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Master of Construction Project Management

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Lead through modern management principles and advance your career driving solutions to current and future challenges in the construction industry. With the UNSW Master of Construction Project Management, you'll build a professional portfolio and research experience to achieve successful project outcomes that benefit people and the planet.
Commencing Terms
Term 1 & 3
Duration
1.7 Year(s)
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended), Online
Campus
Kensington
Codes
Program code 8121
CRICOS code 085910C
Entry Requirements
View all admission criteria
Fees
2024 Indicative first year full fee
$35,500*
2024 Indicative full fee to complete degree
$54,000*
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Overview

The Master of Construction Project Management at UNSW is a 1.7, or 1 year accelerated postgraduate degree that will prepare you for career advancement that drives solutions to current and future challenges in the construction industry. 

Through advanced disciplinary courses and a research project, you’ll dive into modern management methodologies. You’ll apply them to achieve successful project outcomes across time, cost, quality, safety, and sustainability, preparing to manage projects that benefit people and the planet.  

Practical experience is at the core of this degree. You’ll learn alongside a community of students and experts in architecture, design, and planning -mirroring real industry relationships with stakeholders. In your final term, you’ll complete a research-based or professional project, or undertake professional experience, giving you the portfolio, research experience, confidence and connections to advance your career.

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
  • Infrastructure planning
  • Property analysis

Research focus

The Research Seminar and Research Project component of this degree will allow you to develop expertise in a specialised area of interest. You’ll graduate with advanced research skills and a depth of critical understanding that will set you apart. 

Why study this degree at UNSW?

  • Learn from academic expertise
  • Develop life-long research skills
  • Graduate eligible for membership with the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • 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 #4 in Australia and #35 in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2024)
  • Prioritise career success - UNSW won the Australian Financial Review's Most Employable Students Award in 2024
  • Gain interdisciplinary connections through UNSW Arts, Design & Architecture
  • Access world-class alumni connections
  • Join a global top 20 university (QS World University Rankings, 2024)
  • Join a community that’s part of the prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) universities
Program Code
8121
CRICOS Code
085910C
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
72
Indicative Enrolments
79

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Entry requirements

There are two different entry pathways to the Master of Construction Project Management. The program you apply for will depend on whether you’re eligible for undertake the accelerated program or not. This is based on the depth of your prior experience, and how closely it relates to construction project management.

1.7 year full-time program | 72 Units of Credit (UOC)

  • A bachelor degree with a credit average in a related field*, OR
  • A bachelor degree in any field with a credit average plus two years construction industry experience at a managerial level, OR
  • A Graduate Certificate in Construction (or construction related fields) from an Australian institution with a credit average (equivalent to a UNSW WAM of 65)

1 year full-time program | 48 Units of Credit (UOC)

  • An undergraduate honours degree with a credit average in a related field*, OR
  • An undergraduate honours with a credit average in an unrelated field honours plus 2 years construction industry experience at a managerial level, OR
  • A master’s degree with a credit average in a related* field

If you meet the criteria for the 1 year program, you’ll receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) credit points for three subjects (24 UOC). 

*Related fields are:

  • Built environment disciplines
  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Law

Admission pathways

If you didn’t meet the entry requirements in your undergraduate studies, you may be eligible to study UNSW’s Graduate Certificate in Construction Project Management as a pathway into the Master’s program. 

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:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

There are two different entry pathways to the Master of Construction Project Management. The program you apply for will depend on whether you’re eligible for undertake the accelerated program or not. This is based on the depth of your prior experience, and how closely it relates to construction project management.

1.7 year full-time program | 72 Units of Credit (UOC)

  • A bachelor degree with a credit average in a related field*, OR
  • An bachelor degree in any field with a credit average plus two years construction industry experience at a managerial level, OR
  • A Graduate Certificate in Construction (or construction related fields) from an Australian institution with a credit average (equivalent to a UNSW WAM of 65)

1 year full-time program | 48 Units of Credit (UOC)

  • An undergraduate honours degree with a credit average in a related field*, OR
  • An undergraduate honours with a credit average in an unrelated field honours plus 2 years construction industry experience at a managerial level, OR
  • A master’s degree with a credit average in a related* field

If you meet the criteria for the 1 year program, you’ll receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) credit points for three subjects (24 UOC). 

*Related fields are:

  • Built environment disciplines
  • Engineering
  • Business
  • Law

Admission pathways

If you did not meet the entry requirements, UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more about UNSW Global.

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. 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 English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

You can complete the Master of Construction Project Management can be completed in 1.7 years full-time, or one year full-time if you are eligible for the accelerated program.  

The number of, and which courses you study will depend on which program you undertake. See below for a breakdown of what you can study in each iteration of the degree. 

Full program structure

Each university year at UNSW has three terms and an optional summer study period. You can study full-time or part-time. Depending on how you plan your study load, you can fit two or three courses into a term and one course in a summer term.

Below is a summary of what you could study in each available stream of the program:

1.7 year Master of Construction Project Management | 11 courses | 72 units of credit/UOC
  • 7 Advanced disciplinary core courses
  • 2 Prescribed elective courses
  • 1 Research preparation course
  • 1 Research project

Research project

In your final semester of study, you'll devise and independently undertake a major research project. You'll specialise in an area of interest and build further depth and expertise in that area. Before undertaking the project, you’ll complete a research seminar which will provide you with the research- skills needed. Your project will relate to professional practice in project management, equipping you with real-world skills you can carry into the workplace.

1 year Master of Construction Project Management (subject to eligibility requirements) | 8 courses | 48 units of credit/UOC
  • 7 Disciplinary core courses
  • 1 Prescribed elective course

If you’re eligible to study the accelerated program, you’ll receive credit points for three subjects (24 Units of Credit/UOC) meaning you won’t need to study BENV7020 Research Seminar (6 UOC), REST0018 Research Project (12 UOC) and one 6 UOC elective.

For further information on the full course listing, 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*.

At UNSW, you’ll benefit from our strong industry partnerships, building connections as you study.

You’ll graduate from the Master of Construction Project Management with skills that are in high demand, enabling you to go after and succeed in diverse careers in construction, project management, and more across Australia and internationally.

*Source: JobOutlook

Potential careers

  • Construction management

  • Project management

  • Design management

  • Value management

  • International project management

Accreditation

You will graduate eligible for professional accreditation with the Australian Institute of Building (AIB).

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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For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. 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 with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

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Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$35,500*
2024 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree
$54,000*

*Fees are subject to annual review (or when required) by the University and may vary accordingly.

Indicative fees are a guide only and have been calculated based on the typical enrolment patterns of students undertaking the program. The indicative fees listed here is an estimate for tuition only and excludes non-tuition fees and charges. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year of enrolment, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (48 units of credit (UOC) per year).

You should not rely on indicative fees as fee increases are assessed when required and may exceed the indicative figures listed here. Actual fees are calculated on enrolment. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

2024 Indicative First Year Fee
$43,500*
2024 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$68,000*

*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 here.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships


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.


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