Postgraduate Certificate in Mechanical & Electrical Quantity Surveying

  • NFQ Level 9
  • Credits 30*
  • Course Code SG_SMECH_S09
  • Award Special Purpose Award
  • Duration 1 yr

Course Summary

This programme has been developed in partnership with the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland (SCSI) to address the significant industry skills deficits in mechanical and electrical quantity surveying.

This Level 9 Post Graduate Certificate in M&E Quantity Surveying has been designed to provide the knowledge, skills and expertise in Mechanical and Electrical Quantity Surveying to qualified practitioners in Quantity Surveying and in the ‘services’ disciplines who wish to expand their knowledge-base and create work possibilities in this specialised area.

The SCSI have established, through surveys, a significant skills shortage in the area. In response to this demand, successful interaction between ATU Sligo and industry stakeholders evolved to enable the development of this innovative online course offering.  The Post Graduate Certificate in M&E Quantity Surveying will help address the very acute industry need for competently qualified M&E Quantity Surveyors.

The modules within this programme allow employability skills to be integrated within the curriculum, enabling students to develop communication skills, appreciate and improve on general literacy and digital literacy skills, improve problem-solving capability, creative and organisational skills. The core of this course centres around the development of technical proficiencies with respect to Building Services Technology and the Measurement of same in accordance with prescribed methodologies.  The flexible delivery of the programme, using online lecture delivery, will enable a widest possible cohort of students to avail of the offering.  Lecture recordings, a repository of academic material and on-line forums will be made available to students to afford maximum study flexibility.

The Post Graduate Certificate will be completed by part-time online mode over one academic year. The course will contain a combination of six modules of 5 ECTS, giving a total of 30 ECTS for the programme.  Semester 1 will focus on Electrical Services Technology and Measurement.  Semester 2 will follow with an emphasis on Mechanical Services Technology and Measurement. There are 4 mandatory modules and 5 electives, 2 of which (electives) are to be selected by the learner subject to viability. There are no pre-requisite modules and learners may enter the course upon commencement of Semester 1 but must complete 30 credits to graduate.


Key Course Information

Whether you are studying part-time online, blended or full-time online, it is very important that you allocate enough study time to your online course to stay focused, reduce stress and achieve your goals. For part-time online or blended learning, it is recommended that you should try to allow for 5-6 hours per week per 5 credit module to your studies.  

Most online courses typically involve 3 x 5 credit modules per semester which leads to an average 15 – 18 study hours per week. Our online courses have about 3 hours of live lectures per week (but this can vary per programme). The rest of your study time consists of independent learning, communicating with your lecturers and classmates and carrying out assignments. 

Live lectures normally take place between 6pm and 10pm, Monday to Thursday but this may vary depending on the availability of specific lecturers. If the Live Classroom scheduled times for the live online lectures do not suit you, recordings will be made available through Moodle. Please note, you may be required to take some time off work for the below:  

Exams Christmas Exams: 2 – 4 days in January each year. Summer Exams: 2 – 4 days in May each year.  

Workshops/Practical Classes: This course is delivered 100% online with no on-campus attendance required for workshops or practical classes.

Application Closing Date : 16th August 2024

Entry Requirements

To qualify for direct entry to the Post Graduate Certificate in Mechanical & Electrical Quantity Surveying a standard applicant will ideally hold a level 8 Qualification in Quantity Surveying or Building Services or other cognate discipline.

For candidates without level 8 qualifications, a process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can be undertaken to assess the candidates’ suitability to the course.Applicants with other qualifications and with relevant work experience may also be considered through ATU Sligo’s Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) process. RPL is a process that may allow you to gain admission to a programme or to receive exemptions / credit from some parts of a programme based on demonstrated learning that you may have achieved through another programme of study or through your work and career. Further information is available through which our dedicated RPL portal or by contacting our admissions team at

Career Opportunities

The programme aims to produce graduates for the services sector in the Quantity Surveying profession and in doing so will help address the current knowledge and skills deficit with respect to Mechanical and Electrical Quantity Surveying practitioners. Graduates of the programme will typically be involved with Professional Quantity Surveying practices and or Building Services designers/providers etc.

Upon successful completion of the Post-Graduate Certificate in Mechanical and Electrical Quantity Surveying students may be eligible to progress on to the Level 9 MSC in Project Management.

Further Study

As this programme has 4 modules in the MSc in Project Management, graduates will be exempt these 4 modules if they chose to progress to his master’s programme.

Programme Fees

The Total Fees (EU Fees) for this programme can be found on our Fees & Funding webpage - Fees & Funding | ATU - Atlantic Technological University.

To help make the payment of fees more manageable for students who are self-funding their studies, tuition fees can be paid through payment instalment plans at ATU Sligo. For further information on instalment plans, please visit our Fees and Funding webpage

If you apply and are approved for an online course at ATU Sligo, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of €250 to secure your place. Your deposit will then be credited against the course fees once you are registered as a student. Students at ATU Sligo are also eligible to claim tax relief at the standard rate for tuition fees.

For further information and guidance about Fees and Funding for online and part-time courses at ATU Sligo, click here.

If you are seeking to take your exams online, and you meet the eligibility criteria (overseas students and those with extenuating circumstances), an additional examinations fee will apply. For further information, please visit our Examinations webpage