Masters in Construction Management in Australia

Are you a construction engineer looking to further your career abroad? Or a prospective student looking to build your career in the construction sector?

If you answered yes to either question then now is a good time to consider doing a Master of Construction Management degree in Australia. Why? Because the Construction Industry is one of the largest employing industries in Australia and it is estimated that employment will grow strongly over the next five years with more than 50,000 job openings.

Today we'll give you a comprehensive overview of the course including top universities for Masters in Construction Management in Australia, salaries and job prospects after the course, post study work rules that you need to keep in mind while selecting your course and universities that offer the most affordable options for Masters in Construction Management.

Top universities for Masters in Construction Management in Australia

The MS in Construction Management course is offered by a limited number of universities in Australia and they are listed in the table below.

University Course Rank Cost/ Fees per year Years
University of Melbourne Master of Construction Management 56 A$ 37,984 3
University of New South Wales Master of Construction Project Management 68 A$ 30,960 1.5
Deakin University Master of Construction Project Management 215 A$ 32,000 1.5
Deakin University Master of Construction Management 215 A$ 32,000 2
Swinburne University of Technology Master of Construction Management 224 A$ 29,450 1.5
Swinburne University of Technology Master of Construction and Infrastructure Management 224 A$ 29,450 2

* The 'Ranking' refers to the 2015 Times Higher Education Subject ranking for 'Engineering and Technology'. Wherever the Times Higher Education Subject ranking is not available the QS Faculty ranking is used. Universities not featured in both ranking systems are not included in the list.

Salaries and job prospects after the course

The construction industry has always been a big employer in Australia and recent reports indicate that there is a huge demand for construction professionals and it is expected to grow strongly in the long term. This is not surprising at all considering the major infrastructure projects in the pipeline in key Australian states, such as, New South Wales, and Victoria which are expected to generate high levels of jobs in the industry. The New South Wales government alone is planning to invest $20 billion dollars in infrastructure. If you want an overview of some of the projects planned in different states and territories then take a look at this report.

In fact, by November 2019, the total employment levels for Construction Managers is estimated to be about 85,200. Moreover, 93% of Construction Managers have full time jobs and recent job market surveys have indicated that the average annual salary is approximately AU$ 89,315 for entry level Construction Managers.

Do you want to work in Australia after your course? Read our detailed guide to getting a post study work visa in Australia to make sure your course meets the eligibility criteria.

Most affordable Masters in Construction Management in Australia

And lastly, we come to finances. The table below provides a list of the MS in Construction Management courses in Australia sorted based on affordability. Remember, the fees that are listed are the annual fees and you need to multiply it by the number of years to get the total fees for the course.

University Course Rank Cost/ Fees per year Years
Swinburne University of Technology Master of Construction Management 224 A$ 29,450 1.5
Swinburne University of Technology Master of Construction and Infrastructure Management 224 A$ 29,450 2
Deakin University Master of Construction Project Management 215 A$ 32,000 1.5
Deakin University Master of Construction Management 215 A$ 32,000 2
University of Melbourne Master of Construction Management 56 A$ 37,984 3
University of New South Wales Master of Construction Project Management 68 A$ 30,960 1.5

* The 'Ranking' refers to the 2015 Times Higher Education Subject ranking for 'Engineering and Technology'. Wherever the Times Higher Education Subject ranking is not available the QS Faculty ranking is used. Universities not featured in both ranking systems are not included in the list.

Conclusion

The construction sector in Australia is booming right now and this is a good time to enrol in the Master of Construction Management course to hone your skills and fast track your career in the field. Given the number of factors involved, we understand that choosing the right program is not an easy task and we hope this article has helped you in the decision making process.

If you have a specific question or require any further information that we did not cover in this article then fill out this enquiry form and we will get back to you.

Are you looking for more courses in the same industry? Take a look at the Masters in Civil Engineering. Alternatively, if you are interested in a management option then the Masters in Engineering Management is a good option.

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