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Online Study

At ECU we understand that everyone has different work arrangements, family responsibilities, locations or even learning styles. So we offer loads of online courses to help you balance your study with other commitments. This includes areas like nursing, psychology, law, nutrition or many masters courses.

Why ECU?

  • QILT logo

    ECU top in teaching quality and more

    In the latest QILT rankings, students have rated ECU as Australia's top public university for undergraduate teaching quality for the 7th year in a row. The university also topped the rankings for public universities in Australia for undergraduate overall experience, skills development and learning resources. View QILT results.

  • The Good Universities Guide

    Good Universities Guide

    ECU’s 5-star rating for undergraduate teaching quality has been achieved for 16 straight years! Five-star ratings were also achieved for undergraduate skills development, learner engagement, learning resources, student support and overall experience. All ratings are the best for a public university in Western Australia.

    Read more.

  • THE Impact Rankings

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the top 50 for Gender Equality (24th), Good Health and Wellbeing (24th) and Quality Education (41st) in the 2021 Times Higher Education Impact rankings, showing how universities are working towards the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

    Read more about the THE Impact Rankings

  • THE World University Rankings Top 100 Young

    THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings. View rankings.

How it works

Online study is delivered via our digital learning platform called Canvas.

Your student email account is used for most correspondence, e.g. exam information or unit updates from course coordinators and tutors.

If you're not too far from an ECU campus, you can also access campus facilities and learning support services.

If not, some support services can still be accessed online.

Hitting the books

Hitting the books

You can purchase text books, uniforms and name badges online from The School Locker.

Resources are also available to online students via the ECU Library.

Our library databases and online catalogue enable you to conduct research online.

And if you live more than 50km from an ECU campus, Library staff can provide you with copies of journal articles and books, including posting publications to your home address.

Doing exams

Hitting the books

You can register your attendance at one of our examination centre locations using 'SIMO', our Student Information Management Online system.

If you live further then 80km from an examination centre, you simply need to nominate someone to supervise your exams and you can do them at home.

SIMO is also your 'go to' place for enrolling in units, checking unit results and looking up exam timetables.

Courses

At ECU you can study online degrees, diplomas and even some doctorates.

Some of our courses are ideal for distance study as they're completely online.

Others, like Engineering or Paramedicine for example, have practical, hands-on units that require you to spend some time on-campus and/or on an industry-specific placement.

Theory-based units can be completed online to complement the ones you have to complete on-campus.

Your blank Canvas

Your lecturers currently use our Canvas system to teach your online units.

All units have a site on Canvas where you can access unit plans and materials, as well as your lecturer's contact details.

Here, you can submit assignments and view your marks for completed ones.

For an increasing number of units, you can also listen to recordings of the lectures – it's just like being there.

Canvas also features a discussion board, wiki, blogs, journals and ePortfolios.

Need some help deciding what to study?

Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

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If you prefer paper over pixels, please download one of our guides.

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Scholarship opportunities to reduce your expenses

Scholarships recognise those whose life journey may have been challenging, as well as students who've shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

A scholarship can help you realise your ambitions by paying for fees, text books and living expenses.

Realise your dream with our scholarships

Student stories

  • Amy Dixon

    Amy Dixon

    ECU postgraduate Neurological Rehabilitation student

    The knowledge I have learned has really improved my capabilities and I have noticed a confidence in my practice

    I am currently working in physiotherapy and wanted to specialise in neurological rehabilitation. I chose ECU as it was the only university in WA offering postgrad studies designed for increasing knowledge in neurological rehabilitation.

    I am enjoying studying online and the weekly modules are motivating. The content is relevant and thought provoking, and there are are plenty of opportunities to collaborate with peers using the discussion board.

  • Anhnie Nguyen

    ECU Master of Clinical Nursing student

    Combining work with online postgrad study

    Master of Clinical Nursing student Anhnie Nguyen talks about combining online study at ECU with her nursing work.

The Important Things

Things you should know about if you're thinking about studying here.

Course Entry

There's more than one admission pathway into an ECU course. It depends on what you've studied already, or your work or life experience.

Fees & Scholarships

Course tuition fees can change, but we can give you an estimate of your costs. If you’re eligible, a scholarship or student loan can help too.

Applying

Applying for a course is a fairly simple process, especially if you have scanned copies of qualifications, your resume or other paperwork, ready to upload.

ECU Experience

Starting a course is an exciting and sometimes daunting time, so we make a massive effort to ensure you get all the support you need to have a positive experience.