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Start Date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • Develop your knowledge in financial and project management.
  • Learn to estimate and monitor construction costs from project feasibility through to completion.
  • UniSA is ranked number 1 in SA for student satisfaction and teaching quality in architecture and built environment1.
  • Relate theoretical concepts to workplace applications using data collected from the construction industry.

1 QILT: Graduate Outcomes Survey Course Experience Questionnaire 2016-18, Overall Satisfaction and Teaching Quality Indicators (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.



The Quantity Surveyor – also known as a Construction Economist, or Cost Manager – is one of a team of professional advisers to the construction industry.

They estimate and monitor construction costs, from the feasibility stage of a project through to the completion of construction. After construction they can also be involved with tax depreciation schedules, replacement cost estimation for insurance purposes and, if necessary, mediation and arbitration.

Quantity Surveyors work closely with architects, financiers, engineers, contractors, suppliers, project owners, accountants, insurance underwriters, solicitors and Courts and with all levels of government authorities.

If you’re a professional seeking to specialise, or you are looking to upgrade your existing skills, this master will give you in-depth knowledge of the financial and project management aspects of quantity surveying.

You will graduate with the knowledge and skills necessary for leadership in contemporary industry.

If you already have qualifications in relevant disciplines, you could be eligible for Advanced Standing and complete this degree in less than two years.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will develop in-depth knowledge of the financial and project management aspects of quantity surveying, including the skills to estimate and monitor construction costs from project feasibility through to completion.

You will relate theoretical concepts to workplace applications using real-life data collected from the construction industry.

Also key to the degree is the development and application of research methods and skills. These will be invaluable when you begin work on your Master Thesis in the second year of study.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Quantity Surveying Practice 2 BUIL 4021 4.5 Note(s): 1
Principles of Project Management BUSS 5142 4.5 Note(s): 1
Project Risk Management BUSS 5070 4.5
Project Governance and Ethics BUSS 5387 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Quantity Surveying BUIL 4022 4.5 Note(s): 1
Economic, Social and Environmental Analysis BUSS 5328 4.5
Advanced Construction Management BUIL 4013 4.5
Project Control Methods BUSS 5163 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Portfolio and Program Management BUSS 5405 4.5
Strategy in Project Organisations BUSS 5146 4.5
Construction Business Management BUIL 4012 4.5
Masters Research Theory and Practice ENGG 5020 4.5 Note(s): 1,2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Construction Claims and Disputes Resolution BUIL 5043 4.5
Commercial Contract Management BUIL 5042 4.5
NBE Masters Research Project CIVE 5092 9 Note(s): 2

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.



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:

  • essays, assignments and projects
  • group projects and reports
  • oral presentations
  • examinations  
  • research proposals and thesis

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


UniSA has active connections with Australian and international institutions and industry through our research and collaboration. Our research centres provide a dynamic teaching and research base for students. All have state-of-the-art facilities, with world renowned links and associations.

You will benefit from access to our renowned Natural and Built Environments Research Centre (NBERC), where our academics and researchers have diverse research backgrounds and complementary expertise in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Environmental Science, Geospatial Science, Project Management and Water & Wastewater Engineering.  A key aim of the centre is resolving real world, multidisciplinary problems and the challenges of industry, government and the community, at both national and international levels

Through your studies you may also become involved with the Barbara Hardy Institute. The Barbara Hardy Institute has world-leading scientists, engineers and social scientists working collaboratively towards the widespread adoption of sustainable principles and environmentally correct practices. Simply put, they do great research into sustainability.

Why Master of Quantity Surveying

Why this Degree

In Australia’s only Master of Quantity Surveying, you will develop the expert knowledge required to estimate and monitor construction costs from project feasibility through to completion.

Your studies will be highly practical, applying current theory and real-life data to the contemporary business environment. You will cover areas such as economic, social and environmental analysis, and construction claims and dispute resolution.

During your studies you will have access to high quality, relevant research and staff at the University and the Barbara Hardy Institute

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide – we offer our students plenty of opportunities to get hands-on experience and make industry connections.  

Your peers in this degree will be mature professionals with considerable professional experience who share their knowledge in tutorial classes.

Our lecturers are academics with extensive industry experience who will also talk through examples of professional practice, highly relevant industrial experiences and practical case studies. Guest speakers from industry are also invited to contribute their professional knowledge with talks and lectures.

You will benefit from access to our renowned Natural and Built Environments Research Centre, where partnerships with industries, local councils, governments, communities and other research organisations are addressing the knowledge gaps and problems of our natural and built environments. The Centre also collaborates with UniSA’s prestigious research institutes

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

This degree will give you the multi-disciplinary skills to prepare you for a career in quantity surveying or project management. Career opportunities will be very broad, you can consider working across a wide range of sectors, such as:

  • construction companies
  • and real estate development
  • local, state and federal government
  • professional consultancies

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code (see below) then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

You may be eligible for Advanced Standing and complete the requirements of this qualification in less than 2 years. Please see entry requirements for further details. When applying through SATAC, please refer to the codes below. If you are uncertain about your eligibility for Advanced Standing, please include more than one SATAC code in your list of application preferences.

  • 2 years - SATAC CODE 4CM205
  • 1 year - SATAC CODE 4CM204

Advanced standing

You could be eligible for Advanced Standing and complete this degree in in one year of full time study (or equivalent part time study).

To be eligible you will have completed a Bachelor (Honours) degree in construction management and/or quantity surveying; or a Graduate Diploma in Project Management at UniSA; or equivalent.


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

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

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

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. 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

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I had 17 years of industry experience as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor before joining UniSA and completing my PhD. Teaching has become my passion, and a student’s success is my success. My research is in ethical tendering. Because I come from an Asian background I understand the development of countries like Australia, the system, and the property of tendering.

Dr Tony Ma

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Tony Ma

Dr Tony Ma

Program Director


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