Course essentials

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2 years full time or longer for part time

Expand your job opportunities by studying the Master of Project Management. You'll gain a diverse and in-demand project management skill set, making you job-ready for a challenging and rewarding career.

You will learn advanced project management principles and techniques specifically aimed at current and future project managers.

Our lecturers are experienced project managers. They will teach you the latest project management methods, trending across the various industries.

You can focus on one of these project management sectors:

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

VU is known for our strong industry connections. Our work-based scenarios give you opportunities for specialised research, and valuable professional experience.

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Direct applications due 22 February 2018.

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Master of Project Management student, Sarah Oleksiuk, was awarded the Australian Institute of Project Management's Certificate of Recognition for Academic Performance.


Traditionally found only in construction, project management has now become recognised as a critical part of business operations. It has expanded to include almost every industry and requires significant training and qualifications.

After graduating from the Master of Project Management, you could find work managing projects in private business or the public sector. You may choose to focus your project management career within the fields of:

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

Our graduates have found work in companies such as:

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


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).

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

Course objectives

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.  

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


Elective Units:

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.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Full-fee

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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: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree;
    Successful completion of a non-cognate (any discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree.
  • Mature: Successful completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree;
    Successful completion of a non-cognate (any discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree.

    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 Advanced Standing for the Non-Cognate units.

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

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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