GD194 - Graduate Diploma in Project Management

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Plan: GD194 - Graduate Diploma in Project Management
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Graduate Diploma in Project Management
Award abbreviation: GradDipPM
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: 1 Year Full Time or 2 Years Part Time
Location: City Campus (AUSCY)
Owning school: Property, Construction & Project Management (325H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 080315
CRICOS code: 093312C

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Purpose of the Program

Program Purpose Statement

The Graduate Diploma in Project Management provides a post graduate level qualification that will build upon and develop project management expertise and knowledge for people pursuing a career in the field of project management. The courses in this program have been designed to enable you to develop and apply your advanced and specialised knowledge to a range of project management organisations and contexts. You will be able to work in project-based organisations including organisations that operate in project based sectors such as construction, architecture, engineering, information technology, government and non-government and events management. You will also be equipped to provide specialised project management in organisations that manage by projects such as retail, education, finance and manufacturing.

This program emphasises the application of theoretical knowledge to practice and will build your capability to effectively respond to current and emerging issues, trends, and to client and organisational needs through your developed specialised practice. In conjunction with the Master of Project Management, this program addresses the industry need for project management expertise which includes in relation to project scoping, design, development, implementation, risk management and evaluation. The courses delivered within the program build your knowledge of the specialised domains within project management, including project procurement, project development and client management. You will develop the analytical and technical skills required to utilise theoretical knowledge and published data to inform your decision making as project manager.

The program replicates industry and professional practice contexts and equips you to work in multi-disciplinary teams involved in the management of programs and/or portfolios of projects. Upon graduation you will a Graduate Diploma in Project Management you will be able to perform a broad range of roles ranging from the conceptualisation and planning stages, through to project delivery and evaluation. You will be able to interpret issues, and confidently provide expert project management advice applicable to diverse industries. You will be experienced in team-based and individually led project management practice. 

Successful completion of this program provides a pathway to further learning into the Master of Project Management. Upon successful completion of this program you may also be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University.

The RMIT Graduate Diploma in Project Management is designed to enable you to work as a highly skilled project manager who has the potential and knowledge to succeed in various organisations which operate in project-based sectors and organisations which manage by projects. The program has a strong emphasis on leadership and management including project scoping, scheduling, procurement, entrepreneurship, client relationships, financial and technology management and research. A blend of lectures and seminars with industry case studies and work relevant projects allows you to combine theory and practice in a real work environment. The program develops both your generic and discipline specific capabilities through the expansion of knowledge and ideas that align with the current and emerging expectations of employers and industry. 


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Articulation and pathways

Students who successfully complete this program may apply to continue their studies in MC210 Master of Project Management and will receive 96 credit points of exemption (equivalent to 1 year full-time study). 

This program is available as an exit award of MC210 Master of Project Management if you have successfully completed the 96 credit points listed in this structure.

The Graduate Certificate in Project Management is available as an exit award of this program if you have successfully completed the 48 credit points listed in this structure.

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program.

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Entrance requirements

You must have

  • successfully completed an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification), or
  • a minimum of 5 years professional work experience in a related industry. Applicants with professional experience at a senior level that is less than 5 years may also be considered.

To have your professional experience considered you must include in your application a CV and a statement that details your experience.

English language requirement

A minimum of IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English requirements web page.

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External accreditation and industry links

Students of the Master of Project Management are eligible to apply for student membership of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Graduates of the Master of Project Management are eligible to apply for professional membership of the Project Management Institute.

As a student enrolled in this RMIT University program you will be provided with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional practice. Courses are designed to ensure that you will practically apply theoretical concepts through a range of assessment and learning activities including industry-based case studies, projects and assignments. 

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

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Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the internet, MyRMIT( or Library e-resources. If you have a lap top you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service. The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. At RMIT University you will have unlimited access to quality electronic resources including e-books, e-journals and newspapers. You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

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