Graduate Diploma of Project Management (GradDipPM)

Award Graduate Diploma of Project Management(GradDipPM)
AQF Level AQF 8
Typical Duration 1.3 year
CRICOS Code 066177G
Unit of Study 8
Structure 7 Core units and 1 Elective unit


The objective of the Graduate Diploma of Project Management is to develop students and practitioners with the skills and knowledge to assume roles in the planning, delivery of complex projects in a range of industry settings. It will also embed the concepts of sustainability as a dimension of managerial decisions and processes. Project Managers need to think strategically and demonstrate mastery of managerial perspectives that can optimise the project value and aid the achievement of triple objectives of economic, performance, and environment. The focus in our course is to study projects within a comprehensive framework. We apply an integrated project and business development approach that emphasises the delivery of the project business case and achievement of triple objectives.

APIC's focus is on the promotion of holistic and integrative thinking, and self-direction. In this course, you should expect to develop the following attributes:

  • fundamental project management knowledge and tools needed to manage a wide range of projects;
  • leadership and teamwork skills;
  • problem solving skills;
  • creativity and innovative thinking; and
  • ethics and sustainability skills.


  • APIC courses are nationally accredited and registered by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and included in the National Register of Higher Education Providers.
  • APIC is formally registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). GradDipPM CRICOS Code is 066177G
  • APIC’s Graduate Diploma of Project Management is endorsed by the Australian Institute of Project Management.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Advanced knowledge of the theories, concepts, principles, and key applied technologies, including information technology, needed for effective leadership, strategic operation and project management, and of key professional, ethical, industrial, and legislative codes and regulations.
  • Cognitive skills to review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge from a range of industry and academic sources to provide solutions to problems in domains such as customer service, resource management, risk management, organisational methods, and implementation of new technologies and processes.
  • Cognitive skills to think critically, to evaluate new, dynamic, and complex project management risks and resources management requirements, and generate solutions to complex problems.
  • Specialised technical skills in project planning, project budgeting, preparing project timelines, and resource management required for specific projects.
  • Communication skills to clearly articulate complex concepts and solutions relating to the analysis, planning, design, and evaluation of approaches to customer service, resource management, risk management, organisational methods, and implementation of new technologies and processes.
  • Skills for clearly explaining complex knowledge and ideas relating to analysis, planning, design, and evaluation of appropriate to customer service, resource management, risk management, organisational methods, and implementation of new technologies and processes to various audiences, client, project teams and professionals.
  • Make high-level judgement concerning a range of technical and management functions in contexts including implementation of new finance structure, customer service models, strategy, and acquisition techniques.
  • Initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions of project management within a range of contexts, including resource management, information technology, procurement, new product development, and service development.
  • Demonstrate responsibility, accountability, and ethical professional practice across all functional areas, including research. Analysis, planning, implementation, review, and performance management, both within a team and when working autonomously.
  • Work effectively in diverse teams to deliver outcomes, both as team members and as team leaders, as appropriate to the context.


Compulsory Units Prerequisites
PRJ5001 Project Management Profession -
PRJ5002 Enterprise and Resource Planning -
PRJ5003 Project Constraint Management -
PRJ5004 Procurement, Quality and Risk Management -
PRJ5108 Project Delivery and Procurement PRJ5001
PRJ5105 Project Integration and Change Management One of the following: PRJ5001, or PRJ5002, or PRJ5003, or PRJ5004 + completion of 16 credit points.
PRJ5106 Research Methodology and Data Analysis Elective Completion of 24 Credit Points
Recommended Electives Prerequisites
PRJ5107 Venture, Project Economics and Finance PRJ5001
BUS6001 Business Strategy Management PRJ5001
General Electives Prerequisites
PRJ6002 Strategic Portfolio Management BUS6001
BUS6002 Enterprise Business Management -
BUS6003 Business Law -
BUS6004 Enterprise Information Systems PRJ5002
BUS6005 International Business -
BUS5001 Ethical Legal and Industrial Frameworks -
BUS5002 Applied Accounting and Financial Management -
BUS5003 Information Systems and Data Analysis -
BUS5004 Leadership and Influence -

Please note: Not all units are offered in every trimester.

A student electing to use a Graduate Certificate in Project Management as an exit pathway may enrol in any other Graduate Diploma offered by the College with full credit for the units included in the exit award (if applicable) provided the enrolment is within 5 years of graduating with the exit award.

To access structure for students commencing in or before Trimester 2 2020 please click here

Duration of Study

  • Full time study is normally 1.3 years in duration with accelerated study available.
  • Domestic students may complete their study on a part time (P/T) basis.

Delivery Method
All units of study are hosted on the College’s Online Learning System (OLS-Canvas), and lectures are generally delivered face-to-face for campus-based students. Students should expect to spend approximately 13 hours per week over 12 weeks (total of 160 hours) on learning activities for each unit. All tutorials and workshops are conducted under close academic supervision.

Students have 24/7 access to course information, E-library, and other learning resources, and learn from a highly qualified faculty, many of whom have considerable academic and industry experience. Each unit includes a variety of assessments that promote academic integrity and learning and prepare students for future learning and practice.

Other learning resources include:

  • lecture notes and suggested readings,
  • sample assignments and case studies,
  • e-Library and course reserve, and
  • academic skills resources.

APIC's e-Library hosts a collection of specialised papers and presentation slides often not found in the online databases. It includes a mix of academic and industry-focused studies in project, business, and general management. The collection is always expanding as more resources are obtained.

Postgraduate Admission Requirements

APIC Admission policy

Academic Entry Requirements

English language entry requirements

All applicants from a non-English speaking background applying to any postgraduate course at APIC must satisfy the following additional English language requirements:

IELTS Academic: Overall band score 6.5 or higher with no band below 6.0 in writing and speaking; OR
IBT (Internet-based TOEFL): Overall score 79 with a writing section minimum of 21 and speaking 18 OR
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Overall score 180, writing and speaking 180 OR
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Overall 176 with a writing and speaking section minimum of 169 OR
PTE Academic Module with a minimum score of 58 with a writing and speaking section minimum of 50.

Applicants who do not meet APIC’s English proficiency requirements can be made a conditional offer with a requirement to complete an approved intensive English language course and meet the required standard prior to their commencing their APIC award course.