Start date

1 year(s) full-time


Program Code

AUD$ 37,100 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024
AUD$ 39,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2025

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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This program is not available to students wishing to study in Australia on a student visa

Degree overview

  • 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.
  • Focus on building processes and technology, construction law, and building regulations and codes.
  • Benefit from flexible study with the program delivered completely online.
  • 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) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.



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 and the Royal Institute of Chartered 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 Building Surveying.

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 technology
  • the scientific principles of building surveying in the design and operation of 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.

Degree 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 Technology 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

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, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). 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.



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. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Graduate Diploma in 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

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.

We also host regular University-wide career expos and employment forums through our Career Service, as well as alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

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

Professional accreditation and recognition

This program meets the AIBS education requirements for a Level 1 unrestricted Building Surveyor.

This program is recognised as meeting the educational requirements for Level 1 Building Surveyor accreditation with The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Industry facts


There is strong predicted future growth for Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians in Australia

(Labour Market Insights 2022)


Employment for Architectural, Building and Surveying Technicians is projected to increase by 8, 800 jobs (or 11.9 per cent) by 2026

(Labour Market Insights 2022)


The Australian Government $200 billion investment into infrastructure has delivered over 35, 000 construction projects since 2013 and has committed to an additional $17.9 billion for more civil projects

(Australian Government Budget 2022)

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.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

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

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

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

“Many notable and iconic structures in Adelaide’s skyline have involved our students and graduates. Our degrees provide students with leadership and technical skills to manage diverse projects, with many opportunities for students to advance and diversify their careers.”

Mrs Debbie Frisby

Program Director

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Mrs Debbie Frisby

Program Director


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