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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 specialisation in contract management is one of the first tertiary postgraduate degrees of its kind in Australia.
  • This degree is intended for both law and non-law professionals who want to consolidate and develop advanced knowledge and skills in project, program and portfolio management and contract management that can be applied across the construction, engineering, and government sectors.
  • Program curriculum and learning framework based on the Standard for Project Management and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) as a learning framework as well as relevant other industry standards in the field.
  • This program is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).
  • Flexible study options are available including part-time course load and evening classes to assist working professionals.
  • Study at the number one university in SA for graduate skills1 and teaching quality2.

1ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Skills Development Indicator (Postgraduate). SA public universities.

2ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Teaching Quality Indicator (Postgraduate). SA public universities.



There is an ever increasing demand on understanding, negotiating and administrating contracts to deliver the best outcomes for all stakeholders involved in the process. Contract management is a key service required by multiple organisations, but in particular it is the centre of construction, government and engineering projects and organisations.

This unique program will equip you with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage projects and contracts within the Australian legal framework. The skills you learn from this specialist area pair well with the advanced knowledge and skills you will gain in project, program and portfolio management.

Project management is a highly valued discipline, with demand increasing for individuals with project management skills in the Australian workforce1. Many industries rely on specialist project and program professionals with excellent practical skills and advanced knowledge to plan and deliver projects on time, within budget, objectives, specifications, and outcomes that ultimately deliver value to their organisation and stakeholders.

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

Throughout the course, you will gain technical skills and professional knowledge to apply project management methodology, tools and techniques, and strategic expertise necessary for managing complex projects across various industries. The program will prepare you to take charge and lead projects from inception to commissioning, and offer knowledge-based solutions to drive a successful completion. The project management thesis provides an opportunity for students to undertake a practical research project that can focus on an issue within a specialised area or workplace.

This postgraduate degree is offered as part of the project management suite of programs (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master), with each qualification extending to the next. If you decide to exit this degree having completed the four core required courses, you will receive the Graduate Certificate in Project Management. If you have completed the eight core required courses, you will receive the Graduate Diploma in Project Management (Contract Management).

1’The ever-increasing demand in Australia for project management skills: research’, Australian Institute of Project Management, 2020

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Throughout this program, you will learn advanced knowledge in project, program and portfolio management, its widely applicable tools and techniques, and attain a versatile range of skill sets that you can apply to any complex project.

You will have the opportunity to take courses such as Construction Contract Management, Negotiation, and Construction Claims and Dispute Resolution. You will learn the fundamental legal principles, standards, methodologies, and Australian contract management practices relevant to building, construction, engineering, and government. You will also complete a practical-oriented Master thesis.

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
Procurement and Contract Management BUSS 5143 4.5
Construction Contract Management: Procurement, Payment & Time BUIL 5042 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
Construction Contract Management: Performance, Quality & Disputes BUIL 5043 4.5
Masters Research Theory and Practice ENGG 5020 4.5
Project Management Research Thesis BUSS 5452 9
Negotiation BUSS 5355 4.5
Choose one of the following:
Sustainability in Project Management BUSS 5328 4.5
Project Governance and Ethics BUSS 5387 4.5
Portfolio and Program Management BUSS 5405 4.5
Managing Complexity in Projects BUSS 5404 4.5
Project Management in Professional Practice BUSS 5406 4.5

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, as well as to 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 both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include: 

  • reports and project documentation 
  • essays and assignments  
  • quizzes or tests
  • individual and group projects
  • thesis
  • presentations 

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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


UniSA’s research centres provide a dynamic teaching and research base for students. All have state-of-the-art facilities, with world renowned links and associations.

Through your studies you will learn from staff who are at the forefront of research, with UniSA rated as the number one young university in Australia for industry collaborations1. During the program, you will gain research skills as you undertake a research thesis, which allows you to explore and synthesise information about issues related to a particular aspect of project management.

You could benefit from UniSA’s research continuum, particularly in key fields where project management skills are desired such as; IT, defence, engineering and health. To explore the university’s expansive range of research collaborations, visit our research website.

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Why Master of Project and Program Management (Contract Management)

Why this Degree

Take the next steps in your career and begin a degree that features curriculum embedded in industry knowledge. Learn from industry practitioners and academics who are at the forefront of research in this area, with UniSA rated as the number one young university in Australia for industry collaborations1.

The program is developed to address the needs of construction industries and assist you in furthering your 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.

You will be introduced to the core and advanced concepts in contract management with continuous reference and application to the construction industry. 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.

With a variety of study options available to suite your needs, you can begin your unstoppable2 journey today. The program has been designed for industry professionals, so you can choose to study either full-time (1.5 years) or part-time with options available for evening classes.

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Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide to ensure our degrees remain relevant and connected to industry. You will learn from industry practitioners and academics who are at the forefront of research in this area.

As part of your degree, you will complete a research project that can focus on an issue within your workplace, providing you with key industry experience in your organisation and industry.

The 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.

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 Master of Project Management (Contract Management), you’ll be well qualified to apply for roles such as Contract Manager, Procurement Manager, Project Manager, Program Manager, Contract Officer or Project Consultant in organisations such as:

  • Government departments
  • Municipal councils
  • Defence contractors
  • Lead contractors
  • Project management firms
  • Engineering firms
  • Energy
  • Oil and gas
  • Mining
  • Professional consultancies

You could also continue with a PhD through one of our dynamic research centres.

Professional accreditation and recognition

UniSA's project management qualifications are endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), the longest-serving body for project management in Australia

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 spaces 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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 modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces 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.

Dr Salwa Mohd Ishak

Program Director

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Dr Salwa Mohd Ishak

Program Director


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