Bachelor of Construction (Construction Management)

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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 domestic students have a cadet position before they have finished their degree.

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What is it like?

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When you study Massey’s Bachelor of Construction with the construction management major, you will really be able to make an impact on the building industry. That’s from the design stage right through the project’s completion.

Sought-after by employers

There is great demand for people with a Bachelor of Construction. Most students are offered employment before they have even completed their qualification.

Skills employers seek

You will contribute to client needs assessment and offer advice on resolving buildability issues at the design stage. You’ll plan, schedule, and organise for implementation of new construction projects and refurbishment or conversion of existing buildings. That includes making 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 - you may be interested in sustainable construction. You could be an advocate for obligations for social and environmental friendliness in buildings, including minimising adverse impact of development process on society and the environment.

Internationally accredited

Join the university that leads education in construction management in New Zealand. The programme is accredited by the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS)and the NZ Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The Bachelor of Construction will help you become a construction expert who can contribute to all sectors of the construction industry, highly sought-after by employers and internationally recognised.

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

Digital technology is integral to your learning

Extensive use is made of digital technology during your study towards your construction degree. 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 will teach you vital digital skills including Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Flexibility

Although you need to choose a major when you enrol, you can change from one major to another after one year of study.

In your final year you can also 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.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, agriculture, technology, building, computer science, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study compared to the national median. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates.

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.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in a career offering great salaries, and rapid progression to management
  • Are an organised person
  • Like meeting new people and work well in teams
Jason Rawles
Bachelor of Construction (Construction Management))
Graduated in 2019
Director - A1 Handyman Services

“I have left Massey not only with a degree but also with the confidence that I still have the ability to learn and excel…”

Studying for a Bachelor of Construction at Massey University was an important piece of the puzzle for my future plans.

I am currently self-employed, running my own business A1 Handyman Services Ltd. My study enabled me to understand a more encompassing approach to project management, rather than just relying on experience and being hands-on. This is something I intend to pursue further, beyond my A1 Handyman business.

The lecturers are there to help you in a clean and positive environment and it is great meeting fellow students who are also looking ahead in life. While at times it was difficult balancing my family, work, life and study, the location of the School of Built Environment and the fact that the Bachelor of Construction degree takes only three years to complete made it much more manageable.

Careers

Potential careers include:

  • Construction project management
  • Construction and property development
  • Consultancy
  • Facilities management
  • Government
  • Insurance
  • Mining
  • Oil and gas
  • Banking

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