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Start date

1 year(s) full-time

Program Code

2021: AUD$ 36,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • Start to build specialist skills in contract management.
  • Learn transferable project and contract management 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) but also covers other international standards and body of knowledge including Prince2, International standards organisations (e.g. ISO/IEC 25000:2014, ISO 31000).
  • Flexible study options including many evening classes on campus.



Contracts are at the centre of construction, government and engineering works. Within these sectors there has been a significant shift towards outsourcing and sub-contracting. In this environment there is an ever increasing emphasis on understanding, negotiating and administering contracts to deliver the best possible result for all stakeholders.

This program is a blend of project management, construction, business and law courses that will help you form a body of knowledge in contract management.

According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), 15.7 million new project management jobs will be available by 2020 in project-intensive industries, including manufacturing, business services, finance and insurance, oil and gas, information services, construction, and utilities.

This degree uses A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK® Guide) and other international standards as a framework. It is the international industry-standard approach to project management that can be applied across different industries, businesses and government institutions.

You will graduate with the skills and knowledge to apply both project and contract management methodology to specific professional field(s) of expertise; work in interdisciplinary project teams; and assume the role of project or contract manager from inception to commissioning.

You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to network, exchange ideas and share experiences with practising project managers as well as other professionals.

This postgraduate degree is offered as part of a suite of four project management programs (graduate certificate, graduate diploma, a 1 ½ year and 2 year master). Each qualification extends to the next, so you can easily transition to a master level qualification. At master level, you may choose to complete an additional six months of study to expand your academic knowledge and explore an area of interest within the project management field.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Over the course of this degree you will learn the fundamentals of project and contract management, which will include how to:

  • establish a project and prepare project plans to meet objectives and requirements,
  • use appropriate strategies to establish, mitigate risk and control the contract process, and
  • understand and effectively manage contracts using strategic techniques such as control methods and negotiation.

Your studies will also include courses such as:

  • Principles of Project Management
  • Contract Law and Management
  • Strategic Procurement
  • Commercial Contract Management (of construction/civil engineering contracts) *
  • Construction Claims and Dispute resolution*

*Please note: Commercial Contract Management and Construction Claims and Dispute Resolution are construction/civil engineering industry focused elective courses.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Principles of Project Management BUSS 5142 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Project Risk Management BUSS 5070 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Contract Law and Management LAWS 5022 4.5
Negotiation BUSS 5355 4.5
Second Semester (Study Periods 4, 5 and 6)
Project Control Methods BUSS 5163 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Project Leadership and Teams BUSS 5102 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Commercial Contract Management BUIL 5042 4.5
Select one of the following 2 courses:
Masters Research Theory and Practice ENGG 5020 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Elective 4.5 Rule(s): 3

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 (independent study). 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.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate 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


You will benefit from access to UniSA's renowned research centres, including the Scarce Resources and Circular Economy centre.

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

Why Graduate Diploma in Project Management (Contract Management)

Why this Degree

This degree will set you in good stead for a career in contract or project management, contract administration or project management. Additionally, it will be valuable to those wishing to gain a recognised postgraduate qualification in project management with a focus on contract management within the project context.

You will learn the intellectual and technical skills to implement and manage projects and contracts. With these highly transferable skills, you’ll be able to use what you’ve learnt across many workplaces or sectors including but not limited to engineering, construction and government.

Our lecturers and tutors come from both academia and industry. They are successful project and/or contract management experts, with mature knowledge and skills. Their lectures and your study activities will incorporate practical scenarios that will enable you to immediately apply your learning to the workplace.

This degree is an ideal choice for professionals looking to move into a contract or project management role, or for those looking to build a career in contract management, contract administration or project management. It has been designed to align strongly with the current needs of industry with study centralised around real-world projects and examples.

Real-world connections

The University'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. Students can apply for membership with AIPM and get recognition to apply for Certified Practising Project Practitioner CPPP level. AIPM offers certifications across different career stages.

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.

Career outcomes

Your career

With a Graduate Diploma in Applied Project Management (Contract Management) graduates will advance in their chosen professional field in industries where contracting and subcontracting are key to project delivery. This degree is particularly useful to employees or employers in construction, IT, defence, and STEM related organisations such as:

• Government departments
• Defence Contractors
• Lead contractors
• Project management firms
• Research and Pharmaceutical Enterprises
• Engineering firms
• IT industry
• Corporate enterprises
• Consulting Firms
• Municipal councils
• Professional consultancies
• Public utilities

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

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

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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.

Student services

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.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

Dr Salwa Mohd Ishak

Program Director

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Dr Salwa Mohd Ishak

Program Director


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