Start Date

1.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4CM209 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • Gain advanced knowledge and in-demand skills in project, program and portfolio management.
  • Learn the key principles and innovative tools and techniques in project, program and portfolio management to address the growing complexity of projects across various industries.
  • Program curriculum and learning framework based on the global practice standard A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK® Guide) and relevant other industry standards in the field.
  • This program is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).
  • Flexible study options including part-time course load and evening classes availability to working professionals. We welcome applicants from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds.
  • Study with a University who is in the Top 5 in Australia for graduate employability1

1Ranked #4, 2020QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey –Graduate Employability Skills Indicator



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.

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

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The program will deliver industry relevant material created through consultation with practitioners and industry governing bodies like the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).

Over the course you will:

  • Establish a project and prepare project plans to meet objectives and requirements,
  • Lead projects from inception to commissioning,
  • Learn how to use appropriate management tools for project monitoring and analysis,
  • Gain knowledge in effective project management tools and techniques, current trends and contemporary knowledge such as sustainability, agile and tailoring based approaches to solve complex project problems creatively
  • Complete a practical research project that can focus on an issue within your workplace.

Once you graduate, you will be able to demonstrate your mastery of theoretical knowledge and practical application for project, program and portfolio management. You will be able to apply your knowledge of concepts, theories and approaches to solve complex organisational problems across a variety of industries.

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
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 Rule(s): 1
Project Leadership and Teams BUSS 5102 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Portfolio and Program Management BUSS 5405 4.5
Masters Research Theory and Practice ENGG 5020 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Project Management Research Thesis BUSS 5452 9
Choose two of the following courses:
Managing Complexity in Projects BUSS 5404 4.5
Sustainability in Project Management BUSS 5328 4.5
Project Management in Professional Practice BUSS 5406 4.5
Research Data Analysis CIVE 5015 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
  • examinations
  • individual and group projects
  • 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 and 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 will allow 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; IT, defence, engineering and health. To explore the university’s expansive range of research collaborations, visit our research website.

12021 THE Young University Rankings –Industry Income Indicator.

Why Master of Project and Program 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 industries. Once you graduate, this degree will allow you to work across a variety of industries as you will learn best practices adopted by many Government and industry sectors worldwide. The program is designed to prepare you to seamlessly embed your knowledge and skills into any organisation.

You will be introduced to core and advanced concepts with continuous reference and application to industry. You will learn the latest project management practices to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information to solve problems across a variety of industries. All course work has been designed in relation to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK® Guide) as a framework.

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.

12021 THE Young University Rankings –Industry Income Indicator.

2UNSTOPPABLE ® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence.

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 within 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.

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. This means that you can:

  • study online, including accessing 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 individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

With a Master of Project Management, you’ll be well qualified to apply for roles such as Project Manager, Program 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

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

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 should you need, from dedicated student accommodation to private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages or explore our student accommodation by urbanest on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 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 advanced facilities including modern 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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