Bachelor of Building Surveying

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  • Are an Australian permanent resident; or
  • Hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa
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Course essentials

Become a specialist in building and construction laws, codes and regulations, industry standards in professional practice, building safety and design with a degree in building surveying.

In this three-year degree, you will study and develop skills in building legislation and auditing, building codes, sustainable construction techniques and materials, fire safety design, inspection procedures, building services and professional practice.

Building Surveyors are responsible for:

  • interpreting building and construction regulations for residential and commercial buildings
  • issuing building permits such as occupancy permits
  • conducting inspections
  • assessing plans.


Graduates will have a wide range of employment opportunities as self-employed entrepreneurs or work in both the private and public sectors for employers such as:

  • building proprietors
  • contractors
  • developers
  • government bodies
  • consultancy practices.

Organisations employing building surveying graduates

Architectural, building and surveying technicians are mainly employed in construction, professional, scientific and technical services, and public administration and safety. Many surveyors enjoy the benefits of self-employment and contracting.


Architectural, building and surveying technicians in Australia earn an average of A$78,000 per year (Job Outlook).

Employment rates

Over the next five years, the number of job openings for architectural, building and surveying technicians is expected to be above average (Job Outlook).

Study pathways

If you have completed the following diploma or advanced diploma course(s) at VU, you will be guaranteed a place in this bachelor degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

CPC50210 - Diploma of Building and Construction (Building)

You will be credited for 8 units (a year) of study.

22268VIC - Advanced Diploma of Design (Architectural)

You will be credited for 8 units (a year) of study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

On completion of their course, graduates will be able to:

  1. Plan, implement and manage the delivery of efficient and effective building surveying strategies over the course of building construction processes in diverse contemporary contexts using independent thinking and judgement.
  2. Generate creative solutions to a range of complex building surveying problems, taking into account issues of compliance with relevant codes and standards, building construction process, technical and innovative changes, ethics and environmental sustainability (commercial and environmental) with initiative and professional judgement.
  3. Critically evaluate sources and validity of information and use established processes for information management.
  4. Advocate building surveying objectives and outcomes effectively to specialist and non-specialist stakeholders using a variety of professional oral and written forms.
  5. Exemplify collaboration and requisite interpersonal and supervisory skills and characteristics to influence personal work, community and networks.
  6. Apply personal and interpersonal competencies including organisational and collaborative skills necessary to operate within broad parameters in the immensely divergent and complex global and Australian cultures.
  7. Exhibit responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice in collaboration with others and within broad parameters.

Course structure

To attain the Bachelor of Building Surveying (NBBS), students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units), consisting of:

  • 264 credit points (equivalent to 22 units) of Core Building Surveying units, and;
  • 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of Capstone units (NBC3110 Building Surveying Project 1 and NBC3220 Building Surveying Project 2).

Year 1

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Semester 2:

Year 2

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Year 3

Semester 1:

Semester 2:

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • TAFE: Vocational Education (VE) graduates with Advanced Diploma of Building Surveying or equivalent will be granted a block exemption for 144 credit points, which is equivalent to the first 1.5 years or 3 semesters of full-time study). VE graduates with Diploma of Building Surveying or equivalent will be granted a block exemption for 96 credit points, which is equivalent to the first year or 2 semesters of full-time study). Other VE graduates will be considered for credit recognition based on previous study history.
  • Year 12: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English.
  • International: Successful completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent)
    Successful completion of an Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent)
    In addition, they must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language: IELTS - Overall score of 6 with no band less than 6.0, subject to individual profile.
  • Mature: Mature age students demonstrating equivalence to the above can apply via direct entry.
  • Other: Special entry applicants will be required to participate in an interview and demonstrate:
    - minimum of 5 years work experience in the building industry; or
    - Certificate IV level qualifications in a building or allied trade, along with relevant work experience of four years or more.

How to apply for this course

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Secondary school students

Apply via VTAC

VTAC applications due 4 November 2016.

Non-secondary school students

If you're not currently studying at secondary school and only want to apply for courses at VU:

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Direct applications due 30 November 2016.

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