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2019: February and July
2 years
2019: A$14,900*
* fee per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course


Gain a diverse and in-demand skill set for a rewarding career when you study the Master of Project Management.

This course is specifically designed for current and potential project managers in industry. It equips you with advanced project management principles and techniques which can be applied across various industries.

You may choose to focus on project management in one of these sectors:

  • construction
  • engineering
  • health services
  • information technology
  • private business
  • public sector.

We were one of the first universities to establish a project-management masters degree, and we have very strong, long-held industry connections. Our work-based scenarios give you opportunities for specialised research and valuable professional experience. Strong research skills can also lead to higher level, applied scholarship.

Our masters is accredited by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and Project Management Institute (PMI) USA.

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

Our lecturers are experienced project managers, and our program is industry-run and led. 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.

You’ll have the chance to apply your project management methods to real-world research projects.

You’ll base your project on your specialised area – relevant to your current work or area of interest. Your work will meet the requirements of a specific work-based scenario. You’ll get to gather and present evidence for project management solutions.

This kind of research prepares you to meet the real demands of your workplace, in a project management role.

As a postgraduate student you might want to take up one of many opportunities to further develop your academic language and study skills. VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.

We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice and show you effective ways to study and manage your time.

Our programs include:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available for all students.

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Our Master of Project Management course is accredited and endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and Project Management Institute (PMI) USA as a registered project-management course provider. This is a rare accreditation for a university provider, and will bolster your project management opportunities.

Careers in project management

Traditionally found only in construction, in the past 30 years project management has expanded to include almost every industry. It is also now recognised as needing significant training and qualifications.

Graduation from this course will prepare you for a variety of project management careers in a wide range of sectors, including engineering, construction, business, information technology, administration and others.


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).

The following average salaries for project management are taken from the government site, Job Outlook:

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

Our graduates have found work in companies such as:

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

Areas which employ project managers include:

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

Course structure

To attain the Master of Project Management, students will be required to complete 192 credit points, consisting of:

  • 96 credit points of Core studies;
  • 24 credit points of Research studies;
  • 72 credit points of Elective studies.

Core Units:

Research Project Units:

Elective Units:

Select 72 credit points (equivalent to 6 units) from the following:

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

  1. Conceptually map 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. Select and defend research methods to investigate complex project management problems in order to generate solutions;  
  3. Design, develop and implement comprehensive project management plans which meet or exceed stakeholder expectations;  
  4. Critically analyse 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 in order to justify and interpret theories, methodologies, recommendations and professional decisions;  
  6. Integrate professional standards into their practice and incorporate continuing professional development in accordance with Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) and Project Management Institute (PMI) USA protocols and standards.  

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.

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
Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
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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