Master of Project Management

Developing Strong Leaders Across Project-Based Organisations 

As a result of globalisation, the application of new technologies, and an ever-changing economic environment, more and more organisations rely on project work, programs, and portfolios to conduct business. Project management methodologies can help standardise, structure, and organise work methods to achieve things on time, on budget, and to requirements.  

The Master of Project Management at UNSW Canberra provides students with the knowledge, skills, and tools to successfully deliver new products and services, perform change and transformation, and – in general – to help project teams get things done. With a strong emphasis on extending skills and knowledge with work experience, this program will prepare graduates to apply their high-level understanding to real-world problems within any industry.  

What Our Students Say

“I’m a very kinaesthetic visual learner, so having someone show me how to do causal loop diagrams [in intensive mode sessions] made so much more sense. There was also great value in the discussions between lectures — it really helped cement some concepts.” 

Charmaine Montgomery , Master of Project Management student

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You can find more information on this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Handbook.

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The Master of Project Management is accredited by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM). Students benefit from:  

  • the opportunity to become aligned with the premier project management industry body – AIPM 

  • the opportunity to join AIPM as student-level members, allowing access to many membership benefits. You’ll be eligible to apply for associate membership as soon as you receive a formal qualification. 

  • professional development opportunities and certification pathways 

  • receive automatic certification at Certified Practising Project Practitioner (CPPP) level if you join AIPM as an Associate or Member  (note the RegPM assessment fee and competency assessment will be waived). 

  • confidence in the quality of course content and delivery 

  • assurance that the chosen course meets industry standards and reflect current best practice in project management. 

AIPM course

Students undertaking the Master of Project Management are required to complete 48 Units of Credit (UOC) by completing eight 6-UOC courses from the list in the Handbook entry for the program (see the list in Course Availability below). 

In the Master of Project Management, students must complete two compulsory courses, two of the remaining three core courses, and four elective courses. Not all elective courses will be available in a particular year. 

The courses in the program may be taken in any order but it is recommended that the two compulsory courses are completed first, followed by the remaining core courses, followed by the four elective courses. 

With the approval of the Program Coordinator, students may take up to two elective courses (12 UOC) from other coursework programs. 

The option of undertaking a research project worth 12 UOC is available to Masters students who obtain a high credit average or better in four courses and is subject to approval by the Program Coordinator.  

The research project can be completed within one semester through enrolment in ZEIT8280 Project - Project Management (Full-time), or spread across two semesters through enrolment in ZEIT8281 Project - Project Management (Part-time). Completion of either course results in the achievement of 12 UOC. 

The project is recommended for those with a strong interest in pursuing original research in a particular area or intending to undertake a higher research degree qualification. Student undertaking the research project (ZEIT8280 or ZEIT8281) are unable to enrol in elective courses from other coursework programs.  

With the approval of the Program Coordinator, students with an average mark of 65% or higher in four courses may complete a 12-UOC research project in lieu of two elective courses. The project is recommended for those with a strong interest in pursuing original research in a particular area or intending to undertake a higher-level research qualification. 

*Please Note: Program rules are subject to change, students need to follow the program rules set out in the UNSW Handbook of the year they were admitted into the program.

Compulsory  Semester 1 - 2023 Semester 2 - 2023
Requirements Practice Distance Mode Distance Mode
Project Management Body of Knowledge  Distance Mode Distance Mode


Core (Select 2) Semester 1 - 2023 Semester 2 - 2023
The Business of Managing Projects  Distance Mode Distance Mode
Project Administration  Not Offered Distance Mode
Systems Thinking and Modelling Distance Mode Not Offered


Electives Semester 1 - 2023 Semester 2 - 2023
Strategic Management  Distance Mode Distance Mode
Organisational Behaviour Distance Mode Distance Mode
Strategic Human Resources Not Offered Distance Mode
Finance and Investment Appraisal  Not Offered Distance Mode
Accounting for Management Decisions Distance Mode Distance Mode
Business Law Distance Mode Distance Mode
Economic World View  Not Offered Distance Mode
Leadership  Distance Mode Not Offered
Change Management  Not Offered Distance Mode
Marketing  Distance Mode Not Offered
Business Ethics  Distance Mode Not Offered
Humanitarian Logistics  Distance Mode Not Offered
Critical Analysis of Business  Distance Mode Distance Mode
Logistics Management Distance Mode Not Offered
Strategic Procurement and Outsourcing Distance Mode Not Offered
Business Planning  Not Offered Not Offered
Asset Management Not Offered Distance Mode
Reliability Engineering Fundamentals Distance Mode Not Offered
Software Project Management Distance Mode Not Offered
Reliability Program Management

Distance Mode

Not Offered
Systems Engineering Practice Distance Mode Not Offered
Test and Evaluation Distance Mode

Not Offered

Project Schedule and Budget Control Distance Mode Not Offered
Capability Option Analysis Not Offered Distance Mode
Decision Analytics

Distance Mode

Not Offered
Simulation  Not Offered Distance Mode
Simulation Applications  Distance Mode Not Offered

For further information please refer to the UNSW Handbook for the Entry Requirements. 

If you have successfully completed approved professional development courses, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning towards future study. 

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