Highlights

  • Be able to provide professional advice to the construction industry on the financial and legal aspects of new constructions and operation of existing buildings, as well as designing the environments and 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, and industry placements.
  • Use your combined architecture and quantity surveying and cost engineering skills in careers with private developers, government bodies and communities to enhance established neighbourhoods, and shape new suburbs, cities and regions.
  • Progress onto the proposed two year Master of Architecture (available from 2022) and gain the required practical experience to become an architect.

Highlights

  • Be able to provide professional advice to the construction industry on the financial and legal aspects of new constructions and operation of existing buildings, as well as designing the environments and 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, and industry placements.
  • Use your combined architecture and quantity surveying and cost engineering skills in careers with private developers, government bodies and communities to enhance established neighbourhoods, and shape new suburbs, cities and regions.
  • Progress onto the proposed two year Master of Architecture (available from 2022) and gain the required practical experience to become an architect.

Why choose this course?

QUT offers the only specialist quantity surveying and cost engineering degree in Australia, and our architecture course  is recognised internationally for its focus on innovation in design and sustainable development.

Combining architecture with quantity surveying and cost engineering will put you in a unique position where you will be able to not only conceptualise and create amazing structures, but also provide the much-needed advice on the financial and legal aspects of the construction and operation of those structures, as well as existing buildings.

You’ll be inspired and empowered to create environments with a positive impact on human health, environmental quality, social relationships and urban systems. You will study sustainable systems and undertake architectural design projects in practical studio settings.

 

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What to expect

Your architectural studies

You will begin with introductory and shared impact lab units where, working with students from other disciplines, you’ll focus on problems and social issues and identify potential solutions connected to industry and community. Your introductory studies will also introduce you to visualisation skills and applications needed to formulate design as an exploration of the materials of the built environment.

Your studies will then build on these foundations and explore areas including environmental principles and the global movement of modern architecture with design studio units covering the process of design, dwelling, tectonics and public spaces.

Later in your degree you will be able to transfer skills and knowledge to a workplace or professional context and gain practical work experience with work integrated learning.

Your Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering studies

In your first year, you’ll complete your common units, laying the foundations for the remainder of your course. You’ll explore the built environment, and receive an introduction to construction management, structures and residential construction, urban development economics and law, and integrated construction.

From there, your studies will prepare you to provide professional advice to the construction industry on the financial and legal aspects of new constructions, as well as the operation of existing buildings. You will learn complex construction techniques and methodologies, business skills—including management issues, contract administration, and cost planning and controls.

In your final year, you will explore advanced concepts of quantity surveying and cost engineering.  Your studies will culminate in a major research project showcasing your acquired skills.

You will gain practical experience with field trips and site visits; as well as hear from leading industry representatives who will provide a real-world perspective.

You will complete 30 days of approved work experience within the industry as part of your work integrated learning.

 

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Graduates are employed on major public or private construction projects in the areas of contracts, planning and scheduling, estimating and cost controls, risk management, and supply chain and procurement. You may find employment with quantity surveying firms, engineering and project management firms, government departments or authorities, building contractors, financiers or property developers.

Professional recognition

The quantity surveying and cost engineering course has accreditations with the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

On completion of the two-year Master of Architecture and the required period of practical experience, graduates are eligible to sit for registration as an architect in Australia.

Possible careers

  • Architect
  • Project Developer
  • Quantity Surveyor

Details and units

In order to complete this course, you must complete a total of 480 credit points, made up of 192 credit points from the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) and 288 credit points from the Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours)(Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering). You will study design and urban development units in your first four years, and concentrate on urban development studies for the remainder of this course.

Design component

In order to complete the Architecture major, you must complete a total of 240 credit points of core units comprising:

  • Architecture, Impact Lab and Design foundation units - 192 credit points
  • four units completed as part of the Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering component - 48 credit points**

Urban Development component

The Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering major component requires completion of 288 credit points (24 units) consisting of:

  • 72 credit points of core Urban Development units, including 12cps professional practice unit and 12cps research methods unit.
  • 192 credit points of Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering discipline units24 credit points capstone project.

**Four units are completed as part of the Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering component and will contribute to the completion requirements of both courses.

Study overseas

Study overseas while earning credit towards your QUT creative industries degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners.

Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in a creative or non-creative discipline area, depending on how they match with your QUT course.

In order to complete this course, you must complete a total of 480 credit points, made up of 192 credit points from the Bachelor of Design (Architecture) and 288 credit points from the Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours)(Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering). You will study design and urban development units in your first four years, and concentrate on urban development studies for the remainder of this course.

Design component

In order to complete the Architecture major, you must complete a total of 240 credit points of core units comprising:

  • Architecture, Impact Lab and Design foundation units - 192 credit points
  • four units completed as part of the Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering component - 48 credit points**

Urban Development component

The Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering major component requires completion of 288 credit points (24 units) consisting of:

  • 72 credit points of core Urban Development units, including 12cps professional practice unit and 12cps research methods unit.
  • 192 credit points of Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering discipline units24 credit points capstone project.

**Four units are completed as part of the Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering component and will contribute to the completion requirements of both courses.

Study overseas

Study overseas while gaining credit towards your QUT degree with one of our worldwide exchange partners. Overseas study can be for one or two semesters (or during the semester break) and the units you take can be in either degree area, depending on how they match with your QUT course. For more information, visit QUT student exchange.

Requirements

OP
9
Selection rank
82.00

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

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Course code
ID18
QTAC code
419082
CRICOS code
096573B
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Duration
5 years full-time
Duration
5 years full-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July
Offer Guarantee
Yes
Deferment

You can't defer your offer in this course. You must start in the semester you apply for.

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • English, or Literature, or English and Literature Extension, or English as an Additional Language (Units 3 & 4, C)
  • General Mathematics, or Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

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Offer guarantee

If you achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Advanced standing

If you have prior studies or work experience, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit). You can apply for advanced standing once you've been accepted to QUT. If you're in your first semester of study, you must apply for advanced standing within 10 days of receiving your offer.

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Deferment

You can't defer your offer in this course. You must start in the semester you apply for.

Adjustments to your selection rank

Any adjustments you receive to your selection rank (or OP equivalent) will be applied to this course.

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Offers we made to school leavers in Semester 1, 2019

The scores listed in the tables below reflect the offers that were made to recent school leavers. If you are not a school leaver, take a look at the entry thresholds box at the top of this page to see the lowest adjusted scores required overall to receive an offer.

Excluding adjustments Including adjustments
OP Selection rank OP Selection rank
* "<5" - indicates less than 5 OP/Rank based offers were made
Highest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP <5*
Selection rank <5*
OP <5*
Selection rank <5*
Median OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP <5*
Selection rank <5*
OP <5*
Selection rank <5*
Lowest OP/selection rank
to receive an offer
OP <5*
Selection rank <5*
OP <5*
Selection rank <5*

You can find out more about your fellow students’ backgrounds with this course’s student profile.

Other admission options

If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, you may be eligible for admission through our Centralised Assessment Selection Process (CASP).

I completed secondary school in Australia

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course, we assume you have sound knowledge of the subject/s listed below. If you don't have the subject knowledge, you can still apply for the course but we encourage you to undertake bridging studies to gain the knowledge:

  • General Mathematics, or Mathematical Methods, or Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C)

More about assumed knowledge

Guide to entry thresholds

These thresholds are the lowest adjusted scores to which QUT made an offer in Semester 1, 2020.

OP
9
Offer guarantee

If you completed secondary school in Australia and achieve an ATAR/selection rank of 93.00 or higher (including any adjustments) and satisfy all other admission requirements, you are guaranteed an offer for this course.

Minimum English language requirements

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

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

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If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: CSP $8,600 per year full-time (96 credit points)

2021 fees

2021: $32,300 per year full-time (96 credit points)

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