Want to upskill and move into the construction industry? The Graduate Certificate in Construction Project Management will prepare you to advance your career and apply modern management principles to real-world projects. 


Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Graduate Certificate in Construction Project Management
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
0.7 Year(s)


The Graduate Certificate in Construction Project Management at UNSW the first tier of two postgraduate programs that will prepare you to advance your professional experience and drive solutions to current and future challenges in the construction industry. The program is completed on a part-time basis over one-year. It’s both a practical way for you to upskill over a year while working, and a stepping-stone to the Master of Construction Project Management

You’ll gain practical experience alongside a community of students and experts in architecture, design, and planning - mirroring real industry relationships with stakeholders. As you dive into modern management methodologies and gain experience applying them to achieve successful project outcomes in time, cost, quality, safety, and sustainability, you’ll gain the skills to manage projects that benefit people and the planet.

Key features

The key features and subject areas in your coursework will see you explore theory and practice, preparing you for the careers of the future in construction and project management. These include:

  • Construction project management
  • Construction planning
  • Construction informatics
  • Risk management
  • Business analytics

Why study at UNSW?

  • Learn from academic expertise
  • Pathway into the Master of Construction Project Management
  • Prepare for real-world sites and projects with VR and immersive technology equipped learning spaces
  • Establish networks through our strong industry links and partnerships
  • Study at a Built Environment School that ranks 27th in the world and 4th in Australia  (QS World University Rankings, 2020)
  • Prioritise career success – UNSW won the Australian Financial Review’s Most Employable Students Award in 2020
  • Gain interdisciplinary connections through UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture
  • Access world class alumni connections
  • Join a global top 50 university (QS World University Rankings, 2020)
  • Join a community that’s part of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities
Program Code
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
Indicative Enrolments

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Entry requirements

To qualify for entry into the Graduate Certificate in Construction Project Management you’ll need to need to have one of the following:

*Related fields are:

  • Built environment disciplines
  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Law

Please note: The Graduate Certificate is not available to international students as it can only be undertaken on a part-time basis.

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

The Graduate Certificate in Construction Project Management consists of four courses taught part-time over one year. Once you complete these courses, you’ll be eligible to progress into the Master of Construction Project Management.

Full program structure

Each university year at UNSW has three terms and an optional summer study period. This program consists of four courses and can only be undertaken on a part-time basis.

Depending on your study load, you’ll study one or two courses in each term, and complete the Certificate in one year.

You will choose to study four of the following disciplinary core courses:

  • Management of Construction Organisations
  • Construction Informatics
  • Construction Planning and Control
  • Construction Contract Administration
  • Construction Management Theory and Practice
  • Construction Risk Management and Business Analytics
  • Construction Cost and Value Management

Master’s progession

The Graduate Certificate of Construction Project Management offers a pathway to the Master of Construction Project Management, which will which will deepen your knowledge, industry experience and research skills, giving you professional accreditation and further opportunity to advance your career.

For further information on the course listings, descriptions and timetables please see the UNSW Online Handbook.

Future careers

Construction management is a large, varied industry, that has grown strongly over the last five years and has strong future growth projected. Most Construction Managers work full time, and earn an average weekly income of $3450 AUD, which is well over the Australian average*.

You’ll graduate with in-demand knowledge and skills that will open up new career opportunities in construction or a related industry and lay the foundations for progression into project management in the construction industry. If you progress into the Master of Construction Project Management, you’ll be eligible for professional accreditation.

*Source: JobOutlook


Potential careers

  • Construction management
  • Project management / project manager
  • Design managment
  • Value management
  • International project management
  • Quantity surveying
  • Property development

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree

There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee-paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.

  • Top 50

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

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