Master of Construction Management (Professional)

Postgraduate coursework

Extend your knowledge of construction management with specialised skills in leadership for a career in residential, commercial or industrial projects.

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Key facts

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
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Course information

The Master of Construction Management (Professional) provides you with specialised skills related to the theoretical, evaluative and research frameworks that underpin the construction professions.

Students will be challenged to stretch their thinking in a supportive environment and instilled with the motivation to be independent learners in their career.

You’ll work in a multi-disciplinary context to explore topics that are at the forefront of the built environment industry, including Project Feasibility Evaluation, Cost Planning, Professional Business Practice, Construction Measurement, Commercial Construction Organisation, Design Management, Legal Risk Management, Sustainability and Strategic Construction Procurement.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Construction Management (Professional), students must attain 16 credit points, Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 16 credit points of study which must include the following.

  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core

Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Legal Risk Management SRQ763
  • Built Environment Professional Practice SRM750
  • Strategic Construction Procurement SRQ780 *
  • Choose one of:

  • Research Methodology SRR782 *

  • Construction Research Frontiers SRR720 ^

  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Principles of Building Information Modelling SRM751
  • Construction Company Management SRQ745
  • Building Project Evaluation SRQ764 **
  • Construction Measurement SRQ774

  • Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Built Environment Integrated Project SRV799 *
  • Advanced Project Management SRM752 *
  • Choose one of:

  • Thesis SRR711 (2cp)^

  • Construction Research Project SRR721 (2cp)^

  • Year 2 - Trimester 2

     

  • Sustainable Futures SRT750
  • Cost Planning SRQ762 **
  • Choose one of the following:

  • Construction Research Paper SRR724 (2cps)^

  • Construction Management Practice SRM777 (2cps)^~


  • *Unit offered in Trimester 1 and Trimester 3

    **Unit offered in Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

    ~ Must have successfully completed STP710 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)

    ^ Unit offered in all trimesters

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Construction Management (Professional)
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    S792
    CRICOS code?
    079321G
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Waterfront (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Waterfront (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Waterfront (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

    Workload

    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, site visits and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Work experience

    You may have the opportunity to complete a Work Integrated Learning experience.

     

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    • Bachelor degree in related discipline, OR
    • Bachelor degree in any discipline PLUS 5 years relevant work experience

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    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $26,200 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    As a graduate of this course, you will find career opportunities in the fields of quantity surveying, project management and construction management with a wide range of employers, including construction companies and consultancies. You will also be qualified for relevant positions in client organisations, in the property development arms of government departments, and in commercial companies such as banks, retailers and manufacturers.

    Construction management professionals are generally highly mobile and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accreditation provides an immediate, readily recognised international qualification. Graduates who wish to do so will be able to pursue their careers in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North America.  This course is relevant to experienced mid career construction professionals who are seeking to extend themselves into future leadership positions within the industry. 

    Professional recognition

    The course is professionally accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS).

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Integrate broad and specialist knowledge of construction management practices in the industry and advocate sustainable management of social built environments in urban, regional and rural communities through professional practice.  Apply an integrated specialised and evidence-based scholarly knowledge of ever-changing construction industry practices in order to improve construction economics and construction life cycle management.  Develop and demonstrate a complex body of knowledge of construction management and practices, cost planning and control, legal and risk management in order to manage construction companies and projects. 

    Communication

    Communicate clearly, professionally and responsibly with specialist and non-specialist audiences in a variety of contexts using oral, written, graphical and interpersonal skills to inform, negotiate, lead and motivate a project team.  Engage with a variety of participants and contributing influences including legal, economic and environmental impacts in construction projects to mediate, negotiate and collaboratively resolve issues and conflicts.

    Digital literacy

    Apply knowledge of relevant technical tools and methodologies to locate, collect, analyse and synthesise complex information from a variety of sources to prepare cost benefit plans and legal, risk and environment implication analyses for construction projects.  Apply knowledge of digital technologies for modelling and scenario building, including geographic information systems to evaluate and assess various scenarios for disseminating relevant analysis to clients. 

    Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

    Use expert reasoning and analysis skills, drawing on knowledge and information from a range of professional or scholarly sources to reflect on, analyse and synthesise complex legal, economic and environmental influences and impacts for collaboratively and independently planning and making decisions in construction.

    Problem solving

    Apply specialized technical skills and judgment to identify potential legal, environmental and economic risks and problems and recommend appropriate solutions for effective risk management in construction.  Demonstrate professionalism, autonomy and well-developed judgement to independently and collaborative generate strategies and solutions to manage construction projects at various stages including planning, implementing, construction and evaluation of the built environment.

    Self-management

    Apply critical reflection and use frameworks of self and peer evaluation to develop independent judgment, adaptability and responsibility for expert professional practice and / or scholarship.

    Teamwork

    Apply interpersonal skills to interact, contribute, collaborate and develop leadership skills through teamwork activities, and enhance project potential through shared individual and collective knowledge and creative capacity to optimise complex problem resolution.

    Global citizenship

    Engage ethically and professionally when working in a variety of construction management situations through concern for legal, economic, environmental and social risks both nationally and globally.

    Approved by Faculty Board 7 June 2018

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