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Lead the world of construction

Become a world-leading construction specialist, with Massey University’s Master of Construction. It is the only degree in New Zealand focused on construction.

  • Level

  • Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
  • Credits

  • 180
  • Duration

  • 12-18 months depending upon location and entry criteria. Available part-time.
  • Other

  • 120-credit pathways available for applicants who meet Advanced Entry criteria

The Master of Construction at Massey University is a unique degree. It focuses on building in-depth knowledge of specific aspects of construction. It is the only qualification in New Zealand that has specifically developed postgraduate construction courses.

This master’s qualification builds on Massey’s bachelor's degree in construction – the only one offered in New Zealand.

120-credit option

You can complete the Master of Construction with 120 credits of study if you enter via one of these Advanced Entry pathways:

  • a Bachelor of Construction plus two years of professional experience; or
  • a Bachelor of Construction (Honours); or
  • a four-year Bachelor with Honours degree in a construction-related field.

Is it right for me?

You may be working in the construction industry and want to know more about specific aspects. Or, you may work in another area (like law) and wish to learn more about related construction specialties (construction law). This degree will give you specific, tailored, focused learning to help you gain in-depth knowledge of these areas.

When you study towards Massey’s Master of Construction you will become a construction professional with expertise in:

  • construction technology
  • cost and financial aspects of construction
  • legal aspects of construction projects
  • management of construction projects.

World-leading and industry-relevant

Massey University construction staff have a wide range of industry and research experience. We have extensive contacts, know how the industry works and what potential employers are looking for. This all contributes to ensuring that our programme is kept up to date and relevant.

We encourage you to focus on a research project in an industry relevant to your own career. Or you can use our industry relationships to develop a project relevant to your career ambitions.

A sustainable view

The themes of sustainability and productivity run through all our construction courses. We have sustainability specialists who ensure that these increasingly important views of construction are always considered.

Future projects

There is a great deal of work to be done and there is high demand for graduates with your skills at all levels of the construction industry.

Careers and further study


You will be in demand

There is a shortage of enough qualified graduates with skills in this area - there is over $90 billion of 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.

Massive growth in the construction industry

The construction industry is a significant contributor to any country’s economy. It is often used as a catalyst industry to spur further economic growth – because it has a ‘multiplier’ or knock-on effect on the rest of the economy.
The New Zealand construction industry is likely to face acute shortages. Consider the following.

In Auckland there have been suggestions that with the estimated population growth of close to a further million people, another 300,000 new homes need to be built. Assuming each new house costs $300,000 to build, that translates to $90 billion worth of work.

We then have to add to that:

  • the costs of the rail links proposed for Auckland
  • a second harbour crossing (tunnel or bridge)
  • expansion of the dedicated northern bus way
  • additional commercial projects (shopping and offices) to cater for the additional population
  • additional recreational projects including the new pool at North Harbour stadium and the AUT-Millenium Institute of Sports and Health expansions including another Olympic-size pool
  • the need to work out costs of construction for insurance valuation purposes
  • the need to strengthen buildings that do not comply with minimum earthquake requirements
  • the extensive rectification of leaky buildings around Auckland.

Going beyond Auckland, we need to add the costs of construction work projected to grow in Hamilton, Wellington’s post-earthquake repairs, and the major Christchurch rebuild.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

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


To enter the Master of Construction (thesis pathway) you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a construction related four year Bachelor with Honours degree or a Bachelor of Construction (Honours) or equivalent qualification with a minimum grade average of B over the contributing courses for the Honours year; or
  • have been awarded or qualified for a relevant Bachelor’s degree followed by a relevant Postgraduate Certificate with a minimum grade average of B+ over the contributing courses for the Postgraduate Certificate, or equivalent.

To enter the Master of Construction (coursework pathway) you will::

  1. have been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Construction or equivalent qualification with a minimum grade average of B across the highest level courses; or
  2. have been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Construction or equivalent qualification and have completed at least two years of relevant professional experience; or
  3. have been awarded or qualified for a construction related four year Bachelor with Honours degree or a Bachelor of Construction (Honours) or equivalent qualification; or
  4. have been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Construction followed by the Postgraduate Diploma in Construction or equivalent qualification with a minimum grade average of B over the contributing courses for the Postgraduate Diploma; or
  5. have been awarded or qualified for a relevant Bachelor’s degree followed by a relevant Postgraduate Certificate with a minimum grade average of B over the contributing courses for the Postgraduate Certificate, or equivalent.

If you are admitted into the thesis pathway, or the coursework pathway under 3, 4 or 5 above, you may apply for credit towards Part One of the qualification in accordance with the limits specified in the Recognition of Prior Learning regulations.

English language requirements

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

Other requirements

Documents you will need to supply to support your application:

  • verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University
  • a copy of your current curriculum vitae (CV) including education and employment for at least the last five years
  • a short summary of your research interests (200 words or less). Required if you intend to take the research pathway.

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

English language and foundation courses

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

Courses and planning

Credit summary

180 credits

Either: Coursework Pathway

  • Compulsory courses – 75 credits
  • Electives from Schedule B – 60 credits
  • Research report – 45 credits

Or: Research Pathway

  • Compulsory courses – 75 credits
  • Elective from Schedule B – 15 credits
  • Thesis – 90 credits

Completing a subject is optional, requiring at least 75 credits from the subject.

Advanced entry: Those who have already completed specified qualifications in advance of the minimum entry requirements and have been granted credit for it, may be able to complete this degree in 60 - 120 credits.

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

Courses for this programme

Part One

Schedule A: Subject courses

Please refer to individual specialisation page for a list of courses for your specialisation.

Schedule B: Elective courses

Courses at 700 level from the 218 prefix
And may include up to 45 credits from
115764 Leadership and Teamwork 15
115766 Managing Financial Resources 15
115774 Operations and Supply Chain Management 15
115791 Digital Transformation 15
130705 Emergency Management 30
131704 Sustainable Development 30
131709 Sustainable Development Goals in Practice 30
132731 Planning Law 30
158738 Implementation and Management of Systems Security 15
158740 Location Systems: Spatial Databases, Tools and Applications 15
158741 Location Data: Mapping, Analysis and Visualisation 15
158757 User Interface Design and Evaluation 15
178719 Climate Change Economics and Policy 30
178742 Environmental Economics for Non-Economists 15
178755 Economic Growth, International and Development Economics 30
240753 Supply Chain Analytics 15
240756 Value Chain Management 15
287735 Quality Improvement 15
287741 Quality System Development and Management 15

Part Two

Schedule C: Research courses

Coursework Pathway
45 credits
218810 Research Report 45
Thesis Pathway
90 credits
218828 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45
218829 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45
218830 Thesis 90

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

If you enter the Master of Construction (Coursework pathway) with a Bachelor of Construction plus two years of professional experience, or Bachelor of Construction (Honours), or four year Bachelor with Honours degree, your programme will consist of 120 credits including a 45 credit research report. 

For progression from Part One to Part Two of the Master of Construction (Coursework pathway) you achieve a minimum B grade average over the first 60 credits in Part One.

For progression from Part One to Part Two of the Master of Construction (Thesis pathway) you must achieve a minimum B+ grade average over the first 60 credits in Part One.

Without specialisation

If you choose to take the ‘without specialisation’ option, you can select your courses from Schedule A (Subjects), Schedule B (Electives) and Schedule C (Research).

The programme of study for the Master of Construction without a specialisation must include 218.717 for the Coursework pathway, and both 218.717 and 218.718 for the Thesis pathway.

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. 

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?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

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 can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • would like to specialise in or learn more about an area of construction
  • would like to move up the career hierarchy.

Meet our students

Key information for students

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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.

Postgraduate regulations

General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate 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

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 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