Graduate Diploma in Quantity Surveying (Level 7).xml Graduate Diploma in Quantity Surveying (Level 7)

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Graduate Diploma in Quantity Surveying (Level 7)

Graduate DiplomaFull-time, 1 year

Annual Fees(indicative 2019)

Programme code



$7,600 -$8,000


February, July





Course related costs

Advised on enrolment



Domestic Applications due

Received all year

International Applications due

Please enquire


Christchurch - Madras Street


Develop your quantity surveying skills for a rapidly evolving industry.

This programme is designed to enhance your existing knowledge and skills in the construction industry by equipping you with specialised quantity surveying skill sets. It will enable you to perform with a strong sense of responsibility for your own practice and to be capable of effectively collaborating with other construction-related disciplines.

During the programme you'll extend your technical, applied and legal knowledge and critically review practice within the construction industry. You'll also learn how to provide strategic, budgetary and financial advice on development options through the life cycle of a construction project. An industry project will allow you to apply your research and critical thinking skills.

The Graduate Diploma in Construction Management is a practical option for degree-qualified construction industry professionals (eg architectural technologists and civil engineers) who wish to change pathway within the construction industry.

Credit recognition

If you have work experience in this area, or a relevant prior qualification, you may be eligible for credit recognition towards this qualification.

Programme structure

To complete this Graduate Diploma you are required to complete 120 credits. Please browse the guide below to view the course options currently available within this qualification.

Core courses
Elective Courses

To be a full time student you need to maintain a workload of 120 credits per year. We recommend you talk with us to ensure you choose electives to benefit your future career.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements
  • A New Zealand Bachelor's degree in a construction-related field

    Pending approval by NZQA

Alternative requirements
  • Level 7 Diploma and relevant work and/or life experience (equivalent to a Bachelor's degree) or evidence of practical, professional or educational experience (e.g. 3-5 years full-time work experience).

Additional requirements
  • Students will be required to show evidence that they understand timber-framed construction technologies. Students without this evidence will be required to complete BCCSS 00 Construction -Residential before BQMES00 Measurement - Residential.

English requirements
  • If English is not the applicants first language, they are required to provide evidence of English language skills. If they have no evidence of English language skills and are a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident the applicant should contact Ara for an assessment

    Note: IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form and are valid for two years from the date of the test.

    Applicants who have achieved NCEA Level 3 University Entrance requirements are not required to provide evidence of English language skills.










Acceptable Alternatives Chart

Next steps

An Admission and Enrolment form

Application documents

Career opportunities

As a graduate of this programme you will be equipped to work at a high level within the construction industry. Potential roles include: quantity surveyor, registered quantity surveyor (with relevant experience), contracts supervisor/manager, estimator/cost planner, procurement manager, construction cost manager or quantity surveying academic.

Study pathways

Following the Graduate Diploma in Quantity Surveying, you can pursue further tertiary study at post graduate level in the fields of construction management, project management or building science.

Recommended school subjects

  • Maths
  • English-rich subjects
  • English