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All the different names for all the different types of degrees can be confusing.  As a school leaver you will be applying to University to study an undergraduate degree.  Once you have passed your degree you can go on to further study and undertake a postgraduate degree.

Even though you won’t be undertaking a postgraduate degree yet, here is a bit of an idea of what each of the degrees mean so you know the University lingo.

Undergraduate courses

Bachelor Degree:

The bachelor degree is the base university qualification. If you haven't previously graduated from university, you will normally study toward a bachelor degree.

Entry requirements: Applicants usually require year 12 English, plus a tertiary entrance rank of at least 70 (80 for engineering and other select courses). The TER required for each course changes from year to year, depending on demand. CHeck the course you are interested in to make sure you meet the entry requirements.

Duration: Generally three or four years' full-time study or part-time equivalent.


Postgraduate courses

  • Graduate certificate
    The graduate certificate broadens the skills and knowledge already gained from an undergraduate degree, or develops your vocational skills in a new area.
    Entry requirements: Applicants usually require a bachelor degree but, in certain cases, relevant work experience may be recognised.
    Duration: Generally six months' full-time study or part-time equivalent.

  • Graduate Diploma
    The graduate diploma is a specialised, vocationally-oriented degree designed for students who wish to develop new knowledge and skills in an area not previously studied.
    Entry requirements: Entry is normally based on a bachelor degree or diploma. Exceptions may be made in the case of less academically qualified applicants with appropriate work experience.
    Duration: Generally 12 months' full-time study or part-time equivalent.

  • Postgraduate Diploma
    These courses are for those who have completed a bachelor degree in a particular discipline, and want to further their studies in the same area.
    Entry requirements: Entry is normally based on a bachelor degree or diploma. Exceptions may be made in the case of less academically qualified applicants with appropriate work experience.
    Duration: Generally 12 months' full-time study or part-time equivalent.

  • Master
    This degree comprises coursework, project work and research in varying combinations. It is designed to enhance your professional skills or help you acquire a deeper understanding of a specific area of knowledge. The advantage of completing a master by coursework is the high level of tutorial advice and study guidance.
    Entry requirements: Normally a bachelor degree, honours degree or graduate diploma.
    If you lack formal qualifications but possess relevant experience, you may be eligible to enrol in a graduate certificate or graduate diploma. Provided your performance meets the required standard, you can then qualify for admission to a master by coursework.
    Duration: Varies due to the range of entry pathways, but most require the equivalent of two years' full-time study.

  • Professional Master
    The professional master programs are designed with the busy professional in mind. Fast-track and intensive, these programs offer an executive-style qualification directly relevant to career environments, with the added benefit of networking with like-minded people.
    Entry requirements: Usually a bachelor degree, honours degree or graduate diploma plus relevant professional experience.
    Duration: Varies between 12 and 18 months full-time study or part-time equivalent.

  • Graduate entry master
    A graduate entry master is a fast and intensive equivalent to a bachelor degree which allows you to change your career direction quickly.
    Entry requirements: A bachelor degree in a related field
    Duration: 2 years

 

Research degree

  • Master of Philosophy
    The Master of Philosophy aims to expand knowledge beyond the undergraduate honours or postgraduate diploma level, culminating in a research thesis.
    Entry requirements: Generally, a bachelor degree with honours or postgraduate diploma. Read the guidelines for research students: admission for entry requirements.
    Duration: One to two years full time study or part time equivalent.

  • PhD and other doctoral research degrees
    Doctoral research degree candidates uncover new knowledge either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative reinterpretation of known data and established ideas.
    Entry requirements: Generally, a bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours or a master degree. Read the guidelines for research students: admission for entry requirements.
    Duration: Two to four years full time study or part time equivalent.

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