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Bachelor of Construction (Construction Economics)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Unitec Institute of Technology


The role of the Quantity Surveyor is diverse: evaluating subcontractor tenders and making recommendations to clients, managing construction costs and cash flows during the construction phase, and negotiating and agreeing on final project accounts. In the Bachelor of Construction (Construction Economics) you gain the skills to contribute to this exciting industry. Develop the technical skills and applied knowledge to ensure that construction projects are delivered to agreed budgets. Learn to undertake estimating and cost planning, and prepare tender documentation. In this programme you'll delve into learning about construction practice, team management, cost planning and advanced estimating techniques, tendering and design management.


  • Great preparation for a career as a consultant quantity surveyor, a quantity surveyor or commercial manager for a construction company. These roles may lead to project management, company ownership, and other senior management positions.
  • Gain a thorough grounding in all aspects of the construction industry.
  • Learn and apply industry standard software including Cost, Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) processes.
  • Close links with industry: our advisory boards include many experts who keep us up-to-date with industry trends, relevant legislation, and local, global and environmental issues.
  • Learn from experienced Lecturers who have/are working in the construction industry.
  • Meet and hear from guest lecturers who are leaders in their field.
  • In your final papers you'll undertake a major industry research project where you can integrate what you've learnt with practical experience.
  • Following your shared compulsory papers (first 3 semesters) you'll then choose your major (You may choose to achieve a double major with slightly more coursework) from Property Development, Construction Economics or Construction Management. This allows you to get a good understanding of the general field first before you choose your direction.

Qualification pathway

Once you've successfully completed this programme you'll receive a Bachelor of Construction (Construction Economics). As a graduate of this programme you'll be eligible to become an accredited member of the following registered bodies:

  • The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • The New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS)
  • Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS)


  • Construction quantity surveyor
  • Consultant quantity surveyor
  • Commercial manager
  • Project manager
  • Property financial adviser

Entry criteria

Academic requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

  • 42 credits at NCEA Level 3 or higher including: 14 credits in two different approved subjects; and 14 credits from up to two subjects (approved or non-approved);
  • 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 or higher in English or Te Reo Maori (4 in reading, 4 in writing);
  • 14 credits in NCEA Level 1 or higher in Mathematics or Pangarau;
  • Successful completion of Unitec’s Certificate in Foundation Studies (Whitinga) (Level 3) with a relevant pathway, where appropriate; or Certificate of University Preparation (Level 4) or Certificate in Foundation Studies (Level 4) or equivalent.

English requirements

If English is not your first language you need to have Academic IELTS score of 6.0 (no band<5.5) or equivalent. Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years.

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