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The need for quantity surveyors is vital for the efficient financial management of construction projects. The Quantity Surveying programme at Heriot-Watt is designed using principles that are applicable in many quantity surveying and financial management industrial sectors. The degree provides students with a solid theoretical base coupled with current and future approaches to practical quantity surveying practice.

As competition grows amongst those wishing to enter and develop a career in the construction industry, this internationally recognised qualification provides a quality benchmark for prospective employers and can enhance career progression.

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.


  • Recognised by BCA, For the registration of QS in the public sector panels of Consultants.
  • Fully accredited by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Fully accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers, UK (Chartered member could register as a Chartered Building Engineer, UK).
  • Singapore Institute of Buildings (eligible to apply for Full Membership)


Two (2) intakes a year – Jan & September.


This course offers both Full Time and Part Time

Full Time

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) & Master of Science (MSc): Total 18 Months
Currently Unavailable

Part Time

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip): Total 18 months (12-months continuous study without term holidays)

Master of Science (MSc): Total 24 months (18-months continuous study without term holidays )

  • Regular Class: 3-hours classroom lesson – 2 to 3 times per week
  • Consultation: Once a week
  • Weekday lessons start: 7pm to 10pm
  • Saturday lesson start: 2.30pm to 5.30pm

Programme Outline

PGDip: 8 examinable modules
MSc: 8 examinable modules and a Research Dissertation

In the event, the student scored at least an average of 50 marks and above for all 8 examinable modules, the student would be eligible to undertake the MSc.

Construction Financial ManagementConstruction TechnologyPeople and Organisation Management in the Built EnvironmentQuantity Surveying Financial ManagementUrban Economy and Property MarketsContracts and ProcurementValue and Risk ManagementConstruction Practice and Information TechnologyResearch Dissertation (Only for MSc Students)
  • The importance of financial management and control in contracting
  • Corporate strategies in construction companies
  • Financial management at the company level
  • Cash flow forecasting (S-curves, net cash flow)
  • Costing (need, cost accounts)
  • Cost and value reconciliation at the project level
  • Production of financial accounts for construction companies
  • Corporate analysis and ratio analysis applied in construction
  • Economic comparison (present worth, equivalent annual cost, etc.)
  • Profitability measurement (NPW, DCY, etc.)
  • Construction Plant financial appraisal (calculation of plant hire rate, optimum life, etc.)
  • Development appraisal techniques (residual valuation, de-velopment valuations using DCF)
  • Structural Requirements for Buildings
  • Substructure Design – Foundations
  • Substructure Design – Basements
  • Structural frames and suspended floors
  • Superstructure – External walls and cladding
  • Superstructure – Roofs
  • Services in Buildings
  • Offsite construction
  • Low carbon construction
  • What is management and its important for professional practice
  • Good and bad examples of management and their effect on individuals, organisations and service delivery.
  • A critical evaluation of management theories.
  • Understanding of the complexities of team building
  • Relevance of management competencies to personal development planning
  • Construction Industry
  • Organisation and Culture
  • Project Administration
  • Cost Control of Buildings
  • Pre and Post Contract
  • Whole Life Costing
  • Measurement
  • Tendering and Procurement
  • The role and responsibility of a quantity surveyor within construction industry
  • Underlying dynamics of urban structural change within individual cities and within urban systems.
  • Urban economic issues – population decline, urban public finance, sustainability, urban transport problem and solutions.
  • Urban change and the property market local office market cycles, the influence of financial institutions and the local land market on urban change.
  • Property-led local economic development policies – historical perspective, financial incentives, grants to developers, the role of housing, measurements of success
  • Introduction to Construction Project Procurement
  • Procurement Arrangement Options
  • Construction Contract Use in the UK
  • Principles of Contract Law
  • Partnering
  • Procurement through Public Private Partnerships
  • Claims
  • Negotiating
  • Managing Conflicts and Disputes
  • Towards Better Contracting Practices
  • VRM and the construction procurement processAn Introduction to Value Management, Value Engineering – Function Analysis and other VE tools, Risk, uncertainty and the construction industry, Risk and procurement of PPP projects, The Risk Management framework., Sources, events and effects of project risk, Tools and techniques of Risk Management, Risk response and mitigation, Client Briefing, A Review of North American Practice
  • Management Information systems for integrated work environment
  • Electronic Documents Management
  • Development strategy for information systems
  • Introduction to IT Infrastructure and EDI
  • E-business in construction
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Mobile computing in construction
  • Smart/Intelligent Building
  • Information systems and Knowledge Management
  • IT-ethics and human-IT relationship

Students are supported throughout Research Dissertation by an allocated supervisor. There is no formal syllabus, the research project process is supported by VLE with on line resources including PowerPoint slide packs and written guidance material on aspects of good practice in preparing the research project work. Students are introduced to research project requirements early.

*Modules are subjected to change by the College


Includes both Examinations and Coursework

All assessments are set and marked by Heriot-Watt University staff.

Examinations are held thrice yearly.

Examinations are administrated and invigilated by the British Council.

Progression Requirement

  • A minimum of 75% attendance is required
  • Minimum mark of 40% is required to pass each module
  • Minimum score of 50 marks for all 8 examinable modules is required for student to undertake Master of Science (MSc)

Mode of Delivery

This programme offers a comprehensive delivery of study materials and support systems.

Award of Degree

The degree is awarded by Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


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

  • Portfolio Manager
  • Real Estate Management consultant
  • Property Developer
  • Property Manager
  • Urban Planner

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)

  • An honours degree in a related subject area plus a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience post qualification.
  • Candidates who do not meet the above entry requirements or have no formal academic qualifications will be considered individually based on their CV and interview. Admission via this route will be at the discretion of the Director of Admissions and the number of successful applicants will be restricted.

All applications are subject to approval from Heriot-Watt University.

Master of Science (MSc)

  • A relevant degree with either first or second class honors from any recognised University
  • Other equivalent qualification and relevant industries experience may also be considered on case by case basis.
  • Mature and experienced adults working in relevant industries may also be considered on individual merits.

All applications are subject to approval from Heriot-Watt University.

Programme Fees (PGDip)

  • *S$24,400 exclusive of GST
  • Fees are collected in 3 interest-free installments
  • Programme fee includes recommended Textbooks, HWU E-Library, VLE, VPN, examinations and assessments.

*Fees are subjected to change without notice

Programme Fees (MSc)

  • *S$25,800 exclusive of GST
  • Fees are collected in 4 interest-free installments
  • Programme fee includes recommended Textbooks, HWU E-Library, VLE, VPN, examinations and assessments.

*Fees are subjected to change without notice

Other Fees

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

*Fees are subjected to change without notice

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