A time-tested program for architecture, design, planning, and engineering graduates from all branches, the flagship post-graduate program of NICMAR in Advanced Construction Management (ACM) is well-recognized, locally as well as globally, for addressing the academia-industry gap in construction, real estate, and infrastructure project management (CRIP) sectors.

In contrast to the common misnomer on discipline bias in the construction management profession, the ACM program provides opportunities for qualified architecture, design, planning and engineering graduates from all branches to build a career in the CRIP sector. The program also hosts an industry-ratified curriculum that comprises a unique blend of techno-managerial courses to build upon the basic skills gained at the under-graduate level by all learners.

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What You'll Learn

Through the PGP ACM program you will:

  • Develop the necessary leadership and entrepreneurial skills to establish yourself in the CRIP sector.
  • Become an expert in a variety of disciplines like Finance & Economics, Business Management, Cost & Contract Management, and more through the contemporary-multi-disciplinary courses.
  • Get superlative training in advanced construction techniques, sustainable development practices, analytics, humanities, creativity, communications, and digital competencies.

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Programme at a Glance

A two-year structured program with a choice-based credit system that takes into account your all-round development, the PGP ACM program is your gateway to a stellar career in the CRIP industry.


The future-ready PGP ACM program of two years duration is structured in four semesters in full compliance with the National Education Policy and other statutory guidelines. The structure - along with the hosting school, School of Construction and Technology, and other supporting schools and university bodies - is oriented towards all-round learning and development of the learners in PGP ACM at three levels – curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular.

Curricular Engagements

The program structure provides for curricular engagements that comprise classroom sessions, physical laboratory activities, software training modules, graded seminars, graded internships, and individual thesis work. Catering to the curricular needs, the program structure constitutes core courses, general elective courses, program elective courses, mandatory non-graded bridge courses, and self-learning through Massive Open Online Courses.

The choice-based credit structure for these courses combines interest-inculcating lecture sessions, challenging tutorial sessions and engrossing practical sessions contingent upon the pedagogical needs of each course. Curricular engagements will be gauged through (i) a variety of internal modalities such as individual and group submissions, case studies, role plays, focus group discussions, presentations, and (ii) end-semester assessments with 40%-60% weightage.

The summer internship placements - assisted by the School of Industry Relations and usually compensated through stipends by the hosting companies - is one of the unique features of the PGP ACM program at NICMAR, Hyderabad. The year-long thesis work of learners is guided by our qualified faculty and research methodology training sessions.

Co-curricular & Extra-curricularEngagements

The co-curricular engagements include orientation sessions, workshops, national and international competitions, national and international conferences, inter-university symposiums, open days, site visits, guest lectures, hackathons and exchange programs that are supported by the hosting school – School of Construction and Technology, and other supporting schools. Each student will be mapped to an internal faculty mentor and external alumni mentor for guidance during and beyond the PGP tenure. Site-based assignments are mandatory for 80% of the coursework in PGP ACM.

Extra-curricular engagements include freshers’ party, festive celebrations, cultural activities, farewell ceremony, sport events and student clubs that are supported by the institute bodies.

Assistance is provided by the School of Industry Relations for placement with the top firms of the CRIP sector. The School of Industry Relations also from time-to-time conducts refresher courses for the PGP ACM alumni, on a complimentary basis, to help them keep in touch with the concurrent advancements.

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Duration: Two years full time


Year 1

The first year of the PGP ACM program consists of core courses, mandatory non-graded bridge courses and self-learning Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). This foundational year fosters an understanding of the workings of the CRIP sector to the learners of varied under-graduate backgrounds. The courses in Year 1 span over all domains of construction management and address the basic skill gaps that the CRIP sector finds in freshers and mildly experienced practitioners. The role of the instructor in Year 1 is to facilitate discussion and promote participation by encouraging shared exploration and discovery.

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Semester 1

The first semester sums up the skills, learning, and developmental needs pertaining to the formulation of projects as vehicles of operations in the CRIP sector. The courses in this semester span over the domains of Finance & Economics, Business Management, Cost & Contract Management, Advanced Construction, Project & Portfolio Management, Communications, Digital Competencies Analytics, and Professional Ethics.

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  • Financial Management in Construction

    This course helps you understand how to read, evaluate and analyze the financial statements; acquire understanding of techniques of management accounting and to make you develop competence with their usage in managerial decision making and control.

  • Managerial Economics

    This course gives you an exposure on various interlinkages between micro and macroeconomics impacting the business/industry/project environment. It also demonstrates how economics is used by individuals, managers, and businesses alike to assess problems and develop solutions.

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  • Construction Project Communications

    The objective of the course is to equip you with the best practice strategies of effective project communications management for handling a variety of complex projects and make them aware of the role of communication in the core project processes.

  • Statistical Applications in Construction

    This course is an introduction to statistical concepts which are used in understanding various facets of construction business data.

  • Advanced Estimation & Quantity Surveying

    This course will equip you with procedures and steps in deriving various quantities and costs of the project (i) to draft specifications and produce rates analysis for different items of works (ii) to understand the nuances in bills preparation and reconciliation statements overall cost control (iii) to calculate the impacts of escalation and value the same in estimates.

  • Construction Methods & Technology

    This course develops your understanding of advanced construction, methods and techniques in the construction industry.

  • Project Planning & Control

    This course will lay a solid foundation across the concepts and techniques to plan, schedule, monitor and control time, cost and resources on a project.

  • Project Procurement and Tendering

    By attending this course, you shall know the standard tendering procedures and types, be able to decide the suitable procurement method for a particular project, and value the impact of appropriate procurement and tendering system on project outcomes.

  • Life skills/Stress Management/Ethics or Similar

    Attend these courses through the SWAYAM / NPTEL portal, take the exam, and submit a completion certificate with marks obtained to the Programme Director.

  • Basic Technical Skills

    This is a bridge course for acclimatizing learners of varied academic backgrounds with the CRIP sector.

Semester 2

Build upon the basics learnt in the Semester 1 to deep dive into the post-formulation phase. This semester encapsulates the skills, learning and developmental needs pertaining to the management of projects in the CRIP sector. The courses in this semester span over the domains of Business Management, Cost & Contract Management, Worksite Management, Sustainable Development, Humanities, Creativity, and Digital Competencies.

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  • People and Organizations in Construction

    The focus of this course is to build an understanding of both Micro and Macro Organizational Behaviour and the application of its principles in construction management.

  • Business Development and Digital Project Marketing

    This course attempts to equip you with the basic aspects of project business, project marketing strategies & digital marketing strategies. The section on business development intends to provide a more practical approach of starting a business venture either as an entrepreneur or an intrapreneur.

  • Construction Quality and Safety Management

    The objective of the course is to acquaint you with the working knowledge of various health safety norms used in the construction Industry. This course aims to prepare you with an understanding of quality related aspects of construction projects, the tools and techniques of quality management.

  • Contracts and Claims Management

    The course provides in-depth understanding of the role of contracts management through analysis of various red flag clauses associated with construction contracts and thereby enables development of competency for evaluation of contractual obligations, risks and responses in construction projects.

  • Site Administration and Control

    This course develops your understanding of knowledge and skills necessary to manage construction sites. It will also cover fundamentals of project coordination and supervision.

  • Construction Equipment & Advanced Surveying

    The course module develops your understanding of various construction equipment and machinery used on construction project sites.

  • Building Information Modelling - I

    This course develops your holistic understanding of BIM as a process. Further, it helps you achieve proficiency in building modeling, coordination, and collaboration aspects using various BIM-based tools.

  • Digital Construction Project Management

    The course objective is to provide understanding on Information Technology for digital project management.

  • Creativity/Innovation/Disaster Management/Entrepreneurship or Similar

    Attend these courses through the SWAYAM / NPTEL portal, take the exam and submit a completion certificate with marks obtained to the Programme Director.

  • Summer internship

    This involves undertaking an internship of minimum twelve weeks in a recognised and reputed organization/ firm/ company/industry, relevant to the field of real estate and urban infrastructure. You shall be supervised by an internal faculty member and a senior professional in the organization who will ensure that your work is meaningful and significant to the real estate and urban infrastructure sector. As an intern, your work will be documented in the form of a report, which, if satisfactory, will result in a training completion certificate by the organization.

Year 2

The second year consists of only a handful of core courses, and predominantly aims at skilling the learners in specific domains of the CRIP sector along with their thesis work. This advanced year allows you to cultivate and be engrossed in pursuing your passion to be ultimately ready for the industry as a leader or an entrepreneur.

The courses in Year 2 are organized in core courses, program electives (Project Formulation & Appraisal; Pavement Management System; Advanced Foundation Engineering; Airport & Port Infrastructure; Highway projects and Bridge Infrastructure; Assessment & Maintenance of Structures; Conventional & Pre-engineered Structures, Highrise & Facility Management, Real Estate Development Process, Sustainable Business in Construction), general electives (Leadership and Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management for Construction Projects, Asset Management, Valuation & Acquisition, Enterprise Resource Planning, Qualitative and Quantitative Techniques) .

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Semester 3

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  • Legal Framework for Construction

    The Course deals with the legal aspect of construction project in every possible perspective, including the planning, execution, and monitoring. It deals with the Laws relating to prior & post legal compliance of the construction project.

  • Sustainability in Construction Projects

    The course provides understanding of recent innovative approaches and technologies to reduce environmental foot-print and improve sustainability of construction projects and built- assets. The course covers the process of environmental impact assessment and design and delivery of green buildings and infrastructure as a means of facilitating the contribution of construction sector to the goal of sustainable development.

  • Research Methodology and Project Seminar

    The course gives an understanding of the research method that can be adopted for an independent research project. Students are enabled to select a project topic and develop a research framework for the same.

  • Elective courses

    In the third semester, students need to select total 5 elective courses.
    1 General Elective (GE)
    2 Programme Electives (PE)


Thesis: The project topic selected in the project seminar course is to be worked upon as per its methodology. You are expected to construct research tools i.e. questionnaire/template and collect data relevant to their research topic. You shall work upon data analysis, interpretation, discussion, connection to literature, conclusion, recommendation/ proposals. A project report as per the guidelines will be prepared and submitted.

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  • Elective courses

    In the fourth semester, students need to select total 5 elective courses.
    1 General Elective (GE)
    2 Programme Elective1 (PE)

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Class Profile

Join a diverse community of architects, designers, planners and engineers in a journey towards personal and professional excellence..

  • 23

    Average age

  • 8

    Average Courses Each Semester

  • 27

    Average Credits Per Semester


Dr. Mahesh Balasubramani
Programme Director, PGP ACM
M.Tech & Ph.D (IIT Madras)

Dr. Mahesh is an University rank holder in Bachelor of Engineering at Anna University. He later went on to pursue a Master’s Degree in Construction Technology and Management at IIT Madras, and subsequently worked with L&T Construction.

Post his education, Dr. Mahesh took to his research interests through a full-time Ph.D. in Construction Management at IIT Madras. After securing his doctoral degree, he joined National Institute of Construction Management & Research (NICMAR) as a faculty member. His areas of interest are Project Organizing, Megaproject Management, Digital Construction Management, Circular Construction and Infrastructure Performance Improvement.

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Admission and Degree Requirements

  • Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering / Architecture / Design / Planning from a recognized Institution / University with a minimum 50% aggregate marks from a recognized Institution / University are eligible. Final year Graduating students can also apply.
  • Applications are scrutinized and eligibility is established on the basis of the documents submitted. Eligible candidates will be invited to appear for the selection procedure, which comprises Post Graduate NICMAR Common Admission Test (PG-NCAT), Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI), and Rating of Application (RA).

Your trajectory towards an eminent leader in CRIP sector

Career opportunities

Category Career
Digital Transformation - BIM Manager
- Interface Manager
- Digital Transformation Manager
- IT & ERP Manager
- Solutions Manager
Project Planning & Control - Planning Manager
- MIS Manager
- Project Controls Manager
- Strategic Planning Manager
- Coordination Manager
Project Procurement and Contracts - Business Development Manager
- Supply Chain Manager
- Contracts and Claims Manager
- Tendering and Bidding Manager
- Arbitration and Disputes Manager
Real Estate Development - Market Analyst
- Investment Manager
- Valuation Expert
- Debt Finance and Appraisal Professional
- Risk Management Consultant
Infrastructure Management - Asset Manager
- Operations Manager
- Purchase Manager
- Infrastructure Financing Professional
- Management Consultant


  • How are the placement prospects of the PGP ACM program?

    They’ve been record breaking! We’re proud of the industry connections that we’ve built and nurtured over the last 30 years, which has allowed us to invite only the best and most sought-after recruiters for our learners. In fact, every year, we are visited by over 200 companies for on-campus placements. That said, ACM is our flagship program, you can be rest assured that you will be given top-notch placement assistance during the course of your final year and summer internships.

  • I have been a meritorious student throughout my 10th, 12th and Bachelors’ Degree? What kind of scholarship does the institute provide?

    The institute provides scholarship in the tuition fee based on your academic performance in 10th, 12th and Bachelors’ Degree. The institute currently also provides scholarship for all women applicants in the tuition fee. Refer the scholarship section for more details.

  • What kind of financial aid can you help with?

    We’ve tied up with India’s leading banks and financial institutions for you to get education loans with utmost ease. These institutions include HDFC Credila, ICICI Bank, Saraswat Co-op Bank, Bank of Baroda, Credenc, Union Bank of India, Avanse and many others.

  • How qualified are the faculty members of NICMAR Hyderabad?

    About 50% of the faculty members at NICMAR Hyderabad accrue from IIT/NIT background. About 50% of the faculty members at NICMAR Hyderabad possess prior experience working in the industry. This blend of academic and professional excellence of NICMAR Hyderabad faculty members is one of the strong facets of NICMAR Hyderabad.

  • What is special about the curriculum of PGP ACM?

    If selected, you will be the 38th Batch of time-tested, flagship post-graduate program of NICMAR in Advanced Construction Management (ACM)! The PGP ACM program is offered support* for obtaining internationally accredited, professional certifications in one of the following:
    1. BIM
    2. Project Management
    3. Procurement and Supply Chain
    *The support covers training and fees for the first attempt in the professional certification examinations, terms and conditions apply.

  • Is an internship a part of this program? What kind of support can I expect?

    Of course! The PGP ACM program offers internships at the end of Semester II (Year 1), and you’ll be offered all the internship assistance you need for it. What’s more, the internships may also result in a PPO (Pre-placement Offer). You shall be supervised by an internal faculty member and a senior professional in the hosting organization who will ensure that your work is meaningful and significant to the real estate and urban infrastructure sector.

  • Is a B.Tech degree or experience in Civil Engineering mandatory to be able to enroll for this program?

    Absolutely not! The PGP ACM program provides opportunities for qualified architecture, design, planning and engineering graduates from all branches to build a career in the CRIP sector. This is primarily because the CRIP sector needs professionals from all facets to meet their various functional and operational needs. In accordance, this program hosts an industry-ratified curriculum that comprises a unique blend of techno-managerial courses to build upon the basic skills gained at the under-graduate level by all learners.

  • I am an empowered woman on a career break. Even though I have a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, I chose to work in the IT industry because I felt that, maybe, the construction industry is not an ideal fit for women. Will the PGP ACM programme help me in feeding my passion for civil engineering?

    Of course! The construction industry has moved far away from any gender bias and the CRIP sector is actively seeking empowered women in various roles. Apart from providing cutting-edge opportunities in digitization and IT applications in the CRIP sector, the construction industry has transformed heavily under an industrialized, automated, and sophisticated approach today.

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