Postgraduate Diploma in Construction (Construction Project Management)

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Enhance your career

The Postgraduate Diploma in Construction (Construction Project Management) is the stepping stone to a research-based degree such as a master’s.

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What is it like?

Massey University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Construction gives you the opportunity to join the pathway to in-depth research at a masters level.

The programme gives you the opportunity to show your analytical thinking and high-level research capability. If you complete the programme at a satisfactory level you may be able to proceed to the Master of Construction. If so, credits you have gained through this qualification may be credited to the masters programme.

Key project management skills

Your learning focuses on front-end general project management issues such as development, finance, planning and scheduling, contract and stakeholders management. This is supplemented by elective modules from other construction-related endorsements or schools according to your professional specialisations. The program provides both disciplinary and integrative education in the areas of constructability, costs, scheduling and ethics.

Research-led learning from industry experts

You will learn from senior faculty members and industry experts. Our lecturers and supervisors come from a range of relevant sectors such as construction, engineering, petroleum and IT. International participants feature strongly on all intakes, and the wide mix of expertise allows for you to have meaningful exchange and interaction at the postgraduate level.

Flexibility

The curriculum is flexible to meet your unique study preferences and for your convenience. A full-time option is offered over one year, while the part-time option allows you to work while you study via block study mode, coupled with an interactive virtual learning environment.

A global perspective

The built environment affects, and is affected by many external influences. During this programme, you will gain a global perspective of the social, political and ethical influences on construction and learn how to overlay these in your decision-making process.

Your learning takes place in an environment of diversity, integrity and transparency. The environment replicates, and reflects the standards of the construction management profession itself. You will learn how to lead relevant local, national, and global outreach and engagement to optimise benefits to the industry and community.

The skills you learn will make you a valuableĀ resource for local communities, the New Zealand economy, the construction management profession and the built environment. You will be on the path to achieve national and international pre-eminence in innovation, discovery and creativity

A masters in a year

This degree is 120 credits, meaning you can complete 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 an undergraduate construction degree, or are near completion (one or two courses to go)
  • Are interested in postgraduate construction study, but do not have a research background
  • Would like to undertake a predominantly taught postgraduate programme
  • Are a construction professional who wishes to gain in-depth expertise in construction project management
  • Are a project manager who wishes to gain specific knowledge of construction project issues and solutions
  • Want a flexible study programme while you continue work

Careers

There is great demand - 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.

There are multiple career opportunities for construction project management graduates in organisations such as consulting and specialist subcontracting organisations, Multinational construction corporations, government, and academia - within New Zealand and abroad.

Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well,especially in larger enterprises.The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education reportĀ Moving on up: What young people earn after their tertiary education found that in New Zealand:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma you will be well equipped to aim for senior positions in the industry after gaining requisite experience; alternatively, you can continue on to the master’s provided they meet the required academic performance.

Join the engine of the new New Zealand

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