This course is only available to international students


From 2014 this course is only available for continuing Bachelor of Urban Development students and those students who are commencing with 96 credit points (advanced standing) of first year units. Students without advanced standing should apply for entry to the Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours).
  • Study a Bachelor of Urban Development Quantity Surveying and gain practical skills and experience that allow you to specialise within the construction industry.
  • Prepares you to provide professional advice to the construction industry on the financial and legal aspects of new constructions and operation of existing buildings.
  • Learn to manage and administer construction costs and contracts, bills of quantities, tender appraisals, valuations, project audits, property taxation and life cycle cost advice.
  • Study building management, cost planning, building development and research, policy development , measurement and construction and legal issues.
  • Gain practical experience on field trips, site visits, lab based work, and industry placements.
QTAC course code412312: students apply to study Bachelor of Urban Development (Construction Management)
QUT course code UD40
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2014 February, July
Note: This course is available to international students who are eligible for a year or more of Advanced Standing (Credit).
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Science and Engineering Faculty
Course contact Enquire
CRICOS code056387B
  • Estimator
  • Manager
  • Quantity Surveyor


Quantity surveying involves providing professional advice to the construction industry on the financial and legal aspects of new constructions, and operation of existing buildings. Quantity surveyors are involved in the construction process from the feasibility stage to post-completion. They manage and administer construction costs and contracts for a variety of levels and types of construction. This may include tasks such as preparing cost plans and estimates, bills of quantities, tender appraisals, valuations, project audits, property taxation and life cycle cost advice.

In addition to new projects, quantity surveyors also use their skills in the refurbishment of older buildings, alterations to existing buildings and insurance replacement estimates. If working for public authorities they maintain cost statistics on a statewide or nationwide basis.

Quantity surveyors work closely with many other professionals including architects, financiers, project managers, engineers, contractors, suppliers, solicitors and with all levels of government. They usually work in offices but also visit building sites, clients and other members of design teams.

Specialisation pathway

Quantity surveying is a specialist discipline within the construction industry. To become a quantity surveyor, apply to enrol in Bachelor of Urban Development (Construction Management). Your first year will provide you with important foundation units in construction. From second year you begin specialising in quantity surveying, and graduate as a quantity surveyor with the degree Bachelor of Urban Development (Quantity Surveying).

Why choose this course?

Quantity surveying offers studies in building management, cost planning and cost control, building development techniques, building research, computer software applications, measurement of construction, and legal issues.

You will be offered opportunities such as field trips, site visits, and practical and laboratory-based work, which enhance your employment opportunities.

The flexible structure of the course enables you to choose a second specialisation or groups of minor units to match your career aspirations and personal goals. This maximises your employment opportunities, offering breadth of knowledge and a real focus based on your unique study plan.

Career outcomes

As a quantity surveyor you will be employed predominantly on major building and construction projects as a consultant to the owner, in both the public and private sectors. You may find employment with consulting firms, local, state or federal government departments/authorities, and increasingly with building contractors, financiers, property developers, project managers and universities.

Professional recognition

The course maintains various accreditations with the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - honours version only, and the Board of Quantity Surveyors Malaysia - with property economics second major.


Work Integrated Learning unit

Students are required to gain a minimum of 80 days of approved employment in the final year of the course.

Your course

Year 1

Complete a common first year with construction management students. You start your studies with foundation units including residential construction and engineering, basic professional learning (including an introduction to research writing), sustainability, land stewardship, urban development economics and building measurement.

Year 2

Apply your construction body of knowledge introduced in first year, and begin to develop the range of graduate capabilities through an introduction to more complex construction techniques, methodologies and management issues relating to your degree in quantity surveying. Your analytical and technical skills continue to be honed through commercial construction and the environment. The law and business skills you gain in the second year will also help further develop lifelong learning skills.

Year 3

Increase your knowledge and skills in construction and quantity surveying. You are introduced to in-depth knowledge of the economic, managerial, legal and technical aspects of construction activity, such as high-rise construction, cost planning and control. Undertake second majors/minors to extend construction and quantity surveying knowledge. These allow you to broaden your education by undertaking units from other faculties within the University, subject to accreditation requirements.

Year 4

In your final year you complete your selected second major/minors, involving a major project which brings together all your previously mastered skills, and advances your communication skills in dissertation writing and seminar presentation. You also complete work integrated learning in the quantity surveying discipline, ensuring you are workforce ready.

Second major and minors

You will have the opportunity to undertake a second major (8 units) or 2 minors (4 units each) to enhance and broaden your knowledge in a related field or area of interest.

Please refer to your course rules before making your selection.

Quantity surveying second major and minor options

Second Major:

Choose one second major from the following options:

  • Property Economics Development
  • Property Economics Investment
  • Property Economics Valuation
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Architectural Studies



Choose two minors from the following options. Remember, if you take two Minors, one Minor must be from outside your course:

  • Property Economics Development
  • Property Economics Investment
  • Property Economics Valuation
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Architectural Studies
  • Work Integrated Learning Minor
  • Sustainability Minor
  • International Minor
  • Indigenous Studies Minor
  • Research Minor
  • Project Collaboration Minor
  • Collaborative Digital Design Minor

A minor from anywhere in QUT.

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirements

Still not sure if you meet the entry requirements? Contact us.

Don't meet the academic requirements? We can help!

We offer pathway courses to help you meet the academic requirements for this course.

When you apply for this course, we'll recommend which pathway course you should enrol in.

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Guide to entry cut-offs

OP 8

Rank 85

Minimum English language requirements

Students must meet the English proficiency requirements.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

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When you apply for this course, we'll recommend which English course you should enrol in.

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You can complete an IELTS test at our Kelvin Grove campus.

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Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2014: $13,300 per Study Period (48 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Additional costs

You'll need to pay some costs on top of your course fees.

Additional course costs

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

These scholarships are available for this course:

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How to apply for Bachelor of Urban Development (Quantity Surveying)

You're ready to apply if you have:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for. You can apply for up to 3
  2. Checked important dates
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked costs and scholarships
  5. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  6. Gathered supporting documents

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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