Otago Polytechnic

Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)


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

Three years full-time
February 2018
until start date
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Auckland - International Student Only
    26 March 2018
  • Auckland - International Student Only
    5 June 2018
  • Auckland - International Student Only
    13 August 2018
  • Auckland - International Student Only
    23 October 2018
  • Dunedin
    18 February 2019
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

Domestic fees (indicative)
  • First year - $7,336 
  • Second year - $7,175 
  • Third year - $7,066
Entry requirements 
  • If you are under 20, you must have NCEA Level 3 including:
    • 14 credits at Level 3 or above in three NZQA approved university entrance subjects, and
    • Literacy: 10 credits at Level 2 or above, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing, and
    • Numeracy: 12 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).
  • 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.
  • If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no band score less than 5.5, or equivalent, from one test taken in the preceding two years.
  • 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.  
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 costs

Please click here for a programme equipment list.

Your workload 

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

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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