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Start Date
February
July

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
IGBP

SATAC Code
4GD001 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Key features

  • Learn transferable project management principles and knowledge that can be applied across a broad range of industries.
  • Program endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).
  • Learning framework based on the industry standard A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK® Guide).
  • Commonwealth supported – you can apply for HECS-HELP and the Australian Government contributes to part of the cost.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Project management is recognised as a highly valued discipline in its own right. Organisations have come to rely on specialist project managers, with excellent practical skills and theoretical knowledge, to plan and deliver projects on time, within budget and to specifications.

You will learn transferable project management principles and knowledge that you can then apply across a broad range of industries. Your studies will cover the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK® Guide). It is the international industry-standard approach to project management.

This postgraduate qualification is offered as part of a suite of three programs (graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master). Each qualification extends to the next, so you can easily transition to a master level qualification.

If you decide to exit this qualification having completed the first four courses, you will receive the Graduate Certificate in Project Management. If you wish to go on to further study, please consider the Master of Project Management.

Why Graduate Diploma in Project Management

Why this Degree

This is Australia’s original postgraduate project management qualification, established in 1976. Our lecturers and tutors come from both academia and industry. They are successful project management experts, with mature knowledge and skills.

Over the course of your study you will learn the fundamentals of project management, including:

  • establishing a project and preparing project plans to meet objectives and requirement
  • susing appropriate management tools for monitoring and control of projects
  • understanding and using effective project management techniques throughout the life cycle of a project

You’ll get expert and advanced teaching that focuses on global government and industry best practice. It is applicable to almost any professional area.

Because this qualification is Commonwealth supported, you can apply for HECS-HELP and the Australian Government contributes to part of the cost.

Real-world connections

UniSA’s project management qualifications are endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), the longest-serving body for project management in Australia. With over 10,000 members they are recognised by Australian business, industry and government as the key promoter, developer and leader in project management professionalism.

Many of our lecturers are industry practitioners who apply professional practice, highly relevant industrial experiences and practical case studies to their teaching. You may also discover that most of your peers are mature professionals with considerable and continuing practical experience and insights to share.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

If you’re a working professional, you may choose to study online through our partnership with Open Universities Australia, a national leader in online higher education. Visit: open.edu.au/courses/unisa.

Your career

With a Graduate Diploma in Project Management, you’ll be well qualified to apply for roles such as Project Manager, Project Officer or Project Consultant. These professionals are employed in diverse areas such as:

  • information technology
  • construction engineering
  • planning
  • aid
  • health
  • defence
  • finance
  • mining
  • assets and facilities
  • infrastructure
  • biopharmaceuticals
  • resources
  • the arts
  • government
  • community development

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Project Management at UniSA is offered as a series of courses at post graduate level; and a choice of industry-specific specialisations. These courses teach transferable project management principles and knowledge that can be applied across a broad range of industries. The course that you choose will depend upon your career needs, your academic qualifications and your previous professional experience.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • examinations
  • essays, assignments and reports
  • group presentations and reports

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Research

You will benefit from access to our renowned Natural and Built Environments Research Centre (NBERC), and in particular the Smart and Healthy Communities research strand.

Our researchers work in partnership with industry; local council; government; charitable, not-for-profit and social organisations; media; communities; and other research organisations to address the knowledge gaps and problems of our natural and built environments. The aim is to develop equitable and just, healthy, safe, thriving and sustainable communities. Research includes:

  • digital technologies and smart buildings
  • energy efficient industries and communities
  • planning, safety and modelling
  • project and risk management
  • sustainable, desirable, adaptive and resilient communities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 2)
Principles of Project Management BUSS 5142 4.5 Note(s): 1
Project Risk Management BUSS 5070 4.5 Note(s): 1
Procurement and Contract Management BUSS 5143 4.5
Project Governance and Ethics BUSS 5387 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Project Control Methods BUSS 5163 4.5 Note(s): 1
Project Leadership and Teams BUSS 5102 4.5 Note(s): 1
Economic, Social and Environmental Analysis BUSS 5328 4.5
Students choose one of the following courses:
Professional Practice Project BUSS 5406 4.5 Note(s): 3
OR
Masters Research Theory and Practice ENGG 5020 4.5 Note(s): 3

I have extensive industry experience in global project management consulting and curriculum development. I’m currently doing research in the field of risk management in construction. I’m also very interested in the use of multimedia in education and in online learning.

Ms Jacqueline Jepson

Program Director

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Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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