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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 10.5k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 18.2k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English

    The course is intended for non-surveying 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.

    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.

    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.

    • Institutional and legal context for construction
    • Construction
    • Measurement, documentation and estimating
    • Project evaluation
    • Construction contract administration
    • Construction law
    • Procurement and management of construction
    • Economics and finance for construction
    • Dissertation

    Options modules

    • Behavioural finance
    • Building control
    • Building information modelling and collaborative working
    • Health and safety management in construction
    • History of architecture and construction
    • International real estate and construction
    • Legal resolution of property and construction disputes


    • Mahtab Farshchi

    Faculty/Department: / Job title: Course Director - MSc Property Development & Planning

    • Jennifer Hardi

    Faculty/Department: / Job title: Senior Lecturer in Architectural Technology

    • Darren James

    Faculty/Department: / Job title: Senior Lecturer - Construction Technology

    • Martin Lake

    Faculty/Department: / Job title: Head of the Department of The Built Environment

    • Gheorghe Multescu

    Faculty/Department: / Job title: Course Director - BSc (Hons) Surveying

    • Alex Opoku

    Faculty/Department: / Job title: Senior Lecturer

    • Steve Pittard

    Faculty/Department: / Job title: Senior Lecturer

    • Keren Tweeddale

    Faculty/Department: / Job title: Senior Lecturer

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    You should normally have one of the following qualifications: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, 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.Part-time students Part-time students normally will be currently employed in a property-related office. Applicants must normally be able to show that their employers support their application and that attendance on a regular basis will be possible over the duration of the course. Students who experience temporary unemployment during the duration of their studies will be permitted to continue with the course.Overseas applicantsApplicants 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.APEL 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. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5 IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

    We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

    Read more about key postgraduate scholarships below and find out more about scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students.

    Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

    Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor's scholarship. Up to £48,000 is awarded to successful applicants each year and comes in the form of cash bursaries and tuition fee waivers.

    LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

    This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. All final year LSBU undergraduates, achieving a 2:1 or higher, who process directly onto an LSBU postgraduate taught course receive a 25% discount off their fees.

    International Scholarships

    As well as being potentially eligible for our postgraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of scholarships just for them. Find out more about International scholarships.

    Stuart A Johnson Scholarship

    From donations received by LSBU from alumnus Stuart A Johnson, the University has one scholarship offering a fee discount worth £4,000 for a full-time or part-time UK or EU student on MSc Construction Project Management.

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