Otago Polytechnic

Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)


Dunedin and Auckland (our Auckland campus is for international students only)

Three years full-time
February (Dunedin); January, March, June, August and October (Auckland)
until start date
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Auckland International Campus
    14 January 2019
    17 May 2019 - 4 June 2019
    8 March 2019 - 25 March 2019
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 March 2019
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
    17 May 2019 - 4 June 2019
    4 October 2019 - 21 October 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    4 June 2019
    4 October 2019 - 21 October 2019
    26 July 2019 - 12 August 2019
    13 December 2019 - 13 January 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    12 August 2019
    13 December 2019 - 13 January 2020
    4 October 2019 - 21 October 2019
    6 March 2020 - 23 March 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    21 October 2019
    6 March 2020 - 23 March 2020
    13 December 2019 - 13 January 2020
    15 May 2020 - 1 June 2020
  • Dunedin
    18 February 2019
    8 July 2019 - 19 July 2019
    15 April 2019 - 26 April 2019
    30 September 2019 - 11 October 2019
  • Auckland International Campus
    13 January 2020
    3 May 2020 - 21 May 2020
  • Dunedin
    17 February 2020
    20 May 2020 - 31 May 2020
Take a leading edge with a professional career in construction.

Qualified construction professionals are in high demand and this qualification will give you what you need to take an active lead role in the changing world of construction.

In addition to gaining the technical, work-ready skills to price and manage construction work, you will also be able to challenge the status quo to improve processes and drive efficiencies - skills highly sought-after by employees.

During this programme, you will be trained in the planning and management of construction projects including budgeting and financial forecasting, tendering, contract administration, programming, management (risk, value, business, and health and safety) and quality assurance. You will also complete projects in your chosen field.  

Graduates may work as a consultant quantity surveyor or as an estimator, contract manager, contract administrator or 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. 

For more information on this programme, please email david.finnie@op.ac.nz

At our Auckland International Campus, this programme is offered by Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement with Otago Polytechnic.

Entry requirements 

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).

All students (international and domestic) for whom English is not a first language:

  • must demonstrate English Language skills with an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no band score lower than 5.5 OR
  • must provide acceptable alternative evidence of English language proficiency depending on the visa decline rate of the country you are from. See here for acceptable evidence and visa decline rates by country.

Please note: All scores must be achieved in a single test completed in the preceding two years. You cannot combine scores from multiple tests. If you have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance you are not required to provide evidence of English Language skills. 

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)

You will study 
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

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
Your workload 

If studying at our Dunedin Campus

This is a full-time programme and you will need to be able to commit to 37.5 hours of study per week. 

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.

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. 

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


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.

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