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Master of Project Management
For those transitioning into a project management role
Gain an expert understanding of the principles of project management, risk management, research theory and practice, leadership of teams, control methods, procurement, contracts management and social and environmental analysis.
The University of South Australia, UniSA, is ranked in the top 10 universities nationally and amongst the very best young universities in the world. They offer over 200 world-class degrees that are informed by industry and delivered with a highly practical approach to teaching and learning. In fact, they are South Australia’s number one university for graduate careers. They are a valuable partner with Open Universities Australia.
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
The Australian Institute of Project Management endorses all University of South Australia project management degrees.
On completion of the project management degrees, 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 subjects in this degree 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:
- A Bachelor degree from a recognised tertiary education institution,
- A Graduate Diploma in Project Management from a recognised tertiary education institution
Applicants who have a Bachelor of Project Management or equivalent will be eligible to enter the program with 0.5 EFTSL advanced standing and complete the program in 1.5 years full time study or equivalent part time study.
Applicants who have a Bachelor of Project Management (Honours) or Graduate Diploma in Project Management or equivalent will be eligible to enter the program with 1 EFTSL advanced standing and complete the program in 1 year full time study or equivalent part time study.
English Proficiency 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 6.5 (with IELTS Reading and Writing each with a minimum score 6), 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.
Credits will be administered as per University of South Australia policy. A maximum of one third of the degree 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.
Please note: The Master of Project Management is no longer available to new students in 2018.
The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in Project Management will still be available.
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 degrees 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 degree you will be provided with several opportunities to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills required for successful project management.
The degrees 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 degree at Graduate Certificate (4 subjects), Graduate Diploma (8 subjects) or Masters level (16 subjects).
Recommended Study Pattern
Students are able to form their own study path, but are requested to:
- Enrol in the subject MPM 411 Principles of Project Management at the first opportunity
- Enrol in the subject MPM 9226 Professional Practice Project 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 subjects need to be completed in sequence and cannot be done concurrently.
To qualify for the award of the Master of Project Management, students must complete all 15 core subjects (including a research project) and 1 elective.
The Master of Project Management is progressively transitioning to a new 1.5 year structure ‘Master of Applied Project Management' to be implemented in 2018.
Students in the 2.0 year Master of Project Management course will be offered the option to transfer into the new 1.5 year Master of Applied Project Management course from 2018 onwards and will gain credit for units they have completed. Students wishing to remain in the 2.0 year course rather than transferring to the new 1.5-year Master of Applied Project Management course will be allowed to complete the course up until the end of 2020 based on a personalised study plan provided by the Program Director.