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.

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Key facts


3 years full-time


  • Waterfront (Geelong)

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Develop an in-demand skill set and stand out to future employers with Deakin's Master of Architecture/Master of Construction Management - accelerate your career prospects and gain two qualifications in just three years. You'll gain in-depth knowledge and practical skills in architecture, design, construction and project management, 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 and 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

2024 course information

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
113509J Waterfront (Geelong)
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 attain 24 credit points, which must include the following. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

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

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


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)

    New course from Trimester 1, 2024.

    Additional course information

    Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student payment through Youth Allowance and Austudy.

    Further information can be found at Deakin’s Current Students website.

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

    * Any student who selects to exit with the Master of Architecture will be assessed on an individual basis to confirm if they have met the course learning outcomes of the single course. Any student who has not met the required 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.


    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, 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.

    Participation requirements

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    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.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin postgraduate study? Postgraduate study doesn’t have to be a balancing act; we provide flexible course entry and exit options based on your desired career outcomes and the time you are able to commit to your study.

    Recognition of prior learning

    If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of prior learning.
    Your Recognition of prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of 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.

    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 tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Apply through VTAC and Deakin

    International students who are currently completing an Australian Year 12 in Australia or overseas should apply through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC), as well as directly to Deakin through StudyLink Connect – Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Apply through Deakin

    All other international students apply directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Further study options

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


    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 ready for roles in design, project management and construction management with a wide range of employers, including construction companies, business organisations, 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 acceditation of the Architecture component of the course).

    Professional recognition

    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).

    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. Handbooks, publications will be updated after receiving approval of professional accreditations.

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

    Approved by Faculty Board 6 April 2023