Bachelor of Construction (Honours) – BConst (Hons)

Build on your construction knowledge with Massey's Bachelor of Construction (Honours). Become a highly sought-after construction expert who can contribute to all sectors of the construction industry.

Type of qualification

Bachelor's degree with honours

Level of study

Postgraduate study

Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equal experience – you can study at the postgraduate level. Doctoral qualifications require additional entry requirements.

More about study levels

NZQF level 8

Our courses follow the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) levels.

Find out more about NZQF levels

Time to complete

1 year full-time (120 credits)
Up to 3 years part-time

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students on campus in New Zealand

Study a Bachelor of Construction (Honours) – BConst (Hons)

The Massey University Bachelor of Construction (Honours) is a way to progress your construction knowledge further with in-depth research in your chosen field.

This qualification will help you gain sound technical and theoretical knowledge. You'll: 

  • learn how to develop and implement best practice building solutions
  • gain further insights into construction management techniques
  • gain new knowledge on how to manage sustainable development of the built environment.

This, combined with the industry experience and improved management and interpersonal skills you'll gain during your study will make you highly employable. 

Your skills will be sought after by employers, giving you a career advantage. If you are already working in the construction industry, this qualification will help you further your career.

Further study

This qualification is a stepping stone to further research qualifications, such as a Master of Construction or a PhD.

A BConst (Hons) is a good fit if you:

  • have an undergraduate degree
  • are wanting to further your career in construction
  • are interested in in-depth research.

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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

Specific requirements

To enter the Bachelor of Construction (Honours), you will have been awarded or qualified for a construction-related Bachelors Degree, having achieved a B+ grade average from the majoring courses of the intended subject, or equivalent.

You will need to provide copies of all official academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

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

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

For postgraduate qualifications where they are completed within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with a class of Honours, or Distinction or Merit.

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Prior learning, credit and exemptions

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

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Maximum time limits for completion

There are maximum time limits to complete some undergraduate and all postgraduate qualifications. If you do not complete within the maximum time, you may be required to re-apply for the qualification if you wish to continue your studies.

Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Postgraduate Certificates.

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 qualification 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 qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

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

Structure of the Bachelor of Construction (Honours)

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

Courses and specialisations

Key terms

Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
Course code
Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

Credit summary

120 credits

  • Research Methods course – 30 credits
  • Research Report – 90 credits

A subject is compulsory, requiring 120 credits in the subject (including a research report.

Course planning key

Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Compulsory Courses (Choose 30 credits from)

Choose 30 credits from
Course code: 218711 Research Methods in Construction 30 credits

The course develops skills critical to the analysis, synthesis and review of literature; discuss alternative research methodologies; review tools and techniques for data collection; review data analysis techniques and their application in construction research; and the evaluation of research findings.

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Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

Fees and scholarships

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.

Scholarship and award opportunities

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Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

You will be in demand

The New Zealand construction industry is experiencing unprecedented growth. This has led to acute shortages of construction graduates. The demand is expected to stay strong for many years.

Rapid career progression

There are opportunities in all sectors of the built environment. This includes new construction and civil projects. As well as building restoration, earthquake strengthening and insurance valuation.

Accreditations and rankings

QS Ranking - Architecture & Built Environment

Massey architecture and built environment is ranked in the world's top 150 universities by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

Australian Institute of Building (AIB)

This qualification is accredited by the Australian Institute of Building (AIB).