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Master of Project Management - (MPM). Available online.

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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 (Hudson, 2015).

The degree 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 (IT management in the healthcare sector, for example). Study is 100% online, meaning you can complete your degree in your own time, where it suits you.

Each unit runs for seven weeks, with six study periods per year. To gain your qualification, you need to study all core units and four electives of your choice. You are also required to complete an industry research project that will consolidate your project management skills in risk, control, planning, implementation, evaluation, collaboration and systems analysis.

You may exit early with a Graduate Diploma or a Graduate Certificate. If you have already completed some postgraduate study, 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. 

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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

Ethical practice

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

Lifelong learning

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

Cultural competence

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

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.

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
SCU Online Study Period 1 , Study Period 2 , Study Period 3 , Study Period 4 , Study Period 5 , Study Period 6 N/A N/A


We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.

Course requirements

  1. To be eligible for the Master of Project Management a candidate must complete 12 units (144 credit points) comprising:
    1. all of the units listed in Part A and Part C; and
    2. four (4) units from Part B
  2. A candidate, who, while enrolled in the Master of Project Management, has completed the requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Project Management may elect to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Project Management following withdrawal from candidature for the Master award.
  3. A candidate, who, while enrolled in the Master of Project Management, has completed the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Project Management may elect to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Project Management following withdrawal from candidature for the Master award.

Course structure

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes

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 (Elective)

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
MNG91211 The Positive Leader (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

Part C

MNG93217 Industry Research Project: Part A Advanced
MNG93218 Industry Research Project: Part B Advanced