Digital Built Environment – Postgraduate Diploma in Construction

With Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Construction (Digital Built Environment) you’ll gain construction management skills for the modern world.

Where you can study

Auckland campus
Distance and online

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

Specialise in Digital Built Environment for your Postgraduate Diploma in Construction at Massey

You’ll gain knowledge in the following areas:

  • Application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools across the lifecycle of a building project.
  • Examine data collection and analysis techniques, and their application in construction research.
  • Become familiar with new technologies such as drones, virtual reality, 3D printing and other technologies as they apply to the construction industry.
  • Develop a broad understanding of current construction industry operations, systems and technology. These include:
    • the project life cycle
    • stakeholder management
    • sustainable buildings and smart living spaces
    • lean production
    • offsite construction
    • logistics.

From here you can go deeper into digital technologies in the construction industry, or develop the research skills that will support your further study.

A Postgraduate Diploma in Construction in Digital Built Environment is a good fit if you:

  • have an undergraduate qualification in construction, quantity surveying, architecture, property, engineering, computer science or other relevant qualification
  • are interested in postgraduate construction study
  • want to develop your understanding of digital technology in the construction industry.

Planning information

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

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.

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Courses you can enrol in

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 75 credits from
Course code: 218712 Building Information Modelling Practices 15 credits

This course equips students with the knowledge of Building Information Modelling (BIM) development and management and enables students to apply a range of BIM tools across the lifecycle of a building project. This course is suitable for construction professionals and stakeholders.

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Course code: 218713 Digital Technology Applications in Construction 15 credits

A study of current application of digital technologies within the construction industry. The course includes the approaches to developing digital technologies that can be applied at all stages of a project’s lifecycle.

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Course code: 218717 Research Methods in Built Environment 15 credits

This course develops skills critical to the analysis, synthesis and review of literature; discusses a range of research methodologies; reviews tools and techniques for data collection; examines data analysis techniques and their application in construction research; and outlines the evaluation of research findings.

Restrictions: 218711

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Course code: 218730 Construction Project Management 15 credits

Advanced construction project management principles and practice.

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Course code: 218770 Advanced Construction Technology 15 credits

Construction industry operations, systems and technology including the project life cycle, key stakeholders, sustainable buildings, smart living spaces, innovation, lean production, offsite construction, logistics and current trends.

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Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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

Specific requirements

To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Construction 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 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.

English language skills

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

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

Construction consultants and contractors, engineering consultants and government agencies are all requiring skilled people with a knowledge and understanding of how new digital technologies can improve their business.

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