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The Bachelor of Surveying (BSurv) degree is the only academic qualification available in New Zealand that leads to full professional recognition as a Registered Professional Surveyor. It is also the only qualification that is recognised as being an appropriate foundation for Licensing by the Cadastral Surveyors Licensing Board of New Zealand to carry out land title definition surveys for lodgement with the government.

Otago's BSurv degree is recognised for licensing in both East and West Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. It is also recognised as a strong and appropriate professional degree for those seeking employment as a surveyor in the United Kingdom, USA, the Middle East, and Africa.

The degree takes four years and aims to produce a graduate skilled in the science of measurement, in the practical issues of land planning and development, and in the legal issues associated with land ownership and resource management. It also allows a student to pursue GIS studies and other specialist professional areas such as hydrographic surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing, and the study of land tenure systems. The degree is characterised by its strong academic, practical and professional emphasis.


For any enquiries about the Bachelor of Surveying please contact:

Mick Strack

Head of Undergraduate Studies
Rm 110, 310 Castle Street
64 3 479 7603

Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Surveying (BSurv)

Find out more about the Regulations for entering Bachelor of Surveying (BSurv).

Fees for Surveying Students

Surveying students are required to pay excursion and field camp fees for SURV298 and SURV399, in addition to the regular university tuition fees. A list of all additional costs is available from the School of Surveying and is also shown in the Surveying Student Handbook.

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Regulations on this page are taken from the 2023 Calendar and supplementary material.

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