University of Technology Sydney

C07004v5 Graduate Diploma in Project Management

Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Project Management (GradDipPM)
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus


This is an exit-only course. There is no direct admission to it. Current UTS students may be able to submit an Internal Course Transfer (Graduating) application to exit with this course. Check with your faculty's student centre.

Transfer is for students enrolled in the Master of Project Management (C04006).

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Exit award
Other information


UTS's Project Management program provides an immersive learning environment for both aspiring and experienced project managers. This course equip students with the underlying knowledge and practical experience that drive project delivery across all industry sectors, from construction to information technology.

The UTS program was the first Australian program to be accredited by the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Global Accreditation Centre. The foundation subjects are compatible with the structures used by the PMI and Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) to certify practitioners.

To cater for busy work schedules, UTS delivers classes in an intensive block mode. This creates an immersive experience where students work with their peers in a team-based, simulated project environment.

Students also gain practical experience through working on real-life projects, in the classroom, on site or using computer simulations. For example, students have recently developed project plans for the Jack Thompson Foundation, Complimentary Health Care Council of Australia (CHC) and a number of industry associations.

UTS academics are at the forefront of project management research internationally. This breadth of knowledge ensures that students have access to leading-edge thinking applied in both project-specific and organisational contexts. Teaching staff also includes specialist guest lecturers from UTS and institutions and organisations in Australia and overseas.

Graduates possess a detailed understanding of how project management directly improves business productivity and profitability. They are able to deliver projects that help organisations achieve their strategic objectives.

Course aims

Successful graduates of the course can:

  1. select and critically apply relevant theory to practice
  2. develop and apply appropriate project management methodologies to suit different project and organisational contexts
  3. demonstrate application of reflective practice
  4. communicate in a variety of forms across culturally diverse project and organisational contexts
  5. demonstrate the capacity to take a leadership role in project, program and portfolio management
  6. demonstrate advanced-level skills in managing relationships between key stakeholders in a variety of contexts both in Australia and internationally
  7. exhibit an understanding of the application of ethical practice to project governance in a variety of settings both in Australia and internationally
  8. select and apply creative problem-solving skills to all phases of the project life cycle
  9. apply critical thinking, analytical and research skills to a range of project and program management contexts
  10. understand, select from and apply a range of systems thinking approaches to a variety of project and organisational contexts.

Career options

Graduates from the project management program at UTS can establish careers as project managers, and specialise in sectors through sub-majors. The knowledge gained from the program equips graduates to improve their skillset to manage projects as part of their current position, and move into senior, director-level positions.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Ability to reflect on ethical judgments in project contexts (Ethical Judgments)
A.2 Ability to reflect on the impact of cultural diversity to meet project objectives (Managing Diversity)
C.1 Ability to effectively use oral communication in projects at a practitioner level (Oral Communication)
C.2 Ability to effectively use written communication in projects at a practitioner level (Written Communication)
I.1 Ability to source and apply common tools and techniques to meet contextual demands (Technique Application)
I.2 Ability to adapt project management knowledge to meet contextual demands (Knowledge Adaptation)
I.3 Ability to think systemically and use systems thinking approaches in projects (Systems Thinking)
P.1 Ability to apply foundational project management knowledge in projects (Foundational Knowledge)
P.3 Ability to analyse project activities from an organisational perspective (Organisational Management)
P.4 Ability to apply methods and tools to analyse project management information (Information Analysis)
P.5 Ability to reflect on, and improve, project practice (Practice Improvement)
P.6 Ability to lead and manage project teams, and work as a project team member at a practitioner level (Teams and Leadership)
R.1 Ability to think critically and synthesise complicated data (Critical Engagement)


Students must refer to the inherent requirements for all degrees offered by Design and Architecture in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building.

Recognition of prior learning

Applicants with a four-year degree in a related field of study may be given up to 24 credit points of exemptions.

Course duration and attendance

The course can be completed on a one-year, full-time basis.

Course structure

Students choose 48 credit points from a list of available subjects.

Course completion requirements

STM91311 Project Management Foundation stream 24cp
CBK90604 Project Management choice 24cp
Total 48cp

Course program

A typical course program is shown below.

full time
Year 1
Autumn session
15312 Project Communication, HR and Stakeholders   6cp
15319 Project Risk, Procurement and Quality Management   6cp
15316 Project Scope, Time and Cost Management   6cp
15310 Project Integration Management   6cp
Year 2
Spring session
Select 24 credit points from the following:   24cp
CBK90604 Project Management choice 24cp  

Articulation with UTS courses

This exit-only course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Project Management (C11005), the Graduate Diploma in Project Management, the Master of Project Management (C04006) and the Master of Business Administration (Project Management major) (C04018). Each stage is self-contained and can be undertaken through part-time or full-time study.

Exit award

This exit-only course enables students enrolled in the master's course to exit after completing 48 credit points of study and gain a graduate diploma qualification.

Other information

Further information is available from the UTS Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Design, Architecture and Building