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 will provide you with the advanced project management skills you will need for hands-on project management. This course is an ideal complement to your on-the-job experience and will equip you with the fundamental methodologies, modelling and analytical techniques for the design and implementation of projects across a wide range of industries.



You will have the opportunity to work in small groups, sharing your industry knowledge and expertise with fellow professionals.

Course outline

Units of study information for this degree

Study plan

Candidates for the Master of Project Management complete 72 credit points (cp). Students will study core units at a foundation level before progressing to competency level core units, electives and research/capstone units. The foundation level units provide the underlying knowledge and skills that students require before progressing to the higher level units. All students will complete one of the research/capstone project options. Working professionals in the project management domain whose preferred orientation of study is toward their professional practice will have the opportunity to undertake a methodology/capstone project suite of units which comprises of: ENGG5812 Critical Thinking and Systems Assessment (6 cp) which develops skills in critically evaluating different project management methods and tools in relation to the complex systems environments that they are required to manage and PMGT5850 Project Management Capstone (6 cp) which will incorporate teaching in research methods, plus a major case study based research project. Students with an individual research interest may elect to complete a 12 credit point thesis. Those students planning to proceed to higher research degrees will have the option subject to approval and academic performance, to undertake a 24 credit point dissertation instead of 12 credit points of electives.

Specialisations

Embedded courses

Further course information

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.

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 degree (AQF Level 7) with a credit average (or equivalent) in any discipline; or have completed the Graduate Diploma in Project Management at the University of Sydney with a credit average.

Applicants entering with an AQF Level 8 Honours degree in a relevant discipline, and applicants with a bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) in a relevant discipline who can also demonstrate at least three years project management or other relevant professional experience are encouraged to submit a CV. This should outline the length and duties of any relevant professional experience. This will be used to assess suitability for advanced units of study. Applicants may also need to meet English language proficiency requirements.

Reduced Volume Learning (RVL)
Students who have relevant prior learning or professional experience of at least three years may also be considered to receive a reduction in the volume of their learning (RVL) not exceeding 4 units in the volume of learning required to complete the MPM. If you would like to be considered for this you must indicate in your application that you would like to apply for RVL (Which is also sometimes called ‘credit’). You will then receive an email including instructions about how to submit your application for credit.

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.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the University’s online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page. For more information you can visit our How to Apply page.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the University’s online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page. For more information you can visit our How to Apply page.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will 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 costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

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.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.