Master of Project Management - 2014

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

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Course summary - 2014

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

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Project management knowledge is essential to the successful planning, development and delivery of projects. These project types can vary. They can range from organising an outdoor event to the design and construction of a submarine. Project management provides the knowledge required to plan and organise projects so that they are delivered within time, cost and quality constraints.

The courses cater to the needs of people transitioning from an applied background into a project management role, those already managing projects or those looking to build careers as project managers. Throughout the course you will be provided with several opportunities to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills required for successful project management.

The courses use the A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) as a framework. This framework provides a generic approach to project management that can be applied across different industries, businesses and government institutions.

The Australian Institute of Project Management endorses all University of South Australia project management courses.

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 completion of the project management courses, you will be able to:

  • apply project management methodology to specific professional field(s) of expertise
  • be an effective member of interdisciplinary project teams and
  • assume the role of project manager from inception to commissioning

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

  • establish a project within its environment
  • prepare project plans to meet project objectives and requirements
  • develop documentation to achieve project objectives within time, cost and quality parameters
  • use appropriate management tools for monitoring and control of projects
  • understand the use and application of effective project management techniques throughout the life cycle of a project

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.

You are expected to have some familiarity with the use of computers and computer packages including the internet, word processing, presentations and spreadsheets. You require access to the internet.

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 award of the Master of Project Management, students must complete all 12 units.

Units are delivered wholly online. Study materials (other than text books) are provided either on the unit websites or through your own online research. You can access a comprehensive online library service which includes access to online journals.

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 -
Project Leadership & Teams
MPM417 UniSA Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Project Risk Management
MPM413 UniSA Sess 1 Sess 2 -
CPM Research Methods
CPM8501 UniSA Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Project Control Methods
MPM414 UniSA Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Procurement & Contract Management
MPM412 UniSA Sess 1 - -
Economic, Social & Environmental Analysis
MPM416 UniSA - Sess 2 -
Program Management
MPM9104 UniSA Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Project Governance and Ethics
MPM415 UniSA Sess 1 - -
Strategy in Project Organisations
MPM4182 UniSA - Sess 2 -
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 Master Research Project Part A and Part B units should be completed towards the end of the Masters program.

Credits 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. 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. Please refer to the document below for more information.

UNISA_Master_Project_Management_Transition (PDF, 124 KB)