Postgraduate study in Construction Management

What can you study in Construction Management?

You can complete a Master of Engineering Studies in Construction Management. Radical changes in the building industry have led to a demand for professionals with a new set of knowledge, skills and capabilities. This programme aims to provide you with an in-depth understanding of the construction management discipline so you are able to meet current industry demands.

The subjects that will impart this understanding include Construction Supply Chain Management, Infrastructure Asset Management and Engineering Contracts for Projects. The aim is to build your confidence for working in an industry known for its dynamic, complex and unpredictable nature.

Entry requirements for Master of Engineering Studies in Construction Management

Before applying for this programme, please ensure that you meet the entry requirements for the Master of Engineering Studies.

You must have completed a suitable undergraduate degree in Engineering, Construction, Architecture or another similar discipline.

Important requirements for international students

  • All international applicants should ensure that they meet all the programme’s entry requirements. You should only proceed with your application if your GPA matches or exceeds the requirements for your country listed in the engineering programme of your choice. Please do not apply if your GPA is below the minimum entry requirements, but consider the alternative study options that may be offered as a pathway into your preferred programme.
  • You are strongly advised to consider visa application times. Please be aware of the student visa processing times in your home country and submit the necessary documentation well ahead of the application deadlines. For processing times, contact the New Zealand High Commission/Embassy or your education agent.
  • Applicants for their second masters degree need to be aware that additional assessment requirements will take extra time. The Faculty of Engineering needs to assess your previous masters degree courses to ensure that they do not overlap with your selected courses in the University of Auckland programme. You must therefore allow more time for your application to be processed, and be aware that further documentations may be required. Submit your application well in advance of the deadline if this is your situation, as you may also need to take visa application times into account.

Subject structure

There are two different taught options for the MEngSt in Construction Management, a 120 point programme and a 180 point programme.

Taught (120 points)

At least 45 points from the following, but no more than 45 points from CIVIL 787–789, 795:

  • Semester One and Two
    • CIVIL 787 Project X (15 points)
    • CIVIL 788 A&B Project Y (30 points)
    • CIVIL 789 Project Z (30 points)
    • CIVIL 795 A&B Research Project (45 points)
  • Semester One
    • CIVIL 707 Construction Supply Chain Management (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • CIVIL 704 Advanced Topics in Project Management (15 points)
    • CIVIL 709 Cost Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 765 Infrastructure and Asset Management (15 points)

Up to 75 points from:

  • Semester One and Two
    • CIVIL 703 Project Management (15 points)
  • Semester One
    • CIVIL 708 Work Based Learning (15 points)
    • CIVIL 790 Civil Engineering Administration (15 points)
    • CIVIL 791 Construction Management (15 points)
    • ENGGEN 731 Agile and Lean Project Management (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • ENGSCI 755 Decision Making in Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 743 Special Topic: Building Information Modelling (15 points)
    • ENGGEN 730 Management Skills for Project Professionals (15 points)
    • ENGGEN 734 Engineering Contracts for Projects (15 points)

Taught (180 points)

At least 45 points from the following, but no more than 45 points from CIVIL 787–789, 795:

  • Semester One and Two
    • CIVIL 787 Project X (15 points)
    • CIVIL 788 A&B Project Y (30 points)
    • CIVIL 789 Project Z (30 points)
    • CIVIL 795 A&B Research Project (45 points)
  • Semester One
    • CIVIL 707 Construction Supply Chain Management (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • CIVIL 704 Advanced Topics in Project Management (15 points)
    • CIVIL 709 Cost Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 765 Infrastructure and Asset Management (15 points)

At least 30 points from:

  • Semester One and Two
    • CIVIL 703 Project Management (15 points)
  • Semester One
    • CIVIL 708 Work Based Learning (15 points)
    • CIVIL 791 Construction Management (15 points)

Up to 105 points from:

  • Semester One
    • CIVIL 790 Civil Engineering Administration (15 points)
    • ENGGEN 731 Agile and Lean Project Management (15 points)
  • Semester Two
    • ENGSCI 755 Decision Making in Engineering (15 points)
    • CIVIL 743 Special Topic: Building Information Modelling (15 points)
    • ENGGEN 730 Management Skills for Project Professionals (15 points)
    • ENGGEN 734 Engineering Contracts for Projects (15 points)

Where can postgraduate study in Construction Management take you?

Choosing postgraduate study in Construction Management prepares you for a range of roles throughout the construction industry both in New Zealand and overseas. There is a key focus on managing varied stakeholder requirements such as economic and environmental variables. Our graduates have ended up in roles such as:

  • Project Manager
  • Design Engineer
  • Construction Manager

Graduates from this programme typically include those who:

  • Have well-developed critical thinking skills
  • Hold in-depth knowledge of new concepts from leading research
  • Can apply a range of management skills, approaches and techniques
  • Are attractive to employers looking for professionals who are passionate about their discipline

Help and advice

For general student enquiries, please contact the Engineering Student Centre.

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