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Start Date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4CM001 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • This is a STEM-centred project management graduate degree.
  • Gain advanced knowledge, methodologies, tools and techniques in project, program and portfolio management to address the growing complexity of projects across various industries.
  • Enable you to deepen knowledge in your field of interest, background and past professional experience. Concentrations allow you to use three elective courses to focus on a specific discipline such as Data Analytics and Business, Environment, Energy, Sustainability, Construction, Contracting, Engineering, Manufacturing, Defence or Health and Allied Contexts.
  • 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) and the Naval Shipbuilding College (NSC) as part of the College Endorsement Process.
  • Become a project manager in defence and maritime projects of national importance.
  • Flexible study options including part-time course load and evening classes availability to working professionals.
  • Study with a University who ranked no. 2 in Australia for graduate employability1.

1Ranked #2, 2021 QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey –Graduate Employability Skills Indicator. Public universities. 



Project management is a highly regarded 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 essential knowledge to plan and deliver projects on time, within budget, objectives, specifications, and outcomes that ultimately deliver value to their organisation and stakeholders.

You will graduate with the advanced skills and knowledge to apply project, program and portfolio management methodology to specific professional field(s) of expertise; work in interdisciplinary project teams; and assume the role of project 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. As part of this degree you will do a major integrated research project which could focus on a real issue in your workplace.

This degree utilises 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 that are widely recognised and applied across different industries, businesses and government institutions.

This postgraduate qualification is offered as part of a suite of four programs (Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, a 1.5-year Master and a 2.0-year Master). Each qualification extends to the next, so you can easily transition to a Master level qualification. If you decide to exit this degree having completed the required four core courses, you will receive the Graduate Certificate in Project Management. If you have completed the required eight core courses, you will receive the Graduate Diploma in Project Management. If you have completed the eleven core required courses, you will receive the Master in Project and Program 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.

Our lecturers and facilitators come from both academia and industry. They are project management experts and practising industry professionals with extensive knowledge and experience.

You’ll get unconventional teaching and industry-relevant materials that support learning and upskilling needs.

You will learn the fundamentals of project management and take advanced courses such as Portfolio and Program Management, Managing Complexity in Projects, and Sustainability in Project Management.

Your studies will also include advanced elective courses within specific expertise enabling you to deepen your knowledge in your field of interest or professional background from these five concentrations:

  • Data Analytics and Business
  • Environment, Energy and Sustainability
  • Construction, Contracting and Engineering
  • Defence, Manufacturing and Supply Chain
  • Health and Allied Contexts

 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 Rule(s): 1,4
Project Risk Management BUSS 5070 4.5 Rule(s): 1,4
Procurement and Contract Management BUSS 5143 4.5
Project Management in Professional Practice BUSS 5406 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Project Control Methods BUSS 5163 4.5 Rule(s): 1,4
Project Leadership and Teams BUSS 5102 4.5 Rule(s): 1,4
Portfolio and Program Management BUSS 5405 4.5
Elective 1 4.5 Rule(s): 2,4
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Masters Research Theory and Practice ENGG 5020 4.5 Rule(s): 4
Project Governance and Ethics BUSS 5387 4.5
Sustainability in Project Management BUSS 5328 4.5
Elective 2 4.5 Rule(s): 3,4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Project Management Research Thesis BUSS 5452 9
Managing Complexity in Projects BUSS 5404 4.5
Elective 3 4.5 Rule(s): 3,4

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


You will benefit from access to UniSA's renowned research centres, including the Sustainable Infrastructure and Resource Management concentration.

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 Project Management

Why this Degree

Established in 1976, we offer Australia’s well-established postgraduate project management qualification.

This degree is ideal for professionals who are at mid-level of their career from any STEM background, or for those looking to take leadership and strategist role deepening knowledge and skills in project, program and portfolio management.

It has been designed to align strongly with the relevant practice standards, project management knowledge areas, and current needs of diverse STEM-related industries.

Our teaching team includes colleagues from academia and industry, and they are project management experts with extensive knowledge, experience and skills. Most study activities will incorporate practical scenarios so you’ll be able to apply your learning to the workplace immediately.

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. 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 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
  • maritime
  • planning
  • aid
  • health
  • defence
  • finance
  • mining
  • assets and facilities
  • infrastructure
  • biopharmaceuticals
  • resources
  • the arts
  • government
  • community development

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

Industry facts


According to PMI’s most recent Talent Gap report, 2.3 million people will be needed each year to fill all of the project management oriented positions expected to open by 2030

(PMI Talent Gap: Ten-Year Employment Trends, Costs, and Global Implications 2021)


As we are seeing in many industries, the Australian market is struggling to keep up with the demand for experienced and qualified Project Managers

(2021 AIPM and KPMG project management survey: Looking forward with renewed purpose and relevance)

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the relevant SATAC code (see below) 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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What others are saying

The staff teaching have extensive industry knowledge and the online resources provided the flexibility, which I needed to complete my studies. I work full-time and have a young family, so the ability to study after hours was appealing to me. Studying at such a busy stage in my life was not something that I planned, but I really enjoyed it, and it certainly provided me with extra knowledge that I can apply to my career.

Sarah Kemp

Master of Project Management

Sarah Kemp

Sarah Kemp

Master of Project Management

The way the courses are delivered is very collaborative and hands-on, with a lot of participation and interaction between students. Our lecturers are very resourceful, they bought in a lot of case studies from all around the world, which I found really enjoyable.

Bala Shan

Master of Project Management

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Bala Shan

Master of Project Management