What is construction management?
Construction management explained. A lot of work goes into constructing a building, but how is it all managed and facilitated?
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4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.
$29,415 (indicative annual fee, 2019)
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4 years full-time.
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The skyline’s the limit.
Construction management graduates work in a whole range of leadership roles in the construction industry – from project management, to quantity surveying, estimating, contract management, scheduling, facilities management, property development and certification. Students will study a range of courses in construction and building to become highly desirable employees in these fields. They learn how to lead and coordinate physical infrastructure projects, working on site, but playing an indirect role in hands-on building.
Construction managers schedule and coordinate all of the design and construction processes including selecting, hiring and supervising trade contractors. They’re also responsible for the legal and financial aspects of the project.
Our courses directly reflect the needs of industry, across the full spectrum of construction management roles. Learn critical workplace skills in:
Collaborate with your peers on problem-solving assignments, whether you are studying your degree on-campus or online. You’ll demonstrate the knowledge you develop through applied project work rather than exams.
Broaden your skill base by undertaking elective courses from a wide range of industry relevant topics. You’ll also complete a 16-week work placement.
Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
Employment opportunities for construction managers are excellent. 97% of our construction management graduates secure a job within four months of graduating (QILT 2018). Our graduates work for major construction companies like LendLease, Brookfield Multiplex, Theiss, John Holland, Hansen Yunken, Leighton Contractors, Laing O’Rourke. The average starting salary for a construction manager is over $89,000.
The Australian construction industry is massive and continues to grow - over the past five years, employment in the NSW construction industry has increased by 11%. The industry employs more than 1 million people, accounting for around 9% of the country's total workforce and contributes about 7.8% of Australia’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Take your pick from a range of job possibilities. As a University of Newcastle graduate you can oversee projects from behind the scenes, take on a specialist position, or you might prefer the satisfaction of on-site management and supervision. Typical roles include:
This degree is fully endorsed by six professional bodies in Australia and internationally. It is accredited by:
These accreditations reflect the direct relationship between what you’ll learn in the degree and the requirements of various sectors of the construction industry.
All University of Newcastle construction management students must complete 16 weeks of industrial experience during their degree. This can be completed in one block or as shorter placements of no less than two weeks. Through your work placement you’ll build vital professional networks and put your learning into practice.