1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face
Start date:
27 July 2020
Application due dates:
Direct applications are due on 19 July 2020 for our next intake which starts on 27 July 2020.


Prepare for a rewarding project-management role, or learn new skills for your current project-management position, with a graduate qualification from VU.

The Graduate Diploma in Project Management is one of a suite of courses designed for current or potential project managers in industry. You’ll learn specialised project-management principles and techniques. You can choose to focus on a specific sector, including:

  • administration
  • business
  • engineering and construction
  • information technology.

The internationally-recognised A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) underpins all our project-management teaching. We  have strong industry connections, which give you access to current work-based scenarios. These combine for a practical, usable and valued skill set.

This qualification provides you with valuable recognition in the industry. It also gives you access to international networks and up-to-date industry information.

If you’re aiming for a leadership or high-level management role, our Master of Project Management will give you the qualifications and skills to get there.

Once you’ve successfully completed your graduate diploma, you’ll gain entry to the Master of Project Management – and you’ll already be half way to completing the masters degree.

Our course includes the latest project management methods, trending across the various industries.

Our lecturers are experienced project managers. Through strong connections to industry we keep up to date on current project-management requirements.

Some of the latest global trends in project management we teach include being customer-focused and agile.

Footscray Park has everything you need, all set within a pleasant stroll from the Maribyrnong River and parklands.

Facilities include:

  • aquatic and fitness centre
  • learning common spaces with WiFi, tables and chairs
  • restaurants and café
  • state-of-the-art lecture theatres.

Our campus libraries have photocopying, computing and printing facilities as well as electronic and print resources.

You'll also have access to a rich collection of online resources at any time of the day or night, including:

  • databases
  • e-learning content for courses
  • student email
  • student software packages
  • social networking tools.

On campus, we make sure that all of our students have access to digital resources. We offer:

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Careers in project management

Once found only in construction, project management has expanded to include almost every industry. Areas which employ project managers include:

  • administration
  • business
  • construction
  • engineering
  • health services sector
  • information technology
  • public sector
  • science.


Depending on the employment level (from junior analyst to head of change), project managers in Australia earn from A$60,000 to A$170,000 (Morgan McKinley).

Salaries also vary from sector to sector:

  • construction: around $93,000 (JobOutlook)
  • engineering: around $111,000 (JobOutlook)
  • ICT managers: around $116,000 (JobOutlook)
  • other specialist managers, eg environmental, lab, sports: around $73,000 (JobOutlook).

Project managers are employed across a huge variety of industries. Following your graduate diploma, you could find work managing projects in private business or the public sector.

Our graduates have found work in companies including:

  • Grocon
  • Leighton Contractors
  • Woodburne Consulting
  • Savills Project Management
  • Major Projects Victoria
  • project-management consulting firms.

Course structure

To attain the Graduate Diploma in Project Management students will be required to complete:

  • 48 credit points of Core studies
  • 48 credit points of Elective units (up to one BMO unit can be chosen from the approved electives list) 

Core Units:

48 credit points from the approved electives list:

Elective Units:

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Explain key theoretical project management frameworks and apply them to a range of project management scenarios, taking into consideration social, cultural, environmental and economic factors;  
  2. Design and develop comprehensive project management plans which meet stakeholder expectations;  
  3. Evaluate the impact of organisational contexts, governance, ethical, legal and regulatory requirements and risk management when applying fundamental project management principles in a real life situation; and  
  4. Communicate effectively to specialist and non-specialist stakeholders utilising a variety of professional oral and written forms to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts, methodologies, recommendations and professional decisions.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Full-fee

The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.

If you enrol in a:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

We can help with fee assistance and advice.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
Applicants with a minimum three (3) years approved work experience will be considered for admission to this course.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

Before you apply

Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:

  • Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
  • Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.

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Direct applications are due on 19 July 2020 for our next intake which starts on 27 July 2020.

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