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Master of Construction Management

Learn to manage the construction process end-to-end

The Master of Construction Management is a professional degree which will kick start your career in the construction industry or further develop your expertise to advance your career.

You will gain the theoretical knowledge, as well as the practical skills, to manage the social, technological, financial and environmental challenges facing the construction industry today.

The Master of Construction Management is a 300 point or 3 year program. The first 100 points (1 year) is made up of foundation study tailored to students from non-construction backgrounds. Students from cognate backgrounds such as construction management and semi-cognate backgrounds such as Architecture or Civil Engineering will often have completed appropriate studies that will allow them to receive credit for up to the first year of the program, reducing the duration to 2 or 2.5 years.

To enable credit/advanced standing to be assessed at the time of application, please supply detailed course information in the form of the official course syllabus for each relevant subjects studied.

In the Master of Construction Management you choose to specialise in one of the following areas:

  • Building
  • Cost management
  • Project management

Whether you are starting your career in construction or coming from industry to further develop your expertise, you will find a specialisation that suits your career aspirations.

You will take a concentration of core and elective subjects focussed on your chosen area of specialisation. If you are undertaking the three-year program, you will first complete a series of compulsory construction subjects.

Accreditation

The Master of Construction Management meets the requirements of the professional associations listed below and undergoes a regular formal review process to ensure the quality and relevance of the program.

  • Australian Institute of Building (AIB)
  • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS)

Completing an accredited degree means you enter the workforce with a stamp of quality on your CV. In a competitive market, an accredited degree is an assurance of quality to employers and an advantage for you. For us, it means we continually strive to improve the quality of the degree in order to retain accreditation. So, you know you are getting the most up-to-date and innovative educational experience.

Career Outcomes

Depending on your specialisation, you may work in any of the following:

  • General construction companies
  • Quantity surveying organisations
  • Project management firms
  • Trade specialists
  • Specialised consultancies
  • Institutional bodies
  • Research institutions

Graduates from the Master of Construction Management at MSD have gone on to work at many firms in Australia and across the world including:

  • Probuild Constructions (Aust) Pty Ltd
  • Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd
  • Kane Constructions
  • Petroleum Development Oman, Muscat
  • Grocon Constructors Pty Ltd
  • Brookfield Multiplex
  • Aconex
  • CB Richard Ellis, Shanghai
  • CITIC Securities Co Ltd, Beijing
  • Rand Engineering & Architecture, PC, New York
  • City of Vancouver
  • Ednet Co Ltd, Bangkok

MASTER OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT QUICK LINKS

 

STUDENT PROFILES

Karl Vaitiekunas
Master of Construction Management
President, Young Builders Alliance for the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building

 

“MSD has provided me with a tailored program with a focus on real-time knowledge of the construction industry. All of the coursework is supplemented by a vast range of guest speakers from different professions and excursions to construction sites, prefabrication factories and highly technological buildings such as hospitals.

The knowledge gained from the program has amplified my ability to comprehend issues on the construction site and I can confidently say that the program truly prepared me for all aspects of the industry.”

Study the Master of Construction Management over three years

  • Duration: 3 years full-time / 6 years part-time
  • Intake: Semester 1 only (Semester 2 may be available to students with advanced standing and will be awarded on a case by case basis)
  • Study mode: On-campus only – Parkville campus
  • Academic background: You have a three-year undergraduate degree but it is not in construction or a related discipline

In the three-year program you will take eight compulsory subjects in your first year. You will then choose an area of specialisation for the final two years of the degree. The subjects in your second and third years will depend on your choice of specialisation.

Compulsory subjects for three-year program students

  • Commercial Construction
  • Construction of Buildings
  • Cost Management
  • Environmental Systems
  • Fundamentals of Built Environment Law
  • Management of Construction
  • Contract Management
  • Materials and Structures

Study the Master of Construction Management over two years

  • Academic background: You have a three-year undergraduate degree in construction or a related discipline and receive advanced standing to shorten the length of your degree.
  • Intake: Semester 1 and Semester 2 (available only to students who have received appropriate advanced standing)

Over two years of study in your chosen area of specialisation, you will undertake:

Program specialisations

In order to enable highly qualifying, true postgraduate instruction in the discipline, the Master of Construction Management provides students with the possibility to organise their studies and concentrate their curricula in three different areas of specialisation:

  • Building
  • Cost management
  • Project management

Sample program structure*

ENTRY POINT > 3-year Master of Construction Management (entry with a degree in any discipline)
Construction of BuildingsEnvironmental SystemsManagement of ConstructionMaterials and Structures
Fundamentals of Built Environment LawCommercial ConstructionContract ManagementCost Management
Building specialisation example program structure

Construction Regulations and Control

Construction Law

Building Services and OperationsMeans and Methods in Construction
Construction Measurement and EstimatingProject Management in PracticeConstruction SchedulingBuilding Elective

Experiences in Industry

Advanced Construction TechnologyBuilding ElectiveBuilding Elective

Building Specialist Elective

Multidisciplinary Elective

Multidisciplinary Elective

Multidisciplinary Elective

*Please note that this course structure is indicative only. Students will select their subjects in consultation with a course advisor.

More information on the program structure and courses available in the University Handbook

Building specialisation elective subjects

Advanced Cost Management
Building Envelopes
Contract Management
Corporate Construction Management
Environmental Systems
ICT in Building
Labour in Construction
Procurement Methods
Risk in Construction
Supply Chains in Construction
Specialist Contracting
Prefabrication in Building

 

MASTER OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT QUICK LINKS

 

STUDENT PROFILES

Karl Vaitiekunas
Master of Construction Management
President, Young Builders Alliance for the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building

 

“MSD has provided me with a tailored program with a focus on real-time knowledge of the construction industry. All of the coursework is supplemented by a vast range of guest speakers from different professions and excursions to construction sites, prefabrication factories and highly technological buildings such as hospitals.

The knowledge gained from the program has amplified my ability to comprehend issues on the construction site and I can confidently say that the program truly prepared me for all aspects of the industry.”

Master of Construction Management

The Master of Construction Management is a 300 point or 3 year program. The first 100 points (1 year) is made up of foundation study tailored to students from non-construction backgrounds. Students from cognate backgrounds such as construction management and semi-cognate backgrounds such as Architecture or Civil Engineering will often have completed appropriate studies that will allow them to receive credit for up to the first year of the program, reducing the duration to 2 or 2.5 years.

This program is available to commence in Semester 1 or Semester 2 depending on which subjects you received credit/advanced standing for.

Please apply for the intake you are interested in commencing and we will advise you on which start date will be most suitable based on the credit/advanced standing that you receive. Please note mid-year intake is not available to those in the 300 point program as semester availability is dependent on credit/advanced standing awarded.

You need to meet the following criteria to be considered for entry to the program:

  • An undergraduate degree in any area with a weighted average of at least 65%, or equivalent
  • A personal statement of up to 500 words outlining relevant prior study and work experience, motivation to undertake the program.

Applicants wishing to be considered for credit/advanced standing into the program will need to provide detailed course syllabus to assist academic assessors to award credit.

The Selection Committee may conduct interviews or tests and may call for referee reports and employer references to clarify any of the points above.

Please note: meeting the entry requirements does not guarantee entry into the course. Selection is competitive.

See how to apply

MASTER OF CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT QUICK LINKS

 

STUDENT PROFILES

Karl Vaitiekunas
Master of Construction Management
President, Young Builders Alliance for the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Building

 

“MSD has provided me with a tailored program with a focus on real-time knowledge of the construction industry. All of the coursework is supplemented by a vast range of guest speakers from different professions and excursions to construction sites, prefabrication factories and highly technological buildings such as hospitals.

The knowledge gained from the program has amplified my ability to comprehend issues on the construction site and I can confidently say that the program truly prepared me for all aspects of the industry.”