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Start Date

1.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4CM212 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • This program is part of a new suite in contract management and is the only contract management focused tertiary postgraduate degree of its kind in Australia.
  • Build specialist skills in contract management to deliver reduce costs and risk for clients or your organisation.
  • 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 including A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK® Guide) and International Standard organisations.
  • Flexible study options with many courses available online and with most classes on campus held in the evening.



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 unique program will equip you with the skills and knowledge, not only to manage projects effectively, but also to manage contracts within the context of the Australian legal framework.

This specialisation is a blend of project management, business and law courses that will help you form a body of knowledge in both project and contract management. Courses introduce core and advanced concepts which continually reference current industry operations to prepare you for contract roles in the workplace.

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 and work in interdisciplinary project teams.

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

This postgraduate degree is offered as part of a suite of four 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.

If you decide to exit this degree having completed the first four courses, you will receive the Graduate Certificate in Project Management. If you have completed the first eight courses, you will receive the Graduate Diploma in Project Management (Contract Management).

In addition to our campus offerings, we have launched a highly specialised online Master of Applied Project Management (Defence Industries) via OUA. This qualification is tailor made for defence contractors and defence organisations and provides specialised knowledge and skills to meet the new demands of this industry.

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
  • understand and effectively manage contracts using strategic techniques such as control methods and negotiation

Your studies will also include courses such as:

  • Project Leadership and Teams
  • Construction Claims and Disputes Resolution*
  • Commercial Contract Management*
  • Contract Law and Management

* Please note: Commercial Contract Management, Construction Claims and Disputes 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 Note(s): 1
Project Risk Management BUSS 5070 4.5 Note(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 Note(s): 1
Project Leadership and Teams BUSS 5102 4.5 Note(s): 1
Strategic Procurement BUSS 5378 4.5
Masters Research Theory and Practice ENGG 5020 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 2
Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 2
NBE Masters Research Project CIVE 5092 9

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.



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 our renowned Natural and Built Environments Research Centre (NBERC).

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 Master of Applied Project Management (Contract Management)

Why this Degree

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

You will acquire the intellectual and technical skills necessary to implement and manage procurement strategies, negotiate contracts, deal with contractual claims and resolve contractual disputes. You will develop the technical, communication and creative skills to design, evaluate, implement and theorise about developments that contribute to your professional workplace or sector. Additionally, there are two electives available in the final semester that focus on contract management, claims and dispute resolution with respect to construction and engineering contracts.

Our lecturers and tutors come from both academia and industry. They are successful project 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.

You will learn the fundamentals of contract management and take advanced courses such as project risk management, negotiation, strategic procurement and contract law and management. Additionally, there are two electives available in the final semester that focus on contract management, claims and dispute resolution with respect to construction and engineering contracts.

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

This degree is offered online. This means that you:

  • will study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on the degree webpage.

Career outcomes

Your career

With a Master of 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 (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) related organisations such as:

  • Government departments
  • Construction/Civil Engineering industry
  • Mining industry  
  • Defence Industry
  • Lead contractor organisations
  • Project management firms
  • Engineering firms
  • IT industry
  • Corporate enterprises
  • Consulting Firms
  • Municipal councils
  • Professional consultancies
  • Public utilities

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


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

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.

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

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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Ms Jacqueline Jepson

Program Director


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