Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying) or (Site Management)

If you already hold a New Zealand construction-related trade qualification at Level 4 or higher, this qualification is a good step up from our diploma programme. If you choose the site management strand, your studies will focus more on detailed site logistics planning and managing onsite construction work. The Quantity Surveying strand focuses on financial feasibility studies, budgets and cost planning.

About the programme

Take a leading role in the construction industry.

You'll be in high demand as a construction professional and have the technical, work-ready skills to price and manage construction projects and challenge the status quo to improve processes and drive efficiencies.

You'll have excellent career opportunities. You can work as a project manager, quantity surveyor, site manager, estimator, or contract administrator. Graduates of the Quantity Surveying strand can also join the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveying (NZIOB) and work as a consultant QS.  

With experience, you may become a senior project manager, site manager or quantity surveyor, a commercial or divisional manager, or operate your own consultancy. With further study, you could specialise in the field of construction law and dispute resolution. 

What you'll learn
  • Budgeting and financial administration of construction projects, including whole life-cycle costing
  • Law, contracts and contractual risk analysis
  • Planning and managing of construction projects
  • Site logistics and project management (managing time, costs, quality and client satisfaction)
  • People management and negotiation skills, and
  • Construction business management.

You'll study this programme through a blended learning delivery. This includes face-to-face teaching, online study, work experience and student-managed learning. 

Studying part-time

We understand that studying full-time isn't always possible. You can study this programme part-time, over six to seven years.


If you're studying the Quantity Surveying strand, you will focus on financial feasibility studies, budgets and cost planning. Those studying Site Management will focus more on detailed site logistics planning and managing onsite construction work. All learners will graduate with the ability to price and manage construction projects. 

Name of course Level
Introduction to Legislative and Social Environment 5
Construction Technology: Small 6
Measurement 6
Estimating 6
Introduction to Dispute Resolution 6
Construction Technology: Medium and Large 6
Programming 6
Procurement and Tendering 7
Advanced Measurement 6
Contract Administration  6
Cost Planning 6
Quality Assurance and Site Safety 6
Value Management  6
Applied Project Management (QS) 7
Property Investment  6
Construction Business Management  6
Construction Law 6
People Management 6
Construction Innovation 7
Property Development 7
Construction Project (Research or Case Study) 7

Further study options

When you graduate, you'll be able to gain entry into relevant postgraduate qualifications. Possible programmes include the Graduate Diploma in Construction Project Management (at Unitec) or the Postgraduate Diploma in Construction - Building Technology, Construction Law, Construction Project Management, Facilities Management, Quantity Surveying - (at Massey).   

A change for 2023 enrolments

When you apply to study with Otago Polytechnic in 2023, you will be enrolled with Te Pūkenga, the new national network of vocational and applied education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will learn in the same way, in the same place, and with the same people. The great news is that this enables us to share skills and knowledge across a network of passionate education providers, to better help you succeed. Enrolling in programmes that start in 2023, means that you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.