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Master of 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
  • All courses are delivered in block mode.

Join a unique qualification

Join the Master of Construction (Building Technology) - the only postgraduate building technology qualification in New Zealand.

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What is it like?

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 Master of 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 Master of Construction 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.

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.

A master's in a year

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.

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
  • Would like to advance your career in building technology with expert knowledge in energy efficiency, healthy buildings and sustainability
  • Are working at a senior management level and would like to move into a more specific building technology role


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

You will be in demand

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.

Careers you may progress to after completing this qualification include:

  • Advanced building design
  • Building investigations and energy audits
  • Facilities management
  • Building management

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

World-leading lecturers and supervisors

Massey’s construction staff are internationally-renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with internationally-recognised specialists, for example:

Dr Ruggiero (Rino) Lovreglio

Dr Lovreglio research topics include:  decision-making during emergencies; evacuation and pedestrian modelling; human behaviour in disasters (eg fires, bush fires, earthquakes); building information modelling; virtual reality and augmented reality.

He has been visiting researcher in many prestigious universities and institutions, such as Lund University (Sweden), Edinburgh Napier University (UK), MIT (USA) and NIST (USA). He is a reviewer for more than 20 international journals in different fields, such as fire, safety and simulation research, applied mathematics and transportation modelling. He is a member of the editorial board of Fire Technology journal (Springer Nature) and web editor for the International Association for Fire Safety Science.

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