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Study property , Ākona te mahi hoko whare

Study property at Massey to gain expertise and confidence to excel in this dynamic and growing industry.

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Partner with industry

Get invaluable insights at Massey through our partnerships with property industry professionals and their organisations.

Cutting-edge consultancy

Get involved with Massey's Real Estate Analysis Unit, digging into projects such as tracking changes in the rental market.


Massey's Business School is ranked in the top 5% of business colleges worldwide by AACSB International.


Bricks and mortar, glass and steel, timber and tiles. Property plays a huge part in the global economy, and in people's lives.

Learn from lecturers with industry experience, and researchers with specialisations such as affordable housing and real estate economics. Master in-demand skills with practical assignments. Get real-world experience with field trips and at least 26 weeks' paid employment. Graduate work-ready, with qualifications recognised by the Property Institute and Real Estate Institute of New Zealand.

Business internships through Massey

Studying property is a good fit if you:

  • enjoy school subjects such as business studies, economics or English
  • want a hand in how people live, work and play
  • like thinking logically, negotiating, and talking with new people.

Property courses may cover:

  • building technology
  • finance and investments
  • how the economy affects property values
  • property development or property management
  • property and resource laws
  • valuations, including farms and other rural properties.

Property development courses

Property developers buy, improve and sell buildings and land, or arrange for new buildings to be built. Examples include:

  • commercial properties such as malls or office blocks
  • factories
  • industrial parks
  • residential properties such as apartments or housing estates
  • rural property.

Property management courses

Property managers oversee the day-to-day running of buildings such as apartments, office blocks and shopping malls. Learn how to plan and arrange:

  • repairs
  • maintenance
  • screening tenants, including credit checks and references
  • security.

How to study property

Discover what we offer if you’re interested in property – whether you’re coming to university for the first time, changing direction or returning to advance your study or career.

Undergraduate study

An undergraduate qualification is generally the first thing you’ll study at university.

Bachelor's degrees

Degrees are the standard qualifications you do at university – the most common is called a bachelor’s. Degrees give you enough time to explore your interests, and also focus on specific subjects.

Graduate diplomas

Graduate diplomas can help you advance to postgraduate study or research in a subject you haven’t majored in for your undergraduate study.

Relevant undergraduate subjects to major or specialise in

When you apply to study at Massey, for some undergraduate qualifications you can choose what subject you’d like to specialise in. You can usually change your mind after you get to university, depending on the courses you enrol in.

Postgraduate study

Once you’ve graduated with a bachelor’s degree – or have equivalent experience – you’ll be ready to take on postgraduate study.

Master's degrees

A master's degree normally builds on a main subject of study from your undergraduate degree.

Postgraduate certificates

Postgraduate certificates give you an introduction to postgraduate-level study. They’re shorter than postgraduate degrees. If you’re successful, you may be able to use the credits towards a postgraduate diploma

PhD and other doctoral degrees

Doctoral degrees, including PhDs, are the highest degrees we award. They’re very demanding and their entry criteria reflect this.

Relevant research areas at Massey

Discover research expertise, projects and initiatives relating to property at Massey.

Property research

What our students say

“I found the papers very practical and interesting – field trips helped to consolidate things we learnt in lectures.”
Sarah Moore

Bachelor of Business (Property)

“Upon completion of my degree I found it very easy to get a job. There is high demand for agriculture students in general, but more so for rural valuation students.”
Cameron Walker

Bachelor of AgriCommerce (Rural Valuation)

“Massey had smaller class sizes and a more personal feel. You were part of a community rather than just another student.”
Nicole Piper

Bachelor of Business (Property)

Jobs in property

From homes to office blocks, farms to shopping malls, careers in property involve buildings of all sorts. Some jobs focus mainly on buying and selling. Others involve planning construction or renovation projects, or day-to-day operations.

Property careers include:

  • auctioneers
  • chartered surveyors, who do structural surveys of buildings and advise on construction and valuations
  • property developers
  • property managers
  • real estate agents, who may specialise in commercial, industrial, residential or rural properties
  • valuers, who may work for banks, insurers or real estate firms.

Annual salary ranges for jobs

Training to be a registered valuer

Valuers inspect land and buildings to estimate what these are worth in the current market, based on:

  • the property's age, condition, construction, location, and size
  • local sales data
  • past and current trends in market performance.

Valuers advise people or organisations buying or selling property, or using property to secure a loan. Valuers may also give expert advice to lawyers or investors.

To become a registered valuer, you'll need:

  • Bachelor of Agribusiness (Rural Valuation) or Bachelor of Business (Property) with required courses
  • three years' work experience supervised by a registered valuer.

Salary ranges disclaimer

Indicative pay rates are:

Which property qualification?

Examples of where our qualifications may take you.

Table showing jobs and what you could study to enter them.
Jobs Examples of what you could study
Property developer Bachelor of Business (Property)
Property manager Bachelor of Business (Property)
Rural property valuer Bachelor of Agribusiness (Rural Valuation)
Valuer Bachelor of Business (Property)

Accreditations and rankings

Property Institute of New Zealand (PINZ)

The Bachelor of Business (Property) and Bachelor of Agribusiness (Rural Valuation) are accredited by the Property Institute of New Zealand (PINZ). Suitably qualified students may apply to PINZ to obtain registration in their selected field of expertise. Registration requires the necessary qualifications and at least 3 years practical experience in a selected field of expertise.

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Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ)

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) accredits the Bachelor of Business (Property). It represents more than 14,000 real estate professionals nationwide.

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Valuers Registration Board (VRB)

Suitably qualified students may apply to the Valuers’ Registration Board to obtain registration as a valuer. Registration (recognised as a minimum standard of competence) requires the valuer be 23 years of age, have the necessary qualifications and a minimum 3 years practical valuing experience. Registration is covered in the Valuers Act (1948).

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Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Massey's Bachelor of Construction is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. This global professional body promotes and enforces international standards in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.

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Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Massey Business School is rated in the top 5% of global business colleges by AACSB International.

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Association of MBAs (AMBA)

Massey's MBA programmes (MBA and EMBA) are accredited by the Association of MBAs

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