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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

    For the fifth year in a row, ECU has received the top undergraduate teaching quality ranking of all 37 public universities in Australia.

    ECU was also the top-ranked public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development for the sixth year in a row.

    View QILT results.

  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

    Read more about the Good Universities Guide.

  • THE Impact Rankings 2020

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked number 9 in the world for Quality Education and is in the top 100 overall in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings, showing how the global higher education sector is working towards the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

    Read more about the THE Impact Rankings

  • THE World University Rankings 2020 Top 100 Young

    THE Young University Rankings

    ECU has been ranked in the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University Rankings.

How it works

Online study is delivered via our virtual learning environment called 'Blackboard'.

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

Doing exams

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.

Back to Blackboard

Your lecturers will use our 'Blackboard' system to teach your online units.

All units have a site on Blackboard 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.

Blackboard 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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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.

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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.

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

  • Anhnie Nguyen

    Master of Clinical Nursing

    "Combining work with online postgrad study"

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