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Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • No mid-year intake
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Make sure the money is there to build the buildings

Work on exciting construction projects from start to finish, particularly ensuring they are well managed financially. You have the choice of working for construction businesses as an Estimator, or for consultancies offering quantity surveying and project management services. 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.

Internationally accredited

Join the university that leads education in quantity surveying in New Zealand. The quantity surveying major is accredited by the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS), the NZ Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). 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.

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 Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (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 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, agriculture, technology,building, computer science, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study compared to the national median. Earnings can be substantially more than other 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 applied 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
Jade Allen
Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)

“My study experience at Massey was a great mixture of enjoyment and challenge. I found lecturers always willing to help and students in my year would always rally together during exams and difficult assignments…”

Construction was recommended to me as a good career choice, as the skills and requirements for that field aligned with my own strengths and skills. After trialling part time study for one semester, I realised that this would be a great career path for me to follow as I enjoyed not only the subjects, but the potential for future growth within the construction industry.

My study at Massey gave me a broad introduction to the processes and knowledge required to be successful in the construction industry. Massey exposed me to a wide range of computer software programs that have been invaluable as I transitioned into my current role.

I am currently working at Beca as part of the cost management team. My role sees me working on a wide variety of projects at varying stages of the construction process. I love the variety and learning how other people work, both individually and as a team. I also love being able to look back on past projects and feel proud that I was part of the team that brought that particular vision to life.


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. 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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