Graduate Diploma in Project Management

Graduate Diploma in Project Management

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Start a career with a highly in-demand qualification that spans multiple industries.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Part-time 2 years
Fees:

AU$29,760 (2022 total)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

IELTS 6.5

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Fees:

AU$43,200 (2022 total)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

Develop your career in project management with an in-demand, cross-industry qualification.

The Graduate Diploma in Project Management is designed for professionals currently working or looking to work in the field of project management. It is particularly relevant for professionals looking to take the next step in their career.

The program will introduce you to practical tools to mitigate risk, design strong projects and lead successful teams – confidently and based on proven strategies. Depending on your interests and career goals, you have the opportunity to specialise in engineering, information technology, post disaster project management, or general project management.

RMIT’s Graduate Certificate/Diploma in Project Management will equip you with in-demand management and leadership skills that are essential to companies across all industries.

This program emphasises the practical application of theory to develop your capacity to respond to current and emerging issues and trends. You will critically engage with project management theory and best practice principles, and evaluate and implement project management strategies using real world project based cases and examples.

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Study 100% online

The Graduate Diploma in Project Management is also available via online delivery.

Details

The learning experiences offered in this program are designed to foster excellence in project management practice and to support continual improvement in your learning and professional practice.

The program integrates face-to-face learning environments and e-resources. You will engage in a range of learning activities including individual and small group work, case study discussions and analyses, face-to face and online discussions, peer-to-peer presentations, and work simulated scenarios, including industry and research led projects.

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work.

You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes case studies, project reports, assignments, presentations, reflective journals and examinations.

Choose a specialisation

You can choose from four streams, depending on what you would like to specialise in. All classes for these streams are held at the City Campus.

  • Project management generalist stream (GD194) is designed to give you the tools, techniques and theories relevant to managing projects in a range of industries, including property and construction.
  • Project management engineering stream (GC194EN) will give you practical and theoretical skills and knowledge to successfully manage engineering-based projects and workplaces.
  • Project management information technology (IT) stream (GD194IT) will equip you with the tools you need to manage projects and people in agile projects, and in flexible workplaces and teams.
  • Post disaster project management stream (GD194PDPM) is designed to give you the specialty tools and techniques to manage disaster relief and humanitarian efforts, as well as community development.

The program offers the opportunity to gain access to industry experts through guest lectures and industry forums.

Work integrated learning

RMIT is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with workplace experience. As a student enrolled in this program you will:

  • undertake and be assessed on structured activities that allow you to learn, apply and demonstrate your professional or vocational practice;
  • interact with industry and community when undertaking these activities; and
  • complete these activities in real work contexts or situations.

These interactions and the work contexts provide distinctive sources of feedback to you to assist your learning.

Any or all of these aspects of a work-integrated learning (WIL) experience may be simulated.

Global work, exchange and study experiences

RMIT offers a range of opportunities for our students to study abroad through global work, exchange and study experiences with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

View the learning outcomes for each stream:

The Graduate Diploma in Project Management consists of 8 courses. 

The courses are designed to enable you to work as a highly skilled project manager who has the potential and knowledge to succeed in various organisations that operate in project based sectors and organisations that manage projects.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Graduate Diploma in Project Management
Program code: GD194

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Graduate Diploma in Project Management
City Campus
1 Year Full-Time or 2 Years Part-Time
GD194
093312C
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 Year Full-Time or 2 Years Part-Time
Plan code
GD194
CRICOS
093312C
Graduate Diploma in Project Management
City Campus
1 Year Full-Time
GD194
093312C
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 Year Full-Time
Plan code
GD194
CRICOS
093312C
Graduate Diploma in Project Management
City Campus
Domestic students: 1 Year Full-Time or 2 Years Part-time; International students 1 Year Full-Time
GD194EN
093312C
Location
City Campus
Duration
Domestic students: 1 Year Full-Time or 2 Years Part-time; International students 1 Year Full-Time
Plan code
GD194EN
CRICOS
093312C
Graduate Diploma in Project Management
City Campus
Domestic students: 1 Year Full-Time
GD194EN
093312C
Location
City Campus
Duration
Domestic students: 1 Year Full-Time
Plan code
GD194EN
CRICOS
093312C
Graduate Diploma in Project Management
City Campus
1 Year Full-Time or 2 Years Part-time
GD194IT
093312C
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 Year Full-Time or 2 Years Part-time
Plan code
GD194IT
CRICOS
093312C
Graduate Diploma in Project Management
City Campus
1 Year Full-Time
GD194IT
093312C
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 Year Full-Time
Plan code
GD194IT
CRICOS
093312C
Graduate Diploma in Project Management
City Campus
One year Full-Time / 2 years Part-Time
GD194PDPM
093312C
Location
City Campus
Duration
One year Full-Time / 2 years Part-Time
Plan code
GD194PDPM
CRICOS
093312C
Graduate Diploma in Project Management
City Campus
One year Full-Time
GD194PDPM
093312C
Location
City Campus
Duration
One year Full-Time
Plan code
GD194PDPM
CRICOS
093312C

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

Upon graduation 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.

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

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Project Management are eligible to apply for professional membership of the Project Management Institute.

Students and graduates are eligible to apply for Project Management Professional Certification (PMP).

The School of Property, Construction and Project Management is currently seeking accreditation of this program from the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have:

  • successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification)

    OR
  • undertaken a minimum of 5 years of professional work experience in a related industry. Applicants with senior-level professional experience that is less than 5 years may also be considered.

To have your professional experience considered you must submit with your application a CV and a personal statement detailing your experience.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

You must meet the University's minimum English language requirements to be eligible for a place in this program.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline.

You may also be considered if you do not have an undergraduate degree but have a minimum of 5 years professional work experience in a related industry or professional experience at a senior level that is less than 5 years.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

If you are applying on the basis of work experience, you must include with your application:

  • A curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A statement that details your experience.

To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

You can gain entry to this graduate diploma from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs, if you meet the entry requirements.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Upon successful completion of this program, you can continue your studies in MC210 Master of Project Management, subject to the program’s entrance requirements and receive 96 credit points of advanced standing into the master program. 

When you successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Project Management you are guaranteed entry into the Graduate Diploma in Project Management with 1 semester of advanced standing (equivalent to 48 credit points). The graduate certificate plan you complete will determine which graduate diploma plan you can enter.

Stream (plan):

  • Generic: GC042P03PM to GD194
  • Engineering: GC042P03PM to GD194EN
  • Post Disaster Project Management: GC042P03PM to GD194PDPM
  • Information Technology: GC042P03IT to GD194IT

Alternatively, you can gain entry into this degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs.

Credit

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

When you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Project Management you are guaranteed entry into the Master of Project Management with 2 semesters of advanced standing (equivalent to 96 credit points). The graduate diploma plan you complete will determine which master plan you can enter.

Stream (plan):

  • Generic: GD194 to MC210PM
  • Engineering: GD194EN to MC210EN
  • Post Disaster Project Management: GD194PDPM to MC210PDPM
  • Information Technology: GD194IT to MC210IT

Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry into other RMIT postgraduate programs.

Fees

2022 indicative fees

  • Full-fee places: AU$29,760.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment*

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

*Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

FEE-HELP loans

Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

This program is approved for income support.

You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.

If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.

You may be eligible to apply for income tax deductions for education expenses linked to your employment.

See the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for more information.

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The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$43,200.

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Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.