About this course
Fast track your career with this RICS accredited Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management Masters from LJMU and prepare for senior management roles.
- Study on a course supported by industrial partners such as Laing O'Rourke and Lovell, and professionally accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Benefit from the internationally recognised research of our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute
- Opt for the part-time, day release study option if you are already in employment
- Look forward to career roles as a Contractor, Supply Chain Manager, Consultant or within QS client organisations
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.
Cost management of construction processes is vital throughout the life cycle of a project. 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 through the programme.
Fees and funding
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students
The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:
- Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
- Access to programme-appropriate software
- Library and student IT support
- Free on-campus wifi via eduroam
Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:
- accommodation and living expenditure
- books (should you wish to have your own copies)
- printing, photocopying and stationery
- PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
- mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
- field trips (travel and activity costs)
- placements (travel expenses and living costs)
- student visas (international students only)
- study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
- academic conferences (travel costs)
- professional-body membership
- graduation (gown hire etc)
There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.
Further your career prospects
LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.
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.
Discover the building blocks of your programme
Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.
This module develops your ability to advise construction clients and contractors regarding procurement and sustainability issues at organisation and project levels. It aims to:
- examine existing procurement options and their ability to meet client requirements
- examine sustainable construction and the development of procurement strategies addressing sustainable construction principles
Financial Management and BIM
This module introduces the financial management techniques used in construction to manage the lifecycle cost of built environment facilities. It also delivers the fundamental concepts that link financial management and BIM, such as the cash flow forecasts, cost plans, cost value reconciliation and whole life cycle management of construction facilities. The module aims to:
- enable you to apply financial management techniques to construction projects from both a client and contractor perspective
- develop IT skills specific to BIM
Construction Contract Strategy
This module develops a strategic knowledge and critical appreciation of construction contract law to enable you to consider, in depth, its application to construction and engineering projects.
Quantity Surveying Professional Skills
This module develops practical and team skills within the context of a Quantity Surveyor working on an industry project. It enables you to apply the theory, concepts and procedures of quantity surveying professional skills, using industry standards.
Collaborative BIM Project
This module develops your practical and team skills, within the context of collaborative working, on an industry project. You will follow BIM protocols and practice as part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary project team to achieve project success.
This module provides the knowledge and skills to apply the PRINCE2® Project Management method to the management of different stages of the project life cycle.
This module focuses on your critical understanding of the research process. In preparation for your research study, it also develops skills in research design, implementation and presentation. You will come to understand the differing techniques, strategies and methods used to undertake research in the built environment.
This module develops and tests your ability to prepare a dissertation, based on the study of a subject related to your chosen discipline within the built environment. Dissertation preparation normally takes place after completion of the Postgraduate Diploma stage.
An insight into teaching on your course
You will learn via formal keynote lectures, coursework tasks and guided independent study.
The programme team has extensive links with both professional bodies and industry this facilitates guest lectures and seminars by leading practitioners.
How learning is monitored on your programme
To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.
Assessment methods on this programme include examination, assignments, essays, problem solving scenarios, projects and case study based tasks.
What you can expect from your School
This programme is based in the City Campus. Besides well-equipped workshops, we have: a structural testing laboratory, a concrete laboratory, a radio frequency and microwave laboratory, a highways research laboratory, an industrial chemistry laboratory, a soil mechanics laboratory, hydraulics laboratory, surveying laboratory, light structure and materials laboratory, building information modelling (BIM) software and expertise and smart homes.
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You will need:
a minimum 2:2 in a relevant subject
a professional qualification with considerable relevant work experience
- IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
- Pearson 58-64 (minimum 51 in each component for UKVI purposes)
- RPL is accepted on this programme
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Application and selection
Securing your place at LJMU
You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.
You need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient level of knowledge to embark on the programme and to complete it within the time limits. You should provide evidence, at the interview stage, of your learning capabilities and commitment to a postgraduate programme of study.
Applications from non-standard applicants are welcomed. In exceptional circumstances applications by mature healthcare practitioners without sufficient qualifications will be considered.
The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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