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Graduate Diploma of Project Management

If you’re looking to upskill your project management abilities to take on large-scale projects, then a Graduate Diploma of Project Management is for you.

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12 months full-time

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Mar, Jul, Nov

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‘The benefit of studying online with Swinburne Online has allowed me to schedule my time efficiently and effectively around [my life]. I have been provided with a world-class education led by industry leaders and professionals.’

Kate, Swinburne Online student

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As a Business Analyst, you’ll have a strong future ahead of you, with a 29.6% increase expected in the next five years. 

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We received a 5-star rating for skills development and teaching quality for our postgraduate courses.

‘The benefit of studying online with Swinburne Online has allowed me to schedule my time efficiently and effectively around [my life]. I have been provided with a world-class education led by industry leaders and professionals.’

Kate, Swinburne Online student

29.6% ▴

As a Business Analyst, you’ll have a strong future ahead of you, with a 29.6% increase expected in the next five years. 

We received a 5-star rating for skills development and teaching quality for our postgraduate courses.

The Good Universities Guide 2024

Upskill your project management abilities

Gain new skills and a greater understanding of project management principles. Study the Graduate Diploma of Project Management online and you will learn to manage resources, identify and manage risk. You will also learn how to bring analysis and strategy to your project work in a broad range of industries.

This qualification teaches you how to manage project teams, to optimise available resources and manage change. It brings new understanding to managing budgets and decodes organisational behaviour. You will develop your problem-solving skills and learn how to design and communicate innovative solutions to different audiences.

Course work includes techniques for creating and communicating professional project plans and dealing with complex business problems. It also covers supporting organisational change and responding to ethical issues.

Our graduates receive certification into the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM). AIPM is the premier body for project management in Australia, with over 10,000 members. It is recognised by Australian businesses, industries and government as the key promoter, developer and leader in project management professionalism.

What will you learn?

  • Project Management: Successfully manage people and resources in order to complete projects in a results-driven environment.
  • Leadership: Become a leader with a proficient skill set and the ability to communicate effectively, using sound management strategies to ensure people work to the best of their ability to achieve project-specific goals.
  • Problem-Solving: Solve problems with ingenuity and a solid foundation in the real-life application of project management theory.
  • Collaboration: Effective collaboration necessitates flexible leadership – learn to collaborate and allocate resources in a collaborative environment in order to achieve project-related targets.

Learn more about our professional accreditations. Download a Course Guide.

Flexible study

What does flexible study mean for me?

Studying at Swinburne Online gives you the freedom to study how it suits you. Decide when and where it fits in with your life and tailor your study journey to your own needs. Get a world-class degree without giving up what’s important.

Flexible study at Swinburne Online

Set a study pace that work with what’s going on in your life. If you’re unsure about how much you can commit to, we can offer part-time options and the option of increasing your unit load as your progress. Interested in fast-tracking your studies? You also have the opportunity to complete up to 12 units per year.

You don’t have to put your life on hold to study. Prioritise what matters to you and fit study around family, work and personal commitments through a course that is flexibly designed for online learners.

Start when it suits. Swinburne Online offers multiple intake dates and flexible unit availability, so you can choose when you begin your studies or if you need to take a break.

Flexible study requires flexible support. As a Swinburne Online student, you’ll have support for extended hours, seven days a week. Student Advisors are available to help with anything from tech support to research advice. You will also have dedicated online tutors available to assist in each of your units.


Your course structure

The Graduate Diploma of Project Management consists of eight units, including six core unit and two elective units.

The Graduate Diploma of Project Management focuses on building upon your existing professional knowledge and experience. It ensures that you are confident and well-prepared to navigate a range of challenges that can occur in project management across various industries. While your core units will focus on honing your skills you elective units will allow you to further extend your knowledge.

Why study a degree in project management with Swinburne Online? Our courses are at the forefront of industry and provide you with the practical skills to success come graduation. View all units in this graduate diploma.

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How you'll learn

Learning designed for online

Your study journey with Swinburne Online is tailored to the digital space. You’ll study in a dynamic virtual classroom environment and interact with your peers in the custom-built social platform. You will also receive support at the times you need it from advisors who understand studying online.

Your online study journey

You’ll complete each of your units in Canvas, your online classroom, and be guided through coursework by an online tutor with real-world experience in your field of study. Canvas is where you’ll access classes, assignments and discussion boards with your peers.

The Student Hub is your online campus, where you’ll access the support and resources to assist you throughout your study journey. From managing your course to technical support and library resources, you’ll find it all in one easy location.

Swinburne Online will be there for you each step of the way. From enrolment through to graduation, we offer extended, flexible support in each of your units and advisors to assist with any queries.

Entry requirements

To gain entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry criteria:

  • A recognised bachelor degree in a related discipline; or
  • A recognised bachelor degree in any discipline PLUS a minimum of two years equivalent full-time relevant professional experience; or
  • A Graduate Certificate of Project Management.

Speak to one of your Course Consultants to find out more.

If you are applying as an international student, please view the English Language Requirements.


The estimated annual fee for this course is $32,400*. This is based on completing eight 12.5 credit point units in one calendar year.

*Unit fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth provided loans are available to assist eligible students to pay their course fees and there are a range of university, government and privately funded scholarships and prizes.

Discover more information about HELP loans.

Course fees will be affected by a student’s unit selection and any credit awarded in recognition of previous academic experience.

This course is offered to domestic and offshore international students.

Domestic students also contribute to student services and amenities via an annual fee.

Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students. You may be eligible for Swinburne Scholarships.

Career Outcomes

Swinburne Online connection to industry

As a graduate of the Graduate Diploma of Project Management, you will have the ability to take these sought-after career skills and make a difference wherever you decide to commit your passion and expertise. You will also receive automatic certification into the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), the longest serving body for project management in Australia.

Take a leadership role not just in project planning, but delivering the exciting results. You’ll be part of every process, from ideation to execution.

In this dynamic role, you’ll use data analytics to assess processes, determine requirements and deliver data-driven recommendations and reports to key stakeholders.

Methodically plan the scope and direction of IT projects, ensuring they reach completion in a timely fashion.

Oversee the marketing team in their pursuit of project-related goals, using a variety of marketing techniques.


The Graduate Diploma of Project Management is nationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).


‘I enjoy the flexibility and the quality of course content and support.’


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What are other students asking?
For students undertaking a degree, most of your learning materials are included with a free license provided to you by Swinburne Online. However, in some cases, you will be notified via your student email that you will need to buy specific software or eTexts. For TAFE Business students, all of your learning materials will be available online and are covered by your course fees. You won’t need to purchase any further materials.
When you enrol to study a degree with us, you will nominate how many units you would like to select per teaching period, based on a recommendation from one of our Course Consultants. From here, our enrolments team will allocate you automatically to the units they feel will be best suited to your needs, so you don’t need to worry about choosing units. If you want to choose something different than what you are allocated to, that is no problem, just get in touch with our Student Advisors and they will take care of it for you.
You won’t normally have to be online at a specific time. Your course material is available for you from the beginning of each teaching period and you can work through it in the hours that suit you. There are some live webinar sessions that run approximately once a month. These are a special opportunity for students to sign in at the same time as their tutors, normally before an assessment deadline. It gives you the chance to ask any questions relating to the assignment in real time and hear other student’s questions and thoughts. We understand that students won’t always be able to make these sessions, so they can be replayed the next day.

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