2023: February, May, July

2 years

2023: A$17,000*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.


Gain a diverse and in-demand skillset for a rewarding project-management career in business, industry or the public sector, when you study the Master of Project Management at Victoria University.

This project-management course is designed for both current and aspiring project managers. It equips you with advanced project-management techniques that can be applied across various industries, including:

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

As one of the first Australian universities to establish a project-management masters degree, we have strong, long-held industry connections. Our work-based scenarios give you opportunities for specialised research and valuable professional experience, preparing you for challenging career roles or advanced scholarship.

Our masters program is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).

The internationally recognised Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) underpins all our teaching.

Following the overwhelming success of the revolutionary VU Block Model with undergraduate students, we have rolled out the Block Model to our postgraduate courses.

This course is delivered in eight-week mode, which means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.

The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.

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 can apply the project management skills, techniques and methods you learn to real-world projects and specialised areas relevant to your current work or area of interest. You will work in groups to present evidence for project management solutions.

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

As a postgraduate student you can 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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AIPM endorsement

Australian Institute of Project Management Academic Partner

The Master of Project Management course is endorsed by Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM). Upon the completion of the endorsed qualification and joining AIPM as an Associate or Member, students are entitled to automatic recognition for AIPM’s Certified Practising Project Practitioner (CPPP).

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.


Use Labour Market Insights to find average salaries in Australia for project management in various industries:

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;
  • 96 credit points of Elective studies.

Year One


48 credit points from the approved electives list

Year Two

Select 24 credit points of Research Project or Research Thesis:



48 credit points from the approved elective list

Elective Units

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. Plan, apply and implement 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. 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. Justify and interpret theories, methodologies, recommendations and professional decisions, and communicate with specialist and non-specialist stakeholders utilising a variety of professional oral and written forms; and  
  6. Integrate professional standards into their practice and professional development.  

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.

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 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.

Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous study.

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 chair or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting international applications, and we welcome you to apply for this course.

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