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Postgraduate Diploma in Construction (Construction Law)

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Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Auckland Campus


Pathway to masters

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

Massey University’s Postgraduate Diploma in Construction (Construction Law) 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 as well as your high-level research capability.

A global perspective

You’ll gain a global perspective of the broad areas of construction law and dispute resolution. Although you’ll primarily cover New Zealand-related construction law issues, you’ll also cover some aspects from jurisdictions such as Australia, UK, Singapore, and Malaysia. This is especially in relation to construction contracts and adjudication.

Understand contemporary issues

Topics covered include:

  • a background to construction project management
  • construction procurement
  • tendering methods
  • principles of construction law including professional liability
  • drafting construction contracts in modern plain legal language
  • interpreting construction contracts
  • construction contract administration
  • construction dispute resolution with a focus on statutory adjudication.

Research-led learning from industry experts

You’ll learn from senior faculty members and industry experts. Our lecturers and supervisors come from a range of relevant backgrounds.

Some have been involved in proposing and commenting on legislation affecting the construction industry. They have written standard terms of construction contracts, endorsed and published internationally.

International participants and the wide mix of expertise allows you to have meaningful exchanges and interaction at postgraduate level.


There is great demand for those with specialist skills like those you will gain by doing the Postgraduate Diploma in Construction (Construction Law).

Current and past students have worked with various organisations, including:

  • multinational companies
  • banks
  • insurance companies
  • government agencies
  • companies in the oil and gas sector
  • government agencies involved with housing
  • transport and infrastructure
  • academic institutions around the world.

This degree is useful as professional development for those already in construction law, or for those in related careers who need more in-depth knowledge.

It can also help you move into dispute resolution careers such as arbitrators, mediators, and adjudicators, those working with housing and property developers, or as a consultant.

You may choose to further up-skill in specialist areas to enhance your performance along your chosen career paths. Others choose to attain specialist skills in order to diversify.

Further study

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.

Entry criteria

To enter the Postgraduate Diploma in Construction (Construction Law) you will have been awarded or qualified for:

  • the Bachelor of Construction degree, or equivalent, or
  • a relevant Bachelor’s degree followed by a relevant Postgraduate Certificate or an equivalent qualification.

You will need to provide verified copies of all academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall (min 20 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 176 overall and all bands 169 or better

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