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Graduate Diploma in Construction Project Management

Already working in the construction industry and want to move into project management? Develop the knowledge and skills to effectively organise and manage activities on a construction site.

120 (1.0 EFTS)
Mt Albert
Start dates
February or July
Full-time for 1 year (including 2 x 2-week block courses per semester). Part-time options available.

Programme overview

The Graduate Diploma in Construction Project Management is a great stepping stone if you want to move into management positions in the construction sector. Learn to apply project management knowledge to the construction industry to ensure contracts are completed on time and on budget. You'll be able to solve complex industry-related problems, in teams and alone, and provide leadership in a team environment.


  • Professional development if you want to stay at the forefront of the competitive construction sector.
  • An overview of project management theories and supply chain, people and production management.
  • Relevant to your career: relate new knowledge and material directly to your workplace. You'll explore progressively more complex scenarios, and develop the skills to schedule activities and resources on construction projects.
  • Application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) processes.
  • Emphasis on self-directed learning, with assessment and feedback throughout the programme, and exams at the end.
  • A mix of on-campus block courses (with lectures, tutorials, team-based problem solving, research, discussions and student presentations), eLearning and assignments.
  • Part-time study options available.
  • Suitable for architecture, construction industry, and property management staff from different backgrounds. A previous qualification is not required, but as places are limited, preference will be given to those with at least five years' industry experience or a relevant undergraduate degree.
  • Gain exposure and experience to a wide number of construction software


To graduate you’ll need 120 credits, 75 of which need to be at level 7. See courses below for your options. 

Once you've successfully completed this programme pathway you'll receive the qualification: Graduate Diploma in Construction Project Management.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Completed one of the following:

  • A relevant degree from a NZQA recognised institution
  • National Diploma in Construction Management or Quantity Surveying AND have a least three years' experience in the field of Quantity Surveying or Construction Management
  • A professional qualification in a relevant discipline AND the ability to demonstrate competencies equivalent to a and b
  • A minimum of six years management experience in the field of construction or a closely related industry

2. A minimum of 8 credits at NCEA Level 2 in English (4 in reading, 4 in writing)
3. If English is not your first language, you will need one or more of the following:

  • Have achieved NCEA Level 3 and New Zealand University entrance
  • Be able to provide evidence you satisfy our criteria for existing English proficiency
  • Have achieved at least one English proficiency outcome in the last two years

Don't have NCEA? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special or discretionary admission.

For more information download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables

For more details on the courses, please click on the course names below. Please note that our systems are updating with new course timetable information for 2024; please check back again soon.

Courses Credits Aim
Project Management Principles (CONS6100) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse a projects objectives and formulate a management plan for its execution.
Courses Credits Aim
Project Management Practice (CONS7200) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse a projects resource needs and formulate a plan for their execution and management.
Courses Credits Aim
Contract Administration (CONS6812) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to apply the principles of contract law to New Zealand standard forms of contract.
Procurement (CONS6817) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to examine the relationship between a client’s strategic property needs and the procurement systems available to procure required capital works.
Development and Finance (CONS6906) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to explore the concept of property development and the concepts that underpin its management.
Courses Credits Aim
Measurement and Estimation 3 (CONS7203) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to be able to conduct cost modelling processes, quantify work to be done and prepare estimates of cost for moderately complex buildings for bidding purposes with a focus on building services and green buildings.
Measurement and Estimation 4 (CONS7204) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to be able to prepare estimates and provide professional advice on the cost of building construction.
Planning and Organisation 3 (CONS7403) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to critically analyse work sequencing to plan and manage construction work and manage construction work in complicated contexts
Planning and Organisation 4 (CONS7404) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to evaluate the complexity of integrating the conflicting interests and demands, which must be managed on a construction project and to derive project plans while considering all the relevant factors required in the context of complex projects.
Integrated Design and Construction Management (CONS7418) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to evaluate the processes for managing integration of the design and construction of commercial and industrial scale projects to achieve client needs, in a collaborative environment.
People Management (CONS7515) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse theories regarding the management of people and interpret those theories into application within the construction industry.
Urban Economics (CONS7817) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to analyse urban development using economic theory as a framework and to use such analysis to evaluate property development markets.
Professional Business Management (CONS7820) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to evaluate the strategic management of consultancy, construction or property businesses, and their business management models and practices.
Advanced BIM in Construction (CONS7825) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to explore current issues and advances in the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) within the construction process.
Property Management (CONS7905) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand the issues which apply to the management of property and portfolios of property, including operations, maintenance, strategic asset management, and computer based systems for building information management.
Property Development (CONS7906) 15 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to evaluate the property development process, using a project-based learning approach, focused through the production of a speculative project development submission.
Property Investment (CONS7908) 15.0 credits (0.125 EFTS) To enable students to understand the property investment industry as a customer of the property development industry.

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