Faculty of Engineering


Master of Engineering Studies in Construction Management

MEngSt (Construction Management)

The Master of Engineering Studies in Construction Management provides graduates with an in-depth understanding of the construction management discipline applied in the modern construction industry.

The construction and engineering industry is highly dynamic, complex and unpredictable. It involves the delivery of public and private projects that try to satisfy a wide number of different stakeholder requirements, from economic to environmental.

Industry is demanding radical change through new sets of skills, knowledge and capabilities in order to dramatically improve performance and competitiveness.

The Master of Engineering Studies in Construction Management is supported by industry, including organisations such as Fletcher Building.

Graduates will be equipped with skills and knowledge for a career as a construction manager within the New Zealand and international construction industries.

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Quick facts - MEngSt (Construction Management)
  Option A Option B
Points per degree 120 180
Full-time study One year 18 months
Part-time study Up to four years Up to six years
Applications close Semester One: 8 December
Semester Two: 4 July
2016 start dates Semester One:  29 February
Semester Two: 18 July

 

Who should apply?


Anybody with a suitable undergraduate degree in Engineering, Construction or Architecture (or other construction discipline) who wishes to learn highly relevant and applicable skills in this exciting and growing industry. 

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CIOB accredited


The University of Auckland holds the Chartered Institute of Building's (CIOB) Accredited Centre status and received CIOB accreditation for the Master of Engineering Studies in Construction Management in 2014 for a period of five years. This is the first CIOB-accredited masters degree in New Zealand. This institute is the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. 

Accreditation is a seal of approval for the University of Auckland signifying that it reaches the highest standards of governance, quality assurance and resource management. Prospective members holding this qualification have full academic exemption and may enter CIOB membership at incorporate level (ICIOB) without the requirement for an individual assessment. After gaining some practical experience and success at a 'professional review' of their skills, they can become a member, which is a chartered grade of the CIOB.

 

 

Programme outline


  • One year full-time, or part-time over 2-4 years. Approximately half of the students on our programme are working part-time, sponsored by their employers.
  • Consists of eight courses on a range of topics in construction management. There are three core papers and a range of electives. See course list for information on electives.
  • Optional projects can be taken to study a subject in greater depth, and such projects may be undertaken in conjunction with the student’s industrial sponsor. You will need approval for these projects.
  • The Work Based Learning course is aligned to the IPENZ professional competencies and will help a student in preparation toward CPEng.
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Programme structure


Please note that programme requirements have changed for the 2017 academic year. For those who were admitted prior to Semester 1, 2017 please refer to the appropriate requirements based on your admit term/year here.

Option A - 120 points

Semester One

Semester Two

at least 45 points from

CIVIL 707

Construction Supply Chain Management

15

CIVIL 704

Advanced Topics in Project Management

15

 

 

 

CIVIL 709

Cost Engineering

15

 

 

 

CIVIL 765

Infrastructure Asset Management

15

CIVIL 787 Project X

15

CIVIL 788 A&B Project Y

30

CIVIL 789 Project Z

30

CIVIL 795 A&B Research Project

45

but no more than 45 points from CIVIL 787–789, 795

up to 75 points from

CIVIL 703 Project Management

15

CIVIL 708

Work Based Learning

15

ENGSCI 755

Decision Making in Engineering

15

CIVIL 790

Civil Engineering Administration

15

CIVIL 743

Special Topic: Building Information Modelling

15

CIVIL 791

Construction Management

15

ENGGEN 730

Management Skills for Project Professionals

 

15

ENGGEN 731 Agile & Lean Project Management 15 ENGGEN 734 Engineering Contracts for Projects 15

 or other approved 600 and 700 level courses offered at this University

 

Option B - 180 points

Semester One

Semester Two

at least 45 points from

CIVIL 707

Construction Supply Chain Management

15

CIVIL 704

Advanced Topics in Project Management

15

 

 

 

CIVIL 709

Cost Engineering

15

 

 

 

CIVIL 765

Infrastructure Asset Management

15

CIVIL 787 Project X

15

CIVIL 788 A&B Project Y

30

CIVIL 789 Project Z

30

CIVIL 795 A&B Research Project

45

but no more than 45 points from CIVIL 787–789, 795

at least 30 points from

CIVIL 703 Project Management

15

CIVIL 708

Work Based Learning

15

 

 

15

CIVIL 791

Construction Management

15

 

 

15

up to 105 points from

CIVIL 790

Civil Engineering Administration

15

CIVIL 743

Special Topic: Building Information Modelling

15

ENGGEN 731

Agile & Lean Project Management

 

15

ENGSCI 755

Decision Making in Engineering

15

 

 

 

ENGGEN 730

Management Skills for Project Professionals

 

15

      ENGGEN 734 Engineering Contracts for Project Managers 15

 or other approved 600 and 700 level courses offered at this University

Career opportunities


Graduates from the programme are confident women and men, equipped with skills and knowledge to meet the challenges they will face in their future careers. Our graduates typically:

  • Have well developed critical thinking skills.
  • Hold in-depth knowledge of new concepts from leading research.
  • Are able to apply a range of management skills, approaches and techniques.
  • Are attractive to employers who are looking for professionals who are passionate about their disclipline, and have taken to necessary steps to complement their technical training with a management qualification.

A graduate from the programme will have substantially increased understanding of project and programme management in construction; funding and procurement processes in New Zealand and worldwide; engineering risk management and cost engineering of the construction process.

Graduates will be provided with the knowledge and skills to equip them for a career as a construction manager within the New Zealand and international construction industries.

 

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