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Why study Project Management with SCU Online?


Achievable and accessible PM qualification


Broaden your career opportunities in PM


Lead projects with confidence


Course is endorsed by AIPM, aligned with PMBOK


Receive dedicated support every step of the way


Accelerated, online course designed for busy professionals


Affordable fees, FEE-HELP available

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16 months part-time

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Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov

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$2,790 per unit, FEE-HELP available

David Noble, Course Coordinator for the online Master of Project Management at Southern Cross University, discusses how project management ties into the changing business landscape in Australia and globally.

Subheading: How does project management tie into the changing business landscape in Australia, and globally? David Noble: "The global digital economy means that we are connected like never before, and the way that connection happens in almost every area of business today is through projects. A lot of companies are now basically projectised management structures and so when you are studying a Master of Project Management, you are equipping yourself not to work in yesterday's economy or even today's economy, you're equipping yourself to work in the economy of the next two or three decades. It's about taking something that has a defined start and a defined end and making sure that you can manage that process in a way that delivers to the end-user a high-quality product, no matter where you are in Australia or in the world; or no matter whether you're in IT or whether you're in financial services."

Set yourself up for success 

Are you ready to build your skills and knowledge in project management? Study the Graduate Diploma in Project Management with SCU Online. You’ll learn project management principles including initiation and planning; quality control and risk, project procurement, contract management; and portfolio and program management. SCU Online’s Graduate Diploma in Project Management is Accredited by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM).

The skills and knowledge you learn studying a Graduate Diploma in Project Management are transferable across different roles and industries. Even if you completely change career – skills you learn while studying your diploma will come with you.

Learning outcomes
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Learn project management principles

From initiation and planning to portfolio and program management, you will learn the principles of project management. 

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Lead and manage projects with confidence

Establish a sound understanding of the leadership techniques necessary to successfully lead a project through to completion.

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Tailor your PM qualification to your passion

Chose from a wide variety of electives so you can tailor your qualification to your career goals. 

What you will study

To gain a Graduate Diploma in Project Management online, you need to successfully complete eight units which include all six core units and a choice of two elective units. 

This unit covers the foundation elements of managing business projects.

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This unit will guide you through the project management process, from initiation to planning and development.

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Learn how to implement project plans that mitigate risk, establish controls and ensure quality projects.

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This unit explores theories and practices behind effective management of people and projects.

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Demonstrate a critical understanding of contract types and their relationship with performance.

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Learn how to skillfully negotiate, map and design systems, as well as evaluate project management processes.

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Early exit option

We know that plans change, which is why we’ve flexible completion options with a Graduate Certificate in Project Management or you can choose to enrol in the Master of Project Management, gaining credit for your units already completed. 

Graduate Certificate
4 Units

Or continue studying

Graduate Diploma
+ 4 Units

Or continue studying

Masters Degree
+ 4 Units

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Our study periods: Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry into the Graduate Diploma in Project Management online, you must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum of two years’ work experience in a professional environment; or
  • Have over five years’ work experience/professional standing that is regarded by the Academic Board as equivalent to an undergraduate degree.
  • Be proficient in English.

Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules.


We recognise and grant credit for past education, qualifications and/or work experience in a process called advanced standing. If you're eligible for advanced standing, this can impact the number of units you need to study, reducing the time and cost of your overall degree. 

Find out more about applying for advanced standing

Ready to take the next step in your career? It's your time.

At Southern Cross University Online, we've helped thousands of people with real lives and real ambition to realise their goals and dreams by supporting them every step of the way.
We provide affordable courses, flexible learning and excellent student support, so you can achieve the impossible and make the most out of your time. 
It’s time to put yourself first. Follow your ambition. 

When you study online with SCU, you're not on your own. We're connected, together. 

Our teachers, academics and education designers have built these courses for people like you. Before commencing study, your dedicated Student Success Advisor will be in touch by phone, email or chat to help you plan your schedule. As you work towards your dream of achieving your degree, your advisor works like an extra pair of eyes and ears with support, advice and motivation throughout your study journey. 


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Our Accreditations & Endorsements

Australian Qualifications Framework

SCU’s online programs meet all of the AQF guidelines, ensuring you a quality education.

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5-STAR Rating for Institutional Student Support and Social Equity, Business and Management Teaching Quality, Teacher Education Learning Resources, Nursing Learning Resources and Skills Development. 

The World Universities Rankings

Bold, progressive and just 23 years of age – Southern Cross University is one of the Asia-Pacific’s Top 100 Universities and one of the world’s Top 50 Generation Y Universities.

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What our students say
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Master of Project Management student Ross.

My current role involves interfacing with many other disciplines. Studying Southern Cross University's Master of Project Management has proven to be the perfect way for me to advance my knowledge and opportunities.

Ross Haden

Online Master of Project Management Graduate

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Master of Project Management student Darren.

The whole experience was excellent from start to finish. Lecturers were knowledgeable, supportive and encouraging, recognising the challenges faced by most of the students in balancing work demands, home life and study. 

Darren Bourke

Online Master of Project Management Graduate

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Master of Project Management student Nathan.

I've been practicing as a project manager for around 10 years and decided that I wanted to attain a more formal recognition in the profession. I thought of various options for this recognition and determined that a masters would be the best fit for me.

Nathan Mitchell

Online Master of Project Management Graduate

What our students do

Qualified project managers are in high demand, both here in Australia and around the world. When you graduate, you will have an in-depth understanding of project management methodologies, be able to meet project goals and make complex strategic decisions. Our students work in a variety of project management roles across all industries. Below is a snapshot of some of these project management jobs. 

  • Project Manager
  • Workspace Services Engineer
  • Construction Administrator
  • General Business Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • IT Project Management Manager


  • Agile IT Project Manager
  • Managing Director
  • IoT Technology Project Manager
Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator David Noble explains how an online Master’s degree in project management helps you to progress further in your career.

Subheading: Who is eligible to study a Master of Project Management? David Noble: "So when it comes to gaining admission to the Master of Project Management, there's a number of pathways. The traditional pathway is for someone who has a Bachelor's degree and a number of years of experience in industry, to be able to gain entry to it. And so a lot of people think all that cuts me out, but the reality is that there is lots of people out there with five, 10, 15, 20 years experience in project management and related fields. We recognise that wealth of experience that those people bring, we acknowledge it and in many situations, those people can get automatic entry into the Master of Project Management." Subheading: What career pathways become available to those who gain a Masters degree in Project Management? David: "When it comes to the Master of Project Management and how it relates to your career progression, what it does is that it gives you a very structured framework in which to work. It allows you to know that what you're doing has a firm research-based framework underneath it, a foundation if you like, and I guess one of the examples I can give is: a student that had been managing projects for about seven or eight years, they undertook our course and at the end of it, I had a conversation with them and he said to me: you know, David, I've been managing projects by the seat of my pants for years and doing it relatively successfully, but now I know why they were successful - and now I know how to improve in the future - and what that will give me is much more credibility with my superiors and my stakeholders and my customers. And I just know that I have much more confidence in my ability as a project manager and credibility as a project manager, than I did have before."

Meet our Course Coordinator

David Noble is the Course Coordinator for the Master of Project Management at Southern Cross University Online, based at the University’s Gold Coast campus. He is a doctoral researcher, focussing on collaborative competencies in a university-industry research environment. He teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate programs in project management, as well as facilities and risk management for the hospitality sector. David has previously worked in corporate and not-for-profit roles, along with his current experience as a lecturer and Course Coordinator at Southern Cross University. David completed an MBA and realised that many of his day-to-day tasks in the office were actually more centred around project management. He decided to pursue this angle, meaning he has both professional and academic acumen to pass on to his Master of Project Management students.