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About Quantity Surveying at Nottingham Trent University

Our MSc Quantity Surveying course develops the contract and cost management skills needed to become a professional construction cost manager; a role that sits at the heart of the construction process. Quantity surveyors aim to minimise the costs of a project and enhance value for money, while still achieving the required standards and quality.

Who is this course designed for?

This course is aimed at professionals and graduates wishing to pursue a career in quantity surveying. It is also suitable for those wishing to ultimately pursue a career in construction project management, or construction management, through a quantity surveying route. It is suitable for prospective students who don't necessarily have a background in construction. This course can act as a route into quantity surveying or construction management for non-cognate professionals and graduates wishing to make a career change, or with a non-construction related qualification.

Why study this course?

  • Study at a top university for building and construction; NTU is ranked 7th in the UK for Building, a jump of ten places since 2016 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2018).
  • Benefit from outstanding employability prospects; 95% of postgraduate construction management students are in a professional or managerial role within just six months of graduating (DLHE, 2015-2016).
  • Benefit from our industry-standard facilities in our Maudslay building.
  • Have the option of taking a professional or industrial internship, which counts towards your Masters qualification.
  • Benefit from our team of expert academic staff who have established links to industry and significant experience of working in practice.
  • Hear from visiting industry and academic experts, some of whom are NTU alumni, who will be teaching parts of the modules, providing a 'real life' perspective on the topics you will be studying.
  • Study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, designed to help develop your understanding of theory in practice. Previous study trip destinations have included Vienna, Frankfurt and Prague.
  • Our flexible study options support part-time learners, who wish to balance employment with further study.

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How you're taught

How will I learn?

  • A wide range of teaching and learning methods are used to deliver the course content. In most modules, you'll take part in intensive sessions of key point lectures, supported by study guides and other literature.
  • Many modules include presentations by external industry specialists, to provide a real life perspective on the module content.
  • Non-contact hours include direct out-of-classroom reading and activities, and independent learning and reading is deemed necessary to achieve the learning outcomes for the course.

Trips and study visits

  • Study trips to live sites in the UK and abroad are included in your course fees, designed to help develop your understanding of theory in practice. Previous study trip destinations have included Vienna, Frankfurt and Prague.

Studying part-time

The full-time route is usually studied for one year. The part-time route typically takes two to five years to complete, depending on your work/study balance and commitments. The part-time route is suitable for students in full-time employment.

Assessment methods

  • Assessment methods vary from module to module, however assignments and case studies form a significant part of the assessment process.  You may also be required to develop reports and present portfolios for assessment.
  • Assignments are investigative in nature, enabling you to develop principles, analyse, critically appraise and evaluate relevant issues, demonstrating your creativity and sustainable thinking.

Careers and employability

Our MSc Quantity Surveying course has an outstanding reputation for producing employable graduates: 95% of postgraduate construction management students are in a professional or managerial role within just six months of graduating (DLHE 2015-2016). The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), enabling successful graduates entry to the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) of the RICS. The APC is the on-the-job training scheme that graduates need to complete to qualify as a chartered surveyor. Find out more about how to complete your APC and become RICS qualified.

This course provides an opportunity for graduates and professionals from disciplines unrelated to real estate and construction, to embark on a professional career in quantity surveying.

Where do MSc Quantity Surveying graduates from NTU work?

Recent graduate destinations have included E C Harris, King West, Rider Levett Bucknall, Wates Group, Next, the NHS, Faithful + Gould, and many more. Our graduates are highly regarded by employers, enjoy excellent career prospects, and have gone on to work for a wide range of major national and international organisations.

Our Employability team

Our expert Employability team will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice. You can benefit from this service at any time during your studies, and for up to three years after completing your course. Find out more about the service.

Throughout the year, our Employability team runs a series of events specifically for students studying in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, such as the Property, Design and Construction Fair, offering employers the opportunity to advertise roles to our students.

NTU Property, Design and Construction Fair, 2017


Dedicated resource centre

Students in the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment have access to a dedicated resource centre. This centre, based in the Maudslay building, enables students to undertake private study in a facility equipped with computers, large format plotters and desk space, together with journals and publications – both current and archived.

IT resources

Our IT resource rooms and PC clusters are distributed across our City Campus, with PCs providing access to Microsoft Office, email, web browsing, networked file storage and high-speed online printing services, with a free printing allowance for each student.

Resource rooms are available 24 hours a day.

Books and library resources

Our state-of-the-art Boots library will give you access to an extensive and diverse range of books and periodicals that focus on specialist areas within the built environment. The library's OneSearch system provides access to all our electronic resources, journals and books.

Within the library there is a liaison librarian who has specialist subject knowledge and can offer detailed help in finding and using print and electronic resources, and also with areas such as Harvard referencing and research skills.

Workshops and laboratories

Our Maudslay building boasts a number of industry-standard workshops and facilities. Supported by a team of expert technical staff, we offer woodwork and metal workshops, model making studios, structural testing equipment, concrete, soil and materials laboratories.

Take a look at our full gallery of facilities for Construction Management students.

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Entry requirements

Applying with prior qualifications

Applying with non-standard entry qualifications/experience

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

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