M.Sc. Quantity Surveying

Dublin Institute Of Technology

Application deadline: Friday, 30th August 2013
Tuition fee:
  • € 2,325 / Year (EEA)
Start date: September  2014, September  2015
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time

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This part-time programme provides an opportunity for non-quantity surveying graduates to become educated for a career in the construction industry in quantity surveying/construction economics in Ireland and abroad. It has been developed as an alternative route into the quantity surveying profession other than by way of the traditional honours undergraduate degree. The programme is presented within the School of Real Estate and Construction Economics in the College of Engineering and Built Environment in DIT. The total intake of students each year will be approx. 20-25 students from different disciplines and backgrounds.

The content of the programme, delivered over 2 ½ years (5 Semesters) includes subjects pertinent to the practice of Quantity Surveyors and construction economics professionals. The programmes focus is strongly oriented towards quantity surveying practice, building measurement, the management and economics of development.

In these new turbulent times the issue of controlling and managing costs within the construction industry is of paramount importance to any private of public sector client.

Semesters 1 and 2 of the programme are designed to build rapidly the foundations required to develop the distinctive skills of the quantity surveying professional. The core modules are: Construction Technology; Quantity Surveying Practice and Building Measurement aim to develop the building blocks and techniques together with developing specialist knowledge of the nature of the industry and the professions that surrounds the built environment.

From the beginning of the third Semester, students apply the principles of Construction Economics and Project Management. Students will have the option in this semester to build on their knowledge of Building Measurement or gain a greater insight into Project Cost and Financial Control. In Semester 4 students gain a more detailed understanding of the legal framework in which construction work operates. They also undertake a major Development Project that seeks to integrate the learning from earlier modules. The Semester will also give the students the option to select either a Professional Practice module or a Commercial Surveying Module.

In order to complete Semester 5 and the entire programme, students will have to undertake the completion of a Dissertation or Group Company Project.

Award
The Dublin Institute of Technologys degree of MSc in Quantity Surveying will be awarded to participants who successfully pass the formal examinations and assessments of the programme including the dissertation or group company project.

Career Opportunities
The programme has full accreditation from the Society of Chartered Surveyors and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Contents

YEAR 1
Semester 1: Construction Technology 1; Quantity Surveying Practice 1; Building Measurement 1

Semester 2: Construction Technology 2; Quantity Surveying Practice 2; Building Measurement 2

YEAR 2
Semester 3: Construction Economics; Project Cost and Financial Control; Advanced Measurement or Project Management

Semester 4: Construction Law; Development Project; Commercial Surveying or Professional Practice

YEAR 3
Semester 5: Research Methods and Dissertation or Company Project

Assessment
The programme is assessed through a range of techniques including: project work; group work, assignments; presentations and examinations. Assessments in the form of examinations will normally take place at the end of the respective semesters in January and May, with supplemental examinations in September. In addition, students will be expected to complete a dissertation.

Students can only progress from one academic year to the next providing all the required assessments in the pre-requisite modules have been passed.

Location
School of Real Estate & Constructions Economics, College of Engineering and Built Environment, DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1

Timetable / Hours
Lectures take place on a Monday and Wednesday evening for a total of 6 hours per week.

Requirements

In order to be admitted to the course, students should have an honours (2.2 grade or higher) undergraduate degree or equivalent. Selection will be made, following interview, using the following criteria.

* Academic achievement
* Relevant employment experience
* Evidence of commitment to a career in Quantity Surveying
* Interest in and critical awareness of role of the Quantity Surveyor and
* Evidence of interest in postgraduate construction research

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IETLS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

80 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550

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