Bachelor of Construction Management

Drive construction in the digital age

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 skills and understanding in these areas, together with a firm grasp of contemporary building, project management and sustainability practices. Our Bachelor of Construction Management will make these opportunities yours. 

What will you do?

Taught over three years full-time within a faculty ranked 50 in the world for computer science and engineering*, the degree leverages the University’s strong industry links and world-class research. Co-developed with industry, it features an emphasis on real-world experience, with an internship providing 456 hours of work-based training and industry internship opportunities embedded into the program during 3rd year.

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

  • new and emerging technology, including digital engineering 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 and economics principles
  • sustainability principles to design more eco-friendly construction processes
  • effective interpersonal communication, and 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.

Additionally, the degree integrates learning with hands-on experience through teaching the final two years in block mode—enabling you to gain employment in industry after your second year and continue to work while you study.

Where could it take you?

You’ll be well equipped to work on high-technology infrastructure and construction 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.

For those looking to challenge themselves further, consider our Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours), which offers opportunities to showcase your skills via capstone construction design and research projects.

Direct access to industry leaders and paid internship opportunities: The Academy by Deloitte
This degree gives you the opportunity to be part of our new The Academy by Deloitte You’ll be part of a supportive student cohort that learns from one another and industry leaders. Formal and informal experiences will allow you to build relationships within the Deloitte network.

*Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022

  • 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
  • Graduate career ready, with a 12-week industry internship

Entry Requirements

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 354511
2023 CSP ATAR 65.1
2023 CSP IB 24
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 27.5
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.
Other Entry Pathways

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    2023 Admissions Data for school leavers
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 57.75
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 71.75
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 81.3
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 65.1
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 75.75
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 92
    Minimum eligibility score 65
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2023
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    6 19.4%
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study <5 N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    <5 N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    15 48.4%
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
      (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    <5 N/A
    International students 6 19.4%
    All students 31 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Career Readiness

Direct access to industry leaders and paid internship opportunities: The Academy by Deloitte
Students who as part of their studies take part in The Academy by Deloitte experience will have the benefit of undertaking a paid internship with Deloitte. This internship is designed to shape their business readiness through significant real-world client exposure, access to multiple networking opportunities and relevant professional training.

A graduate of Construction Management is equipped with skills in socially and environmentally sustainable construction technologies, project management, and skills in civil construction, Building Information Modelling (BIM) 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 your second year and continue studying while your work—allowing for rapid transition to 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, Design and Construction Manager, Safety Inspector, Site Supervisor, Facilities Manager, Civil Engineering Associate, Construction Contract Administrator, Development Compliance Officer, Quantity Surveyor, Civil Estimator, Construction Manager, Project Manager, Commercial Manager, Construction Project Manager, Construction Supervisor

Degree Structure

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Construction Management, students must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following courses with a combined total of not less than 72 units, comprising:

  • Level I courses to a maximum of 24 units
  • Level II courses to a maximum of 24 units
  • Level III courses to the value of at least 24 units
  • Core courses to the value of 69 units
  • Elective courses (Level II or III courses) to a maximum of 3 units, including Broadening Electives up to the value of 3 units at Level III. This content can be taken from any discipline.
  • A 12-week work placement capstone experience.
Year 1

Construction Safety
Construction Project Management: Fundamentals
Introduction to Building and Landscape Architecture
Digital Design & Construction Fundamentals
S2 CEME 1002
Introduction to Infrastructure
Civil Engineering Construction Materials
Construction Estimation and Quality Surveying
DESST 1507
Construction 1

Year 2

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

12 week internship

Year 3

Civil Engineering Works & Construction
DESST 3514
Construction III
DESST 3513
Design Studio V (6 units)
DESST 3513 - Continued
Construction Project Management: People & Organisations
Industrial Relations and Conflict Resolution
DESST 3517
Environment III

Environment III CONMGNT
Design and Construction: Concrete and Steel

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Bachelor of Construction Management


Working onsite you get to see what you have planned and designed in the office and how it works in the field.

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Last updated: Monday, 25 Sep 2023