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Pathway to a master’s
The Postgraduate Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) is the stepping stone to a research-based degree such as a master’s.
- Postgraduate, NZQF Level 8
- 1 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
- Available for international students studying in NZ
- Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year.
Subject to CUAP approval
Massey University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) is a pathway to in-depth research at a master's level.
This is one of the first construction-focused management programmes in New Zealand. It will provide you with the advanced skills and knowledge required of senior quantity surveyors and commercial managers.
Gain the skills you need
During the Master of Construction (Quantity Surveying) you will develop advanced proficiencies. You will gain advanced knowledge in quantity surveying and commercial and contractual management of construction projects, construction law and research.
This will enable you to contribute to the provision of early cost advice, contract documentation and tendering. You’ll also learn about budgeting and financial management of all phases of the building and infrastructure development. That is from design through to construction and subsequent management, maintenance and remodelling of the asset.
In this programme you’ll develop your capacity to think critically, logically and strategically. Through this, you can make informed and better decisions, and solve problems more effectively and ethically. You’ll learn how to apply problem-solving and analytical thinking skills to the analyses of, and solutions to, construction and building industry problems.
You’ll learn in-depth skills in conducting cost planning, design cost management and preparing budgets. You’ll participate and collaborate as valued peers with colleagues in the wider domains of construction and infrastructure management education, design, planning, construction and maintenance.
Project management and advice
You’ll learn how to provide cost advice and procurement as well as project management services. That includes managing and optimising project and resources to achieve cost, time and quality targets. You’ll also gain the knowledge to act as an advisor on dispute resolution which may include arbitration, adjudication, mediation and negotiation, or an expert witness in construction disputes.
Careers and further study
When you graduate you could work in a number of areas.
You have the choice of working for construction businesses as an estimator, or for consultancies offering quantity surveying and project management services.
A key role would be working on the budgeting of construction projects. You’ll prepare tender and contract documentation and undertake project appraisals. You’ll offer procurement advice and carry out tender planning and adjudication at the tendering stages.
You will liaise between the client and the construction company, and draft and provide advice on contracts. You’ll also manage subcontractors and a number of other roles, and you may also undertake wider roles. These include arbitration, project management, expert witness, negotiations and dispute resolutions.
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 master's programme.
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.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Construction (Quantity Surveying) you will have been awarded or qualified for:
- the Bachelor of Construction degree, or equivalent, or
- a relevant Bachelor’s degree followed by a relevant Postgraduate Certificate or an equivalent qualification.
You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.
English language requirements
To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.
Prior learning, credit and exemptions
For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:
- review the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations
- contact us through the Enquire button on this page.
If you do not have the entry requirements
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.
Courses and planning
- Courses from one Endorsement – 75 credits
- Courses from the Schedule – 45 credits
No endorsement option
- Courses from the Schedule – 120 credits
A specialisation (endorsement) is optional, requiring at least 75 credits in the endorsement.
Courses for this specialisation
Planning your programme
If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.
Maximum time limits for completion
There are maximum time limits to complete postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the programme if you wish to continue your studies.
Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit
Where your qualification is completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, Distinction or Merit.
- Look for information under ‘Student Progression’ in the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates.
- Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.
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:
- have an undergraduate construction degree
- are particularly interested in the financial aspects of construction
- would like to fast track your career into quantity surveying.
Key information for students
Compare qualifications and academic information across different New Zealand institutions.
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.
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.
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Workload and time management
Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.
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 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.