As a result of globalisation, the application of new technologies, and an ever-changing economic environment, more organisations rely on project work, programs and portfolios to conduct business. Project management methodologies can help standardise, structure and organise work methods to achieve things on time and budget, and to requirements. 

Degree type

Postgraduate coursework


1 year full-time

Commencing terms

Semester 1, Semester 2

Program code


Delivery mode



UNSW Canberra's Master of Project Management provides students with the knowledge, skills and tools to successfully deliver new products and services, perform change and transformation, and help project teams get things done. With a strong emphasis on extending skills and knowledge with work experience, this program prepares graduates to apply their high-level understanding to real-world problems within any industry.  

What our students say

“I’m a very kinaesthetic visual learner, so having someone show me how to do causal loop diagrams [in intensive mode sessions] made so much more sense. There was also great value in the discussions between lectures — it really helped cement some concepts.” 
Charmaine Montgomery, Master of Project Management student

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For more information on this degree, see the UNSW Handbook.

  • The Master of Project Management is accredited by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM). Students benefit from:  

    • the opportunity to become aligned with AIPM, the premier project management industry body  

    • the opportunity to join AIPM as student-level members, giving them access to many membership benefits. You’ll be eligible to apply for associate membership as soon as you receive a formal qualification. 

    • professional development opportunities and certification pathways 

    • automatic certification at Certified Practising Project Practitioner (CPPP) level if they join AIPM as an Associate or Member (note the RegPM assessment fee and competency assessment will be waived) 

    • confidence in the quality of course content and delivery 

    • assurance that the chosen course meets industry standards and reflects current best practice in project management. 

  • Students undertaking the Master of Project Management need to complete 48 Units of Credit (UOC) by completing eight 6-UOC courses from the list in the Handbook entry for the program (see the list in Course availability). 

    In the Master of Project Management, students must complete two compulsory courses, two of the three core courses and four elective courses. Not all elective courses will be available in a particular year. 

    The courses in the program may be taken in any order, but it's recommended that the two compulsory courses are completed first, followed by the two core courses, then the four elective courses. 

    With the approval of the Program Coordinator, students may take up to two elective courses (12 UOC) from other coursework programs. 

  • With the approval of the Program Coordinator, master's students with an average mark of 65% or higher in four courses may complete a research project worth 12 UOC in lieu of two elective courses. 

    The research project can be completed within one semester through enrolment in ZEIT8280 Project - Project Management (full time), or spread across two semesters through enrolment in ZEIT8281 Project - Project Management (part time). Completion of either course results in the achievement of 12 UOC. 

    The project is recommended for those with a strong interest in pursuing original research in a particular area or intending to undertake a higher research degree qualification. Students undertaking the research project (ZEIT8280 or ZEIT8281) are unable to enrol in elective courses from other coursework programs. 

  • *Please Note: Program rules are subject to change, students need to follow the program rules set out in the UNSW Handbook of the current year of their admission into the program.   

    Compulsory courses

    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024
    ZEIT8230 Requirements Practice Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8303 Project Management Body of Knowledge  Distance Mode Distance Mode


    Core courses (select 2)

    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024
    ZBUS8147 The Business of Managing Projects  Distance Mode Distance Mode
    ZEIT8302 Project Administration  Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8305 Systems Thinking and Modelling Distance Mode Not Offered


    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024
    ZBUS8101 Strategic Management  Distance Mode Distance Mode
    ZBUS8102 Organisational Behaviour Distance Mode Distance Mode
    ZBUS8103 Strategic Human Resources Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZBUS8105 Finance and Investment Appraisal Not Offered Not Offered
    ZBUS8108 Accounting for Management Decisions Distance Mode Distance Mode
    ZBUS8109 Business Law Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZBUS8148 Economic World View  Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZBUS8201 Leadership  Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZBUS8203 Change Management  Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZBUS8204 Marketing  Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZBUS8205 Business Ethics  Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZBUS8208 Humanitarian Logistics Not Offered Not Offered
    ZBUS8210 Critical Analysis of Business  Distance Mode Distance Mode
    ZBUS8302 Logistics Management Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZBUS8303 Strategic Procurement and Outsourcing Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZBUS8911 Asset Management Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8031 Reliability Engineering Fundamentals Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8136 Software Project Management Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8152 Reliability Program Management

    Not Offered

    Not Offered
    ZEIT8226 Systems Engineering Practice Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8231 Test and Evaluation Distance Mode

    Not Offered

    ZEIT8310 Project Schedule and Budget Control Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8403 Capability Option Analysis Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8404 Decision Analytics

    Distance Mode

    Not Offered
    ZEIT8412 Simulation  Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8413 Simulation Applications  Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8601 Applied Machine Learning Not Offered Distance Mode
  • For information regarding entry requirements, please refer to the online handbook.

  • If you have successfully completed approved professional development courses, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning towards future study. 

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Key contacts

Program Coordinator
Dr Ripon Chakrabortty 

Student enquiries
T: +61 2 5114 5000