Building success with launch of new cutting-edge construction qualification

Friday 8 December 2023

A new Bachelor of Construction (Honours) offering from the School of Built Environment will see students elevate their career by holding an internationally recognised post-degree qualification.

With projections indicating that the global construction sector will exceed $25 trillion by 2030, Aotearoa New Zealand’s building and construction industry is a key economic player. It currently employs 10.5 per cent of the workforce and represents 12.6 per cent of businesses nationwide. With anticipated growth, Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa Massey University is committed to strengthening its contributions to this vital sector.

Head of School of Built Environment (SBE) Professor Monty Sutrisna says the new qualification will continue to help evolve and support the New Zealand construction sector by further educating and upskilling professionals in the industry.

“With the current accelerated rate of globalisation, this higher tertiary qualification will provide an edge to degree holders to access more opportunities to build and advance their career in national and multinational construction corporations. It will further equip them to become future leaders in the construction sector, both here and overseas, and directly addresses the needs of the sector by fostering a culture of continuous innovation and contribution to society.”

The Bachelor of Construction (Honours) programme is fully accredited by the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) and is designed to equip graduates with leadership, teamworking and critical thinking skills, along with the ability to conduct independent research within the industry setting.

The honours study programme allows maximum flexibility for students to work closely with a construction company to conduct real-world research and provide solutions to a practical issue or challenge of their choosing.

“Students will be fully supported by experienced academic staff to choose a practical challenge facing the construction sector, as well as strong supervision from our academic supervisors to tackle the identified issue. For students who are already employed in the construction industry, this mode of study mutually benefits their employers as the outcomes of the research study can be directly applied to improve practice within the construction sector,” Professor Sutrisna says.

The introduction of this new degree leans strongly into the university’s strategy, particularly Pou Hono – Connection, by strengthening pathways for student to connect to key stakeholders in the field, enable capability development to move with a changing world, and contribute in meaningful ways to New Zealand and the world.

SBE provides a world-class education environment through the application of dynamic and interactive teaching methods, including case studies, industry expert guest speakers and relevant hands-on projects. The School houses a large concentration of built environment academic expertise and is nationally recognised by the construction industry as a provider of quality graduates. Alongside this, the school is positioned within the world’s top 200 universities in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking for architecture and built environment.

Find out more about studying a Bachelor of Construction (Honours) here and bring your questions along to the Enhance Your Construction Career Webinar on Thursday 1 February 2024, 7-8pm.

Professor Monty Sutrisna, Head of School of Built Environment (SBE).

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