PGDip Quantity Surveying

University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)
Bristol, United Kingdom
Postgraduate Diploma
Study mode
1 year
Tuition fee (local)
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Tuition fee (foreign)
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Entry Requirements

We normally require an honours degree of 2.2 or above.

If your degree is not in Construction or Surveying, you may be asked to complete a programme of preparatory reading before starting the course.

We can consider applicants who do not meet the normal entry requirement, but who do have relevant professional experience or qualifications. In your application, you should describe in detail your professional experience and qualifications.


Level 2:

  • Construction Technology and Building Services (Graduate Diploma Only) (30 credits) - Here you'll take the basic principles of domestic construction into the area of more complex buildings, such as offices and warehousing, in multi-storey and wide span construction. You'll then look at the specification and performance requirements of the finished building elements, as well the process of construction, including sustainable construction and health and safety issues.
  • QS Project (Graduate Diploma Only) (30 credits) - Covers the basic knowledge and skills required to begin work as a QS using the lifecycle of a medium-sized construction project as a case study. You'll cover project-based skills in budget estimating, basic cost-planning, bill production, tender estimating, interim valuations and final accounts.

Level 3: 

  • Strategic Cost Planning (30 credits) - This module introduces you to large projects, often characterised by uncertainty and complexity, where you'll need to evaluate strategic options over extended time periods to maximise value. The module is linked to a European Study visit in November, which exposes you to European practice and culture in construction practice.
  • Commercial Management (30 credits) - As a counterpoint to the previous module, we focus on the contractors' perspective, covering contract and sub-contract management, preliminaries costing and apportionment, payment and claims applications, and cost-value reconciliation. Your coursework looks at new markets for construction services and existing barriers to entry.

Level M:

These modules examine current advanced-level practice in detail and reflect on the latest initiatives. They draw on the expertise of leading industry practitioners as visiting lecturers and speakers. We encourage you to develop coursework based on your own work experience.

  • Construction Contract Law (15 credits) - Builds your knowledge in advanced construction law and developments in standard forms of contract.
  • Construction Procurement (15 credits) - Examines current perspectives on best practice in construction procurement, comparing UK Government guidance on public sector practice with European and international practice across the private and public sectors.
  • Construction Project Management Practice (15 credits) - Project management has become the key discipline for construction professionals in the fast paced construction environment. The focus of this module is on the optimal use of resources and programming to deliver projects on time and on budget.
  • Building Information Modelling in Design Co-ordination (15 credits) - BIM is a vitally important part of the construction industry in the 21st Century. All professionals in the built environment must embrace the new approach in terms of collaboration and design as well as the cost planning and whole life costing elements. Successful completion of this module will equip the student with insight and skills in this fast evolving area.

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