Graduate Diploma of Construction Management

Swinburne University of Technology

Course details

CRICOS course code: 074408G

Level of study: Postgraduate


The Graduate Certificate in Construction Management forms the first stage in a four-stage nested suite of programs consisting of: Graduate Certificate in Construction Management (GC-CMGT); Graduate Diploma of Construction Management (GD-CMGT); Master of Construction Management (MA-CMGT); Master of Construction and Infrastructure Management (MA-CIMGT).

The construction industry has always required efficient technical and financial project administrators, and this need is even greater in today's financial climate. Projects must run efficiently on all fronts, and managers must be able to plan, execute and supervise jobs with professional skill in areas where each new technological advance creates a need for new techniques, methods and equipment.

The main aim of this program is to prepare graduates for future roles in managing people, equipment, materials, technological processes and funds in the construction, building and maintenance of buildings and assets in the civil infrastructure. This aim is facilitated by the study of advanced management and engineering techniques in the fields of construction, building and maintenance.

Career opportunities

This program will provide graduates with an opportunity to gain advanced theoretical and practical knowledge of construction and infrastructure management principles, procurement and cost analysis. The programs will also assist in up-skilling local and international graduates in the state of the art Australian professional engineering.

Graduates can follow careers as construction managers, project engineers/managers, civil engineers and asset management engineers in a range of industries including consulting engineering, construction, research organisations, private sector, local and other government authorities.

Aims and objectives

At completion of Graduate Diploma of Construction Management course, graduates will be able to:

1. demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills in Construction Management practice related to design, construction, operation and maintenance of buildings and civil infrastructure
2. identify, analyse, review and describe issues, changes, risks and trends in Construction Management practice and thereby provide systematic and rational solutions to complex problems using critical thinking, team-working and/ or independent judgement
3. describe and/ or develop contemporary and sustainable Construction Management trends, best practices and management solutions in the project-based construction industry
4. demonstrate clear and coherent communication skills to articulate complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences including clients, customers, multi-disciplinary/ multi-cultural project teams and stakeholders
5. demonstrate accountability, credibility, ethics, and responsibility for all personal work outputs.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
38,600 Per Year 27 Feb 2023
31 Jul 2023
1 year
Self study / online (with attendance)
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus
John Street
Melbourne Victoria 3122

Entry criteria

The admission requirements for Graduate Diploma of Construction Management consist of :

A Bachelor qualification in one of the following allied fields: Engineering (Civil); Building; Architecture; Quantity Surveying; Construction Management; Real Estate; other cognate engineering/technology disciplines assessed to be appropriate, or

A qualification deemed to be equivalent (in the opinion of the selection officer) to any of the above.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 70%, all skills 65%
  • minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
  • Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 58 (no communicative skills less than 50)
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) -79 (no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking 21 in writing)
  • C1 Advanced - 176, no band less than 169
  • any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency.


Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus
John Street
Melbourne Victoria 3122
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