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Bachelor of Construction (Construction Management)

Overview

Manage the buildings of the future

With Massey’s Bachelor of Construction (Construction Management) you will be able to make your mark on this growing industry. Most of our students have a cadet position before they have finished their degree.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 7
  • Campus

  • Auckland
  • Duration

  • 3 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students studying in NZ
  • Other

  • No mid-year intake.

The Bachelor of Construction (Construction Management) will help you make an impact in the building industry, from design to project completion.

Skills employers seek

You’ll learn how to contribute to client needs assessment and how to offer advice on resolving buildability issues at the design stage. You’ll plan, schedule, and organise for implementation of new builds, refurbishments and conversions. You’ll learn how to make sure that things stay on track – financially, quality and time-wise and that you are meeting legal requirements.

You can follow your passion and create your own niche. For instance you may be interested in sustainable construction, or you could be an advocate for obligations for social and environmental friendliness in buildings.

Digital technology is integral to your learning

Extensive use is made of digital technology during your study as it is embedded across most of your courses. All courses have an online teaching component and you can use your tablet or smartphone to ask or answer questions during lectures. Some assignments will require you to prepare a video of your work. Core courses for construction management will teach you vital digital skills such as: Computer Aided Drawing (CAD), computer modelling of buildings (BIM, Augmented and Virtual Reality).

Flexibility

You can choose to complete your final year in distance mode. This means that you can continue to study while gaining valuable work experience and starting to earn the excellent salaries that are available to you with your qualification.

Your first year

You will learn about the built environment, building and construction, materials and computer-aided design. Along with this you’ll gain knowledge in accounting, law, finance and construction economics. You’ll also be introduced to the built environment and measuring systems.

Careers and further study

Careers

Potential careers include:

  • construction project management
  • construction and property development
  • consultancy
  • facilities management
  • government
  • insurance
  • mining
  • oil and gas
  • banking.

Further study

If you successfully complete this programme you could progress to a postgraduate qualification in construction like the Postgradaute Diploma in Construction and the Master of Construction.

International students

New Zealand is a great place to study. Massey University’s reputation is supported by our international rankings, accreditations and associations. We are rated five star plus by the QS World University Rankings.

Massey University has small class sizes, and our lecturers and staff are friendly and approachable.

As an international student, there are entry requirements that will apply to you. We recommend that you apply at least three months before your anticipated start date so your application can be processed in time. There are additional steps you will need to take. These include obtaining a visa and travel bookings if your study is to be in New Zealand.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission

Required

There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations. 

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Recommended

You will need to have a good understanding of mathematics to at least Year 12 level.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

If you do not have a strong background in mathematics, but do have an entrance qualification, then you will likely need to take an additional maths course at foundation level, either before or during the first year of your degree.

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and programmes that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

360 credits

From the Schedule to the Degree including:

Core courses

Major courses

 
 

Ensure that overall, you also have 600 hours of practical work experience and complete reports 218110 and 218210:

This is a parts-based qualification. This means there are regulations around your completion of Part One before progressing to Part Two, etc.

Attend field trips, studios, workshops, tutorials and laboratories as required.

See ‘Courses for this programme’ below for schedules of courses.

Courses for this specialisation

Part Two: Compulsory courses

120 credits
127241 Property Market Principles 15
152252 Project Management 15
218201 Construction Technology & Services II 15
218203 Principles of Measurement & Estimation 15
218204 Construction Law and Contracts 15
218224 Construction Technology and Services III 15
218228 Planning & Digital Built Environment for Construction Managers 15
218230 Construction Site Operations 15

Part Three

120 credits
218324 Integrating Building Information & the Supply Chain 15
218327 Sustainability & Construction Innovation 15
218328 Ethics and Professional Practice 15
218329 Facilities Management for Construction Managers 15
218330 Construction Procurement & Tendering 15
218331 Construction Quality Assurance 15
218335 Construction Management and Equipment 15
218336 Construction Management Capstone 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

The Bachelor of Construction is a parts-based qualification. That means you must complete the first part, before moving to the second etc.

Part One: is a mix of construction and business courses; these courses form the foundation of your course.

Part Two: builds on these courses and you will learn about more complex building types and construction techniques, legal, project management and some estimating methods.

Part Three: includes more advanced courses in digital built environment, sustainability and innovation, procurement and tendering, managing equipment and built facilities, quality and a capstone project.

Planning

If you study full-time, in your first year, you’ll take eight 15-credit courses, making a total of 120 credits.

If you wish to study over two semesters, you should aim for 60 credits per semester. You may be able to take some courses at summer school. Make sure you include courses that are prerequisites for the next level of courses you wish to study.

It is highly recommended that you plan your entire year of study for this programme to ensure all the courses are available in the appropriate semester you wish to enrol.

The first year courses are the same for both the Quantity Surveying and Construction Management majors. These courses introduce building materials, the building sector and estimating project costing, construction of domestic scale buildings, sustainable buildings and computer aided drawing.

First year courses also include core business courses such as finance, accounting and mathematics. The second year focusses on more specialised areas relating to the chosen major. The third year includes a capstone research project and is offered in block mode which allows students to work and study. Block mode enables students to attend short blocks of lectures instead of weekly lectures. Outside of these block courses, assessments, tutorials, and learning takes place online.

Over the three years you will study a schedule of courses with strong cross-links, thereby developing a multi-disciplinary approach, focussed on achieving innovation in the construction industry.

Practical experience

You will be required to complete a minimum of 600 hours of approved industry work experience relating to your chosen major. This gives you a balance of practical hands on experience to enhance their academic studies.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

If you already know which courses you are going to take, you can use our fees calculator to get an estimate of your fees.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students will find their National Student Number on their student homepage.


A good fit if you:

  • want to work in construction
  • are an organised person
  • like meeting new people and work well in teams.

Accreditations and rankings

QS ranking architecture and built environment

Massey is ranked in the world's top 200 universities for built environment in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.


RICS - Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

RICS promotes professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction & infrastructure. With offices covering the major political and financial centres of the world, their market presence means they are ideally placed to influence policy and embed standards at a national level. Their accreditation will provide graduates with opportunities worldwide.


Key information for students

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Regulations

Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

About electives

Electives are courses that are not compulsory. Certain guidelines are usually provided on courses you may take. Elective courses contribute to the programme, but not to your major or specialisation.

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may be no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships

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