Massey University Quantity Surveying

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.

Study the Master of Construction (Quantity Surveying) and fast track your career.

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What is it like?

The Master of Construction (Quantity Surveying) is one of the first construction-focused management programmes in New Zealand. It will provide you with the advanced skills and knowledge required of senior quantity surveyors and commercial managers.

Unique focus on construction

Massey’s Master of Construction is the only postgraduate qualification in New Zealand whose courses are specifically developed for construction. You will still gain from Massey’s expertise in related areas such as engineering and business, but always with a construction view.

Become an expert in managing construction finances

The quantity surveyor is the financial expert of a construction project – preparing the feasibility studies, quantifying and measuring what is to be built, cost estimation and budgets, preparing the tender documents, advising on legal aspects, valuing the work, advising the client on payments and finalising the final accounts.

Gain the skills you need

During the Master of Construction (Quantity Surveying) you will develop these advanced proficiencies and more. You will gain advanced knowledge in quantity surveying and commercial and contractual management of construction projects, construction law, and research. Theoretical principles and methodologies are interlaced with hands-on practice. You will be able to apply your knowledge to the contractual and financial management of large-scale and complex building and construction projects.

This will enable you to contribute to the provision of early cost advice, contract documentation and tendering, budgeting and contractual and financial management of all phases of the building and infrastructure development life cycle, from design through to construction and subsequent management, maintenance and remodelling of the asset.

Research-led learning from industry experts

You will learn from highly-acclaimed academics and experienced industry professionals who are experts in the field. Your lecturers and supervisors come from a range of relevant sectors such as construction, engineering, petroleum and IT. As active professionals, they have built extensive industry networks and are able to research and apply the latest thinking in the subject area to ensure the knowledge you receive is current and industry-relevant, and that you are well-prepared for the workplace of tomorrow.

International participants feature strongly on all intakes, and the wide mix of expertise allows for you to have meaningful exchange and interaction at the postgraduate level.

What will you learn?

As well as specific skills necessary for a career in construction, Massey University’s Master of Construction (Quantity Surveying) will help you gain skills for broader employability and usefulness across many careers.

Think differently

Develop your capacity to think critically, logically and strategically to make informed and better decisions and solve problems more effectively and ethically. You will learn how to apply problem-solving and analytical thinking skills to the analyses of and solutions to construction and building industry problems.

Critical analysis

Plan and carry out research that demonstrates an advanced level of skill in critical analysis, synthesis and scholarship, to an international standard.


Learn in-depth skills in conducting cost planning, design cost management and preparing budgets. Participate and collaborate as valued peers with colleagues in the wider domains of construction and infrastructure management education, design, planning, construction and maintenance.

Project management and advice

You will learn how to provide cost advice and procurement and project management services including managing and optimising project and resources to achieve cost, time and quality targets. You will also gain the knowledge to act as an advisor on dispute resolution, including arbitration, adjudication, mediation and negotiation or an expert witness in construction disputes.

Multimedia environment

Massey University offers a supportive virtual online learning community called ‘Stream’. Even if you are studying at a distance, your learning experience will be enriched by this multimedia environment that supports interactivity and knowledge sharing. It allows you to share and exchange ideas with fellow students and the course coordinator.

A master’s in a year

This degree can be completed in only one year full time. You can enter this programme if you have an approved four-year degree, a three-year degree and a postgraduate diploma, or a three-year degree and two years relevant work experience.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

Contact us

Academic advising is primarily about establishing a good fit between you as an individual and a particular programme of study. We would like to help you make the right decisions. There are people who can give you the academic advice you need to meet your personal study goals.

Massey University Contact Centre

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Contact an adviser from our Student Advice and Information Unit to get all the information you need on your study and any programmes and courses you are interested in. This includes advice on progress to completion, graduation, credit for previous study, changing programmes, progression between qualifications, as well as advice on planning and sequencing your course choices.

For academic advice please use the contact details above and the Massey University Contact Centre will arrange for an adviser to assist you further.