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This course is available to be studied in several different study modes, including online or face-to-face. Check study modes offered in the 'course details’ section below.

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has also reviewed the availability of the face-to-face version of this course, and this will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

About this course

Our Master of Project Management will provide you with the advanced project management skills you will need for hands-on project management.
This course is available for 100% online delivery, 100% face-to-face, or a mixture of both.
The course is an ideal complement to your on-the-job experience and will equip you with the fundamental methodologies, modelling and analytical techniques for the design and implementation of projects across a wide range of industries.
You will have the opportunity to work in small groups, sharing your industry knowledge and expertise with fellow professionals. 
Commonwealth Supported Places
Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for postgraduate study for eligible domestic students. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay a student contribution amount (SCA). CSPs are limited in number and are allocated based on academic merit.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Applying for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

There is no separate application required to apply for a CSP. Once you apply for admission, if you are successful in securing a CSP, you will receive notification via an offer of admission.

A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is not guaranteed as there are a limited number of CSPs available for postgraduate courses. The number of available CSPs for a course can change each semester/year. CSPs are also not automatically awarded for course transfers and upgrades.

CSPs are awarded for the duration of a course based on academic merit determined by the University and eligibility criteria specified by the Australian Government. Learn more about CSPs. If you do not qualify for a CSP you may be offered a domestic fee-paying place.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year
Semester 2 - 25 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Study plan for this course

Candidates for the Master of Project Management complete 72 credit points (cp). Students will study core units at a foundation level before progressing to competency level core units, electives and research/capstone units. The foundation level units provide the underlying knowledge and skills that students require before progressing to the higher level units. All students will complete one of the research/capstone project options. Working professionals in the project management domain whose preferred orientation of study is toward their professional practice will have the opportunity to undertake a methodology/capstone project suite of units which comprises of: ENGG5812 Critical Thinking and Systems Assessment (6 cp) which develops skills in critically evaluating different project management methods and tools in relation to the complex systems environments that they are required to manage and PMGT5850 Project Management Capstone (6 cp) which will incorporate teaching in research methods, plus a major case study based research project.

Students with an individual research interest may elect to complete a 12 credit point thesis. Those students planning to proceed to higher research degrees will have the option subject to approval and academic performance, to undertake a 24 credit point dissertation instead of 12 credit points of electives.

Units of Study

Capstone (compulsory project)

The project management thesis provides an opportunity for students to undertake a major project in a specialised area. It is aimed at students wanting to advance their theoretical, methodological and practical knowledge in a relevant area of project management.

Admission criteria

To be eligible for admission, an applicant is required to have:

  • an Australian bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Commerce, Engineering, Social Sciences, Health, etc.) with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification or
  • an Australian bachelor's degree (with honours) in an unrelated discipline, or equivalent qualification or
  • an Australian bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification and relevant industry experience and certifications or
  • a University of Sydney Graduate Diploma/Graduate Certificate in Project Management with a credit average (65 percent). Units completed in the graduate diploma/graduate certificate can be credited to the master’s degree.

For qualifications awarded outside Australia, equivalencies and entry requirements are determined based on the country, institution and qualification.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Professional accreditation

The Master of Project Management is accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Centre (GAC) for Project Management Education Programs.

Student profile

Ruixuan Li

"Everything has exceeded my expectations. The teaching team are kind and I often chat to them over Zoom. I personally feel more comfortable talking online. With remote learning, I can see what's going on in class and still be connected to my classmates. Thank you to the teaching staff for all your effort in making remote learning amazing."

Rui Xuan Li
Master of Project Management

Career Pathways

Master of Project Management graduates may work in various positions including senior project manager, program director, and chief project officer roles. They may work locally and internationally, in a wide range of areas including mining, manufacturing, water, automotive industry, structural industry, IT industry, finance, management and environmental consultancy.
Future study options

Domestic students

International students

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