Taught course

Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management

Oxford Brookes University · School of the Built Environment

Entry requirements

The MSc in Quantity Surveying and Commercial Management is open to students who hold a good undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or above) in a related discipline. Please note, we will also consider applications from candidates with relevant experience in construction, (or an alternative qualification) and demonstrable ability to study at master's level.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This programme is designed to meet the challenging demands of the modern learner and the rapidly evolving needs of the construction industry. It employs an innovative teaching structure that is integrated with Brookes Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The result is the delivery of a flexible and exciting programme of study.

Starting in either January/September, the programme may be studied either full-time over one year, or as an Open learner over two years.

Module leaders can be contacted via the VLE, e-mail, telephone and Skype.

Intensive Study Periods - all students attend four intensive study periods during their programme each being around 3 days long. Students and staff enjoy these intensive sessions as they are able to share experiences and knowledge as well as renew friendships and make connections within the industry and the open-learning students get the opportunity to meet face-to-face with staff.

European Field trip - To expose our students to the international nature of the construction industries, we also run a week long subsidised field trip to Europe (usually Holland) every year in January.

Applied or Problem-Based Learning - We have responded to requests from industry to make our postgraduate education more practical and industry focused by using an applied approach to learning, sometimes called 'Problem-Based Learning' or PBL.

Module Outlines

People, Leadership and Organisations: aims to develop students' knowledge and understanding of how behavioural and organisational issues influence project performance. It includes an overview of management approaches, an exploration of the issues around understanding self and understanding others, team theory and leadership, communication, conflict theory and resolution, conflict resolution strategies and learning from experience in project environments and also conflict and negotiation in the context of personal and cultural differences.

Project Planning, Control and Risk: prepares students to manage projects within the built environment through the use of advanced planning and control techniques. Students will learn and apply a range of skills in project planning, scheduling, monitoring and control that includes cash flow and capital expenditure analysis, value management, risk and opportunity management and the use of software-based decision support tools as used in industry.

Managing Technology for Sustainable Environments: Technological innovations and how they are managed are key elements in the development of our built environment. This module introduces these as considerations that should be made at the inception and briefing stages of a project, not as afterthoughts.

Quantity Surveying Practice: The financial management of project design and construction, whether for client or contractor, is an essential skill in the construction industry. This module is aimed at helping students to develop this skill. The module is designed to initially develop students? understanding of the fundamental principles for building and civil engineering measurement.

Applied Research Methods provides students with the fundamentals of research design highlighting the difference between qualitative and quantitative research paradigms and demonstrates how data can be both gathered and analysed and how deductive arguments can be used to produce valid generalisations from data.


Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you will need: British Council Academic IELTS with 6.5 overall, and 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking or equivalent.

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
distance learning
24 months


full time
9 months
distance learning
21 months


distance learning
9 months
full time
4 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 483342