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 documentation 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.

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Construction Management

“My Programme Requirements” is a feature in Student Services Online that tells you what the academic requirements are for your programme.

It shows you what courses you are enrolled in, what courses you have passed and what courses you can take to complete your degree. For more information, see How to view your programme requirements.

For detailed course information and advice please refer to your programme regulations in the University of Auckland Calendar or visit one of our Student Hubs.

Postgraduate Certificate in Engineering

This is a flexible programme that can be structured around your engineering interests. Find out more

Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering

This is a 120-point taught programme. You will need to complete a minimum of 90-points of courses in Construction Management from the list provided under the Master of Engineering Studies (excludes research projects). The remaining 30-points can also be selected from this list, or you may choose up to 30-points of other appropriate courses, as approved by the Programme Director. Find out more

Master of Engineering Studies

The Master of Engineering Studies enables you to study a range of topics in your area of expertise. Students that elect to complete a Research Project of 30 points or more may be eligible for their degree to be awarded with Honours. This programme is available as a 120-point and 180-point taught option. Find out more

Students who started their programme prior to 2024 should refer to their Programme Requirements in Student Services Online.

Core courses:

You will use the course schedules below to select your remaining courses. For the 120-point option you will require a further 75 points of electives and for the 180-point option you will require a further 120-points of electives. Please note the minimum and maximum requirements in each schedule.

120-point option must select a minimum of one 15-point course from Schedule 1; followed by a further 60 points from Schedule 1, 2 or 3.

180-point option must select 90-points from Schedule 1 and 2 and a further 30 points from Schedule 3.

Schedule 1:

*No more than 45 points can be taken from research projects

Schedule 2:

Schedule 3:

120-point option can select a maximum of one 15-point course from Schedule 3.
180-point option can select a maximum of two 15-point courses from Schedule 3.

*Students may also be eligible to select other relevant courses offered at this university, subject to approval of the Programme Director.

Not offered in 2024

  • BUSDEV 731 Business Analytics
  • BUSDEV 732 Commercialising Technology
  • BUSDEV 733 Turning Technology into IP

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:

  • Construction Manager
  • Construction Contracts Manager
  • Cost Engineer
  • Construction Project 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 Student Hubs. If you would like further academic information, you can contact a postgraduate adviser.