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Master of Construction (Construction Project Management)

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.

Enhance your career

Join the Master of Construction (Construction Project Management) one of the first construction-focused management programmes in New Zealand. Take your career to the next level.

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What is it like?

The Master of Construction (Construction Project Management) is one of the first construction-focused management programmes in New Zealand. It will provide you with the sound management skills and techniques necessary for the successful completion of complex construction projects.

Key project management skills

Your learning focuses on front-end general project management issues such as development, finance, planning and scheduling, contract and stakeholders management. This is supplemented by elective modules from other construction-related endorsements or schools according to your professional specialisations. The program provides both disciplinary and integrative education in the areas of constructability, costs, scheduling and ethics.

Research-led learning from industry experts

You will learn from senior faculty members and industry experts. Our lecturers and supervisors come from a range of relevant sectors such as construction, engineering, petroleum and IT. 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.

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 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. You will learn how to lead relevant local, national, and global outreach and engagement to optimise benefits to the industry and community.

The skills you learn will make you a valuable resource for local communities, the New Zealand economy, the construction management profession and the built environment. You will be on the path to achieve national and international pre-eminence in innovation, discovery and creativity.

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:

  • Would like to advance your career in construction
  • Are a construction professional who wishes to gain in-depth expertise in construction project management
  • Are a project manager who wishes to gain specific knowledge of construction project issues and solutions
  • Want a flexible study programme while you continue work


There is great demand - 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.

There are multiple career opportunities for construction project management graduates in organisations such as consulting and specialist subcontracting organisations, Multinational construction corporations, government, and academia - within New Zealand and abroad.

A quarter of our graduates own their own companies.

Other career options include

  • Project managers for construction, consulting and real-estate investment companies
  • Estimators (determining construction cost)
  • Planners and schedulers
  • Facilities and asset managers
  • Property managers for banks and insurance companies

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.

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