Otago Polytechnic

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


Quantity Surveying: Dunedin and Auckland (Auckland international students only)

Site Management: Dunedin

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
    25 January 2021
    31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
    22 March 2021 - 2 April 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 April 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
    31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 June 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
    20 December 2021 - 14 January 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    18 October 2021
    14 March 2022 - 25 March 2022
    20 December 2021 - 14 January 2022
    23 May 2022 - 3 June 2022
  • Dunedin
    19 July 2021
    4 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
    5 July 2021 - 23 July 2021
    19 April 2021 - 30 April 2021
    4 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
  • Dunedin
    21 February 2022
    27 June 2022 - 15 July 2022
    18 April 2022 - 29 April 2022
    3 October 2022 - 14 October 2022

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

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.

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.  
Your career options

You'll have excellent career opportunities as a construction professional. 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. 

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) or (Site Management) 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) or (Site Management).
  • Diploma in Quantity Surveying or Construction Management from any other NZ institution: you can enter Year 3 of the Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying) or (Site Management), 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 have already got extensive knowledge and skills gained from practical experience in this area, you can enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ (www.capablenz.ac.nz or 0800 762 786). You may have already gained credits towards this qualification in the course of your life. Knowledge and skills can also be recognised towards individual courses on our taught programme. 

You will study 

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
Entry requirements 

Quantity Surveying strand

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).

*Due to Covid-19 disruption, if you studied and achieved NCEA Level 3 during 2020 you only need 12 credits per Level 3 subject (i.e. a total of 36 credits). 

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

Site Management strand 

  • You must have a New Zealand trade background or similar and be either working in construction in a supervisory capacity or will have the opportunity to do so during the duration of your studies. 

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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