Bachelor of Construction

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A construction expert

Join the only construction qualification in New Zealand accredited by the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS), the NZ Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NZIQS) and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The Bachelor of Construction will help you become a construction expert who can contribute to all sectors of the construction industry, highly sought-after by employers and internationally recognised.

What is it like?

The Massey University Bachelor of Construction will teach you how to develop and implement best practice building solutions and construction management techniques. You’ll learn how to add value to the sustainable development of the built environment, and its use, by integrating sound technical and theoretical knowledge with industry experience, management and interpersonal skills.

Sought-after by employers

There is great demand for people with a Bachelor of Construction. Most students are offered employment before they have even completed their qualification.

Excellent salaries and career progression

As a construction graduate you will be in line for the excellent starting salaries that are available in the industry. As you progress through your career, salary levels remain higher than for many other sectors . Many graduates are able to have their own business within 10 years of graduation.

Internationally-accredited

This degree is internationally-accredited so your qualification will be recognised in most parts of the world.

Relevant to industry

There are two majors available - Quantity Surveying and Construction Management. These majors focus on relevant industry sectors, such as:

  • Project management consultancy
  • Building renovation and earthquake strengthening
  • Construction companies
  • Development consortiums
  • Local authorities and regulatory bodies
  • Property development or property management
  • Industrial and commercial building services
  • Insurance rebuild costs

The Bachelor of Construction is a three-year degree (or 3.5 years if you commence your study in Semester Two).

Digital technology is integral to your learning

Extensive use is made of digital technology during your study towards your construction degree. All courses have an online teaching component and you can use your tablet or smartphone to ask or answer questions during lectures. Some assignments will require you to prepare a video of your work. Core courses for construction will teach you vital digital skills including Computer Aided drawing (CAD) and computer modeling of buildings (BIM).

Flexibility

Although you need to choose a major when you enrol, you can change from one major to another after one year of study.

You can choose to complete your final year in distance mode. This means that you can continue to study while gaining valuable work experience and starting to earn the excellent salaries that are available to you with your qualification.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report, undertaken over nine years, showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates. Engineering and building-related fields have the largest earnings premiums over the national median of young graduates.

Your first year

You will learn about building and construction, materials and computeraided design. Along with this you’ll gain knowledge in accounting, law, finance and construction economics. You’ll also be introduced to the built environment and measuring systems.

A good fit if you:

  • Are interested in buildings and how they are constructed
  • Are looking for a career where no two days are the same and you are not stuck behind a desk
  • Are interested in a career offering great salaries, and rapid progression to management
Gail Royston
Bachelor of Construction
Graduated 2015
Assistant Cost Manager - Beca

“The possibilities in this industry are endless and every day is different, the hardest part is choosing where to go next…”

I was able to work and study full time due to Massey's flexible distance learning. That means that although I’ve only been out of university for one and a half years I have almost four years of experience in the industry. This has given me the opportunity to work in places like Auckland, Christchurch, Malaysia and now Europe and do what I love - travelling.

The Massey construction degree has helped me get to where I am and allowed me to work on international projects that have English, French and Spanish people working together to deliver projects. Construction is an exciting industry and I'm happy to be part of it. I'm lucky to have such amazing role models and mentors around me that push me to be the best I can be.

Gail was the recipient of the New Zealand Top Young Woman in Construction award 2015 and a finalist for the European Women in Construction & Engineering (WICE) awards as the Best Young Women in Construction 2016.

Careers

You will be in demand

The New Zealand construction industry is experiencing unprecedented growth which has led to acute shortages of construction graduates. This growth is due to the rebuild of Christchurch, population growth in Auckland, and growth in the export sectors. The demand for construction graduates is expected to stay strong for many years. Demand for construction graduates is equally strong in the UK and many parts of Europe leading to extensive international opportunities.

Rapid career progression

There are opportunities in all sectors of the built environment including new construction and civil projects, building restoration, earthquake strengthening and insurance valuation. Construction graduates gain employment within dynamic teams and can be equipped to lead significant developments within a few years of graduation.

Wide range of employment

Quantity surveyors are typically involved in the feasibility, costing and financial control of projects. Construction managers are typicaly involved in managing the health and safety and resource optimisation of projects. Both disciplines are vital to the successful conclusion of exciting projects from new commercial buildings, bridges and motorways, housing estates and development of waterfront sites. Graduates may be self-employed or act as consultants for clients or banks, or work for a contractor. Bachelor of Construction graduates will enjoy varying and challenging careers across a range of industries and sectors.

  • Professional quantity-surveying practices
  • Construction companies
  • Development consortiums
  • Local authorities and regulatory authorities
  • Allied sectors such as insurance

What employers say

“The commitment of senior staff at Massey University to raising the standards of teaching and research in New Zealand is exceptional. There is no doubt that the School is heading in a direction which would make it one of the best programmes in the world and that is due to the staff. We see this in the exceptional standard of students that leave Massey and join the construction industry”.

Ron Macdonald
Ebert, General Manager, Northern Region

Join the engine of the new New Zealand

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