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Postgraduate study: what to expect

The benefits

Postgraduate study is a great investment in your future - people with postgraduate qualifications can earn significantly more than those with bachelor degrees (according to studies by Graduate Careers Australia). A postgraduate degree makes you more competitive in your industry, demonstrates your expertise in and commitment to your field, and signals to employers that you have a high level of skill.

You can graduate eligible for registration with professional organisations, or meet professional development requirements for your chosen careers. You can also study courses that can develop your skills as a leader, or help you change careers entirely. And, of course, postgraduate study is an opportunity to continue your lifelong learning journey.

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What course is right for me?

Postgraduate study can be either coursework or research, each with individual benefits. You need to decide which is best for you. Or, if you're looking for a quick upgrade of your skills, you can try a short course.

Graduate certificates

Graduate certificates are ideal if you want to quickly build your skills in a specific field. Study 4 units either full-time or part-time to complete a graduate certificate in your field of study. A graduate certificate can take as little as 1 semester to complete.

Graduate diplomas

Get more in depth with a graduate diploma. A graduate diploma typically builds on a graduate certificate. Study 8 units either full-time or part-time to complete a graduate diploma in your field of study. A graduate diploma can be completed in 2 semesters.

Masters degrees

Take a deep dive into your field of interest, and develop real expertise. A masters degree is a further continuation of a graduate diploma, and can be completed in a 2-8 semesters. A masters by coursework lets you study a selection of units in your field.

Research degrees

If you’ve got a topic you’re passionate about, and you’re ready to explore it in depth, apply for a research degree. Find out more about our research programs.

Flexible pathways

To make things easier, some of our courses can be broken down into smaller pieces, so you can opt in and out when it suits you. You might have the opportunity to study a graduate certificate now, and progress on to a graduate diploma or a masters when you're ready.

Alternatively, if you're having trouble finding the time to continue in your masters program, you may be able to exit early with a graduate certificate or graduate diploma.

Your study pathway will depend on your course and your faculty. See your course information for more detail.

Short courses

Short courses allow you to learn new skills or develop your existing knowledge without having to commit to a long-term award course. Some short courses can even provide credit into an award course, if you want to continue your study.

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