Master of Construction Management

Construct your ideal career

The increase of infrastructure and building projects is a significant driver of the economy—both in Australia and throughout the world.

There is growing demand to ensure these projects are delivered on time, within budget, and at a high level of quality, to satisfy stakeholders.

What will you do?             

This degree is hosted by the School of Architecture and Built Environment but takes a holistic approach to construction management. You will:

  • build advanced technology and management skills related to the field
  • apply life cycle and system thinking approaches to the management of construction and civil projects
  • develop skills in relevant software including: Revit, MS Project, Gabi, and CostX
  • draw on business and project management expertise from our experts in the field
  • complete a supervised research project.

Where could it take you?

You might oversee the development of a World Centre for Positive Wellbeing in Adelaide. You could prepare for the 2024 Olympics in Paris. Perhaps you’ll work on high-speed railways or help with the construction of an Australian hyperloop.

Our Master of Construction Management is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

  • Access state-of-the-art computer-aided design, BIM and 3D modelling facilities
  • Learn from award-winning industry professionals
  • Professionally accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM206
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.5 in one of the following allied fields:

Engineering (Civil)
Building Architecture
Landscape Architecture
Quantity Surveying
Construction Management
Real Estate and Property

How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM206

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $34,500

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These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Career Readiness

Graduates of the Master of Construction Management will appeal to a wide range of employers including contractors, developers, government agencies, project management consultants and engineering consultants.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Professional Accreditation

The Master of Construction Management program is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. RICS accreditation is an internationally recognised professional standard which allows graduates to work in the property industry in many countries around the world.


Potential careers

Construction Manager

Degree Structure

The degree shares a number of its introductory first year courses with master's degrees in Property and Project Management. The degree also shares the research method course (Designing Research) with the Master of Architecture.

In the second year, students will undertake an independent research in the dissertation course. Students will have options to do a 12-unit dissertation course which provides a pathway to apply for PhD program. Alternatively, students can do a 6-unit dissertation course plus two more electives.

Students can take electives from a broad range of master's degrees in entrepreneurship, architecture, property and project management.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

Core Courses
Students must complete all of the following:
Research Dissertation
Students must choose one of the following combinations:

  • CONMGNT 7000 Research Dissertation (M) and; 
  • Electives to the value of 9 units

Note: Based on the choice of research dissertation, students will either need to complete 3 or 9 units of electives.


Assessment takes a number of forms including written reports and essays, oral presentations as well as formal examinations. Students are required to reflect on both theoretical and practical aspects of construction management.

A final Dissertation allows students to demonstrate their mastery of construction management issues through a significant supervised study. In the second year students can opt to do either 6-unit dissertation courses or 12-unit dissertation courses.


The course director worked with peers within and outside the university, students and industry professionals to further tailor the course to meet student and industry requirements.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022