Information on this page is for Australian residents

Next intake: 
23 July 2018
Duration: 
2 years full time or longer for part time
Location: 
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018

Overview

Expand your job opportunities by studying to become a project manager in your chosen field. You’ll gain a diverse and in-demand skill set for a challenging and rewarding career.

The aim of the Master of Project Management is to offer a suite of units specifically for current or potential project managers in industry. It equips you with advanced project-management principles and techniques.

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

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

We have very strong 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. 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.

VU’s Engineering and Science college has a strong focus research. We keep this practical and relevant through connections with real organisations.

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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Accreditation

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.

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.

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).

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:

  • 60 credit points of Core studies;
  • 48 credit points of Non-Cognate studies;
  • 24 credit points of Research studies;
  • 60 credit points of Project Management elective studies.

Core Units:

Non-Cognate Units:

Research Units

OR

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. 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.

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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Full-fee

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

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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.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
    OR
    Completion of an Australian Graduate Diploma (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
    OR
    Applicants without an undergraduate qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Diploma based on approved work experience. Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma, graduates will be eligible for admission to this course with credit granted for completed units.

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.

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