Postgraduate Diploma in Construction (Facilities Management)

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Pathway to masters

The Postgraduate Diploma in Construction (Facilities 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.

Learn how to make more efficient energy use of facilities and how to create a healthy facility with the only facilities management qualification in New Zealand.

The facilities management major has a focus on energy management and healthy buildings. You will learn how to manage your organisation’s facilities to create an environment that enhances workplace productivity.

Key project management skills

As well as specific learning around facilities management, you will gain skills in front-end general project management issues such as development, finance, planning and scheduling, contract and stakeholder management. This is supplemented by elective modules from other construction-related endorsements or schools according to your professional specialisation.

Research-led learning from industry experts

You will learn from senior faculty members and industry experts. Our lecturers come from a range of relevant sectors such as architectural technology, environmental engineering, construction, engineering, 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. Staff are very active in research on healthy buildings, allowing you to be at the cutting edge of this fast growing area.

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 building and 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.

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
  • Would like to advance your career in facilities management
  • Are working at a senior management level and would like to move into facilities management

Careers

Past and current students are working as facilities managers, managing sustainable retrofits of housing, researching healthy homes, and conducting indoor environmental investigations. They are involved with energy efficient retrofits and enhancing the productivity of existing facilities.

You will be in demand

Careers you may progress to after completing this qualification include:

  • Advanced building design
  • Building investigations and energy audits
  • Facilities management
  • Building management

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 in addition to the management of the existing building stock. Demand in many countries beyond New Zealand is even bigger.

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 report 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.

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