Otago Polytechnic

Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)


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

Three years full-time; six to seven years part-time

Blended learning, including face-to-face, online, work experience and student-managed learning

Dunedin: February
Auckland: January, March, June, August and October
Until start date
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Auckland International Campus
    13 January 2020
    18 May 2020 - 29 May 2020
    9 March 2020 - 20 March 2020
    27 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    23 March 2020
    27 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
    18 May 2020 - 29 May 2020
    5 October 2020 - 16 October 2020
  • Auckland International Campus
    1 June 2020
    2 October 2020 - 19 October 2020
    24 July 2020 - 10 August 2020
    11 December 2020 - 11 January 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    10 August 2020
    11 December 2020 - 11 January 2021
    2 October 2020 - 19 October 2020
    5 March 2021 - 22 March 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    19 October 2020
    5 March 2021 - 22 March 2021
    11 December 2020 - 11 January 2021
    14 May 2021 - 31 May 2021
  • Distance
    17 February 2020
  • Dunedin
    17 February 2020
    29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
    13 April 2020 - 24 April 2020
    28 September 2020 - 9 October 2020

Take a leading role in the construction industry with a Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying).

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

What you'll learn

  • Budgeting and financial forecasting
  • Tendering
  • Contract administration
  • Programming
  • Management (risk, value, business, and health and safety), and
  • Quality assurance 
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.

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.

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
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
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).

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
Your workload 

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 > 

Contact us

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

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.

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