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Study levels explained

An undergraduate degree is your first degree. Sometimes referred to as a Bachelor’s degree, it is the first qualification you can complete at university. Whether you’re a high school leaver or going to university for the first time, you will study an undergraduate degree.

We have many undergraduate courses on offer in a range of study areas, plus plenty of information for parents and families to help navigate you along the way.

Find out more about undergraduate courses.

Honours courses are available to study once you have completed your undergraduate degree or as an optional extension to your undergraduate degree in your final year. An honours degree is usually a combination of coursework and a research project or thesis that allows you to focus on a specialisation in an area of your choice. depending on your career and academic aspirations.

Find out more about honours courses.

You can begin studying a postgraduate degree once you have an undergraduate degree. Or if it’s your first time at uni you can apply with significant industry experience that you’ve applied throughout your career. Postgraduate degrees can deepen your understanding and knowledge of your speciality area or undergraduate degree or they can help you switch career paths and embark on a brand new journey in a different area.

Postgraduate degrees can be studied at various levels depending on your career goals and aspirations.

Graduate Certificate

A Graduate Certificate or ‘grad cert’ for short, is a more specialised qualification than an undergraduate or Bachelor’s degree. If you already work in a particular field or have qualifications in a particular area, and you want to get more in-depth knowledge and advanced leadership skills, this level of course is for you. Grad certs can be completed in as little as one semester of full-time study (six months) or spread out over up to two years if you want to study part time. This duration makes it easier for you if you are a working professional, parent or someone who isn’t really sure about your choice just yet. A Graduate Certificate can also serve as a pathway into a Master’s degree. If you start a Graduate Certificate you may progress to a Graduate Diploma or Master upon successful completion, and you may gain credit for your study.

Graduate Diploma

A graduate diploma, or ‘grad dip’ for short, is usually . Grad dips , with more in-depth knowledge. This can be a good option if you’d like to return to study but don’t have the time required for a master’s degree just yet, your graduate diploma can be used as a qualification by itself or can serve as a pathway into a Master’s degree.


A Master’s degree is a great choice if you want to advance your career prospects and stand out in your chosen profession. Usually studying a Master’s degree will take 1.5 to two years full time (or part-time equivalent). Master’s degrees are highly regarded by employers for the high level of specialised industry knowledge and skills they provide.

Another advantage of a coursework master’s degree is you can choose the course type that best suits you. You can choose to do a Master’s by coursework or by coursework and dissertation, depending on your aspirations and your focus on research.

Find out more about postgraduate courses.

Have an inquiring mind and a passion to solve problems and advance humanity? A research degree is an advanced study program that gives you an opportunity to deeply explore a topic of your choice.

A research degree allows you to conduct your own unique research project, and produce new knowledge and expertise that is innovative, relevant and free-thinking.

Research degrees equip you with the transferable skills necessary for challenging and diverse roles in industry, government and business, as well as in research and academic organisations. You can choose to undertake a Masters by Research, PhD or Professional Doctorate - the highest degree level possible.

Find out more about research courses.

Australian Qualifications Framework

Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) provides standard information on study levels and qualifications. Visit their website for more information on the differences between each degree and level.

Learn more about the AQF levels
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Enabling pathways

Also known as bridging courses, our enabling programs can help you get into university and prepare you to start an undergraduate degree.

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