Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)

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.

Domestic

Duration
3 Years Full-time
Level
7
Credits
360
Fees
$24,025*
*Approximate full qualification tuition fee
Delivery
On campus
Location
Dunedin
Intakes
February

International

Duration
3 Years Full-time
Level
7
Credits
360
Fees
$75,000*
*Approximate full qualification tuition fee
Delivery
On campus
Location
Dunedin
Auckland
Intakes
February
April
July
October

What You Study

Quantity Surveying courses

Year 1 Course Name Credits
  Introduction to Construction 15
  Materials and Structural Principles 15
  Construction 1 Residential 15
  Law and Contracts 15
  Services 15
  Construction 2 Commercial 15
  Environment  15
  Introduction to Measurement and Estimation 15
     
Year 2    
  Financial Administration 15
  Procurement 15
  Programming 15
  Estimation 15
  Measurement 15
  Cost Planning 15
  Measurement 2 15
  Regional Project Quantity Surveying 15
     
Year 3    
  People Management  15
  Project Risk Management  15
  Construction Business Management  15
  Value Management and Building information Modelling (BIM)  15
  Property Investment and Development  15
  Claims Management 15
  Research Project  30

 

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).   

Workload

Your workload

Dunedin programme (for domestic and international students)

If you're studying full-time, you'll need to be able to commit to 37.5 hours of study per week.

You can study this programme part-time over six to seven years. Part-time paths of study are planned with each learner individually so you can fit your studies around work. 

Auckland programme (for international students only)

You will be expected to spend about 38 hours per week (or 300 hours per Study Block) on your course work. This includes both scheduled class time and self-directed study.

 

Entry

Entry requirements 

For those under 20

  • NCEA Level 3 including:
    • 14 credits at Level 3 or above in each of three NZQA approved university entrance subjects, and
    • 10 literacy credits at Level 2 or above, made up of: 
      • 5 credits in reading, and
      • 5 credits in writing, and 
    • 12 numeracy credits at Level 2 or above, made up of:
      • specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects OR
      • package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required).

For those over 20

  • You must supply evidence of industry experience and/or alternative relevant qualifications.  
  • Provisional entry is possible. 

English Language requirements

If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.

Please note: Graduates of the New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Level 6) (Construction Management) (Quantity Surveying) will be credited the courses they have completed up to a maximum of 240 credits.   

Don't meet the entry requirements?

If you don't meet the requirements to enter this programme, our bridging programme is the perfect option (this is advertised as the bridging option into our engineering diploma but is a highly suitable pathway into this degree as well).

Alternatively, you could complete the New Zealand Certificate in Construction Trade Skills (Level 3) (Carpentry)

Got a diploma and already working in the industry?

If you already hold a diploma in Quantity Surveying or Construction Management, you could get credit recognition toward the third year of this degree and study part-time to complete it alongside your employment from anywhere in New Zealand. 

The remaining degree courses can be studied through a combination of online learning and by attending contact courses in Dunedin over a two-to-three year duration. 

Recognised diplomas
  • Otago Polytechnic New Zealand Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying): you can get direct entry to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying).
  • Diploma in Quantity Surveying or Construction Management from any other NZ institution: you can enter Year 3 of the Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying), but you'll have to do up to four Year 1 and 2 courses.  

This degree is accredited by the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors and will make you eligible for Graduate Membership status.

Want your existing skills recognised? 

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, please ask us about our recognition of prior learning process. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification and could achieve it in a shorter timeframe. Please email info@op.ac.nz or call 0800 762 786.

Fees

Domestic fees

First year
Standard
$8,162
Second year
Standard
$7,986
Third year
Standard
$7,877

International fees

First year
Standard
$25,000
Second year
Standard
$25,000
Third year
Standard
$25,000

Additional costs

You'll need a range of equipment and textbooks for this programme. 

Multi-year fees

The tuition fees shown above are approximate only. There may be a slight fee increase per year once Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) rules and guidelines are applied. These fees also don’t include additional costs or living costs.

Get in touch

0800 762 786
International +64 3 477 3014
Email: info@op.ac.nz