Master of Project Management

2021 course information for Domestic Students
2021 course information for International Students

updated 3:18 PM on Wed, 26 May

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International snapshot

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Duration
2 years part-time
3 years part-time
Location
SCU Online
SCU Online
Start date
January, March, April, July, August, November
December, February, April, June, August, October
Course code
1208400
Course abbreviation
MProjMgt
Credit points
144
Equivalent units
12
CRICOS
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Fees
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Course overview

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) and endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management. 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. 

AIPM Endorsed course

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) and endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management. 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. 

AIPM Endorsed course

Current Southern Cross students – to access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook.

Entry requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Credit for prior learning

  1. Candidates who have completed an AQF level 9 qualification in a related field of business and management (such as a Masters of Business Administration), and who have completed a specified unit on Project Management, may be granted one (1) unit of advanced standing for the unit  Project Management Principles.
  2. Candidates who have completed an AQF level 9 qualification in a related field of business and management, may be granted three (3) units of advanced standing from Part B of the schedule, and one (1) core unit.

Language requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

CategoryScore
Overall6.5
Listeningminimum 6.0
Speakingminimum 6.0
Readingminimum 6.0
Writingminimum 6.0

About the course

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:

  • Accounting
  • 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.

Domestic students

LocationTeaching period
SCU OnlineStudy Period  1, Study Period  2, Study Period  3, Study Period  4, Study Period  5, Study Period  6

International students

LocationTeaching periodAnnual FeesCRICOS
SCU OnlineStudy Period  1, Study Period  2, Study Period  3, Study Period  4, Study Period  5, Study Period  6$26,400 ($3,300 per unit)N/A
 Notice

Tuition fees are in Australian dollars, and are subject to change, including annual increases over the duration of a course. Annual tuition fee is based on completing 8 units per year. In addition students are required to pay OSHC for the duration of their visa in advance. Non-tuition fee covers textbooks, stationery and excursions.

How to apply

Where and when do you want to study?

Applications for this course are made directly to Southern Cross University via our online application service.

Australian/Domestic students

International students studying online or outside of Australia

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Why choose SCU?

Excellence in research

Outstanding ratings of 'at world standard' or above in 23 research fields.

Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Top 200 Young Universities

Only 25 years young and ranked in the top 200 universities in the world.

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Outstanding student support

5-Star Student Support across undergraduate and postgraduate studies

Good Universities Guide 2021

Learning outcomes

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.

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

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

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


Assessment methods

Units generally employ a variety of assessment methods. Depending on the unit, methods may include reports, case studies or verbal presentations, among others.

Teaching methods

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.

Career opportunities

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.

According to Australian Government Job Outlook 2020, more than 22,000 roles for specialist managers will become available in the five years leading to 2023. The statistics point to a bright future for graduates of the Master of Project Management at Southern Cross University.
 
Professional recognition

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.

For more information on becoming an AIPM RegPM or to qualify as a CPPP, download the AIPM Membership (PDF) and download the CPPP and AIPM Endorsed Course Information (PDF).

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Course requirements

To be eligible to receive the Master of Project Management students must complete the equivalent of 12 units (144 credit points) comprising:

Exit Awards

Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Project Management after completing the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising 6 core units and 2 elective units.
 
Students may be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate of Project Management after completing the equivalent of 4 units (48 credit points), comprising 3 core units and 1 elective unit.

Course structure


Schedule of units

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Core units

PROJ5002 -  Project Management Principles
PROJ5003 -  Project Management: Initiation and Planning
PROJ6001 -  Project Management: Quality, Control and Risk
PROJ6003 -  Leading and Managing Projects
PROJ6005 -  Project Procurement and Contract Management
PROJ6006 -  Portfolio and Program Management
PROJ5007 -  Introduction to Agile Project Management
BUSN7001 -  Industry Research Project: Part A
BUSN7002 -  Industry Research Project: Part B

Elective units

ACCT6016 -  Finance for Managers (Online)
ACCT5004 -  Business Accounting for Managers (Online)
LEGL5003 -  Business and Corporation Law for Managers (Online)
BUSN6002 -  Global Business (Online)
BUSN5007 -  Entrepreneurship and Marketing (Online)
MGMT5004 -  Strategic Health Management
HLTH5001 -  Leading Change in Healthcare
PBHL5006 -  Healthcare Professional Portfolio A
HLTH5005 -  Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability
BUSN6009 -  Managing Information Systems (Online)
COMP6005 -  Managing Digital Enterprise (Online)
BUSN6006 -  Strategic Knowledge Management (Online)
HRMT6002 -  Human Resource Management (Online)
MGMT6004 -  Organisational Change and Development (Online)
ACCT6013 -  Corporate Governance for Managers (Online)
BUSN6008 -  Strategy and Case Analysis (Online)
PROJ5004 -  Strategic Infrastructure Asset Management
PROJ6007 -  Stakeholder Engagement
ENGN6001 -  Engineering for a Sustainable Future
BUSN5005 -  Management Communication (Online)


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