PhD in Quantity Surveying


Program Description

Purpose of the qualification:

Quantity Surveyors are major players in the construction industry as they play a significant part in the management of the construction business. The increasing complexity of the construction process requires high levels of engineering and management skills. Today, the planning, designing, costing, managing, building, and maintenance of facilities, require a higher level of sophistication and expertise than ever before. Many capable professionals and academics are unable to fill high-level managerial appointments in the construction industry because of a lack of management education and experience.

The purpose of the program is to develop an intellectual with the advanced ability to produce quantity surveying research that seeks to add knowledge and growth to this particular sector. One of the main objectives in this process is to develop an advanced capability to conduct inter-disciplinary quantity surveying research of an original nature. It will also promote a lifelong learning approach, as well as an aptitude for training other students in similar fields.

Qualification outcomes:

The student should be able to:

  • Analyze and solve Quantity Surveying (Construction Economics) research/development problems of an original nature creatively and innovatively by applying relevant advanced fundamental knowledge of Construction Management Sciences in the chosen field of research.
  • Plan and manage research projects, demonstrating fundamental knowledge, understanding, and insight into the principles, methodologies, and concepts that constitute socially responsible (to local and other communities) construction research/development/management in the chosen field of research practice.
  • Planandconductadvancedinter-disciplinary investigations, research, and/or experiments of an original nature by applying or developing appropriate theories and methodologies, and perform appropriate data analysis and interpretation.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with specific research institutions, audiences, and the community at large, in so far as they are affected by the research, using appropriate structure, style, and graphical support.
  • Apply and assess appropriate advanced inter-disciplinary research methods, skills, tools, and information technology effectively and critically in Quantity Surveying (Construction Economics) research/development practice, and show an understanding and a willingness to accept responsibility for the impact of research/development activities on society and the environment.
  • Apply a synthesis of components, systems, works, products, or processes as a set of related systems and assess their social, legal, health, safety, and environmental impact and benefits, where applicable, in the chosen field of inter-disciplinary research.
  • Demonstrate and provide guidance where applicable and demonstrate cultural and aesthetic sensitivity across a range of social contexts in the execution of Quantity Surveying (Construction Economics) research/development activities.

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Admission requirements:

An approved Master’s degree in Quantity Surveying (Construction Economics) or any Built Environment discipline or a similar approved degree at the Master’s level.

Duration of program:

Full-time: 2 years / Part-time: 3 years

Contact details:

Name: Ms Dudu Kanyi / Tel: 011 559 2109 / Email:

Last updated Apr 2020

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