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Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)


Make sure the money is there to build the buildings

Work on exciting construction projects from start to finish, ensuring they are well managed financially.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Auckland
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Duration

  • 3 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Note: This programme may have an on-campus or in-person requirement and therefore requires that students submit a current My Vaccine Pass on enrolment.

The Bachelor of Construction will help you become a construction expert, contributing to all sectors of the construction industry.

Skills employers seek

You’ll work on projects from initiation to completion. You’ll be 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 (Quantity Surveying) will teach you all the skills you need to be a sought-after quantity surveyor.

Digital technology is integral to your learning

Extensive use is made of digital technology during your study. It is embedded across most of your courses. You will use cutting edge software for measurement and costing All courses have an online teaching component and you can ask or answer questions during lectures. Core courses in quantity surveying will teach you vital skills such as: Computer Aided Drawing (CAD), computer modelling of buildings (BIM, Augmented and Virtual Reality).


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

You can also choose to complete your final year in distance mode. So 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.

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.

Careers and further study


When you graduate you could work in a number of areas.

You have the choice of working for construction businesses as an estimator, or for consultancies offering quantity surveying and project management services.

A key role would be working on the budgeting of construction projects. You’ll prepare tender and contract documentation and undertake project appraisals. You’ll offer procurement advice and carry out tender planning and adjudication at the tendering stages.

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

Further study

If you successfully complete this programme you could progress to a postgraduate qualification in construction like the Postgradaute Diploma in Construction and the Master of Construction.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations. 

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.


You will need to have a good understanding of mathematics to at least Year 12 level.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

If you do not have a strong background in mathematics, but do have an entrance qualification, then you will likely need to take an additional maths course at foundation level, either before or during the first year of your degree.

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

360 credits

  • Core courses – 120 credits
  • Major courses – 240 credits
  • 600 hours of practical work experience

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.

Courses for this specialisation

Part Two

120 credits
127241 Property Market Principles 15
152252 Project Management 15
218201 Construction Technology and Services II 15
218203 Principles of Measurement and Estimation 15
218204 Construction Contracts and Legal Principles 15
218220 Measurement I 15
218224 Construction Technology and Services III 15
218226 Planning and Digital Built Environment for Quantity Surveyors 15

Part Three

120 credits
218320 Civil & Services Measurement 15
218321 Construction Estimation & Risks 15
218323 Measurement II 15
218325 Post Contract Financial Administration 15
218326 Quantity Surveying Capstone 15
218327 Sustainability and Construction Innovation 15
218328 Construction Professional Practice and Ethics 15
218330 Construction Procurement and Tendering 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

The Bachelor of Construction is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second etc. 

Part One: is a mix of construction and business courses; these courses form the foundation of your course.

Part Two: builds on these courses and you will learn about more complex building types, estimating and measurement methods, legal and project management.

Part Three: includes more advanced measurement, financial administration, procurement and tendering, risks and a capstone project.

The first two years (Parts One and Two) are mostly offered at the Auckland campus (known as ‘internally’).


If you study full-time, in your first year, you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.

If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school. Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.

It is highly recommended that you plan your entire year of study for this programme to ensure all the courses are available in the appropriate semester you wish to enrol.

The first year courses are the same for both the Quantity Surveying and Construction Management majors. These courses introduce building materials, the building sector and estimating project costing, construction of domestic scale buildings, sustainable buildings and computer aided drawing.

First year courses also include core business courses such as finance, accounting and mathematics. The second year focusses on more specialised areas relating to the chosen major. The third year includes a personal research project and is offered in block mode which allows students to work and study. Block mode enables students to attend short blocks of lectures instead of weekly lectures. Outside of these block courses, assessments, tutorials, and learning takes place online.

Over the three years you will study a schedule of courses with strong cross-links, thereby developing a multi-disciplinary approach, focussed on achieving innovation in the construction industry.

Practical experience

You will be required to complete a minimum of 600 hours of approved industry work experience relating to your chosen major. This gives you a balance of practical hands on experience to enhance their academic studies.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • enjoy applied economics and mathematics
  • enjoy working in teams, but you are also comfortable working independently
  • are interested in a career offering great salaries.

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Accreditations and rankings

New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS)

The Quantity Surveying specialisations in the Bachelor of Construction and Master of Construction are accredited by the New Zealand Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) for Graduate Membership.

Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS)

The Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying major) is accredited by the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS).

RICS - Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

RICS promotes professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction & infrastructure. With offices covering the major political and financial centres of the world, their market presence means they are ideally placed to influence policy and embed standards at a national level. Their accreditation will provide graduates with opportunities worldwide.

Key information for students

Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.


Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

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Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships