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The Doctor of Project Management degree provides an opportunity to combine a doctoral thesis with the coursework component of a Master of Project Management degree. The degree consists of one-third coursework (equivalent to one year full-time) and two-thirds research (equivalent to two years full-time) which may be in an area encountered by the student while undertaking coursework.

The program is intended to prepare candidates for the highest level of professional practice, in which they can contribute significantly to the development of the discipline of Project Management.

High-level professional practice in the field of project management involves the continuous improvement of the associated body of knowledge in order to manage the ever-increasing complexity of systems and projects. This extension requires significant experience and a mastery of the professional body of knowledge, underpinned by strong research skills.

In this program, mastery of the professional body of knowledge is achieved in the coursework component, which builds on prior education and the experience gained through professional practice.

Based on this mastery of the professional body of knowledge, the thesis component of the program develops the research skills necessary for an experienced practitioner to be able to make a significant contribution to the continuous improvement of their discipline’s professional practice. See UNSW Higher Degree Research Learning Outcomes.

The degree consists of one third coursework (equivalent to two semesters full time) and two thirds research (equivalent to a minimum of four semesters full time) which may be taken in an area encountered by the student while undertaking coursework. All coursework must be completed before the commencement of the dissertation.

Assessment of the research component is as for other final research degrees, ie award / not award / re-submit.

The coursework component is identical to the Master of Project Management (Program 8595).



Study Level


Typical duration

3 Years

Delivery Mode

Face-to-face, Research

Academic Calendar

Research Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Professional Doctorate


Doctor of Project Management - DProjMgt



Entry Requirements

Additional Information

Award of the Degree

The degree of Doctor of Project Management may be awarded by the Council on the recommendation of the UNSW Canberra Higher Degree Committee (hereinafter referred to as the Committee) to a candidate who after satisfactorily completing a qualifying program comprising 48 units of credit in the Master of Project Management degree has, through the submission of a thesis based on his or her research, made an original and significant contribution to knowledge in the field of Project Management.

Full credit for the qualifying program will be given for students who have previously completed the Master of Project Management.

Prospective students

Prospective students are strongly advised to make contact with a potential supervisor and the UNSW Canberra Research Student Unit before applying for research study at the University.

Further information about the DProjMgt program and scholarships at UNSW Canberra can be found by emailing a query via

Please refer to the UNSW Canberra Future Students website for further information on how to apply, scholarships, English language requirements, thesis preparation and other research related matters.

Further Information

For further information on policies, procedures and forms, see the Graduate Research website.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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