Master of Project Management (Defence Industry) - 2017

Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.

Course summary

Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 12 units to complete

This course has been withdrawn and is no longer available for new applicants. Students who are already working towards this degree can continue to enrol in units.

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Please note: The application for the Master of Project Management (Defence Industry) has been removed as this course is no longer on offer for new students. A 2-year Master of Project Management is available for interested applicants.

The aim of this course is to provide an advanced and integrated understanding of how project management best practice can be applied to the defence industry for the management of complexity and logistics, and to enhance procurement and contact management outcomes.

You have a range of options in respect to your study. You can undertake the course at Graduate Certificate (4 units), Graduate Diploma (8 units) or Masters level (12 units).

On the completion of the Master of Project Management (Defence Industry) course students will:

  • have gained an advanced and integrated understanding of a discipline-specific body of knowledge
  • demonstrate autonomy and expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a practitioner

The units in this course have been developed to ensure graduates can:

  • work independently
  • work in teams
  • gain an awareness of ethical and professional standards
  • be problem solvers
  • gain critical analysis and evaluation

Applicants to the Master of Project Management degree are required to have one of the following:

  • An AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree qualification in any discipline area or equivalent work experience, which would qualify students for entry at the start of the program for completion in 1.5 years of full-time study or part-time equivalent


  • An AQF Level 8 Bachelor degree with Honours or Graduate Certificate qualification in Project Management or equivalent, which would qualify students for 0.5 EFTSL advanced standing, enabling them to complete the program in 1.0 years of full-time or equivalent part-time study.

English Language Requirements

For applicants for whom English is a second language, the minimum English language requirements are:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic): with a minimum overall score of 7.0 obtained within the last two years or corresponding results from an equivalent test such as TOEFL; or
  • Successful completion of a tertiary qualification at diploma level or above completed in Australia within the last two years; or
  • Successful completion of two or more years of tertiary study at diploma level or above conducted and completed in English within the last five years in a country in which English is an official language; or English is commonly used, as determined by the university.

Students are able to form their own study path, but are requested to enrol in the unit, MPM411 Principles of Project Management at the first opportunity as this is the pre-requisite for other units in this course.

To qualify for the Master of Project Management (Defence Industry) qualification, students must complete all 12 units.

Total number of units to complete: 12 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Principles of Project Management
MPM4111 UniSA Sess 1 Sess 2 Sess 3
Project Leadership & Teams
MPM417 UniSA Sess 1 Sess 2 Sess 3
Project Risk Management
MPM413 UniSA Sess 1 Sess 2 Sess 3
Strategy in Project Organisations
MPM4182 UniSA Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Research Theory and Practice
CPM8501 UniSA Sess 1 Sess 2 Sess 3
Portfolio and Program Management
MPM9104 UniSA Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Managing Complexity in Projects
MPM9211 UniSA Sess 1 - -
ASDEFCON Standards and System
MPM9212 UniSA Coming in 2016
Contract Management in Defence
MPM9213 UniSA Coming in 2016
Earned Value Management
MPM9214 UniSA Coming in 2016
Masters Research Project Part A
MPM95013 UniSA Sess 1 Sess 2 Sess 3
Masters Research Project Part B
MPM95023 UniSA Sess 1 Sess 2 Sess 3

1 Students are requested to enrol in the Principles of Project Management unit at the first opportunity.
2 Students are advised to leave the Strategy in Project Organisations unit to the latter stage of their studies.
3 The Masters Research Project Part A and Part B units should be completed towards the end of the Masters program.

Credit will be administered as per University of South Australia policy. A maximum of one third of the course can be credited based on previous external studies. Students wishing to claim credits should apply prior to enrolling.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) will be considered where an applicant holds a Diploma (AQF Level 5) or higher in a cognate subject. Please contact the University of South Australia for further information on applying for RPL.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

Find out more about FEE-HELP

You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

This course has undergone a major change. For more information please refer to the document below.

Transition_Arrangements_UniSA_MPM_2015.pdf (119 KB)

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