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Construction Management

Interested in Construction Management?

Modern construction is 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. Undergraduate UniSA construction management studies incorporate strong theoretical teaching with experience-based learning through the UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program.
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.
  • Study in the areas of Building Surveying, Quantity Surveying or Construction Management.
  • Develop competencies and gain real work experience through the UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program.

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.

Construction management students will graduate career-ready by completing the UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program and gain at least 450 hours of skills and competencies through a range of engagement activities such as placements, internships, guest lectures, industry panels, site visits, networking and events.

We are also involved in several national cooperative research centres.  We collaborate with the Barbara Hardy Institute and the Scarce Resources and Circular Economy centre. Our researchers have been ranked at world-class in building and construction, and construction management1. These leading researchers will be your teachers, and everything you learn will be supported by their research excellence.

UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities*, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

1Results in Building - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

UNSTOPPABLE ® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. *Ranked #26, 2019 THE Young University Rankings. Ranked #30, 2020 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

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 between now and 20231.

Careers to consider:

  • building surveyor
  • estimator
  • construction planner

Explore a range of engineering and construction careers here.

1Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business Projections 2018

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 Scarce Resources and Circular Economy centre, 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

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Employment for building, architectural and surveying technicians in Australia is projected to increase by 20231.

1Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business Projections 2018

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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

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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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Edward Holmes talks about his experience studying UniSA's Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours) where he had the opportunity to go on a study tour to South Korea.

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What others are saying

I was interested in a career within construction that was hands-on, yet still included a focus on management, so this degree was the perfect blend. My studies have taken me overseas to South Korea where I was lucky enough to experience different dynamics and cultural practices within the construction industry. I’ve also secured part-time employment as an estimator and look forward to a career in the commercial sector when I graduate.

Edward Holmes

Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)
Employment: Mykra
Role: Estimator

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Edward Holmes

Bachelor of Construction Management (Honours)
<br />Employment: Mykra

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:

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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.

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Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.

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A five star university

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