Graduate Diploma in Applied Project Management
Project management is about delivering successful results for business, government and the community. It requires passion, resolve and vision.
This one-year degree will set you up to manage projects at whole new scales and levels of complexity.
What will you do?
Our Graduate Diploma 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™)*
- take courses in Enterprise Transformations, and Portfolios and Programs Management
- specialise in either complex project management or project management controls
- 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 diploma can also lead into our Master of Applied Project Management.
*PMI and PMBOK are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
^QS World University Rankings, 2021
Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 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 further information and 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:
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Intake||January, May and September|
|Higher Education Study||A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent or Graduate Certificate in Applied Project Management.|
Not offered to international students.
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
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 AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
- Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Professionalism and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
- Digital capabilities
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
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
Manager / Business Management, Business Analyst, Business Consultant, Business Data Analyst, Development Officer, Project Officer, Project Manager
Students will commence the program by taking 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.
Students will then progress to courses in Enterprise Transformations, and Portfolios and Programs Management which all extend knowledge gained in the earlier courses.
At this point in the program, students will choose to undertake the course:
- Complex Project Management 1 (for students operating in complex environments such as enterprise focused, software, defence, entrepreneurial and most government-initiated social programs), or
- Project Management Controls (for students that operate in linear projects, such as construction, ship building etc).
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 or interest and apply this to their assignments and class discussion.
Students can also select electives in their area of interest.
Example Study Plan
|Core courses||PROJMGNT 5004: Risk Assessment and Management
PROJMGNT 5021: Project Management Fundamentals
PROJMGNT 7038: Project Leadership and Communication
PROJMGNT 7040: Portfolios and Programs Management
PROJMGNT 7047: Systems Design for Projects
PROJMGNT 7056: Enterprise Transformation and Innovation
COMMERCE 7039: Business Research Methods
PROJMGNT 7024: Complex Project Management
PROJMGNT 7057: Project Controls Method
CURRENT STUDENTS, please visit the below link for your study plan templates:
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Last updated: Monday, 17 Jan 2022