Master of Construction (Construction Project Management)

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Join the Master of Construction (Construction Project Management) - one of the first construction-focused management programmes in New Zealand. Take your career to the next level.

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What is it like?


The Master of Construction (Construction Project Management) is one of the first construction-focused management programmes in New Zealand. It will provide you with the sound management skills and techniques necessary for the successful completion of complex construction projects.

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.


The curriculum of the construction project management major 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.

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

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:

  • Would like to advance your career in construction
  • 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


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.

A quarter of our graduates own their own companies.

Other career options include

  • Project managers for construction, consulting and real-estate investment companies
  • Estimators (determining construction cost)
  • Planners and schedulers
  • Facilities and asset managers
  • Property managers for banks and insurance companies

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings
  • Young masters graduates earn 86 per cent more than the national median
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

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 internationally-recognised specialists, for example:

Dr Temitope Egbelakin

Dr Egbelakin research interests include sustainable and affordable housing, construction project management, environmental sustainability and natural hazard and disaster emergency management.

She has extensive research experience in disaster management recovery, and reconstruction and is currently working on government-funded projects on ‘Resilient Cities’. Her PhD is in civil engineering (construction management). Dr Egbelakin has industry experience in international construction and has developed strong connections with the New Zealand construction industry professionals.

She has published widely in international refereed journals.

Academic advice

Do you need help choosing your courses, or would you like to speak to an Adviser about your study? We would love to help you so please contact us.

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