University of Reading

University of Reading

Construction Cost Management

**Course information** This course provides a route for new entrants to the professional practice of Construction Cost Management or Quantity Surveying, who have taken degrees in non-related disciplines. It provides an introduction to the fundamental topics related to Construction Cost Management and an understanding of the latest academic theories and research, which inform vocational practice in the financial management of construction projects. The purpose is to prepare non-cognate graduates for a career in quantity surveying or financial management in construction. The distinctive focus is on the principles, tools and techniques of financial and cost management from inception of a project, through to design and construction. The School of Construction Management and Engineering is one of the world's leading university departments dealing with the challenges of the built environment. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), 83% of our research is rated world leading or internationally excellent, and we are ranked 3rd in the UK for research impact in architecture, built environment and planning (Times Higher Education Institutions Ranked By Subject, 2014, based on its analysis of REF 2014). The course is for graduates from any discipline who are seeking a professional qualification leading to employment in a dynamic, exciting profession involving the application of financial, managerial and property design skills. Construction and property cost consultancy is a thriving business activity which is seeking to recruit ambitious graduates from all disciplines who wish to enter a career in which they will develop in a climate of self-management and progress by making their own career choices. Property and construction cost consultants operate in an industry that provides essential, innovative and exciting facilities. They provide services to clients of the construction and property industries through the professional application of economic, financial, engineering, design, management and communication skills. The MSc in Construction Cost Management is designed to provide the basis of these skills for good graduates from all disciplines. The course is offered as a one-year full-time course, or as a flexible modular course over 24-63 months. It is accredited by RICS and CIOB. **Careers** The construction and property industry provides many of life's essential services. It is a large, varied and exciting industry. Cost managers in construction and property can work for consultancy practices, designers or construction firms. They provide the essential financial direction to projects while working with clients, architects, designers or building engineers. Cost managers require a unique mixture of skills, including design appreciation, financial and cost skills and management ability. The cost consultant firms associated with this established programme are looking to recruit graduates who wish to enter a demanding and rewarding profession. Those students who secure appropriate sponsorship from such firms can take the course in flexible mode while undertaking the required professional training for RICS qualification in parallel. Full-time students will carry out their professional training after completing the MSc. Graduates will typically find employment in cost management or quantity surveying with public and private sector clients, consultants, or contractors in the building, civil engineering or oil and gas sectors. **Modules** - Construction cost engineering - Construction economics - Financial and management accounting in construction - International construction - Construction contract law

Entry requirements

MSc: You are normally required to have a good undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you may also be eligible to apply. IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Course modules

* Construction cost engineering * Construction economics * Financial and management accounting in construction * International construction * Construction contract law

Assessment methods

Dissertation

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Wales) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Scotland) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 19,230 per Whole course (International) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (EU) 12 Months
MSc Full-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (England) 12 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Wales) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Scotland) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (England) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (EU) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 19,230 per Whole course (International) 24 Months
MSc Part-time September 2019 8,620 per Whole course (Channel Islands) 24 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Reading RG6 6UR South East

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