Graduate Certificate in Applied Project Management

Scale up

Project management is about delivering successful results for business, government and the community. It requires passion, resolve and vision.

This 6-month program will set you up to manage projects at whole new scales and levels of complexity. 

What will you do?

Our Graduate Certificate in Applied Project Management places a strong emphasis on holistic and systems-based project management. You will:

  • learn scalable project management concepts, methodologies and tools
  • build your understandings around world-leading practices (PMBOK® Guide and PRINCE2™)*
  • confidently apply your learning to meet professional and organisational goals
  • develop the leadership skills required for large-scale projects.

Where could it take you?

You could organise major sporting events or coordinate living arts festivals. You might manage megaprojects in healthcare, science, manufacturing, catering, entertainment or the defence sector. Perhaps you’ll head a marketing team in Silicon Valley or oversee the development of a multi-storey tower in Dubai. The graduate certificate can also lead into our graduate diploma and master in applied project management.

*PMI and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.


  • Australia's #1 University for Entrepreneurship Education^
  • ISO 9001 Certification
  • AACSB accredited

^QS World University Rankings, 2021

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:

Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC059
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake January, May and September
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.

Please note: applicants without a Bachelors degree or equivalent will be considered on the basis of a minimum of seven years work experience supported by a portfolio of evidence approved by the Faculty.

How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GC059

Fees and Scholarships

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:

Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $17,500

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

Find a Scholarship.

Careers

Career Readiness

Graduates acquire the knowledge and practical skills to enable them to move into higher management positions within their chosen fields. Those already in senior management will also greatly enhance their efficiency and output.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Professional Accreditation

Adelaide Business School is AACSB* accredited, and as such our programs have passed rigorous standards of quality. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and only the best schools in the world earn AACSB accreditation.

* Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Potential careers

Project Manager, Risk Manager, Innovation Manager, Manager / Business Management, Business Analyst, Business Consultant, Business Data Analyst, Development Officer, Project Officer

Degree Structure

Students will complete four core courses that provide basic skills in planning linear projects, addressing risks in linear projects, leading projects and an introduction to complex systems generally.

The strategy underpinning the design of the nested Master of Applied Project Management is to provide a set of four courses in the Graduate Certificate section of the program which provide appreciation and basic skills in planning, as follows:

  1. The basics and core skills of linear project management and planning of projects in 'Applied Project Management 1'
  2. The risks which projects experience in 'Managing Project and Systemic Risks'
  3. Leadership of projects in 'Leadership of Organisations'
  4. Exploration of complex systems in relation to managing complex projects in 'Systems Fundamentals'.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

You can find the academic program rules for this degree under the Faculty of the Professions rules.

Areas of Specialisation

As Project Management is relevant across a broad range of different industries and occupations, students can use their own chosen field of interest and apply this to their assignments and class discussion.  

Example Study Plan

Indicative study plan
Core courses PROJMGNT 5004: Risk Assessment and Management 
PROJMGNT 5021: Project Management Fundamentals 
PROJMGNT 7038: Project Leadership and Communication 
PROJMGNT 7047: Systems Design for Projects 

CURRENT STUDENTS, please visit the following link to browse a range of study plans or request a personalised study plan: Study Plans.

The availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.

Assessment

Assessment consists of a combination of group and individual work. The format varies across courses and may be in the form of oral presentations, written and/or practical assignments, quizzes and class participation.

Testimonial

Studying has broadened my understanding of the importance and complexity of the global food system and the implications increasing food demand will have on us all.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Saturday, 27 Nov 2021