Levels of study
Before you choose a course, it's handy to decide which level of study will suit you best.
Consider what you want to use your new qualification for.
- To start your career?
- Advance or change your career?
- Or are you exploring your passion for a particular subject?
So, what are the levels of study?
Certificate and diploma chevron_right
A certificate or diploma might be your first qualification, giving you skills and experience you can build on. These courses can also complement your existing qualifications. For example, you could add qualifications in a particular subject to a broad-based undergraduate degree.
Undergraduate or bachelor's degree chevron_right
If you're starting university study for the first time, or you're interested in exploring a new field, a bachelor's degree is for you. This level of study will suit you if you've recently completed high school, have some TAFE study or vocational training, or if you're returning to study after some time away.
Honours allows you to focus on a particular area of interest with a research project that can be integrated with your undergraduate degree. It can also be completed as a stand-alone course after your relevant undergraduate study.
Graduate certificate chevron_right
This qualification broadens the skills and knowledge you've already gained through an undergraduate degree. It's also a great stepping stone to a graduate diploma or master's degree.
Graduate diploma chevron_right
This is a specialised qualification, expanding on the skills you gained through your undergraduate degree or graduate certificate. A graduate diploma can also lead to a master's degree.
Postgraduate diploma chevron_right
This qualification is ideal if you've completed your undergraduate degree and want to pursue further study in the same area.
Master's degree chevron_right
A master's degree may be comprised of different combinations of coursework, project work and research. This is a specialised qualification and can lead to career advancement with opportunities for further study (such as a doctorate / PhD).
Higher Degree by Research chevron_right
A Higher Degree by Research, such as a research master's or doctorate, is the highest level university qualification. This is a research qualification in which you conduct your own research and document your findings as a thesis or dissertation.