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Postgraduate Diploma in Construction (Building Technology)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ
  • Some courses are offered in block mode.

Pathway to master's

The Postgraduate Diploma in Construction (Building Technology) is the stepping stone to a research-based degree such as a master’s.

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What is it like?

Massey University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Construction gives you the opportunity to join the pathway to in-depth research at a masters level.

The programme gives you the opportunity to show your analytical thinking and high-level research capability. If you complete the programme at a satisfactory level you may be able to proceed to the Master of Construction. If so, credits you have gained through this qualification may be credited to the masters programme.

Learn how to make more efficient energy use of facilities and how to create a healthy facility, with the only building technology qualification in New Zealand.

During the Massey University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Construction (Building Technology) you will learn how to design and manage healthy and energy efficient homes and workplaces, from principles to applications.

A focus on healthy buildings

The Postgraduate Diploma in Contruction has a focus on energy management and healthy buildings and is the only university course that looks at indoor air quality, healthy building and energy issues.

Become a leader in building technology

You will learn from senior faculty members and industry experts. Our staff have extensive experience and are working at the global forefront of research into healthy buildings. It is an opportunity for you to learn the latest developments in this area and take this learning back into your organisation and career.

Gain vital project management skills

As well as specific learning around facilities management, you will gain skills in front-end general project management issues such as development, finance, planning and scheduling, contract and stakeholder management. This is supplemented by elective modules from other construction-related endorsements or schools according to your professional specialisation.

Our lecturers come from a range of relevant sectors such as architectural technology, environmental engineering, construction, engineering, and IT. International participants feature strongly on all intakes. This wide mix of expertise allows for you to have meaningful exchange and interaction at this postgraduate level. Staff are very active in research on healthy buildings allowing students to be at the cutting edge of this fast growing area.


The curriculum is flexible to meet your unique study preferences and for your convenience. A full-time option is offered over one year, while the part-time option allows you to work while you study via block study mode, coupled with an interactive virtual learning environment.

A global perspective

The built environment affects, and is affected by many external influences. During this programme, you will gain a global perspective of the social, political and ethical influences on building and construction and learn how to overlay these in your decision-making process.

Your learning takes place in an environment of diversity, integrity and transparency. The environment replicates, and reflects the standards of the construction management profession itself.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Not just more of the same

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.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an undergraduate qualification in architecture, property, engineering or public health, or are near completion (one or two courses to go)
  • Are interested in postgraduate construction study, but do not have a research background
  • Would like to undertake a predominantly taught postgraduate programme
  • Would like to advance your career in building technology with expert knowledge in energy efficiency, healthy buildings and sustainability


On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma you will be well equipped to aim for senior positions in the industry after gaining requisite experience; alternatively, you could continue on to the master’s programme, provided you meet the required academic performance.

Past and current students are working as facilities managers, managing sustainable retrofits of housing, researching healthy homes, and conducting indoor environmental investigations.

Sought after by employers

International trends are for employers to reward postgraduate study well, especially in larger enterprises. The skills you learn are increasingly recognised as setting you apart from other potential employees.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed.

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