Associate Degree in Construction Management

Construct global career opportunity

Advancing technology is creating exciting opportunities for the construction industry. Innovative digital engineering, modelling and automation techniques are changing what’s possible.

Worldwide, demand is soaring for graduates with training in these areas, together with a grasp of contemporary building, project management and sustainability practices Our new Associate Degree in Construction Management will start you on this path and give you an entry point into the construction industry.

What will you do?

Taught over two years full-time within a faculty ranked 40 in the world for computer science and engineering*, the degree leverages the University’s strong industry links and world-class research.

In addition to gaining a broad understanding of the foundations of the construction industry and associated project management—you’ll develop skills in using:

  • new and emerging technology, including digital building-information modelling tools and automation technologies (Industry 4.0)
  • civil engineering principles and technology, in real-world construction contexts
  • construction project and people management, including legal requirements
  • systems thinking, building science, economics and sustainability principles
  • critical thinking.
The degree is taught across two schools—Civil Engineering and Architecture—and wherever possible you’ll share classes with students of both. This will prepare you well for a future career in which you’ll frequently work alongside professionals in these areas.

Where could it take you?

You’ll be ready to work on high-technology construction and infrastructure projects anywhere in the world. From managing the construction of transformational infrastructure projects, including bridges, tunnels and highways, to constructing the next generation of zero-energy buildings using the latest digital and Industry 4.0 technologies. 

Want to deepen and broaden your knowledge further, across a wider range of construction management practices? Consider our Bachelor of Construction Management.

*Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020
  • Undertake up to 456 hours of work-based training as part of your degree
  • Take courses taught by our research-active staff and industry experts
  • Gain credit towards, and progress on, to the Bachelor in Construction Management

Entry Requirements

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 318021
2023 CSP ATAR 65
2023 CSP IB 24
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 65
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 24
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2024. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2024 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2023 or 2022), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2022). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
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How to Apply

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    2023 Admissions Data for school leavers
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
    Median ATAR to receive an offer N/A
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
    Minimum eligibility score 65
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only

Fees and Scholarships

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Career Readiness

A graduate of the Associate Degree program in Construction Management is equipped with skills in socially and environmentally sustainable construction technologies, project management, civil construction and engineering construction management.

Utilising a broad skill set that blends construction management and technology, you might find yourself:

  • overseeing and managing large-scale construction and infrastructure projects
  • consulting with engineers, architects and technical trades workers
  • coordinating labour, equipment and plant resources, as well as overseeing and managing contracts for work
  • interpreting technical drawings and specifications for new infrastructure, as well as designing and managing sustainable building practices
Developed and delivered in collaboration with industry, our curriculum has a strong emphasis on real-world experience, integrating learning with hands-on experience – enabling you to gain employment in industry after graduation.

There is also flexibility to move between the Associate Degree (2 year), the Bachelor Degree (3 year) and the Honours Degree (4-year duration). Our programs offer an innovative blend of industry relevant knowledge and skills – ensuring you’ll graduate ready to thrive in your chosen career.

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

Potential careers

Building Consultant, Property Developer, Property Development Adviser, Design and Construction Manager, Safety Inspector, Site Supervisor, Facilities Manager, Construction Contract Administrator, Construction Project Manager, Construction Supervisor, Civil Estimator

Degree Structure

To qualify for the Associate Degree in Construction Management, students must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following courses with a combined total of not less than 48 units, comprising:

  • Level I courses to a maximum of 24 units
  • Level II courses to a maximum of 24 units
  • Core courses to a maximum of 48 units.
Year 1

Construction Safety
Construction Project Management: Fundamentals
Introduction to Building and Landscape Architecture
Digital Design and Construction Fundamentals
S2 CEME 1002
Introduction to Infrastructure
Civil Engineering Construction Materials
Construction Estimation and Quantity Surveying
DESST 1507
Construction I

Year 2

S1 CEME 2004
Introduction to Geo-Engineering
Constuction Law and Contracts
Construction Project Management: Risk and Quality
DESST 2518
Construction II
Transport and Traffic Management
Building Services
DESST 2519
Design Studio IV (6 units)

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Last updated: Wednesday, 13 Sep 2023