Master of Project Management

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Master of Project Management is a professional qualification, providing you with a sound educational platform for a career in project management. The degree will complement your on-the-job training, and provide you with the advanced project management skills needed to manage large, complex projects. It will also equip you with the fundamental methodologies, modelling and analysis skills for the design and implementation of projects across a wide range of fields such as infrastructure, mining, manufacturing, IT, finance, law and various types of consultancy projects.

The Master of Project Management offers you the flexibility to complete the degree either on campus, online, or a combination of both. You have the opportunity to complete a specialisation as part of the course in the areas of international project management, project economics and scheduling management, project risk management, or strategic project management implementation. The degree also offers a research practice pathway to eligible candidates who are looking to pursue a career in project management research.

Specialisations

Units of study

Embedded courses

Further course information

Study plan

Candidates for the Master of Project Management complete 48 credit points (cp). Candidates may complete either a professional pathway or a research pathway, subject to approval. Candidates in the professional pathway will complete at least two core units of study (12cp), two elective units (12cp), two specialisation units (12cp), and professional practice units of 12cp. After completing 24cp of coursework, candidates who achieve credit average result may elect to undertake an industrial project (12cp) for the professional practice component subject to approval.

Candidates who complete 24cp of coursework with a distinction averagemay be eligible to pursue a research pathway. Research pathway candidates complete two core units (12cp), one elective unit (6cp), two specialisation units (12cp), one research practice unit (12cp), and one professional practice unit (6cp).

Candidates may either choose to complete a general course of study or a specialisation in the areas of international project management, project economics and scheduling management, project risk management, or strategic project management implementation. Candidates completing a general course of study may complete two units across any of the specialisations, and candidates completing a specialisation will complete two units from only one specialisation.

Progression rules

The faculty will monitor students for satisfactory progress towards the completion of their award course. In addition to the common triggers used to identify students not meeting academic progression requirements (as defined by the Progression requirements of the Coursework Rule), students must pass any unit of study identified in the course resolutions as being critical to progression through the course.

Candidates complete 24 credit points (cp) of study with a credit average in order to enrol in the unit, PMGT5892 Project Management Industrial Project. Candidates must complete 24cp with an average mark of at least 75 and receive permission from the program director in order to undertake the research practice pathway unit of study.

Capstone experience

The project management thesis provides an opportunity for students to undertake a major project in a specialised area. It is aimed at students wanting to advance their theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge in a relevant area of project management.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Master of Project Management graduates may work in various positions including senior project manager, program director, and chief project officer roles. They may work locally and internationally, in a wide range of areas including mining, manufacturing, water, automotive industry, structural industry, IT industry, finance, management and environmental consultancy.

Course accreditation

The Master of Project Management is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Centre (GAC) for Project Management Education Programs.

Further study

The University of Sydney is a research intensive institution with a strong track record of technology transfer and commercialisation. The research of the Centre for Complex Systems Research (CCSR) focuses on social networks theory and analytical methods, coordination theory in organisations, complex adaptive systems theory, chaos theory and complexity theory and its applications in domains such as computer supported cooperative work; human and computer interactions; modelling disaster preparedness, exploring safety and standard practice of global mining teams, modelling self organised fraud claims in insurance and finance in capital markets, and understanding the impact of social networks on innovation and diffusion. If you would like to be part of the project management research community at the University of Sydney, you may consider applying for admission to a research degree. Students completing a research degree undertake supervised research and submit a written thesis at the completion of their studies in the degree of Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy

Other study options

Individual units of study within the course may be undertaken by suitably qualified candidates who do not wish to complete an award course. Non-award candidates are students of the University, consequently on satisfactory completion of unit of study requirements, candidates receive an academic transcript showing the details of the unit or units of study undertaken, with results and grades. Subject to the approval of the dean and individual course resolutions, completed non-award study may be credited to an award course.

Units of study may also be undertaken cross-institutionally by students, subject to the approval of the dean. Cross-institutional candidates are enrolled in a postgraduate award course at another university and have approval from their home institution to complete a unit or units of study at Sydney, to be credited toward their degree. Please contact the faculty about non-award and cross-institutional study.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Project Management will hold a recognised bachelor's degree (in any discipline) with a credit average (or equivalent); or have completed the Graduate Diploma in Project Management at the University of Sydney with a credit average.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Project Management.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Project Management.

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.