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Start date
February
July

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
IGBE

Fees
2018: AUD$ 30,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2019: AUD$ 32,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
NOTREQ

Key features

  • UniSA is ranked in the World Top 100 for Built Environment programs1.
  • Rated five stars in Built Environment in the 2017 QS Stars ranking.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills to become a professional building surveyor in Australia.
  • Gain a strong understanding of the construction industry and its key stakeholders.
  • Benefit from flexible study with the program delivered completely online.
  • Focus on building processes and technology, construction law, and building regulations and codes.
  • Become a professional building surveyor with a broad understanding of the construction industry.
  • Fulfils the requirements for Building Surveyor level accreditation by the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS).

1 QS Subject Rankings 2017

Snapshot

Snapshot

Prepare yourself for a responsible leadership role in the field of building surveying or lay the foundations for future study.

You will gain a strong understanding of the construction industry and its key stakeholders. Your studies will focus on building processes and technology, construction law, and building regulations and codes. This qualification fulfils the educational requirements for building surveyor accreditation by the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors.

This qualification is available online only. It is not available to international students studying in Australia under a student visa and can only be studied from your home country.

The graduate diploma is offered as part of a suite of two programs (graduate certificate and graduate diploma). Each qualification extends to the next. If you decide to exit having completed the first four courses, you will receive the Graduate Certificate in Built Environment (Building Surveying).

Why Graduate Diploma in Built Environment (Building Surveying)

Why this Degree

You will develop knowledge and understanding in building surveying, and practical skills that you can apply directly to your day-to-day work such as:

  • the Australian legal system and key principles of construction law
  • assessment and analysis of structures in buildings and the behaviour of the materials used in these structures
  • key legal requirements for building surveyors
  • fire engineering techniques for design and construction of buildings
  • skills and techniques required for management of assets within a building and an organisation

UniSA is ranked in the World Top 100 for Built Environment programs1.

1 QS Subject Rankings 2017

Real-world connections

This qualification has been developed by academics and researchers with strong industry associations, in consultation with our industry partners. The skills and knowledge you develop will have immediate practical application to your everyday working life.

It is contemporary, relevant to today’s workplaces and – with a five star ranking in Built Environment1 – it is respected by employers and industry. 

1 QS Stars Rankings 2017

Your career

Employment as a building, architectural and surveying technician in Australia is expected to increase by 10.9 per cent between now and 20201.

Careers to consider:

  • building surveyor ensuring buildings are safe to occupy, energy efficient, accessible and meet all legal requirements as a statutory responsibility; assessing, certifying and inspecting building works; working in design, fire safety, energy efficiency and access solutions; supporting the legal process as educators and expert witnesses
  • estimator compiling cost estimates based on variables such as labour, materials and equipment; working out how much a project is likely to cost and creating budgets; analysing different quotes from sub-contractors and suppliers
  • construction planner developing time plans on construction projects so the project is completed safely, on time and within budget; thinking critically; working with managers and engineers to discuss progress and address issues that arise; organising the stages of construction development

1 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation

The Graduate Diploma in Built Environment (Building Surveying) meets the educational requirements for Level 1 accreditation with the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS). This accreditation recognises graduates as meeting the AIBS educational requirements for a Level 1 unrestricted Building Surveyor.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will gain a strong understanding of the construction industry and its key stakeholders. During your studies you will focus on:

  • the complete building lifecycle, including building and asset management and maintenance
  • the Australian legal system and the key principles of construction law
  • common legal issues experienced on construction projects and the paths available for resolution
  • fire engineering
  • the scientific principles of building surveying in the design and operation of class two to nine building developments

You will also develop the skills to research and remain up-to-date with developments in construction law throughout your career, and the ability to write on construction law issues.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • assignments and reports
  • projects
  • examinations  

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
The Constructed Environment BUIL 5036 4.5
Introduction to Construction Law BUIL 5035 4.5
Building Structures and Materials BUIL 5037 4.5
Building Surveying CIVE 3012 4.5
Fire Engineering N BUIL 4029 4.5
Development Regulation BUIL 4028 4.5
Asset Management and Building Pathology CIVE 4033 4.5
Advanced Building Surveying CIVE 4032 4.5

I worked as an architect for 15 years and in technical publishing for 20 years. I still work with industry as a consultant for AECOM Engineering, Transport for NSW, Austroads, and for clients in the UK. I’m working on a PhD on the (very) early history of construction documentation.

Mr John Gelder

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

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