Bond Master of Construction Practice: First in Class
Bond University is pleased to announce its Master of Construction Practice and Master of Construction Practice (Professional) are the first postgraduate degrees in Australia to secure coveted Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) accreditation.
Graduates are now eligible to join nearly 50,000 other chartered members worldwide, opening up opportunities for practice in over 50 countries where CIOB credentials are highly respected.
CIOB is the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.
According to Associate Professor of Construction Management and Quantity Surveying, Rick Best, who developed the programs, the CIOB accreditation—together with Bond University’s existing Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) accreditation—places Bond construction courses firmly on the world stage.
“Bond was also the first university in Australia to achieve CIOB accreditation for its undergraduate degree in Construction Management and Quantity Surveying. Since then Deakin, Newcastle and RMIT University have followed in our footsteps,” Dr Best said.
Bond’s courses are also accredited by the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) and meet the educational requirements set by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) for the granting of an Open Builders Licence.
“We are now seeing unprecedented demand for these programs, with sixty new entrants in the pipeline for the next two intakes,” Dr Best said.
“Construction will soon be the largest postgraduate course offered by the Faculty of Society and Design.”
A new combined degree of Construction Practice and Project Management was also approved last month. This pathway enables two separate degrees to be earned in six semesters (even less for Australian students choosing an ‘accelerated’ program) and provides additional accreditation from the Australian Institute of Project Management.
The 108-week program looks set to become very popular with international students.
Professor Craig Langston, who is responsible for project management courses at Bond University, said project management was an enabling discipline and in this instance leads to a career as a construction project manager.
“We are pursuing a strategy of further combinations, covering the emerging disciplines of development management, sustainable development, integrated design management and strategic portfolio management,” Professor Langston said.
“Breaking down and working across professional boundaries is crucial. At Bond we want to equip our graduates with the ability to solve complex problems via a wider understanding of the world within which these solutions are ultimately sourced.”
What is Construction Practice?
Construction is a fast paced and evolving industry, with sustainability a prominent concern for both the private and government sectors. Roles within the construction industry can be applied to practitioners such as estimators or contract managers, or as professionals such as quantity surveyors or project managers. Graduates equipped with the skills to apply innovative and adaptable solutions within complex environments are highly sought after.
The Master of Construction Practice program covers a comprehensive range of subjects in the field of construction practice, focusing on the management and delivery of complex construction projects. The curriculum addresses a range of topics including building plans and processes, building structures and soil mechanics, construction techniques, contract administration, finance and cost planning, project management, refurbishment and retrofitting, and risks. It also contains a strong sustainability theme which equips graduates with distinctive skills that are highly sought after in the built environment.
Program: Master of Construction Practice
Location: Gold Coast, Queensland
Semester intakes: January, May, September
Duration: 1 year 4 months full-time (4 semesters). This program is delivered in intensive mode.
Application deadline: While there is no official application deadline, it is recommended that you apply a minimum of three months prior to the program’s start date.
Successful completion of any undergraduate degree or relevant qualifications / professional experience deemed equivalent by the Dean of the Faculty. Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed course outlines/subject descriptions for each relevant subject.