and their effect on individuals, organisations and service delivery. A critical evaluation of management theories. In depth understanding of the complexities of team building, organisational culture, recruitment and selection, staff appraisal, motivation, leadership, communication, co-ordination, and managing change and diversity.

Contracts and Procurement

(mandatory)

The aim of this course is to help students understand advanced procurement practices, the situations in which their use is appropriate and the contractual principles upon which they are based. The course will also introduce students to the mechanisms used by a typical standard for of construction contract (from the JCT05 suite) to control the risk exposure arising from the liabilities of contracting parties created by the contract and common law, as well as the flow of money and information between contacting parties. Subjects covered by the syllabus include:

Introduction to Construction Project Procurement; Procurement Arrangement Options; Construction Contract Use in the UK; Principles of Contract Law; Partnering; Procurement through Public Private Partnerships; Claims; Negotiating; Managing Conflicts and Disputes; Towards Better Contracting Practices.

Value and Risk Management

(mandatory)

The course aims to introduce the concepts of value and risk management, apply them to strategic and tactical problems and illustrate their tools and techniques through case study. The syllabus covers:

VRM and the construction procurement process, An Introduction to Value Management, Value Engineering - Function Analysis and other VE tools, Risk, uncertainty and the construction industry, Risk and procurement of PPP projects, The Risk Management framework., Sources, events and effects of project risk, Tools and techniques of Risk Management, Risk response and mitigation, Client Briefing, A Review of North American Practice.

Quantity Surveying Financial Management

(mandatory)

The aim of this course is to develop the experience and capability of graduates in relation to the built environment. The objective is to enhance the students’ understanding of the cost and measurement practices and the organisation and processes of the cost control and development process in the construction industry.

Construction Financial Management

(mandatory)

The aim of the course is to enable students to appreciate and make an intelligent contribution towards the managerial and financial aspects of construction companies in general and construction projects in particular. This includes developing awareness and understanding of the need for financial planning and monitoring and the cost control process. The following subjects are covered within the course syllabus:

Financial management and control in contracting; corporate strategies in construction; financial management at company level; cash flow forecasting; costing; cost/value reconciliation at project level; production of financial accounts for construction companies; corporate analysis and ratio analysis; economic comparison; profitability measurement; construction plant financial appraisal; development appraisal techniques.

Construction Technology

(mandatory)

The overall aim of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of the different elements that make-up a building so that they can communicate effectively with construction professionals in the design and construction of buildings. Subjects include:

Structural Requirements for Buildings; Substructure Design – Foundations; Substructure Design – Basements; Structural frames and suspended floors; Superstructure - External walls and cladding Superstructure – Roofs; Services in Buildings; Offsite construction; Low carbon construction.

Construction Practice and Information Technology

(mandatory)

The overall aim of this course is to provide an insight into the development of information systems in the construction industry. The course will help students to evaluate the use of modern ICT means and their impact on business performance in construction; study relevant IT concepts and appraise its applicability to construction process re-engineering and develop adequate research skills in reviewing and preparing academic publications. Subjects covered by the syllabus include:

Management Information systems for integrated work environment; Electronic Documents Management; Development strategy for information systems; Introduction to IT Infrastructure and EDI; E-business in construction; Building Information Modelling (BIM); Mobile computing in construction; Smart/Intelligent Building and Information systems and Knowledge Management.

Programme leader

Dr Fiona Grant is Director of Study for the Construction Management and Surveying discipline and Programme Leader for the postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in Quantity Surveying.

Dr Grant is also an active member of the RICS as an APC Assessor, she has involvement at national and international level in the institution.

Additional information

Recommended textbook for background reading: Willis's Practice and Procedure for the Quantity Surveyor.