Information on this page is for international students

Intakes: 
2018: February and July
Duration: 
1 year
Location: 
Fees: 
2018: A$13,900 per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course

Overview

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

Our program is accredited by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and Project Management Institute (PMI) USA as a registered project-management course provider.

This accreditation gives your qualifications 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.

Salaries

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

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

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.  

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.

Entry Requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
PLUS
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

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

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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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

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