Victoria University of Wellington


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Bachelor of Building Science (BBSc)

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 02-March-2020
Te Aro Campus
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Become a building scientist

The Bachelor of Building Science is a three-year undergraduate degree. It's designed to give you expertise in the science, technology and economics of creating buildings, as well as an understanding of architecture.

Building Science was developed to meet the growing needs of New Zealand's building and construction industry. Today, Victoria University is an international leader in the field of building science.

Learn alongside Architecture students in your first year and specialise in Project Management or Sustainable Engineering Systems in your second and third years. And if you want, you can do a double major in both.

Studying Building Science will give you the opportunity to contribute to a more sustainable world. You'll learn about the built environment, and how people interact with it. And the common first year with Architecture students allows you to explore and understand the science of building within the context of architecture and design.

Choose major

  • Project Management
  • Sustainable Engineering Systems
  • Project Management and Sustainable Engineering Systems

First year

Your first year will give you a solid understanding of the built environment and all the areas related to it.

You'll study seven core introductory courses and one elective. Four of the courses will introduce you to the concepts, history and theory of design, as well as how design is communicated. Other courses focus on the technology used in creating the built environment and on sustainability.

By the end of your first year you should have a strong grasp of the main ideas, vocabulary and technology of the world of architecture and building Science. You'll also have good idea of where you want go from there.

Second year

This is the year you choose your major Project Management or Sustainable Engineering Systems. You can also choose to study both majors.

You'll look more closely at areas like energy and water use, or managing a project and compliance with relevant legislation.

Third year

By this stage you'll have developed a good understanding of Building Science and your major. You'll appreciate the important questions related to sustainability, price, quality of construction and quality of people involved.

At the end of your third year you'll have the knowledge and skills to begin your career in the building industry.

Or you can stay on and begin your Master of Building Science postgraduate degree.

Get a Master's degree

If you want to become an expert in a particular area of Building Science that fascinates you maybe energy efficiency or acoustics or Building Information Modelling a Master’s degree will help you reach your career goals.

Not only will you gain deep insights and highly marketable skills, but you’ll have the qualifications you need to be professionally recognised by the New Zealand Institute of Building.

Entry criteria

Achieve the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or three GCE Advanced Level passes at C grade, or equivalent.

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5

TOEFL: minimum overall score of 80 (internet-based test)

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a 'Communicative score' of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,4,3


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