By undertaking an online Master of Project Management with Southern Cross University, you'll develop the practical skills and knowledge you need to become a capable leader in an area of tremendous job growth.
The course is aligned with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) benchmarking tool – Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Choose a range of elective units relevant to healthcare, engineering, IT, accounting and business, and design your own study plan to focus on one particular sector or make your mark in an emerging field.
To gain your qualification, you need to study all core units, four electives of your choice, and complete an industry research project to consolidate your project management skills.
If you already have a postgraduate study qualification, you may be eligible to apply for advanced standing, enabling you to pay less and be qualified even sooner. Learn more about the online course offering.
Our Master of Project Management consists of compulsory units and elective units. Elect specialisations based on your interests, anchor yourself in one area or craft your own niche to suit emerging industries. You can select from:
- Engineering Management
- Health Services Management
- Information and Knowledge Management
- Managing and Leading People.
Our course structure enables you to understand research methods, and activate knowledge with hands-on experience while you study.
Course Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a course. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes.
|Graduate Attribute||Course Learning Outcome|
Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories from different bodies of knowledge or practice as it applied to the discipline of project management
Apply knowledge and skills pertaining to project management with initiative and creativity with new challenges or in new situations
Demonstrate highly developed judgement and use of ethical framework(s) when planning, managing and undertaking projects in scholarly, research, social and professional forums
Apply sustainability principles to project management research and professional situations
|Knowledge of a discipline|
Demonstrate an advanced, integrated understanding of project management principles and methods, with the ability to conceptualize and apply these principles and methods in professional contexts
Reflect on, assess and regulate learning, research and performance pertaining to project management, with personal autonomy and accountability
Locate, evaluate, manage and use information in order to create new knowledge and advance methods in the field of project management
|Communication and social skills|
Communicate arguments, theory, complex knowledge and ideas in relation to the field of project management within an investigation of originality to specialist and non-specialist audiences
Work collaboratively with individuals and teams to achieve research outcomes that pertain to the management of projects
Demonstrate an understanding of Indigenous Australian contemporary realities and protocols, specifically as they apply to project management in practice (such as in the mining, health, construction and social services sectors).
Demonstrate cultural competence in local, Australia-wide and global settings, specifically as they apply to project management in practice
Units generally employ a variety of assessment methods. Depending on the unit, methods may include reports, case studies or verbal presentations, among others.
Our flexible Masters degree fits around you. It’s designed to meet the demands of busy, mobile people – people who travel frequently, work abroad, or juggle multiple work, life and family commitments. You can enter at one of six points throughout the year, and organise your study program to take advantage of the peaks and troughs in your own life.
We employ clever, intuitive and interactive learning software that enables you to collaborate with peers and lecturers. Our multi-modal approach delivers content as video, audio, hands-on, practical exercises, and other media to suit all kinds of learners. Discuss and debate ideas with your peers and lecturer in dedicated forums and with other networking technology.
Each unit has its own website to keep you focused. Every week, you’ll find activities, readings and case studies laid out with step-by-step instructions. As the weeks progress and your knowledge deepens, you’ll tackle increasingly sophisticated concepts, and employ critical analysis.
Make no mistake, this is a rigorous degree. Each unit is presented in a seven-week block, and demands up to 150 hours of study – which translates into around 20 hours a week. The benefits though, will last a lifetime.
Qualified project managers are in high demand, both across the globe and across multiple industries. The Hays Salary Guide 2019/20 forecasts project management-related roles will continue to see future growth. Half of employers are increasing permanent staff levels in project management roles and project management skills are ranked in the top five skills employers are looking for employees to bring to the team (Hays, 2019).
As a graduate, you’ll be perfectly placed to follow a range of career trajectories. You’ll possess a rigorous understanding of project management methodologies, be attuned to what’s required to meet project goals, make complex, strategic decision quickly, and know (with confidence) whether a project is likely to succeed or fail.
This course is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM). Students who have completed an AIPM-endorsed course are eligible to apply for a certificate as a Certified Practicing Project Practitioner (CPPP) under AIPM's RegPM program. To qualify for CPPP, students must apply for Associate Membership with a copy of their qualification.