Start date(s)
September 2024
Study Mode
Full-time (1 year)
Leeds City Campus

Course overview

Prepare to successfully fulfil a senior leadership and contract management role in construction with an MSc in Quantity Surveying. You will be taught by research-active academics with extensive industry experience from the UK and around the globe.

This course is designed to give you the very core skills of understanding the causes of construction delays and what tools are necessary to resolve contemporary issues in contract management and to ensure projects are delivered on time, to the specified scope, with fewer legal disputes and above all within the original budget.

This course is subject to validation. You can still apply for this course while it is being approved.

The Student Contract

About this course

One of the biggest challenges the industry faces is the skill shortage, in medium and senior levels of well-trained Quantity Surveyors, Estimators, and Cost Engineers and Contracts Managers. Consequently, in the UK alone 1 in 3 (33%) of government-funded projects are delivered over budget, resulting in severe cost overruns. Globally, at least 4 in 5 (80%) of large and complex infrastructure projects take longer than planned and are extremely over budget by the time they are completed.

Quantity Surveyors in medium to senior roles play a vital role in:
• avoiding the tribulations of late completion
• develop a high analytical interpretation of design detailing
• interpret complex technical briefs
• work with other duty holders to address, and account effect of design variations
• prepare cost plans and interim and phased valuations
• lead others in teams and ensure quicker and early settlement of disputes
• work efficiently as part of a team in administering Lads, set off.

The course is also suitable for those wishing to pursue new career opportunities in managing contracts for complex projects. This will be through comprehensive knowledge of the procurement routes, tendering procedures for public and private client organisations, the technology of construction, assembly methods, and health and safety practices – all of which must be fully costed to mitigate delays and loses. Acquiring the knowledge to measure, estimate, prepare tender and contractual documents and procure will also be explored.

You will also develop an understanding of the tools that ensure project control of finances as core strategic skills of a highly competent and successful quantity surveyor as a cost engineer.

Why study with us

In successfully completing this MSc Construction Management programme you should be able to demonstrate a distinctive suite of well sought for global employability skills in construction cost and contract management.

You will develop an understanding of contract management approaches, namely:
• construction assembly process
• financial management and cost planning
• thorough allocation of resources ensuring all project tasks and milestones are completed safely and on time while keeping project costs down and within the design scope.
• understanding of dispute resolution methods.

Course Modules

You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Core modules

You may study the following modules throughout your degree.

Construction Technology and Design 3 (Core) Advanced Measurement and Estimating (Core) Managing Construction Contracts and Procurement Strategies (Core) Construction and Property Economics (Core) Dissertation (Core)

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development


You will be assessed in a variety of ways, which include:

  • Exams
  • Written reports
  • Technical drawings
  • Phase tests of quizzes

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

  • An honours degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant built environment subject such as quantity surveying, building surveying, construction management, construction project management, architectural technology, or real estate management.  
  • Alternatively, applicants without an undergraduate degree but with subsequent work-related experience in construction management are encouraged to apply

For more information on meeting English language requirements and academic requirements by country, visit our International Applicants page.

Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or at  

Fees and finance


UK Home Students:

For information about our tuition fees please visit our Student Fees and Finance pages.

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your tuition fees.

International Students, including EU Students:

Visit our web page for international students.

Leeds Trinity Alumni Discount

Some Leeds Trinity graduates are eligible for a tuition fee discount on postgraduate courses of up to 50%, excluding PGCE Delivery Partner Model and Lead Partner Model, and Masters by Research courses. You will need to achieve a 2:2 or above in a Leeds Trinity undergraduate course to qualify. On this programme, the following discounts apply:

Postgraduate course Leeds Trinity Alumni Discount
MSc programmes 50% for Leeds Trinity graduates with a 1st class honours degree
MSc programmes 35% for Leeds Trinity graduates with a 2:1 honours degree
MSc programmes  20% for Leeds Trinity graduates with a 2:2 honours degree



How to apply

There is no official closing date for applications, but the course will be closed when it is full. We therefore encourage you to make your application as early as possible.

Please ensure you complete the application form in full and supply all the required supporting documentation when you make your initial application. Incomplete applications may be rejected.

If you need advice on your application, please contact our admissions team on 0113 283 7123 (Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, or Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm) or

Home applicants - How to apply

Applicants who require a Student Route Visa

Applications for September 2024 entry are now closed for students requiring a Student Route Visa in order to study in the UK. Applications for 2025 entry are due to open in early October.

If you require a Student Route Visa in order to study in the UK, then you must apply to us by Sunday 30 June 2024.

Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa.

For additional information, including academic requirements by country, visit our country and region page.

International applicants - How to apply

What happens next?

Our admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application by email.

Where applications are submitted but references are still in progress, admissions will wait for the reference(s) to be received and then will process it, and forward it to the relevant Programme Leader within five days of receipt of the reference(s).

The Programme Leader will make a decision based on your application. You may be asked to provide a reference to demonstrate your academic and non-academic experiences, or you may be invited to attend an interview. If you are successful and are made an offer, the conditions will be outlined in your offer letter. 

Applications will be acknowledged within five working days. Applicants will be contacted within 15 working days with a request for additional information, invite to an informal interview or an application decision.

Made an offer?

You should accept or decline your offer by emailing

If you accept, you'll need to prove you satisfy the conditions outlined in your offer letter.

You may be asked to present the relevant supporting documentation in person to the student information point on campus, if originals are not needed you’ll be contacted and given details of how to provide the supporting documentation.