Master of Construction

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Lead the world of construction

Become a world-leading construction specialist, with Massey University’s Master of Construction. It is the only degree in New Zealand focused on construction.

What is it like?

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The Master of Construction at Massey University is a unique degree, focusing on building your in-depth knowledge of specific aspects of construction. It is the only postgraduate qualification in New Zealand whose courses are specifically developed for construction. You will still gain from Massey’s expertise in related areas such as engineering and business, but always with a construction view.

This masters qualification builds on Massey’s bachelor's degree in construction – the only one offered in New Zealand.

Is it right for me?

You may be working in the construction industry and want to know more about specific aspects. Or you may work in another area (like law) and wish to learn more about related construction specialities (construction law). This degree will give you specific, tailored, focused learning to help you gain in-depth knowledge in aspects of construction.

World-leading expertise

Massey University construction staff have a wide range of industry and research experience. You will work with people who know how the industry works and what potential employers are looking for. The Master of Construction will help you become a construction professional, with relevant knowledge and skills the industry needs.

Industry-relevant research

Massey University has extensive contacts with the construction industry and we work to ensure that our programme is kept up to date and relevant to that industry.

You will conduct a research project of 45 credits or more as part of your study. We encourage that this research focuses on an industry relevant to your own career, giving you direct and immediate benefit. If you have come straight from undergraduate study you can take advantage of our extensive industry relationships to also develop a relevant project that will enhance your career prospects.

Internationally recognised

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

A sustainable view

The themes of sustainability and productivity run through all our construction courses. We have sustainability specialists who ensure that these increasingly-important views of construction are always considered through study and projects.

Become a construction specialist

When you study towards Massey’s Master of Construction you will learn the detail you need to become a construction professional with expertise in:

  • Construction technology
  • Cost and financial aspects of construction
  • Legal aspects of construction projects
  • Management of construction projects

Future projects

There is massive work to be done and there is high demand at all levels of work in the construction industry – ranging from construction tradespeople to construction professionals.

  • In Auckland alone there have been suggestions that with the estimated population growth of close to a further million people, another 300,000 new homes need to be built. Assuming each new house costs $300,000.00 to build, that translates to $90 billion worth of work.
  • Also in Auckland a new convention centre, rail links, a second harbour crossing (tunnel or bridge), expansion of the dedicated northern bus way, additional commercial projects (shopping and offices), recreational projects including the new pool at North Harbour stadium and the AUT-Millenium Institute of Sports and Health expansions, the need to work out costs of construction for insurance valuation purposes, strengthening buildings that do not comply with minimum earthquake requirements, and the extensive rectification of leaky buildings.
  • Construction work is projected to grow in Hamilton and Wellington and the major Christchurch rebuild post-earthquakes.

A master’s in a year

This degree can be completed in only one year full time. You can enter this programme if you have an approved four-year degree, a three-year degree and a postgraduate diploma, or a three-year degree and two years relevant work experience.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

A good fit if you:

  • Have a four-year construction degree or a three-year construction degree with work experience
  • Would like to specialise in or learn more about an area of construction
  • Would like to move up the career hierarchy
Gareth Arnold
Electrical Engineer – Aurecon

“My experience studying at Massey was great. My studies provided me with a good opportunity to learn and discuss topics from all areas of the construction industry with both Massey staff and classmates, who have a huge amount of experience between them…”

My employer encouraged me to further my study in construction. I chose Massey’s Master of Construction as it allowed me to study via distance and block courses while I worked, making for a manageable workload.

My experience studying at Massey was great. My studies provided me with a good opportunity to learn and discuss topics from all areas of the construction industry with both Massey staff and classmates, who have a huge amount of experience between them.

I am currently employed as an Electrical Engineer with Aurecon. My role here focuses on the built environment. The building technology component of Massey’s construction course has helped me in my role significantly. The course provided a well guided insight into the specifics of building design and operation; this has given me a more thorough understanding of the complete system and how we can use passive design to enhance the final outcome.

In my current role, I find it really rewarding working with a multidiscipline team to deliver a cohesive result. Each project I work on presents an opportunity to improve how the user interacts with the finished product and it is always exciting to see a building take shape.

As my career progresses, I think it will be interesting to see how New Zealand and the rest of the world take shape as we transition toward a more electricity dependent society. I have developed a great basis of knowledge in energy management through Massey University and intend to apply and extend this as much as possible to benefit the wider community.

Careers

You will be in demand

There is a shortage of enough qualified graduates with skills in this area - there is over $100 billion construction work (covering both building and infrastructure work) to be done in New Zealand alone over the next 30 years. Demand in many countries beyond New Zealand is even bigger.

Massive growth in the construction industry

The construction industry is a significant contributor to any country’s economy. It is often used as a catalyst industry to spur further economic growth because it has a ‘multiplier’ or knock-on effect on the rest of the economy.
The New Zealand construction industry is likely to face acute shortages. Consider the following:

  1. In Auckland alone there have been suggestions that with the estimated population growth of close to a further million people, another 300,000 new homes need to be built. Assuming each new house costs $300,000.00 to build, that translates to $90 billion worth of work.
  2. We then have to add to that the costs of the new convention centre at Sky City, the rail links proposed for Auckland, a second harbour crossing (tunnel or bridge), expansion of the dedicated northern bus way, additional commercial projects (shopping and offices) to cater for the additional population, additional recreational projects including the new pool at North Harbour stadium and the AUT-Millenium Institute of Sports and Health expansions including another Olympic-size pool, the need to work out costs of construction for insurance valuation purposes, the need to strengthen buildings that do not comply with minimum earthquake requirements, and the extensive rectification of leaky buildings around Auckland.

Then, going beyond Auckland, we need to add the costs of construction work projected to grow in Hamilton, Wellington post earthquake repairs, and the major Christchurch rebuild.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey’s construction staff are internationally renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with recognised specialists, for example:

Professor Robyn Phipps

Professor Phipps spent many years in architectural practice, working on a wide variety of residential, commercial and industrial projects, prior to joining Massey University.

Her interest and expertise is in healthy and sustainable buildings. This includes the health and environmental effects of domestic heating, design of healthy buildings, low energy buildings, ventilation in homes and schools, mould in buildings and health effects from fluorescent lighting. Her work has been published internationally. 

Prof Phipps is active in many groups. These include the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand, the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate and NERI - the National Energy Research Institute, Sustainable Cities Research consortium and the He Kainga Oranga Healthy Housing Research Group.

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