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Postgraduate Diploma in Construction

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.

Pathway to master's

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

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

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

World-leading expertise

Massey University construction staff have a wide range of industry and research experience. You will work with people who know how the industry works and what potential employers are looking for. The Master of Construction will help you become a construction professional, with relevant knowledge and skills the industry needs.

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.

Future projects

  • In Auckland alone there have been suggestions that with the estimated population growth of close to a further million people, another 300,000 new homes need to be built. Assuming each new house costs $300,000.00 to build, that translates to $90 billion worth of work.
  • Also in Auckland a new convention centre, rail links, a second harbour crossing (tunnel or bridge), expansion of the dedicated northern bus way, additional commercial projects (shopping and offices), recreational projects including the new pool at North Harbour stadium and the AUT-Millennium Institute of Sports and Health expansions, the need to work out costs of construction for insurance valuation purposes, strengthening buildings that do not comply with minimum earthquake requirements, and the extensive rectification of leaky buildings.
  • Construction work projected to grow in Hamilton and Wellington and the major Christchurch rebuild post-earthquakes.
  • There is massive work to be done and there is high demand at all levels of work in the construction industry - ranging from construction tradespeople to construction professionals.

Why postgraduate study?

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

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate 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 construction degree, 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


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 provided you meet the required academic performance.

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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