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Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)

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Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Auckland International Campus


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 work 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 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.

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).

Entry criteria

Students need to have achieved a secondary school qualification that is equivalent to New Zealand’s NCEA levels (National Certificate of Educational Achievement). Entry requirements vary from country to country.

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.

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.

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 less than 5.5 in any band.

TOEFL Paper-based test (pBT): Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE)

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18)

Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill;

Pearson Test of English (Academic): PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42

Language Certificate: C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

*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).

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