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Graduate Diploma in Applied Project Management

Degree Type Graduate Diploma

Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3GD075

CRICOS 073230D

Project management is a cross-disciplinary field that is vital for innovative activity in organisations and industries. Traditionally project  management has played an important role in defence, aerospace, construction and engineering. Increasingly, project management is being applied in areas such as IT, banking and finance, disaster relief recovery, climate change, telecommunications and mining.

The Graduate Diploma in Applied Project Management will provide students with the project delivery skills and expertise required to manage large, complex projects whether they are working on emergent projects, operating in dynamic project environments or collaborating across industry sectors.  Students will learn scalable project management concepts, methodologies and tools based on world’s best practice (PMBOK® Guide and PRINCE2™), and will learn to confidently apply these skills and knowledge to meet professional and organisational goals.

By choosing to study the Graduate Diploma in Applied Project Management at the University of Adelaide, students will benefit from our international reputation and world-class education. With a strong emphasis on holistic and systems based project management methods, combined with the practical application of concepts, techniques and tools, our postgraduate programs are tailored to provide students with the skills required to become an innovative leader.

(PMI and PMBOK are registered marks of Project Management Institute, Inc.)

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3GD075
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake January, May and September
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

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

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 073230D
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $28,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500


    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

    Applied Project Management programs provide the knowledge and advanced practical skills to enable graduates to move into higher management positions within their chosen fields. Our programs also greatly enhance the efficiency and output of existing management professionals.

    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
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

    The University of Adelaide is a Registered Education Provider for the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and is approved by PMI® to issue Professional Development Units for its approved training courses. PMI is a registered mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

    Potential careers

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

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • 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.

    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 PROJMGMT 5021: Applied Project Management I
    PROJMGMT 5004: Managing Project and Systemic Risks
    PROJMGMT 7047: Systems Fundamentals
    PROJMGMT 7038: Leadership of Organisations
    PROJMGNT 7040: Portfolios and Programs Management
    PROJMGNT 7056: Enterprise Transformations
    COMMERCE 7039: Business Research Methods


    PROJMGNT 7057: Project Management Controls
    PROJMGNT 7024: Complex Project Management 1

    CURRENT STUDENTS, please visit the below link for your study plan templates:
    Study Plans

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


    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.
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Last updated: Thursday, 16 Nov 2017