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Construction Management

Interested in Construction Management?

Study SA's only construction management degree and set your sights on a career in the modern world of construction, a complex and highly organised global business.

Every construction project is different, with new challenges all the time in planning, design, construction, commissioning and evolving project teams. There are large capital investments, sophisticated construction techniques, a highly skilled labour force, and real-time project information systems.

The construction industry is rapidly changing, with bigger and more technically complex buildings being built and a digital revolution underway. These challenges mean that this is a dynamic and exciting industry to work in.

At the University of South Australia, we develop our qualifications with input from industry. They are taught by academics with strong industry associations to develop industry-ready graduates. Our construction programs will help build your future, shaping your career options in one of these areas: Quantity Surveying, Building Surveying and Construction Management.

Key features

  • Benefit from real-world industry experience and a practical, hands-on learning environment.
  • Gain a qualification from a university ranked in the top two per cent of institutions worldwide1.
  • Study in the areas of Built Environment, Quantity Surveying or Construction Management.
  • UniSA’s degree in construction management and economics is one of the most accredited degrees in Australia, our graduates secure employment worldwide. 
  • South Australia's only construction management and economics degree.
  • Further your studies with a Graduate Diploma in Built Environment (Building Surveying) or a Master of Quantity Surveying.
  • UniSA is ranked in the World Top 100 for Architecture and Built Environment programs2.
  • Rated five stars in Built Environment in the 2017 QS Stars Ratings.

12017 QS World University Rankings and 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings
2QS Subject Rankings 2017

Why UniSA?

Our construction qualifications focus on integrating learning into industry experience. You will gain a strong understanding of the construction industry and its key stakeholders through your studies.

Our degrees have been developed by academics and researchers with strong industry associations, in consultation with our industry partners. The skills and knowledge you develop will carry you through your career and – for postgraduate students – have immediate practical application to your everyday working life.

We are also involved in several national cooperative research centres.  We collaborate with the Barbara Hardy Institute and the Natural and Built Environments Research Centre. Our researchers have been ranked at above world class in environmental sciences1. These leading researchers will be your teachers, and everything you learn will be supported by their research excellence.

 12015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

UniSA offers 8 Construction Management degrees

Choose your level of study

World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

Your career

Employment as a building, architectural and surveying technician in Australia is expected to increase by 10.9 per cent between now and 20201.

Careers to consider:

  • building surveyor
  • estimator
  • construction planner

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Your Career

Global networks

We are a globally connected university; our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

UniSA also has extensive research strengths and partnerships that provide a strong foundation for all our degree programs.

In the renowned Natural and Built Environments Research Centre (NBERC), our academics and researchers have diverse research backgrounds and complementary expertise in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Environmental Science, Geospatial Science, Project Management, and Water and Wastewater Engineering. A key aim of the centre is resolving real-world, multidisciplinary problems and the challenges of industry, government and the community, at both national and international levels.

The Barbara Hardy Institute has world-leading scientists, engineers and social scientists working collaboratively towards the widespread adoption of sustainable principles and environmentally correct practices. Simply put, they do great research into sustainability.

Industry facts


Employment for building, architectural and surveying technicians in Australia is projected to increase by 10.9 per cent by 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


Turnover from all major construction work in Australia is forecast to grow by 4.5 per cent in 2017-20181.

1The Australian Industry Group, 2016


Commercial construction in Australia is projected to show strong growth in 2017-2018 (5.2 per cent)1.

1The Australian Industry Group, 2016

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Study at UniSA

Construction Management graduate James Clark discusses his experience of studying at the University of South Australia and where it has taken him in his career.

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What others are saying

The Construction Management and Economics degree helped me get to where I am today by providing the knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to enter the industry. I am now a Graduate Co-ordinator with Hansen Yuncken Pty Ltd and I am currently working on the Flinders Medical Centre (Transforming Health) Project where I am furthering my skills in site coordination, quality assurance, contract administration and stakeholder engagement.

Hamish McAndie

Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics (Honours)

Hamish McAndie

Hamish McAndie

Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics (Honours)

Since graduating I have worked for industry leaders such as Hansen Yuncken and Mossop Group Pty Ltd. Now I work as a consultant within EY's Advisory Practice, bringing together my practice project based skills and financial expertise.

Jake Harry

Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics (Honours)

Jake Harry

Jake Harry

Bachelor of Construction Management and Economics (Honours)

Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:


Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.


Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*QILT: Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17 – Full-time Employment Indicator. Public SA-founded universities only.


A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017