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Entry requirements

There are no special entry requirements for the Bachelor of Construction programme other than those that qualify you for undergraduate study at Massey University. However, you will need to have a good understanding of Mathematics to at least Year 12 level. If you do not have a strong background in Mathematics, but do have an entrance qualification, then you will likely need to take an additional Maths course at foundation level, either before or during the first year of your degree.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Credits and prior learning

Previous study at tertiary level or relevant knowledge and skill gained through formal training may enable you to be granted credit towards your programme. If you have previously completed a New Zealand Diploma in either Quantity Surveying or Construction Management (Level 6) you may be eligible for credit for a number of Part 1 and 2 courses.  You need to formally apply for credit when you apply for the qualification online. Your credit application and any documentation should be submitted as early as possible so you know of any credit awarded before you choose which courses to enrol in. You will be informed by letter whether credit can be granted.

Planning your programme

The Bachelor of Construction is a three-year degree consisting of 360 credits. This programme is taught at the Auckland (Albany) campus via internal and block mode (see further description below). Some courses are available via distance learning.

It is highly recommended that you plan your entire year of study for this programme to ensure all the courses are available in the appropriate semester you wish to enrol. Part 1 is a mix of construction and business courses; these courses form the foundation of your course. Part 2 builds on these courses and you will learn about more complex building types, construction techniques and costing methods. Part 3 includes a personal research project as well as advanced construction courses.

You need to choose a major when you enrol but you can change from one major to the other during your first year of study.

The Bachelor of Construction offers the following majors:

  • Quantity Surveying
  • Construction Management

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. The  Construction Management Degree Planner (266 KB) and  Quantity Surveying Degree Planner (267 KB) planners may assist you; please note that they are correct for 2019 but not yet confirmed for 2020. If you would like to find out more about the individual course requirements, please use our Course Search for each course, check for prerequisites, corequisites and restrictions that may affect you. If you are unsure which courses to take in which semester, or you have any questions around course planning, please contact Academic Advice.

Each course has a value of 15 credits (except for 218.340) and is identified by a six-digit code (e.g. 218.172). The prefix (first three digits) indicates the subject area of that course (e.g. 218 indicates Construction). The fourth digit indicates the level of the course (1 = 100-level (first year), 2 = 200-level (second year), etc. The last two digits are the identifying number for that course. Full-time study equals 120 credits (usually 8 courses) of study per academic year (60 credits in Semester One and 60 credits in Semester Two). Semesters One and Two are separated by a three-week mid-year break. During Semester One there is also a two-week mid-semester break coinciding with Easter. In Semester Two there is also a two-week break at the end of August/beginning of September.

Bachelor of Construction structure

The first two years (Parts 1 and 2) are mostly offered internally at the Auckland campus. The first year courses are the same for both the Quantity Surveying and Construction Management majors. These courses introduce building materials, the building sector and estimating project costing, construction of domestic scale buildings, sustainable buildings and computer aided drawing. First year courses also include core business courses such as finance, accounting and mathematics. The second year focusses on more specialised areas relating to the chosen major. The third year includes a personal research project and is offered in block mode which allows students to work and study. Block mode enables students to attend short blocks of lectures instead of weekly lectures. Outside of these block courses, assessments, tutorials, and learning takes place online.

Over the three years you will study a schedule of courses with strong cross-links, thereby developing a multi-disciplinary approach, focussed on achieving innovation in the construction industry.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 600 hours of approved industry work experience relating to the chosen major. This gives the students a balance of practical hands on experience to enhance their academic studies.

International students need to check Visa restrictions before considering Employment in New Zealand.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates

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How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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