Bachelor of Construction

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A construction expert

Join the only construction qualification in New Zealand accredited by the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS), the NZ Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The Bachelor of Construction will help you become a construction expert who can contribute to all sectors of the construction industry, highly sought-after by employers and internationally recognised.

What is it like?


The Massey University Bachelor of Construction will teach you how to develop and implement best practice building solutions and construction management techniques. You’ll learn how to add value to the sustainable development of the built environment, and its use, by integrating sound technical and theoretical knowledge with industry experience, management and interpersonal skills.

Sought-after by employers

There is great demand for people with a Bachelor of Construction. Most students are offered employment before they have even completed their qualification.

Excellent salaries and career progression

As a construction graduate you will be in line for the excellent starting salaries that are available in the industry. As you progress through your career, salary levels remain higher than for many other sectors. Many graduates are able to have their own business within 10 years of graduation.


This degree is internationally-accredited so your qualification will be recognised in most parts of the world.

Massey University’s programme is ranked in the top 200 university built environment programmes in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings.

Relevant to industry

There are two majors available - Quantity Surveying and Construction Management. These majors focus on relevant industry sectors, such as:

  • Project management consultancy
  • Building renovation and earthquake strengthening
  • Construction companies
  • Development consortiums
  • Local authorities and regulatory bodies
  • Property development or property management
  • Industrial and commercial building services
  • Insurance rebuild costs

Digital technology is integral to your learning

Extensive use is made of digital technology during your study towards your construction degree. All courses have an online teaching component and you can use your tablet or smartphone to ask or answer questions during lectures. Some assignments will require you to prepare a video of your work. Core courses for construction will teach you vital digital skills including Computer Aided drawing (CAD) and computer modelling of buildings (BIM).


Although you need to choose a major when you enrol, you can change from one major to another after one year of study.

You can choose to complete your final year in distance mode. This means that you can continue to study while gaining valuable work experience and starting to earn the excellent salaries that are available to you with your qualification.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, agriculture, technology,building,  computer science, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study compared to the national median. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates.

Your first year

You will learn about building and construction, materials and computer-aided design. Along with this you’ll gain knowledge in accounting, law, finance and construction economics. You’ll also be introduced to the built environment and measuring systems.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in buildings and how they are constructed
  • Are looking for a career where no two days are the same and you are not stuck behind a desk
  • Are interested in a career offering great salaries, and rapid progression to management
Ruan Malan
Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying)
Quantity Surveyor Trainee - Fletcher Construction Building and Interiors

“The increased pace, flexibility and ability to learn at Massey gave me an advantage over other university graduates. I am now much more advanced in my career than those of similar ages who either just studied or just worked…”

I chose to study a Bachelor of Construction (Quantity Surveying) at Massey as it is the only New Zealand University that offers a construction degree. With plans to work overseas, a degree, rather than a diploma, provides a significant advantage. Not only is it more respected, but it also provides a shortcut to a RICS membership (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors), a gateway to the overseas market.

Studying at Massey allowed me to both work and study full time. This increased pace, flexibility and ability to learn gave me an advantage over other university graduates. I am now much more advanced in my career than those of similar ages who either just studied or just worked.

I currently work for Fletcher Construction Building and Interiors as a Quantity Surveyor Trainee. My current role involves all aspects of quantity surveying such as cost forecasting and reporting, administering both the head and subcontracts, procuring trade packages and measuring, and valuing instructions. My degree introduced these concepts to me so that I was ready to develop my skills on the job.

What I love about Fletcher Construction Building and Interiors is that the projects I work on mean something, not just to me but the whole of New Zealand. The projects are iconic and of exciting complexity to help stimulate and promote my learning.


You will be in demand

The New Zealand construction industry is experiencing unprecedented growth which has led to acute shortages of construction graduates. This growth is due to the rebuild of Christchurch, population growth in Auckland, and growth in the export sectors. The demand for construction graduates is expected to stay strong for many years. Demand for construction graduates is equally strong in the UK and many parts of Europe leading to extensive international opportunities.

Rapid career progression

There are opportunities in all sectors of the built environment including new construction and civil projects, building restoration, earthquake strengthening and insurance valuation. Construction graduates gain employment within dynamic teams and can be equipped to lead significant developments within a few years of graduation.

Wide range of employment

Quantity surveyors are typically involved in the feasibility, costing and financial control of projects. Construction managers are typically involved in managing the health and safety and resource optimisation of projects. Both disciplines are vital to the successful conclusion of exciting projects from new commercial buildings, bridges and motorways, housing estates and development of waterfront sites. Graduates may be self-employed or act as consultants for clients or banks, or work for a contractor. Bachelor of Construction graduates will enjoy varying and challenging careers across a range of industries and sectors.

  • Professional quantity-surveying practices
  • Construction companies
  • Development consortiums
  • Local authorities and regulatory authorities
  • Allied sectors such as insurance

What employers say

“The commitment of senior staff at Massey University to raising the standards of teaching and research in New Zealand is exceptional. There is no doubt that the School is heading in a direction which would make it one of the best programmes in the world and that is due to the staff. We see this in the exceptional standard of students that leave Massey and join the construction industry”.

Ron Macdonald
Ebert, General Manager, Northern Region

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