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  • Become able 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.
  • Further your depth of knowledge and skills to apply throughout your career with an Honours degree.
QTAC course code412312: students apply to study Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Construction Management)
QUT course code UD01
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Start month 2018 February, July

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Science and Engineering Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 080479J
  • Contract Administrator
  • Estimator
  • Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Quantity Surveyor


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

Quantity surveyors and cost engineers work closely with other professionals including architects, financiers, project managers, engineers, contractors, suppliers, solicitors and with all levels of government. 

Why choose this course?

Studies are offered in building management, cost planning and cost control, building development techniques, building research, computer software applications, measurement of construction and legal issues. There are opportunities for field trips, site visits, and practical and laboratory-based work and the flexible structure of the course allows you to choose a second major or group of minor units to match your career aspirations and personal goals and maximise employment opportunities. 

Career outcomes

As a quantity surveyor and cost engineer 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 or authorities, and increasingly with building contractors, financiers, property developers, project managers and universities. 

Specialisation pathway

Quantity surveying and cost engineering is a specialist discipline within the construction industry. To become a quantity surveyor and cost engineer, apply for the Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Construction Management), QTAC code 412312. Your first year will provide you with important foundation units in construction. From second year you begin specialising in quantity surveying and cost engineering, and graduate with the degree Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering). 

Professional recognition

The course maintains various accreditations with the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. 

Work Integrated Learning

You are required to undertake 80 days of approved quantity surveying and cost engineering work experience as part of your Work Integrated Learning core unit.


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering)

Your QUT Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering) degree consists of 384 credit points (32 units) arranged as follows:

a) 72 credit points (6 units) of urban development core units, which includes a work integrated learning unit that requires completion of workplace learning

b) 216 credit points (18 units) of quantity surveying and cost engineering discipline units

c) 96 credit points of complementary studies comprising of either a second major (8 unit set) or two minors (4 unit set each).

Urban development core units

These units will engage you in understanding urban development from a range of disciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives, expose you to the various outcomes available for pursuing studies in this field and introduce the fundamental basis for policy and practice. Later core units, together with the discipline specific units, will progress your learning development through experiential and enquiry based learning in collaborative environments.

Quantity surveying and cost engineering major discipline units

These units give you discipline level knowledge, skills and application competencies from introductory through intermediate, culminating with advanced graduate level units. They focus on developing your knowledge, practice and higher-order thinking to an advanced level.

Complementary studies options

Complementary studies may be taken as a second major of 96 credit points or two minors of 48 credit points each. Experiential minors in work integrated learning as well as student exchange are also available.

Second majors

A second major provides the opportunity for you to undertake significant studies in a second Urban Development discipline such as Property Economics, Urban and Regional Planning, Architectural Studies, Accountancy or Applied Economics and Finance. Second majors are also designed to provide diverse professional skills and knowledge beyond the traditional reaches of the built environment curriculum and can offer a range of study options in other fields.


Minors will allow you undertake studies in a companion discipline. They are designed to provide you with introductory to intermediate level knowlege and skills in areas complementary to your studies. You can choose a minor from other built environment disciplines. There are also minors designed to distinguish students in the employment marketplace with complementary non-discipline skills and competencies that you can choose from a range of inter- and intra-faculty disciplines.

Pathways to further study

The (UD01) Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) is located at Level 8 of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). Graduates may be eligible for discipline relevant masters and/or doctoral level programs.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 11

Rank 76

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • Maths A, B or C
  • English

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

2018: CSP $9,900 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

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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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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Quantity Surveying and Cost Engineering)

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  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support

All done? Then you're ready to apply

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (412312: students apply to study Bachelor of Urban Development (Honours) (Construction Management) ) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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