Course details

Bachelor of Construction (Property Development)
NZQF Level 7

About the course

Property developers plan and carry out the purchase, development, and sale of new or existing properties. The Bachelor of Construction (Property Development) gives you an insight into the process of developing a property - from initial concept to project completion and sale. Gain an understanding of the valuation, financing, and management of property and property portfolios, identify and develop project opportunities, and become familiar with construction practice, procurement tendering, property and contract law and administration, sustainable design, and design management.


  • Once you've completed the programme, you could use your property investment and development knowledge to work with property managers, banks, and corporate organisations, specialising in large commercial developments or residential properties.
  • Gain a thorough grounding in all aspects of the construction industry.
  • In your final papers, you'll undertake a major industry research project where you can integrate what you've learned with practical experience.
  • Learn from experienced lecturers who have worked in the construction industry.
  • Meet and hear from guest lecturers who are leaders in their field.
  • Undertake common semesters - in your first 3 semesters, you'll study core Bachelor of Construction papers, and then you'll get to choose your major from Property Development, Construction Economics, or Construction Management. This allows you to get a good understanding of the general field first before you choose your direction.
  • Opportunity for double major: Students in the Bachelor of Construction can achieve a double major with slightly more coursework. Choose from majors in Construction Management, Property Development, and Construction Economics.

Recommendation on studying full-time

Studying full-time is like doing a full-time job. You might only be in lectures and workshops for 16 hrs a week, but you are expected to spend another 24 hours a week on self-directed study, quizzes, re-reading lecture content, and working on assignments. That makes 40 hours.

We recognize many of you want or need to work whilst you are studying, but we would not recommend you to do any more than part-time study if you have a full-time job and don't let your working hours overlap with your lecture times.

Qualification pathway

If English is not your first language, please be aware that to enter this programme, you'll need to have achieved at least one outcome of English proficiency in the last two years, such as IELTS. This applies to new and progressing students (including NZ Diploma in Construction graduates).

About the provider

Unitec is New Zealand’s largest institute of technology offering a wide range of work-oriented programmes and short courses. We offer leading employment-focused education at our two campuses in Mt. Albert, and Waitākere. At Unitec we think the traditional view of spending hours in a lecture theatre is out-dated. And that's why we approach learning differently. With our unique combination of world-class theory and hands-on experience, you'll get the skills to meet the changing needs of employers. And because our tutors are industry-based, they know what it takes to make it in the real world. We offer a friendly and diverse learning environment with flexible study programmes, lots of support, and hands-on experience to build the skills you need for your career and your future.