Your career options
You'll have excellent career opportunities as a construction professional. You can work as a consultant quantity surveyor, an estimator, a contract manager, a contract administrator or a project manager.
With experience, you may become a senior consultant, commercial or divisional manager, or operate your own consultancy. With further study, you could specialise in the field of construction law or dispute resolution.
Got a diploma and already working in the industry?
If you already have a diploma in Quantity Surveying or Construction Management, you could get advanced standing in the Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying) and study part-time 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.
We provide clear transition into this degree, and offer more cross-credit than any other institution.
- 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.
Recognition of Prior Learning
If you already have extensive knowledge and skills gained from practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification in the course of your life. www.capablenz.ac.nz
You will study
|Name of course||Level|
|Introduction to Legislative and Social Environment||5|
|Construction Technology: Small||6|
|Introduction to Dispute Resolution||6|
|Construction Technology: Medium and Large||6|
|Procurement and Tendering||7|
|Quality Assurance and Site Safety||6|
|Applied Project Management (QS)||7|
|Construction Business Management||6|
|Construction Project (Research or Case Study)||7|
For applicants under 20
- NCEA Level 3
- 14 credits at Level 3 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
- 10 Numeracy credits at Level 1 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).
- Those applicants who do not meet the academic entry criteria may still be given provisional entry to year one at the discretion of the Programme Leader.
- 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.
- If English is not your first language, you must provide:
- New Zealand University Entrance OR
- Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with no individual band score lower than 5.5 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years), OR
- Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).
If you need to improve your English Language skills, we offer a wide range of English programmes.
Pathways into this programme
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).
Further study options
Upon successful completion of this programme, you will 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).
Additional information and programme costs
If studying at our Dunedin Campus
If studying full-time, you will need to be able to commit to 37.5 hours of study per week.
You can study this programme part-time over two to three years. Part-time paths of study are planned with each learner individually so you can fit your studies around work.
If studying at our Auckland International Campus
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.
At our Auckland International Campus, this programme is offered by Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement with Otago Polytechnic. Auckland study block dates >
Student loans and allowances
Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.
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.