About your course
Fast track your career with this RICS accredited Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management Masters. Liverpool John Moores University offer part time day release on this postgraduate course aimed at preparing you for senior management role.
- Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
- Supported by industrial partners such as Carrillion and Lovell, and Professionally accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Internationally recognised research in our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute
- Part time, day release study option if you are already in employment
- Career opportunities in areas such as contractors, supply chain, consultants and within QS client organisations
The programme is very challenging. However, you are provided with the resources and support you need from both the lecturers and the career advisors. There are many great opportunities, such as attending networking events and presentations by professionals from within the construction industry, with Wates being one of many.
Introduction to the School
The Department of Built Environment delivers an exciting range of professionally-accredited postgraduate programmes designed to develop innovative and creative professionals equipped to react to the challenges of the modern global built environment.
Whatever your ambitions are for the future, our postgraduate qualifications will ensure you enjoy excellent career prospects both in the UK and internationally and enable you to provide ‘real world’ solutions to the challenges of sustainable global development.
Our portfolio of programmes includes courses for experienced practitioners who want to enhance or refocus their skills to secure promotion or enter a new area within this fascinating profession. We also run courses specifically designed to equip aspiring entrants to the sector with the skills and competencies they need to succeed.
Internationally important research
The Department of Built Environment is recognised as one of the UK’s leading research departments for built environment and sustainability research and we are ranked in the top 15 higher education institutions working in this field.
83% of research submitted to the REF 2014 is considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally.
This work, combined with our extensive links with professional bodies and employers, ensures that all of our postgraduate degrees are industry-focused, globally relevant and at the forefront of knowledge development in this field.
Why study this course at LJMU?
This Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management MSc is the ideal degree if you want to move into a senior management role in this highly challenging and dynamic industry.
Costs management of construction processes is vital throughout the life cycle. This requires a good understanding of the commercial aspects of development and construction, and the environment in which these operate.
On this course you will address projects from the perspectives of both demand and supply, and focus on the procurement and financial control of construction projects.
The programme is ideally suited to students involved in the procurement of built assets, for example on behalf of project sponsors in the public sector.
In addition to RICS accreditation and a Masters qualification, you will also gain many lifelong managerial and professional career skills.
Programme outline and structure
LJMU has adopted an innovative and flexible approach for the delivery of this course which is designed to meet the evolving needs of the industry.
The programme will develop your knowledge and practical skills and enable you to undertake a variety of quantity surveying and commercial management roles in the construction sector.
During the degree you will:
develop an advanced understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of procurement, construction contracts, cost management, information technology and project management in the wider business and built environment sectors
have opportunities for the critical appreciation and understanding of the significant factors impacting on the effective management and development of the built environment, e.g. physical, legal, economic and technological considerations
- study current and emerging theories and practice of quantity surveying and commercial management
- complete both collaborative and individual student-centred study that will develop your analytical, critical and problem solving skills
- gain abilities to lead, champion and develop new organisational processes that improve the quantity surveying and commercial managers practices.
The programme team has extensive links with both professional bodies and industry that facilitate guest lectures and seminars by leading practitioners.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Sustainable Procurement
- Financial Management and BIM
- Construction Contract Strategy
- Quantity Surveying Professional Skills
- Collaborative BIM Project
- Prince 2
- Research Methods
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further guidance or clarification.
How will I be assessed?
The programme has a strong emphasis on developing professional and transferable skills required by all industry sectors.
These skills will be enhanced through group discussions, problem based learning and case study scenarios.
Assessment methods include examination, assignments, essays, problem solving scenarios, projects and case study based tasks.
Staff research interests
Staff heading the programme are engaged in industry leading research
Current projects include:
- Professor David Bryde: Project Management and the supply chain
- Dianne Marsh: Building Information Modelling and its implications on the current management and organisational practices of the Construction industry
- Dr Amr Sourani: Sustainable procurement in the construction industry
- Dr Anupa Manewa: Whole life value considerations in buildings and infrastructure facilities
- Thomas Dowd: Embodied Carbon measurement and costing implications for the construction industry
- James Hartwell: New technologies and their application to the construction industry
- Dr Matt Tucker: Work placed productivity in Facilities Management
Entry requirements (Home)
An Honours degree in a relevant subject with a minimum 2.2 classification or a professional qualification of equivalent standing together with such relevant professional experience as deemed appropriate by the School.
Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.5. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, MPhil/PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
An interview may form part of the application process
6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-
Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland
The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.
The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.
LJMU Alumni Award
Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
The degree has a high standing both academically and professionally and the quality of the programme is recognised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) who have selected LJMU as a 'partnering establishment' for accreditation purposes.
When you graduate with an MSc in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management, you will enjoy full exemption (excepting the Assessment of Professional Competence) from the RICS educational requirements and be eligible for direct entrance on to the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence professional training programme.
The course is designed to give you the core knowledge and skills to work in all sectors of business and there are specific route ways. You can gain an insight into industries, if for example, you are looking for a career within, constructed, new build or civils.
"I was worried that my non-cognate background of a maths undergraduate degree and lack of experience may make it more difficult when completing job applications, but during the course I attended careers fairs, received regular emails including career opportunities and was given the chance to attend networking events.
I have had a number of interviews with top contractors and PQS firms, and I have accepted an offer of employment with one of these. The Masters course has been an extremely important factor in increasing the number of opportunities to me."
Rebecca Norman, MSc Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management graduate:
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes