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C02051v1 Doctor of Project Management

Award(s): Doctor of Project Management (DPM)
CRICOS code: 045835G
Course EFTSL: 3
Location: City campus

Career options
Admission requirements
Credit recognition
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information


This course combines coursework subjects and original research culminating in a doctoral dissertation. Candidates develop their doctoral topic through the coursework component. The dissertation must have a project, program or portfolio management focus and analysis representing an original investigation, criticism or review of a project, program and portfolio management of a standard suitable for publication.

The research can be undertaken in a variety of industries and applications such as product development, information and communication systems, innovation and technology, defense, construction, health, planning, property development, architecture and design and organisational change. Research related to finding solutions for problems at a workplace informed by rigorous research is encouraged.

This program is one of the few professional doctorates in project management in Australia. It counters the isolation experienced by many PhD doctoral candidates by providing a combination of postgraduate coursework subjects and a dissertation, and allows candidates to benefit from contact with coursework students and UTS: Design Architecture and Building.

Career options

Career options include project management consultancy, senior management positions in project management and consultancy organisations, positions in universities, undertaking research, or other academic work, including teaching and research supervision.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised master's by research or bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (division 1), or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

At least five years of industry experience in project management or senior management positions is expected, as the research requires a good understanding of organisational issues. Support for the project, availability of supervision, availability of places, availability of facilities at UTS, the applicant's overall abilities and experience and report of the academic referees submitted with the application are all taken into account.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 58-66

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.


Applicants must submit a research proposal at the point of application. Once final approval is obtained for a research proposal, the topic cannot be changed except with the approval of the University. A research proposal should be submitted along with the application as detailed at:

Local students

Information about the application process can be found at:

International students

International students can find details on how to apply for study at UTS at:

The international postgraduate student application form is available to download at:

Credit recognition

Suitably qualified applicants may be given up to 36 credit points of exemptions for coursework subjects.

Further details are available at:

Course duration and attendance

The standard course duration is three years of full-time (six semesters) or six years of part-time (12 semesters) study (the maximum course duration is four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study).

Each coursework subject involves block attendance on campus of nominally five days duration. Prior to this period, there are preparatory tasks supported by online resources and participation, and following this period students are required to complete individual assessment tasks, again using online support from teaching staff. The research methodology subjects are taught online.

The research component comprises regular meetings with the allocated supervisor, face-to-face for local students on campus, and using communication and collaboration technologies for students doing this research from an approved overseas location. Students located overseas are required to come to UTS for their first assessment and will have a local supervisor allocated to them accessible for face-to-face meetings where they are located.

Course structure

The course comprises one-third coursework subjects and two-thirds research thesis.

From Autumn 2010, this course requires completion of two compulsory 6-credit-point research methodology subjects, six 6-credit-point Master of Project Management (C04006) postgraduate coursework subjects chosen from CBK90605, and a dissertation of approximately 50,000 to 75,000 words.

With prior approval from the allocated supervisor and the course director, up to a maximum of two of the postgraduate coursework subjects can be substituted with subjects from other UTS faculties, provided these subjects help the candidate formulate and conduct their research.

While the DPM thesis may be shorter than a PhD thesis, taking account of the coursework component, it is expected to exhibit the same level of originality, criticism and intellectual rigour normally associated with a PhD thesis. Being a professional doctorate, the research is also expected to contribute to professional practice.

Both the candidate and the candidate's principal supervisor are required to submit progress reports at the end of each semester following commencement of the dissertation. Within the first year of commencement for full-time students, or one-and-a-half years for part-time students, candidates must complete a formal doctoral assessment to ensure they are gaining the prerequisite knowledge and skills to allow successful and timely completion of the proposed research program; that their progress is consistent with completion of the research program in the prescribed time; and that they demonstrate the potential to complete the work to standard.

Course completion requirements

15462 Introduction to Research 6cp
15463 The Research Process 6cp
15464 Doctoral Thesis: Project Management 
Select 36 credit points from the following: 36cp
15346 Governance and Leadership of Project Management6cp 
15327 Managing Project Complexity6cp 
15325 Negotiation and Conflict Management6cp 
15330 Program Management6cp 
15326 Project Management Practicum6cp 
15356 Project Performance Improvement6cp 
15338 Strategic Procurement and Contract Management6cp 
15336 Systems Thinking for Managers6cp 
15347 The Project Organisation: A New Organisational Model6cp 

Other information

Further information is available from the Building 6 Student Centre on:

telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222

or from the UTS: Graduate Research School on:

telephone +61 2 9514 1336