Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)

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Make sure the money is there to build the buildings

Work on projects from start to finish, particularly ensuring they are well managed financially. Most of our domestic students have a cadet position before they have finished their degree.

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What is it like?


The Bachelor of Construction will help you become a construction expert who can contribute to all sectors of the construction industry, highly sought-after by employers and internationally recognised.

Skills employers seek

A quantity surveyor is an exciting and vital role in the building industry. You’ll work on projects from initiation to completion, helping them to stay on track financially. It’s a challenging and interesting role where you’ll be looked to for your problem-solving skills to help the project go to plan.

Massey’s Bachelor of Construction with a major in quantity surveying will teach you all the skills you need to be a sought-after quantity surveyor.

Sought-after by employers

There is great demand for people with a Bachelor of Construction. Most students are offered employment before they have even completed their qualification.


This qualification is accredited by the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS), the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Massey University’s programme is ranked in the top 200 university built environment programmes in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings.

Digital technology is integral to your learning

Extensive use is made of digital technology during your study towards your construction degree. All courses have an online teaching component and you can use your tablet or smartphone to ask or answer questions during lectures. Some assignments will require you to prepare a video of your work. Core courses for construction will teach you vital digital skills including Computer Aided drawing (CAD) and computer modelling of buildings (BIM).


Although you need to choose a major when you enrol, you can change from one major to another after one year of study.

In your final year you can also choose to complete your final year in distance mode. This means that you can continue to study while gaining valuable work experience and starting to earn the excellent salaries that are available to you with your qualification.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report, undertaken over nine years, showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates. Engineering and building-related fields have the largest earnings premiums over the national median of young graduates.

Your first year

You will learn about building and construction, materials and computer-aided design. Along with this you’ll gain knowledge in administration, law, finance and construction economics. You’ll also be introduced to the built environment and measuring systems.

A good fit if you:

  • Enjoy economics and mathematics
  • You enjoy working in teams, but you are also comfortable working independently
  • Are interested in a career in the building industry
  • You would like rapid progression to management
Brad Coley
Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)
Graduated in 2016
Quantity Surveyor, Rider Levett Bucknall

“I loved the course, and this passion enabled me to get good grades and create great relationships with my peers and teachers…”

After eight years working as a qualified builder, at 26 I was keen to get off the tools and move into more of a management role. I applied for a few jobs and kept being told the same thing - that they would prefer I had completed a Bachelor of Construction, so that is what I did.

Massey was one of two places that offered the course. It was closer to home, and a university rather than a tech so I figured the degree would be better recognised because of this.

I got a scholarship in my second year, which was great; this enabled me to work for the best independent quantity surveying company in the world - Rider Levett Bucknall. This also allowed me to work in the industry while studying, which made my studies even more interesting as I could apply the theory I was learning in class at work.

I have been in a quantity surveying position at Rider Levett Bucknall since I got the scholarship. This has meant I have gained experience on a variety of large construction projects in the commercial, residential, civil and public sectors.

I want to continually develop professionally and am trying my best to climb the ladder to the top.


When you graduate you could work in a number of areas, with a key role being working on the budgeting of construction projects. You’ll prepare tender and contract documentation and undertake project appraisals. Produce contract documentation, offer procurement advice, and carry out tender planning and adjudication at the tendering stages.

You liaise between the client and the construction company, draft and provide advice on contracts, manage subcontractors and a number of other roles. You may also undertake wider roles including arbitration, project management, expert witness, negotiations and dispute resolutions.

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