Graduate Diploma in Building Surveying

Approved Abbreviation: GradDipBldgSurv

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3704.1

AQF Level: 8

Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course was 2015 or later.

This two year part-time distance learning course aims to provide students with the special knowledge and skills to assess, evaluate and recommend building solutions. It is relevant to professionals certifying alternative solutions under the performance based building code and other relevant standards and guidelines. The course enables students to understand performance requirements, basic fire technology and engineering principles, building access and sustainability and other issues related to building surveying practice.

Although most units in the course do not have compulsory attendance to workshops, there are a few exceptions where attendance and presentations are required.

Students can fast-track by completing additional units per session to complete the course earlier. This course sets a pathway for further learning at the advanced Master level

Study Mode
Two years part-time.

The course is recognised by NSW Building Professionals Board (BPB) and has full accreditation with the Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS).


Applicants must have an undergraduate degree, or higher, in engineering, building, building surveying, construction, planning, bushfire protection or architecture;


A Diploma or higher, in engineering, building, building surveying, construction, planning, bushfire protection or architecture PLUS at least 4 years professional work experience in the relevant fields in the building industry or local government.

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Year 1

Summer A session

300708Planning and Development Control
300713Building Engineering

Autumn session

300948Fire Technology and Engineering Principles
300947Building Regulations

Spring session

300711Building Fire Services
300717Egress and Risk Assessment

Students may exit at this point with a Graduate Certificate in Building Surveying

Year 2

Summer A session

301002Specialised Software Applications

Autumn session

300716Building Studies
301005Professional Practice and Communication

Q3 session

301050Disaster and Emergency Management (PG)

Spring session

300718Fire Engineering Design and Assessment
200458Building in Bushfire Prone Areas

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