Flexible learning options

Balancing postgraduate study with work, family and other commitments can be challenging. We offer a range of different structures and options so you can make study work for your life.


Study online

With many courses, you'll have the option of studying externally using online materials such as lecture recordings. Online study allows you to complete units and even whole degrees without being on campus.

Find out more about studying online

Study full-time or part-time

A full-time study load allows you to finish your degree in the shortest time possible, but if you would like more flexibility, you may be able to study part-time. You may also be able to change between full-time and part-time study during your course if your circumstances change.

Your full-time or part-time study options will depend on the course you're studying, prerequisites and unit availability.

If you're studying under a Student Visa, you are required to complete your course within the Confirmation of Enrolment and visa length. You can apply for approved reduced study in certain circumstances.

Take things one step at a time

In addition to part-time and online study options, you can take your postgraduate study one step at a time, earning a series of industry-recognised qualifications as you work towards a full Masters or PhD qualification.

Semesters and trimesters

For the majority of Murdoch's courses, the year is divided into two semesters:

  • Semester One, beginning mid-February
  • Semester Two, beginning late July

Some units may also be available in the summer and winter semester breaks. This means you could study all year round and complete your degree sooner.

For some courses, the teaching year is split into three trimesters, allowing you to complete more units over the course of the year. Trimester study fast tracks your program, so you can complete your degree sooner.

Search the course finder to see when your preferred course runs.

Intensive contact periods

As a postgraduate student, some of your units may also be offered with intensive contact periods.

These units run over a standard teaching period, such as a semester or trimester, but the contact hours are concentrated into an intensive window such as a weekend or a number of days.

With intensive contact periods, you can get the benefit of on-campus interaction with other students from your class, while having less contact days and the flexibility to study when it suits you.