Graduate Diploma 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 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.

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.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GD075
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake January, May and September
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent or Graduate Certificate in Applied Project Management.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GD075

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $35,000

Scholarships

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

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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

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

Degree Structure

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

Indicative 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 

AND
PROJMGNT 7024: Complex Project Management 
OR
PROJMGNT 7057: Project Controls Method 

CURRENT STUDENTS, please visit the below link for your study plan templates:
www.adelaide.edu.au/professions/current-students/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

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Last updated: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021