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Degree structure

Degree details

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

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

The subject in this degree 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

Graduates of the Master of Applied Project Management (Defence Industries) will have opportunities in all areas of defence including: support systems and services, electronic systems, land, marine, and aerospace. 

Professional recognition

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

Higher education

Please note: The Master of Applied Project Management is open to domestic students only. 

Applications seeking admission to the degree are required to meet the following entry criteria:

  • Bachelor degree from a recognised higher education institution,


  • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Project Management from a recognised higher education institution

English Proficiency Requirements

Students who speak English as a foreign language must have obtained one of the following standards within the last two years prior to admission. Possession of one or more of these qualifications, in addition to the academic entry requirements, does not, in itself, guarantee a place at the University of South Australia. Applications are considered on an individual basis and selection is competitive. Where previous study/work experience was conducted in English, the application must be accompanied by certified documentation form the educational institution/employer certifying that the language of instruction/ employment was English.
CELUSA - Academic English Program 5
ESOL - Certificate in Advanced English C
ESOL - Certificate of Proficiency in English C
IELTS - Overall Score 6.5
IELTS - Reading 6.0
IELTS - Writing 6.0
TOEFL - Internet Based Test 90 with no band less than 21
TOEFL - Paper Based Test 577 with TWE (Test of Written English) of 4.5

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.

The aim of this degree 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.

Recommended Study Pattern

Students can form their own study path, but are requested to:

  • Enrol in the unit MPM 411 Principles of Project Management at the first opportunity.
    If intending to graduate with the Diploma in Project Management and not proceed to the Master, enrol in the unit MPM 9226 Professional Practice Project (from the Graduate Diploma) after MPM 411, MPM 413, MPM 417, and MPM 414 have been completed.
  • Enrol in CPM 8501 Research Theory and Practice prior to enrolling into the Masters Research Project Part A.
  • Enrol in the Masters Research Project Part A prior to enrolling in Masters Research Project Part B as these units need to be completed in sequence and cannot be done concurrently.

Subject List
First Year - Session 1
USA-MPM411 - Principles of Project Management
USA-MPM417 - Project Leadership & Teams
USA-MPM413 - Project Risk Management
USA-CPM8501 - Research Theory and Practice
First Year - Session 2
USA-MPM9227 - Contract Management in Defence Projects
USA-MPM9211 - Managing Complexity in Projects
USA-MPM9104 - Portfolio and Program Management
USA-MPM9501-  Masters Research Project Part A

Second Year - Session 1
USA-MPM416 - Economic, Social & Environmental Analysis
USA-MPM9228 - Value Management in Defence Projects
USA-MPM9229 - Standards and Systems in Defence Projects
USA-MPM8502 - Masters Research Project Part B

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of the Master of Applied Project Management (Defence Industries), students must complete all 12 core units including a Research Project over two Study Sessions.

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