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Become a world-leading construction specialist, with Massey University’s Master of Construction. It is the only degree in New Zealand focused on construction.
The Master of Construction at Massey University is a unique degree, focusing on building your in-depth knowledge of specific aspects of construction. It is the only postgraduate qualification in New Zealand whose courses are specifically developed for construction. You will still gain from Massey’s expertise in related areas such as engineering and business, but always with a construction view.
This masters qualification builds on Massey’s bachelor's degree in construction – the only one offered in New Zealand.
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 specialities (construction law). This degree will give you specific, tailored, focused learning to help you gain in-depth knowledge in aspects of construction.
Massey University construction staff have a wide range of industry and research experience. You will work with people who know how the industry works and what potential employers are looking for. The Master of Construction will help you become a construction professional, with relevant knowledge and skills the industry needs.
Massey University has extensive contacts with the construction industry and we work to ensure that our programme is kept up to date and relevant to that industry.
You will conduct a research project of 45 credits or more as part of your study. We encourage that this research focuses on an industry relevant to your own career, giving you direct and immediate benefit. If you have come straight from undergraduate study you can take advantage of our extensive industry relationships to also develop a relevant project that will enhance your career prospects.
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 through study and projects.
When you study towards Massey’s Master of Construction you will learn the detail you need to become a construction professional with expertise in:
There is massive work to be done and there is high demand at all levels of work in the construction industry – ranging from construction tradespeople to construction professionals.
This degree can be completed in only one year full time. You can enter this programme if you have an approved four-year degree, a three-year degree and a postgraduate diploma, or a three-year degree and two years relevant work experience.
Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.
Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.
“My experience studying at Massey was great. My studies provided me with a good opportunity to learn and discuss topics from all areas of the construction industry with both Massey staff and classmates, who have a huge amount of experience between them…”
My employer encouraged me to further my study in construction. I chose Massey’s Master of Construction as it allowed me to study via distance and block courses while I worked, making for a manageable workload.
My experience studying at Massey was great. My studies provided me with a good opportunity to learn and discuss topics from all areas of the construction industry with both Massey staff and classmates, who have a huge amount of experience between them.
I am currently employed as an Electrical Engineer with Aurecon. My role here focuses on the built environment. The building technology component of Massey’s construction course has helped me in my role significantly. The course provided a well guided insight into the specifics of building design and operation; this has given me a more thorough understanding of the complete system and how we can use passive design to enhance the final outcome.
In my current role, I find it really rewarding working with a multidiscipline team to deliver a cohesive result. Each project I work on presents an opportunity to improve how the user interacts with the finished product and it is always exciting to see a building take shape.
As my career progresses, I think it will be interesting to see how New Zealand and the rest of the world take shape as we transition toward a more electricity dependent society. I have developed a great basis of knowledge in energy management through Massey University and intend to apply and extend this as much as possible to benefit the wider community.
There is a shortage of enough qualified graduates with skills in this area - there is over $100 billion 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.
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:
Then, going beyond Auckland, we need to add the costs of construction work projected to grow in Hamilton, Wellington post earthquake repairs, and the major Christchurch rebuild.
A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:
Massey’s construction staff are internationally renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with recognised specialists, for example:
Professor Phipps spent many years in architectural practice, working on a wide variety of residential, commercial and industrial projects, prior to joining Massey University.
Her interest and expertise is in healthy and sustainable buildings. This includes the health and environmental effects of domestic heating, design of healthy buildings, low energy buildings, ventilation in homes and schools, mould in buildings and health effects from fluorescent lighting. Her work has been published internationally.
Prof Phipps is active in many groups. These include the Clean Air Society of Australia and New Zealand, the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate and NERI - the National Energy Research Institute, Sustainable Cities Research consortium and the He Kainga Oranga Healthy Housing Research Group.
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