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Quantity Surveying, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months


As a partner university of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Heriot-Watt University is instrumental in meeting the educational needs by building on students' previous education and experience to prepare them for the demands of the profession.

Career opportunities

Our students are recruited by international construction and quantity surveying practices and graduates develop careers across many sectors of industry and commerce.

Whatever your career aspirations are for the future, i.e. to be involved in the mega-projects of international reputation or to provide expertise in sustainable cost savings or present cost advice on the development and use of innovate building technologies and material components or to run your own organisation; the skills and knowledge delivered in the MSc Quantity Surveying programme provide the fundamental competencies to take you on your own individual career path.

Industry links

The Quantity Surveying programme focuses on industrial relevance, ensuring that graduates are quickly able to make a positive and effective contribution to the success of their working environment, and the development of their own professional careers. The programme is taught using principles that are applicable in many quantity surveying and financial management industrial sectors.

Flexible study options

This programme can be studied full-time, part-time or via Independent Distance Learning (IDL), ideal for those in employment or with other commitments, providing flexible study options that fit around work or family. As an IDL student you will not be required to attend any lectures, tutorials or other events at any of Heriot-Watt University’s campuses.


Professional recognition

The MSc is accredited by RICS. If a student is in relevant structured employment whilst studying on the programme, they may register for the APC and work towards obtaining their relevant competencies. On successful completion of the MSc in Quantity Surveying graduates may then complete their RICS membership and on successful completion of the Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) will achieve full chartered status.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • People and Organisational Management in the Built Environment
  • Contracts and Procurement
  • Construction Practice and Information Technology
  • Value and Risk Management
  • Quantity Surveying Financial Management
  • Construction Financial Management
  • Construction Technology
  • Master's Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: There is no official deadline for postgraduate applications,we accept them right up until the beginning of term.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description
      Independent Distance Learning 2-7 years
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

For MSc level entry applicants must have:
  • Minimum of 2:2 honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in cognate and semi-cognate subject area. For PG conversion programmes, non-cognate degrees will be considered. Corporate (or chartered) membership of relevant professional institutions will also be considered.

Technological Requirements

Please note that independent distance learning students who access their studies online will be expected to have access to a PC/laptop and internet.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18868 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9434 GBP per semester and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    17312 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8656 GBP per semester and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Putrajaya

  • 1690 - 2370 MYR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships & bursaries
  • Alumni Scholarship SchemeHeriot-Watt Alumni
  • Carnegie-Cameron Taught Postgraduate BursariesApplicants must be Scottish by birth, have at least one parent born in Scotland or have been continuously resident in Scotland for a period of three years for the purpose of secondary or tertiary education.
  • Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship PlanInternational (Commonwealth citizens)
  • Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme(SBE) International (Commonwealth citizens)
  • Department for International Development (DFID) Commonwealth Shared Scholarship SchemeCommonwealth citizens
  • East Lothian Educational TrustApplicants must be a resident of the old county of East Lothian (ie excluding Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig.)
  • India Scholarship (SBE) Students who have applied via the Heriot-Watt India office. Please note that this award is available for study at our Edinburgh campus only.
  • Leverhulme Trade Charities TrustRestricted to residents of the UK who are a son, daughter, spouse, widow or widower of a commercial traveller, chemist or grocer.
  • Local Education Authority AwardsVarious
  • Mexican ScholarshipsMexican applicants
  • Music ScholarshipsAll students
  • Part-time Fee Grant (SAAS)See SAAS residence conditions.
  • Postgraduate Student Allowance Scheme (SAAS)EU and UK applicants who meet the SAAS criteria on eligible courses
  • Remission of Fees (families of staff)Spouses/civil partners and children of members of staff, also retired members of staff of the University
  • Royal Caledonian Schools TrustApplicants must be of Scots parentage (conditions apply - see below)
  • Scotland's Saltire ScholarshipsCitizens of Canada, the People's Republic of China, India or USA (2 awards for each country)
  • Sports ScholarshipsAll students
  • Staff ScholarshipsEmployees of Heriot-Watt University
  • The Consumer Affairs UK Scholarship ProgrammeAll currently enrolled students
  • West Lothian Educational TrustIndividuals must have originated in West Lothian or have lived there for the last 3 years.

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