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Degree structure

Degree details

Advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge that includes recent developments in project management as applied in professional practice.

Advanced and integrated knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of project management.

Expert, specialised cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship in the area of contemporary project management.

Demonstrate the application of theoretical knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project and/or piece of scholarship.

Expert, specialised cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of project management knowledge or practice.

Demonstrate the application of theoretical project management knowledge and skills to apply creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning in the area of project management.

Expert, specialised cognitive and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level in the area of project management.

Demonstrate the application of individual and team skills that include working with people in remote or virtual project team situations.

Advanced and integrated knowledge of the moral, ethical and legal considerations which underpin the planning and implementation of project management applications.

Demonstrate the application of theoretical knowledge and skills with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.

Expert, specialised communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Expert, specialised technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship in the area of project management.

Demonstrate the application of international perspectives, including operating in different geopolitical environments that require different cultural approaches. 

Higher Education

Bachelor degree from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent,

OR

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

English Proficiency Requirements

International 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.

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 course caters 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.

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). 

Recommended Study Pattern

Students are able to form their own study path but are requested to:

  1. Enrol in the unit MPM 411 Principles of Project Management at the first opportunity.
  2. 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 after MPM 411, MPM 413, MPM 417, and MPM 414 have been completed.
  3. Enrol in CPM 8501 Research Theory and Practice prior to enrolling into the Masters Research Project Part A.
  4. 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-MPM413 - Project Risk Management
USA-MPM414 - Project Control Methods
USA-CPM8501 - Research Theory and Practice

First Year - Session 2
USA-MPM417 Project Leadership & Teams
USA-MPM9104 Portfolio and Program Management
USA-MPM9501Masters Research Project Part A

Complete one of the following:1
USA-MPM9211 - Managing Complexity in Projects
USA-MPM9226 - Professional Practice Project

Second Year - Session 1
USA-MPM412 - Procurement & Contract Management
USA-MPM416 - Economic, Social & Environmental Analysis
USA-MPM415 - Project Governance and Ethics
USA-MPM9502 - Masters Research Project Part B

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of the Master of Applied Project Management, students must complete all 12 core units including a Research Project.

Exit Points

By completing the units outlined below, students have the option of exiting early with one of the following:

Graduate Certificate in Project Management
Units to complete:
MPM411 Principles of Project Mgmt
MPM413 Project Risk Management
MPM414 Project Control Methods
MPM417 Project Leadership & Teams

Graduate Diploma in Project Management
Units to complete:
MPM411 Principles of Project Mgmt
MPM413 Project Risk Management
MPM414 Project Control Methods
MPM417 Project Leadership & Teams
MPM412 Procurement & Contract Mgmt
MPM416 Economic, Social & Environment Analysis
MPM415 Project Governance and Ethics
MPM9226 Professional Practice Project*

*Do not take this unit if you are intending to continue and complete the Master. Take unit CPM 8501 Research Theory and Practice instead.

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