Case study

Graduate cost consultant — Matthew Bean

Exploring career options in the built environment led Matthew to an MSc in Quantity Surveying. He now works as a graduate cost consultant

What undergraduate degree did you study?

I originally studied BSc Geography at Newcastle University.

Why did you decide to study MSc Quantity Surveying?

In my final year of undergraduate study I was still unsure about what job I wanted to do. I've always had an interest in construction I but never really thought of it as a career. After taking part in a land surveying practical in geography, I decided to research careers in the built environment. I came across quantity surveying, which seemed like an interesting role.

After graduating from my undergraduate degree, I approached local surveyors and secured a couple of short internships.

Is your MSc essential to getting your chosen job?

For me it's essential. In order to become a chartered quantity surveyor you are required to have a degree accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

What does your MSc course involve?

I'm studying at Nottingham Trent University and the course is designed for non-cognate students, with no prior experience in construction. It covers a range of topics that may affect you as a quantity surveyor. Some modules are directly linked to the role, such as contract administration, measurement, procurement and cost studies.

Some modules cover construction more broadly such as law and economics. The course also includes both a UK and an international field trip.

What career do you plan to go into?

I wish to become a quantity surveyor and I have now secured a graduate role as a cost consultant. In time I hope to progress into management.

What are your top tips for choosing a postgraduate course?

If it's a job you're looking for, research career options. I chose this course on the basis that I wanted to pursue this as a career and it would effectively be a stepping stone to that goal.

Also look into the actual course content. One of the appealing factors of the course at Nottingham Trent was the option to complete an internship as opposed to a dissertation.

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