Master of Construction Management (Professional)

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Master of Construction Management (Professional)
CampusOffered at Waterfront (Geelong)
Cloud (online)Yes
Length2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2), November (Trimester 3)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016Not applicable
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$25,600 - Full-fee paying place
Faculty contacts
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
CRICOS course code079321G
Deakin course code S792

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Construction Management (Professional) will extend the specialised construction management skills and attributes obtained in the Master of Construction Management.

The suite of postgraduate construction management courses is designed to provide the specialist skills related to the theoretical, policy, evaluative and research frameworks that underpin the construction professions. The course provides a challenging environment in which you will be encouraged to develop your understanding, knowledge and skills, and inculcated with a sense of being an independent learner in your career.

Students will work in a multi-disciplinary context with topics that are at the forefront of the built environment industry, such as: 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.

Professional recognition

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

Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year. Each unit you study has an EFTSL value. You can add these together to calculate your study load each year. Depending on enrolment, you may be enrolled in more than or less than the one EFTSL each year.

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

The current Federal Government has proposed a number of major reforms for the higher education sector (see the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014), including fee deregulation in respect of domestic student fees. This legislation may be reintroduced to the parliament in the latter half of 2015 and if passed, will impact on the CSP and FFP course fees applicable in 2016.

* Therefore, the indicative annual course fee shown is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The 2016 CSP and FFP course fees may change if the Commonwealth Government's proposed fee deregulation and reforms legislation is passed.

The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search. Should a change in Government policy affect the cost of units offered, the website will be updated as soon as possible.

Full fee paying (FFP)
A full fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course.

Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

The actual course fees charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load (EFTSL) being undertaken. The study load (EFSTL) value of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

Fee information for all domestic students
The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This indicative and annual course fees provided are a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fees to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email au for more information about 2016 fees.

Fee payment assistance
Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or FFP, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

Career opportunities

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. 

Course rules

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

Course structure

Core Units

Year 1

Trimester 1

SRQ763Legal Risk Management

SRM750Built Environment Professional Practice

SRQ780Strategic Construction Procurement *

SRR782Research Methodology *

Trimester 2

SRM751Integrated Project Information Management

SRQ745Construction Company Management

SRQ764Building Project Evaluation

SRQ774Construction Measurement

Year 2

Trimester 1

SRV799Built Environment Integrated Project *

SRM752Advanced Project Management *

SRR714Thesis (Construction Management) (2cps)^

Trimester 2

SRT750Sustainable Futures

SRQ762Cost Planning **

SRR724Construction Research Paper (2cps)^


*Unit offered in Trimester 1 and Trimester 3

**Unit offered in Trimester 2 and Trimester 3

^ Unit offered in all trimesters


Entry requirements - general

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.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit The Guide.

Entry requirements - specific

Applicants  will  normally  have  successfully  completed  an  approved  Bachelor's  level  degree (or equivalent) in a construction or related area, comprising at least three years of study.  

Alternative admission criteria for applicants with a non-related degree includes demonstrable professional experience, comprising  at  least five years experience in  an architecture, quantity surveying, engineering, property or construction management environment with a supporting letter from the applicant's current or previous employer.

Closing dates

Applications must be made directly to the university through the Applicant Portal referring to closing dates for applications as dates for particular courses may vary.

Your faculty may require further information from you when submitting your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

Credit for prior learning - general

The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning Systemwhich outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

Alternate exits

Graduate Diploma of Construction Management (S691)
Master of Construction Management (S791)