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Become a world-leading construction specialist, with Massey University’s Master of Construction. It is the only degree in New Zealand focused on construction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Massey University’s programme is ranked in the top 200 university built environment programmes in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings.
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.
When you study towards Massey’s Master of Construction you will learn the detail you need to become a construction professional with expertise in:
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.
This qualification is available via distance, meaning you can study when and where it suits you, from where ever you live. We have students all over New Zealand and internationally. You can progress your career, while studying around your personal and work commitments.
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.
Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.
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.
“I immediately recommend Massey University to anyone considering studying construction. It’s been an incredible journey and I can’t imagine any other university delivering programmes through distance study better than Massey…”
At Massey I had my experience of inquiry-based, learner-centered learning. Rather than ‘feeding us Powerpoints’, my lecturer Naseem asked us to come up with a topic and write a journal-quality paper about it. I initially panicked because I’d barely even written an academic essay! However, we were guided us through our topics, how to write our papers, and where to find reference sources. My essay was published in the Australian Journal of Construction Economics in Building (AJCEB). It was a life changing experience for me. It opened my eyes to academia and gave me a real passion for learning and teaching.
I can’t speak highly enough of the specialist construction lecturers at Massey. They are such high-calibre professionals and also so friendly and approachable. Despite being involved in other work such as research, they always make teaching a priority, and make each student feel welcomed, included and special.
Despite studying by distance, the use of online discussion forums and contact courses makes for excellent communication and I never felt isolated from other my lecturer or students.
I know a number of other students who moved from other universities because of the lack of support and teaching inconsistencies. They found they were far more supported studying through distance study at Massey.
I use material I learnt in my studies at Massey every day. It not only taught me the subject material at a very high level, I’ve also learnt how to learn and how to teach, and how to perform as a professional. Through studying construction at Massey University, I’ve re-written most of the material I teach and changed the way I teach it.
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.
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:
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.
A Ministry of Education report found that:
Massey’s construction staff are internationally-renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with internationally-recognised specialists, for example:
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. She is a co-director of a team that won the 2004 Prime Minister’s Science Prize for a Research Team for their transformational research on housing and health.
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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