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MSc in Quantity Surveying

Status: Closed




1 Year


Built Environment

Start Date


Course Type

Flexible & Professional



This programme aims to create specialists capable of understanding inter-related issues of Quantity Surveying and Sustainability and has a specific focus on sustainable public building.

The programme is focused on the development of the learner as a post-graduate with a specialist understanding and competency in the theory, concepts and methodologies relating to the sustainability, technology, metrics, value, legal frameworks and management of complex built assets.

The programme will create a progression opportunity for level 8 graduates and other learners with a mix of academic qualifications, relevant professional institute membership and experiential learning gained from working within the built environment. 

Those who successfully complete the programme will gain a Level 9 award as well as gaining access to the relevant professional institute membership (Society Chartered Surveyors Ireland) which is vital to secure employment in the sector.

The programme covers topics such as Sustainable Development in Public Buildings, Procurement and Tendering, Cost Planning, Risk and Knowledge Management etc. and also provides the opportunity to gain specific knowledge on a topic through a Thesis or Applied Research Project. On successful completion of this programme, the learner will be able to: Formulate detailed knowledge and systematic understanding of a specialist field of quantity surveying in the context of the sustainable development of built assets.

The learner is expected to have a detailed knowledge, experience and understanding of:

1. The theories, paradigms, defining concepts and underlying principles of the research area.

2. Advanced methods for acquiring, interpreting and analysing current research, with a critical awareness of the appropriate contexts for their use through the study of original papers, reports, journals and data sets.

3. The identification, definition and resolution of novel, complex, research problems relevant legal and regulatory frameworks.

4. Aspects of the defining elements and the inter-relationships of the research area.

What are the entry requirements?

The admission requirements to the Master of Science in Quantity Surveying are according to the following priorities:

1. A primary degree in a built environment programme with a minimum award of Second Class Honour Grade 2 Priority of entry will be given to applicants with a higher classification of award.
2. Have successfully completed a Post Grad Diploma in a built environment programme. Priority of entry will be given to applicants with a higher classification of award.
3. An appropriate professional built environment qualification (ie. Chartered membership of the SCSI, EI, CIOB etc.) and at least 2 years relevant professional experience/responsibility. or
4. A primary degree and at least 5 years relevant professional responsibility and experience.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE: Applicants who do not have English as their first language must ensure they satisfy English Language requirements. For entry to undergraduate courses, a minimum score of 5.5 in an IELTS exam is required. For postgraduate courses, a minimum of 6.0 is required. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their English proficiency meets these requirements.

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What modules will I study?

Building Cost Planning and Management: To demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the pre and post contract cost control management.
Risk and Knowledge Management: Both management fields will focus their role and application within the construction industry.
Contract Implementation and Dispute Management: to develop the student's knowledge, intellectual skills and competence to develop critical analysis.

Project Management: Facilitate the delivery and management of the public sector capital works projects
Elective: Measurement Principles: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the work of the quantity surveyor.
Elective: Land Use Planning: Provide learners with the fundamental principles underlying land use planning in Ireland.
Thesis: To assist the learner to identify, understand, analyse, and present a completed thesis.
Sustainable Development: Provide learners with a critical understanding of sustainable principles and goals.
Procurement, Tendering & Value Management: Partnering, framework agreements, capital works management framework, e-tendering, etc.
Elective: Sustainable Design & Construction: Evaluate a wide range of topics under sustainable design & construction.

More Information


This is a full Level 9 Masters programme.

Classes will take place during the day time, every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday (11-17 hours per week) in LIT Moylish, Limerick.

This programme will be 11 months in duration, commencing in September 2020.

Timetables will not be finalised until September 2020.

What will the time commitment be?

Each 5 credits will normally equate to approximately 100 Total Learning Hours. Total Learning Hours includes the time you spend in class (lectures, tutorials, practical elements) and the time you spend completing work outside of college. The balance between these two varies by discipline, and by level of study. You should bear in mind that the workload will increase at particular times e.g. when assignments are due.


Please note that the exams for this course will be part continuous assessment and part final sit down exam. Exams take place weekdays, during daytime hours i.e. between the hours of 9am and 6pm. TBC closer to exam time.


Master of Science in Quantity Surveying (Level 9, 90 Credits)

Application Deadline

1st September 2020

For queries relating to the course

Contact: Dept of Flexible Learning

LIT Moylish. Tel: 061 293055



€7,000 TBC for 2021.

This programme was 90% Springboard funded for employed applicants and 100% Springboard funded for unemployed applicants in 2020. The fee to be paid was €700 in 2020.


Springboard+ is co-funded by the Government of Ireland and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF programme for employability, inclusion and learning 2014-2020




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