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Master of Architecture/Master of Construction Management

Postgraduate coursework

Develop an in-demand skill set and stand out to future employers with Deakin's Master of Architecture/Master of Construction Management.

Key facts

Duration

3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Course overview

Develop an in-demand skill set and stand out to future employers with Deakin's Master of Architecture/Master of Construction Management. In just three years you can accelerate your career prospects and gain two qualifications. You'll acquire in-depth knowledge and practical skills in architecture, design, construction and project management, all while expanding your options for a diverse career in the built environment industry.

With an emphasis on practical learning, you'll get plenty of hands-on experience in our Geelong Waterfront A+B Studio, where you'll develop innovative construction projects and collaborate on cross-discipline activities. It's an inspiring space to develop your creative processes and practical skills by exploring design, drawing, digital fabrication, measuring, estimating, project management and construction knowledge.

Want to study at a university ranked in the top 1% for architecture and built environment subjects?

In the architecture component of this double degree, you'll expand your knowledge in architecture, design and sustainable strategies. You'll develop sought-after skills by exploring critical architectural studies, environmental resiliency, sustainable design, technological advancement, and social and theoretical issues - preparing you for contemporary professional practice.

Further enhance your architectural knowledge by learning valuable construction management skills. The construction management component will give you the skills to manage small-to-large projects as well as in-demand knowledge of construction technology and processes, resource management, law procurement, information technology, environmental management, quantity surveying and construction economics.

You'll graduate with a complimentary skill set and gain a competitive edge to kick start your dream career in the built environment.

The Master of Architecture is an essential step towards becoming a registered architect. After you graduate, you will need to complete two years of work experience under the supervision of a registered architect. Then, you'll be eligible to present for registration with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV).

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Course information

Award granted
Master of Architecture / Master of Construction Management
Year

2025 course information

Deakin code
D764
CRICOS code?
113509J Waterfront (Geelong)
Level
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9

Course structure

To complete the Master of Architecture/Master of Construction Management, students must pass 24 credit points including:

  • DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0- credit point compulsory unit)
  • SRA710 Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • STP710 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit
  • 24 credit points (20 core units)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.

Core

Year 1 - Trimester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)
  • Career Tools for Employability (0 credit points)
  • Architecture Design: Graduate Studio
  • Indigenous Narratives and Design Processes
  • Environmentally Sustainable Design and Technology
  • Introduction to Construction Management ~
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Architecture Design: Comprehensive Studio (2 credit points)
  • Building Systems and Environment
  • Principles of Building Information Modelling

  • Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Architectural Design and Resolution (2 credit points)
  • Project Risk Management
  • Construction Measurement and Estimating
  • Year 2 - Trimester 2

    Choose one from:

  • Construction Company Management
  • OR

  • Construction Management Practice
  • Plus:

  • Built Environment Professional Practice
  • Construction Research Frontiers
  • Cost Planning

  • Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Construction Research Project (2 credit points)
  • Architecture Research: Masterclass Preparation
  • Strategic Construction Procurement
  • Year 3 - Trimester 2

  • Architecture Masterclass Design Research Studio (2 credit points)
  • Integrated Project Management
  • Building Project Evaluation
  • ~ Completion of STP710 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit) as a co-requisite

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

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

    Trimester 2 - July

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

    Additional course information

    Graduate Certificate of Construction Management (S591)
    Graduate Diploma of Construction Management (S691)
    Master of Architecture (S700)*
    Master of Construction Management (S791)

    * Students who select to exit with the Master of Architecture (S700) will be assessed on an individual basis to confirm if they have met the course learning outcomes of the single degree. Students who do not meet the course learning outcomes will be required to undertake the appropriate core unit(s) to meet the single degree course learning outcomes.

    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 lectures, seminars, workshops, 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.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a Bachelor Degree in Architecture with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65 or higher
    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in Architecture with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) between 55 and 64 and a portfolio of relevant work and personal statement

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.

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    Recognition of prior learning

    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 recognition of prior learning (RPL) system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Recognition of prior learning applicants must comply with the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment rule for admission and selection for postgraduate award (coursework) courses.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only and represents the typical first-year tuition fees for students enrolled in this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning you have.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.  

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the handbook.  Learn more about fees and available payment options.

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    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Entry pathways

    Further study options

    Students who have completed the Master of Architecture may continue on to undertake Higher Degree by Research study.

    Contact information

    Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Deakin's Master of Architecture/Master of Construction Management gives you unique cross-discipline skills to advance your built environment career.

    As a graduate, you'll be prepared for roles in design, project management and construction management with a variety of employers, including construction companies, business organisations, and government and consulting agencies.

    Graduates who wish to pursue a career as a practising architect will be required to complete an additional two years of work experience under the supervision of a registered architect to present for registration with the Architects Registration Board of Victoria (ARBV) and the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA). Graduates can then pursue a career as a practising architect and work in a private architectural practice, government organisations, property development or other building and design fields (pending professional accreditation of the architecture component of the course).

    Professional recognition

    Deakin is currently seeking professional accreditation for the architecture stream with allied professional accreditation bodies. The single degree, Master of Architecture (S700), remains accredited with the allied professional accreditation bodies. 

    The construction management stream of this combined course is professionally accredited by industry. Graduates qualify for membership of:

    • Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
    • Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

    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

    Master of Architecture

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Master of Construction Management

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Create an architectural design through the exercise of knowledge, imagination and judgement in the context of economic, social, cultural and environmental responsibility.

    Plan and execute a substantial research project to show capacity for specialised knowledge in architectural contexts and thereby demonstrate the ability to continue professional development and/or scholarship.

    Use initiative to integrate well-developed knowledge of architectural history, theory, technology and practice to design, develop and manage architecture projects from project brief to architectural resolution and thereby demonstrate professionalism as an architectural graduate.

    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 in a variety of interpersonal contexts using oral, written and visual communication modes to inform, motivate and persuade specialist and non-specialist audiences about architectural ideas, decisions and predicted built outcomes.

    Imagine, conceive and represent ideas using the language of architecture, its codes and conventions to reflect on possibilities, and progress and resolve solutions within a design process.

    Demonstrate the capacity to listen, learn and engage with a variety of participants and contributing influences in architectural projects to mediate and collaboratively resolve issues and negotiate design complexity.

    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 well-developed research, ideation and technical information literacy skills to independently locate, interpret and evaluate information content in a digital world.

    Disseminate creative and logical proposals using appropriate digital technologies relevant to architecture practice.

    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.

    Use digital technologies, including geographic information systems to evaluate and assess modelling and scenario building.

    Critical thinking

    Selectively use linear, critical, logical and/or lateral mechanisms to analyse different forms of information; manipulate and transform information to propose possible solutions and thereby demonstrate the capacity for reflection in action for professional practice in architecture.

    Use reflection and judgement supported by a body of knowledge in order to efficiently formulate a strategy or argument appropriate to a theoretical, contextual, creative and/or technical architectural situation.

    Apply independent thought and capacity for analysis and synthesis of a particular area of discipline knowledge through coherent and focussed research practice.

    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

    Effectively research and Identify theoretical, cultural, social, technical and environmental architectural problems to establish a sound basis for project inception in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.

    Use a well-developed body of knowledge to justify, argue and persuade the significance, causes and consequences of architectural problems, and use a methodical approach to formulate potential solutions.

    Apply specialised 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 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

    Accumulate and document specialist knowledge of architecture theories, processes and practice using the frameworks of methodical research, creative activity and capacity for reflection on action to demonstrate responsibility for professional learning.

    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.

    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

    Formulate architectural responses through concern for economic, cultural, social and ethical values inherent in human landscape while consciously integrating quantitative and qualitative perspectives.

    Engage with global traditions and current trends in architectural practice in order to appreciate diversity, seek equity in outcomes and adopt ethical and professional standards.

    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.