Course summary

The Graduate Diploma of Project Management is designed for business professionals who wish to develop their skills in project management. The course develops core knowledge in planning, quality, risk management, procurement and program management and allows students to focus on their area of interest through a wide range of elective subjects.

The course is a pathway to further postgraduate study. Graduates receive up to eight units of credit towards the Southern Cross University Master of Project Management.

AIPM Endorsed course

Students complete core units in project management, procurement, quality, contracts and planning and select from a large range of electives including global business, health management, organisational change, corporate governance, human resources management, stakeholder engagement, digital enterprise management and more.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice as it applies 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

Ethical practice

Apply sustainability principles to project management research and professional situations

Demonstrate highly developed judgement and use of ethical frameworks when planning, managing and undertaking projects in scholarly, research, social and professional forums

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate an integrated understanding of project management principles and methods, with the ability to conceptualise and apply these principles and methods in professional contexts

Lifelong learning

Locate, evaluate, manage and use information in order to create new knowledge and advance methods in the field of project management

Reflect on, assess and regulate learning, research and performance pertaining to project management, with personal autonomy and accountability

Communication and social skills

Work collaboratively with individuals and teams to achieve research outcomes that pertain to the management of projects

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

Cultural competence

Demonstrate cultural competence in local, Australia-wide and global settings, specifically as they apply to project management in practice

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).

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, refer to AIPM Membership and CPPP and AIPM Endorsed Course Information.

Course overview

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Domestic duration

16 months part-time

International duration

1 year full-time

Availability details


Location Session UAC code QTAC code
SCU Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Fee paying


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
SCU Online 1 N/A N/A

Course requirements

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

  1. To be eligible for the Graduate Diploma of Project Management a candidate shall successfully complete eight (8) units (96 credit points) comprising:
    1. All six (6) Part A units
    2. Two (2) elective units from Part B
  2. A candidate in the Graduate Diploma of Project Management who has completed the requirements for the Graduate Diploma of Project Management may elect to articulate to a Master of Project Management.

Schedule of units

Title Level of learning Note

Part A

MNG91217 - Project Management Principles Introductory
MNG91218 - Project Management: Initiation and Planning Introductory
MNG92230 - Project Management: Quality, Control and Risk Intermediate
MNG92305 - Leading and Managing Projects Intermediate
MNG93220 - Project Procurement and Contract Management Advanced
MNG93255 - Portfolio and Program Management Advanced

Part B

ACC91210 - Finance for Managers (Online) Introductory
ACC71210 - Business Accounting for Managers (Online) Intermediate
LAW81210 - Business and Corporation Law for Managers (Online) Introductory
MNG92210 - Global Business (Online) Intermediate
MNG91210 - Entrepreneurship and Marketing (Online) Introductory
MNG91220 - Strategic Health Management Introductory
HEA93001 - Leading Change in Healthcare Advanced
CMM91010 - Healthcare Professional Portfolio A Introductory
HEA93020 - Principles and Practice of Clinical Accountability Advanced
MNG93211 - Managing Information Systems (Online) Advanced
ISY93210 - Managing Digital Enterprise (Online) Advanced
MNG91214 - Strategic Knowledge Management (Online) Introductory
MNG93215 - Human Resource Management (Online) Advanced
MNG91215 - Organisational Change and Development (Online) Introductory
ACC93210 - Corporate Governance for Managers (Online) Advanced
MNG93210 - Strategy and Case Analysis (Online) Advanced
MNG92220 - Strategic Infrastructure Asset Management Intermediate
MNG91225 - Stakeholder Engagement Introductory
ENG92050 - Engineering for a Sustainable Future Intermediate
MNG81002 - Management Communication (Online) Introductory