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Construction Cost Management - Applied

Please note due to the great demand for our programmes early applications are assessed when received and dealt with promptly. Therefore it is advisable to make early applications for an early response. If you do not yet have your final degree results this will not hinder your application as we are happy to issue conditional offer letters in such circumstances.

This exciting new full-time programme has been designed to provide an opportunity for quantity surveying graduates to become educated in specialised areas of their profession that are not generally covered in great detail in their undergraduate degrees.

It has been developed in response to considerable demand for an additional qualification and specialisation in the discipline. The primary emphasis of the programme is on developing the knowledge and skills of construction cost management of building services installations and civil engineering works.

The programme is presented within the School of Real Estate and Construction Economics in the Faculty of the Built Environment in DIT. The total intake of students each year will be approx. 20-25 students.

Because of the applied nature of the programme, it is expected that, initially at least, the students will come with undergraduate qualifications in quantity surveying, construction economics, construction economics & management, or equivalent.

The content of the programme, delivered over 1.5 years (3 Semesters) full-time includes subjects pertinent to the practice of quantity surveyors and construction economics professionals, but of a more specialised nature than those normally covered in their undergraduate degrees. The programme’s focus is strongly oriented towards the development of the underlying knowledge and the skills involved in construction cost management, especially of the building services and civil engineering work. This programme should be of particular interest to international students who want to study on a full-time basis in Ireland. See Programme Content for further details.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to the course, students should have an honours (2.2 grade or higher) undergraduate degree or equivalent. Given the applied nature of the programme, it is expected that students will come with undergraduate qualifications in quantity surveying, construction economics, construction economics & management, or equivalent. Selection will be made, following interview, using the following criteria:

- Academic achievement
- Relevance of undergraduate qualification
- Interest in and critical awareness of role of the Quantity Surveyor in cost management of building services installations and/or civil engineering work; and
- Evidence of interest in and commitment to postgraduate construction research

Note: Due to the considerable competition for our postgraduate programmes satisfying the minimum entry requirement is not a guarantee of a place. Depending on the programme of study applications will be assessed based on your academic grades and may also take into account your work/life experience. Applicants may also be required to attend for interview for specific programmes.


1.5 years full-time (3 semesters).

It is expected that there will normally be between 12 and 15 contact hours per week in Semester 1 and 2. Given the intensive nature of a taught Masters' programme, which involves a considerable amount of self study and self-directed learning and the fact that subjects are new, students are advised to keep a clear working week, and to minimize other commitments in order to participate in the course.

Careers or further progression

The programme aims to provide graduates with knowledge and skills in more specialised areas of quantity surveying/construction cost management, additional to those normally covered in undergraduate degrees.

Further enquiries

Programme co-ordinator
Charles Mitchell
School of Real Estate & Construction Economics
College of Engineering & Built Environment
DIT Bolton Street Dublin 1
T: 01 402 3864 F: (01) 402 3994

Dr Alan Hore - Acting Assistant Head of School
T: 01 402 3873 F: (01) 402 3994

Subjects taught

Semester 1:
Civil Engineering Technology; Civil Engineering Administration; Civil Engineering Measurement; Project Cost and Financial Control; Commercial Management; Strategic & Project Management Integration for Construction

Semester 2:
M&E Services Technology; M&E Measurement and Cost Management; Construction Cost Informatics; Research Studies; Sustainability in Construction; Professional Practice or Corporate Real Estate Management

Semester 3:


School of Real Estate & Constructions Economics, Faculty of the Built Environment, DIT Bolton Street, Dublin 1.

Qualification Awarded: MSc (Applied Construction Cost Management) Level 9 / MSc (Bainistíocht Costais Foirgníochta Feidhmeach) Leibhéal 9

Assessment method

The programme is assessed through a range of techniques including: project work; group work, assignments; presentations and examinations. Assessments in the form of examinations will normally take place at the end of the respective semesters in January and May, with supplemental examinations in September. In addition, students will be expected to complete a dissertation.

Students can only progress from one academic year to the next providing all the required assessments in the pre-requisite.

Application date

Closing Date: 30th April 2017.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017.

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