Taught course

Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying with Industry Placement (2 year)

Heriot-Watt University · School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

Entry requirements

A good honours degree at the equivalency of a UK first class (or high 2:1) honours degree. Due to the popularity of this programme, we prioritise offers to recent graduates as this is an opportunity to gain work experience. Where extensive work experience has already been acquired, we may offer the one-year MSc programme as an alternative.

English language requirements

If English is not the applicant's first language a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required with all elements passed at 6.0 or above. Please refer to English language requirements for further details.

Some applicants may be asked for alternative evidence in line with UKVI recognised English speaking countries. Applicants who have previously successfully completed courses delivered in the medium of English language may be considered and will be required to provide documentary evidence of this. Examples would be secondary school education or undergraduate degree. A minimum of at least one year of full time study (or equivalent) in the medium of English language will be required.

All evidence of English language needs to be dated within two years of the commencement of study.

We also offer a range of English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your master's programme:

  • 20 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with no skill lower than 4.5)
  • 14 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.0 with minimum of 5.0 in writing and no skill lower than 4.5)
  • 10 weeks English (for IELTS of 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.0)
  • 6 weeks English (for IELTS 5.5 with no skill lower than 5.5)

Months of entry


Course content

MSc Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying with Industry Placement is two years in duration and will equip you with the knowledge, skills and hands on practical experience necessary to meet the needs of the cost management and quantity surveying sectors of the building and infrastructure industries.

You’ll gain a solid theoretical and technical base knowledge combined with a strong focus on relevance of theory to industry alongside practical work experience meaning that you’ll quickly be able to make a positive contribution to the workplace.

The programme will interest you if you are looking to commence or progress within the cost management profession in construction, with conversion training in the field of quantity surveying and the opportunity to achieve Chartership status following graduation.

During the master’s programme, you’ll understand quantity surveying practices, including building cost control and measurement, gain contract and procurement skills, understand construction technologies and develop necessary transferable management skills.

This industry-focused master’s programme will ensure you have the skills necessary to make a positive and effective contribution to your future working environment.

MSc Commercial Management and Quantity Surveying with Industry Placement is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for the purpose of graduate membership.

We work closely with industry to ensure our course content is up-to-date and reflects the current and emerging needs of industry and employers. You’ll gain the right blend of knowledge, practical skills, and soft skills to set you up for life after graduation.  

The University is also a Corporate Member of the Association for Project Management.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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