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The theory and practice for creating a sustainable built environment
You’ll learn strategies and techniques of sustainable design and construction for the built environment.
- Postgraduate, NZQF Level 9
- 12-18 months depending upon location and entry criteria. Available part-time.
- Available for international students studying in NZ
- 120-credit pathways available for applicants who meet Advanced Entry criteria
The strategies and techniques of sustainable design and construction for the built environment include:
- Green procurement
- Design for Excellence (DfX)
- Sustainable construction techniques and practice
- Zero-carbon buildings
- Constructability, operation and maintenance considerations.
Climate change presents specific challenges that require innovations during the entire lifecycle of projects. You’ll be introduced to many aspects influencing the building project lifecycle including:
- Climate change
- The principles of sustainability
- The UN Sustainable Development Goals relevant to the built environment.
You’ll be able to lead the development of sustainable built environments and zero-carbon built environment industry initiatives.
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.
Careers and further study
Construction consultants, public policy, engineering consultants and government agencies all require skilled people with a knowledge and understanding of how climate change and zero carbon initiatives will impact the built environment and how to create a more sustainable construction industry.
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
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::
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
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:
- 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 qualifications that may help.
Courses and planning
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 specialisation
|127702||Sustainable Property Development||15|
|218715||Sustainability and Climate Change for Construction Industry||15|
|218717||Research Methods in Built Environment||15|
|218730||Construction Project Management||15|
|218714||Sustainable Buildings and Structures||15|
|218718||Advanced Research Methods in Built Environment||15|
Planning your programme
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.
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.
- Get an estimate of the tuition fees for your qualification
- View a list of non-tuition fees that may be payable
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:
- have an undergraduate qualification in construction, quantity surveying, architecture, property, engineering or other relevant qualification
- are interested in postgraduate construction study
- want to develop your understanding of sustainability in the construction industry.
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.
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.