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Postgraduate Diploma in Construction (Construction Law)

This course is available


Level of Study

Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma


1 year

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Auckland Campus


Specialise in Construction Law for your Postgraduate Diploma in Construction at Massey

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 qualification 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.

Further study

If you complete the qualification 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 qualification.

A Postgraduate Diploma in Construction in Construction Law is a good fit if you:

have an undergraduate construction degree

are interested in postgraduate construction study

are a qualified professional working in the construction industry who wishes to develop skills in construction law.

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

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.

International English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS - 6.5 overall and minimum 6.0 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT – Overall score 90, minimum 20 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 5
  • PTE - 58 overall and minimum 50 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill or C2 Mastery IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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