This is an international programme of advanced management studies for the modern construction industry.
We develop specialist expertise on how to manage organisations engaged in construction from the multiple perspectives of the client, design team, and contractor. This includes an overview of how the construction sector operates in the developed and developing world and of the macro-economic and micro-economic factors that influence the work of the sector.
The distinctive focus is on the management of the construction firm, including finance, organisation, project procurement, contracts for design and construction, information and communication technologies in the construction sector and the expectations of clients, developers, financiers and investors in a project.
The course suits those who have an interest in pursuing a career in the management of construction, whether on the supply side or the demand side. Graduates with professional experience will find this course provides a strong grounding for promotion to more senior management positions in the industry. Graduates without experience will find this course an excellent way to gain mastery of the topics relating to management in construction.
Another distinctive feature is in the application of research carried out by the staff of the School; the research informs policy nationally and internationally. All of our research is carried out through close work with industry partners and develops new ways of thinking about the management of construction. The course is constantly being updated with the latest thinking in all the various aspects of construction management.
The course is for graduates from any discipline who are seeking a professional qualification leading to employment in a dynamic, exciting profession involving the application of financial, managerial and property design skills.
The course is offered as a one-year full-time modular course or two-year flexible modular course. It is accredited by RICS and CIOB.
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
The dissertation is a major individual research project. Guidance will be given on choosing a research topic, research techniques and the style and presentation of the finished document. Classes in research skills are provided as part of the dissertation module. Students will have their own carefully selected dissertation tutor whose role is to help them plan and successfully execute this key part of the programme.
We offer a one-year, full-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The full-time programme starts in September each year.
We also offer a two-year, part-time modular course. It is taught with ten, one-week attendance periods at the University. The duration of the flexible route is strongly recommended as two years, but this is not fixed. The flexible course starts in September each year.
Graduates will follow careers in a wide range of construction-related vocations: architectural and engineering design, project management, construction management, general business management, investment appraisal and in the public sector. Some pursue a career in research. This programme is particularly attractive to international students seeking to expand their knowledge and learn about construction management in different national contexts.
Fast track your career
Study the Master of Construction (Quantity Surveying) and fast track your career.
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The Master of Construction (Quantity Surveying) is one of the first construction-focused management programmes in New Zealand. It will provide you with the advanced skills and knowledge required of senior quantity surveyors and commercial managers.
Massey’s Master of Construction 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.
The quantity surveyor is the financial expert of a construction project - preparing the feasibility studies, quantifying and measuring what is to be built, cost estimation and budgets, preparing the tender documents, advising on legal aspects, valuing the work, advising the client on payments and finalising the final accounts.
During the Master of Construction (Quantity Surveying) you will develop these advanced proficiencies and more. You will gain advanced knowledge in quantity surveying and commercial and contractual management of construction projects, construction law, and research. Theoretical principles and methodologies are interlaced with hands-on practice. You will be able to apply your knowledge to the contractual and financial management of large-scale and complex building and construction projects.
This will enable you to contribute to the provision of early cost advice, contract documentation and tendering, budgeting and contractual and financial management of all phases of the building and infrastructure development life cycle, from design through to construction and subsequent management, maintenance and remodelling of the asset.
You will learn from highly-acclaimed academics and experienced industry professionals who are experts in the field. Your lecturers and supervisors come from a range of relevant sectors such as construction, engineering, petroleum and IT. As active professionals, they have built extensive industry networks and are able to research and apply the latest thinking in the subject area to ensure the knowledge you receive is current and industry-relevant, and that you are well-prepared for the workplace of tomorrow.
International participants feature strongly on all intakes, and the wide mix of expertise allows for you to have meaningful exchange and interaction at the postgraduate level.
As well as specific skills necessary for a career in construction, Massey University’s Master of Construction (Quantity Surveying) will help you gain skills for broader employability and usefulness across many careers.
Develop your capacity to think critically, logically and strategically to make informed and better decisions and solve problems more effectively and ethically. You will learn how to apply problem-solving and analytical thinking skills to the analyses of and solutions to construction and building industry problems.
Plan and carry out research that demonstrates an advanced level of skill in critical analysis, synthesis and scholarship, to an international standard.
Learn in-depth skills in conducting cost planning, design cost management and preparing budgets. Participate and collaborate as valued peers with colleagues in the wider domains of construction and infrastructure management education, design, planning, construction and maintenance.
You will learn how to provide cost advice and procurement and project management services including managing and optimising project and resources to achieve cost, time and quality targets. You will also gain the knowledge to act as an advisor on dispute resolution, including arbitration, adjudication, mediation and negotiation or an expert witness in construction disputes.
Massey University offers a supportive virtual online learning community called ‘Stream’. Even if you are studying at a distance, your learning experience will be enriched by this multimedia environment that supports interactivity and knowledge sharing. It allows you to share and exchange ideas with fellow students and the course coordinator.
This degree is 120 credits, meaning you can complete 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.