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This programme focuses on the factors that affect the procurement and construction of a building or structure over its complete life cycle, with particular emphasis on the economic, legal, financial and managerial considerations of the construction process. Once you have developed the technical skills required of a quantity surveyor, you will apply them to projects that are based on ‘real’ construction scenarios. This method of working not only gives you invaluable hands-on practice, it also allows you to develop a variety of transferable skills that will give you a professional edge when you eventually start your very first quantity surveying job.


Career prospects for quantity surveying graduates are excellent with many students securing their 1st professional position working for clients, contractors or professional practices after they graduate as there is a pent up demand. This professionally-accredited BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying at Liverpool John Moores University will enable you to secure a career in the construction related industry.


  • Recognised by BCA for the registration of QS in the Public Sector Panels of Consultants.
  • Fully accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers, UK (Chartered member could register as a Chartered Building Engineer, UK).
  • Degree taught in LJMU is fully accredited by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)


Three (3) intakes a year – Jan, May, September.


This course is Currently Offered in Part Time Only
24-month continuous study without term holidays
* 16 months for relevant Diploma Graduates Entry

  • Regular Class: 3-hour class room lesson – 2 to 3 times per week
  • Weekdays lessons start: 7.00pm to 10.00pm
  • Saturday lesson start: 2.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Sunday lessons (if necessary)

Year 1

8 month period

  1. Construction Technology 1
  2. Collaborative Interdisciplinary Project 1
  3. Introduction to Law
  4. Construction and Property Economics
  5. Academic and Digital Literacy
  6. Management Theory and Practice
  7. Measurement and Costing

*Modules are subjected to change by the University

Year 2

8 month period

Construction Technology 2Research MethodsCollaborative Interdisciplinary Project 2Construction ProcurementConstruction Contract LawConstruction Project ManagementAdvanced Measurement and Contract Administration
  • Substructure – pile foundations, displacement and replacement, pile caps and ground beams, pad foundations. Basement excavation and construction. Reinforced concrete ground floor slabs.
  • Superstructure – Single storey framed buildings of portal frame and lattice girder construction in steel concrete and timber. Multi storey structural frames in steel insitu concrete and precast concrete. Cross laminated timber multi storey structures. Tunnel form and Slip form construction. Cladding to single storey and multi storey buildings. Roofing to single and multi-storey buildings. Structural concrete floors,- metal deck, precast concrete and in-situ concrete. Suspended Ceilings, Access Floors and Internal Partitions.
  • Services – Heating Ventilation and Air conditioning plant to industrial and commercial buildings. Electrical installations to industrial and commercial buildings. Lifts and escalators installation. Firefighting and suppression systems to multi storey buildings. Pumped systems of water supply to multi storey buildings.
  • Developing research questions, aims and objectives.
  • Research design and theoretical approaches – exploration of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods design and particular philosophical approaches.
  • Research strategies – including case study research, survey research, and observational research.
  • Research methods – data collection methods such as questionnaires, interview and secondary data analysis.
  • Ethical principles in research – how to conduct research ethically and responsibly.
  • This module will facilitate the learning process by enabling students to apply previously gained knowledge and theory in a practical context, working collaboratively using a 3D model on a BIM enabled project in order to negotiate decisions in relation to specific tasks. Within the module itself the following areas will be considered and applied to the project: BIM software technologies, negotiation skills, sustainable design, cost, programme and legal considerations.
  • Introduction to stakeholders and stakeholder mapping. Strategies for stakeholder engagement. Philosophy of procurement, public and private clients. Risks inherent in the various procurement, contract and tendering options and their associated available contracts.
  • Basic principles of construction contracts – parties/personnel, standard forms of construction contract with reference to JCT Standard Building Contract and the Engineering and Construction Contract.
  • Risk and responsibility inherent in a variety of standard forms of contract in relation to time, payment, quality and design.
  • Introduction to International Forms of Contract.
  • Discharge of Contracts, Measure of damages and Insolvency.
  • Letters of Intent.
  • Pre-tender planning, pre-contract planning and contract planning
  • Site layout planning and risk assessments
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Time planning and programming: Network Analysis and Precedence Diagrams
  • Contract budgets and cash flow
  • Quality management
  • Project control techniques: S curve, Earned Value Analysis and Cost Value
  • Reconciliation
  • Application of appropriate construction project management software.
  • The measurement and quantification of complex building works. Building will be considered in relation to complex foundations, frames and external walls. Using software to produce and price Bills of Quantities.
  • Contract administration procedures: dayworks; PC and Provisional sums; variations and change control procedures; interim valuations and retention; claims; final account; insolvency.

*Modules are subjected to change by the University

Year 3

8 month period

Research ProjectCollaborative Interdisciplinary Project 3Contract and Procurement StrategiesEngineering MeasurementProject Economics and ManagementBusiness Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Undertaking research and research ethics
  • Project planning
  • The research process
  • Research methodology and design
  • Analysis tools and techniques
  • This module will facilitate the learning process by enabling students to apply the theory gained at all levels into practice. Within the module itself the following areas will be considered and applied to the project: BIM software technologies, negotiation skills, sustainable design, cost, programme and legal considerations.
  • Modern methods of construction procurement.
  • Allocation of risk within the different procurement options.
  • Stakeholders and supply chain management
  • Procurement decision-making.
  • EU Procurement Directives and European/International approaches.
  • Definitions and applications of sustainability; sustainable construction, social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainable construction/sustainable procurement; Integration of sustainable construction within procurement strategies; enablers and barriers of sustainable construction procurement.
  • Dispute management and resolution in construction and engineering works.
  • Design economics
  • Cost planning
  • Benchmarking
  • Value engineering
  • Building services measurement
  • Large scale and high rise construction projects measurement.
  • Civil engineering measurement
  • Tender documentation for a variety of different procurement options.
  • BIM protocols
  • BIM Processes
  • Application and evaluation of BIM software applicable to the role of the Quantity Surveyor/ Estimator.
  • Development of contract practice skills in relation to pre and post contract management
  • Commercial and economic context within which construction projects are delivered
  • Systems theory and practice, formation of construction organisations and stakeholder management.
  • Client based whole life value management in construction projects.
  • Pre contract risk management in mega projects.
  • Accounting policies as applied to project based organisations.
  • Post contract cost reporting.
  • Integrating project information systems with building information management.
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business Strategy Creation – using analytical assessment tools
  • Developing a marketing Strategy
  • Business and Professional Ethics
  • Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Performance Management Systems
  • Quality Management Systems

*Modules are subjected to change by the University

Assessments / Written Examinations

All Modules will have mixture of course work, assignments and examination.

Examinations are held thrice yearly.

Progression Requirements

  • A minimum of 75% attendance is required
  • Minimum mark of 40% is required to pass each module


These are the most common jobs students go into after graduating:

  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Town Planner
  • Architect

Admission Criteria

Year 1 Entry:

  • ‘A’ level holders will have to complete the programme over 24 months, starting from year 1.

Year 2 Entry:

  • A relevant Polytechnic Diploma (or Equivalent) in the built environment discipline.
  • Advanced Diploma in Quantity Surveying by Trent Global College of Technology and Management.
  • Other equivalent qualifications recognised by the University.

Language Proficiency : English O  Level min. C6.

All applications are subject to approval from Liverpool John Moores University.

** Currently only accepting students direct to Year 2 Entry.

Programme Fees

  • *S$18,000 exclusive of GST per 16 months

*Fees are subjected to change without notice

Other Fees

  • *S$250 (non-refundable) Application and eligibility assessment.
  • *Administration Fees: S$150 – S$400
  • Fees payable are subjected to prevailing GST.

*Fees are subjected to change without notice

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