Course essentials

VU course code:
NGPM
Location:
Duration:
1 year
Intake:
2018: February and July
CRICOS:
084871B
Fees:
2018: A$13,900 per semester

The Graduate Diploma in Project Management is designed to meet the needs of current or potential project managers in industry.

It will equip you with specialised skills and techniques, enabling you to assume the role of project manager and become an effective project management team member. You can also focus on specific project management sectors, including engineering, business, information technology and administration.

The internationally recognised Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) underpins both core units and applications.

This course is the second stage of a nested suite of three courses that make up the Master of Project Management. Successful completion will lead you to admission into our Master of Project Management.

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We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

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Careers

Progress in a variety of project management careers in areas such as:

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

Organisations employing project management graduates

You could gain employment managing projects in private business or the public sector working for companies such as Grocon or Leighton Contractors or for a project management consulting firm.

Salaries

Depending on the employment level (from junior analyst to head of change), annual earnings for Project Managers in Australia vary from A$60,000 to A$170,000 (Morgan McKinley).

PMs in demand

Traditionally found only in construction, project management has become recognised in the past 30 years as so critical to business operations, it has expanded to include almost every industry. It is also now recognised as requiring significant training and qualifications.

Course objectives

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. Differentiate research methods to investigate complex project management problems in order to generate solutions.  
  3. Design, develop and implement comprehensive project management plans which meet stakeholder expectations.  
  4. 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.  
  5. 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.  

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Project Management degree is a 96 credit points (8 unit), 12 month full-time award which may be studied in part-time mode.
The award consists of 4 core and 4 elective units.
Four project management core units: Principles of Project Management, Project Planning and Control, Project Governance and Project Management and People.
Four elective units (including up to one from outside the specified elective list). However, students without a degree in a cognate discipline will be required to complete EPM5500 Fundamentals of Project Management and EPM5530 Project Management Practice

Course structure consists of 4 core project management units and 4 elective units, including up to one other unit from outside the specified elective list.

Core Units

Elective Units Select four units (48 credit points). Students without a degree in a cognate discipline must select EPM5500 and EPM5530.

Semester 1 units

Semester 2 units

One unit at AQF8/9 level subject to course coordinator approval

Units are offered subject to availability

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.

Credits

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.

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.

  • International: Entry into the program is open to applicants with a first degree in any discipline.

    The minimum English requirement for admission to the Master of Project Management is an IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent. Equivalence is to be assessed by VU.

    Applicants with a recognised degree in a cognate discipline (an area of management eg. Construction Management, Business Management, Information Systems, Logistics and Supply Chain Management or a similar field of management) may apply for credits against specific coursework units.

  • Mature: Entry into the program is open to applicants with a first degree in any discipline.

    Applicants with a degree in a cognate discipline (an area of management eg. Construction Management, Business Management, Information Systems, Logistics and Supply Chain Management or a similar field of management) may apply for credits against specific coursework units.

    Applicants with vocational education qualification and at least 2 years work experience, in the project management area can enter the course upon the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Project Management.

English language requirements

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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 for this course

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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