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Master of Project Management

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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.

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. 

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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

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

Career Outcomes

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).


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

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

  • 9 core units (108 credit points), and
  • 3 equivalent elective units (36 credit points).

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

Unit Code Unit Title Notes

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)