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Are you passionate about a particular field of work?

Have you just completed a degree and think you'd like to go onto more study?

Maybe you've been working as a professional and you're looking for a competitive advantage or a change in career direction?

Whatever your reason or background, you'll find a wide range of postgraduate courses at ECU, including Diplomas, Masters and PhDs.

And because we understand that your life is already busy, we offer the flexibility and convenience of part-time and online study options.

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Online courses

At ECU, we understand that everyone is different.

We all have different work arrangements, family responsibilities, locations and learning styles.

That's why we offer the flexibility of studying many of our postgraduate courses online.

This includes everything from a Diploma to a Masters online.

Our online students receive our full support, just like their on-campus equivalents. We don't forget you!

Postgraduate scholarships

With the support of a scholarship, we can help you realise your ambitions by improving your financial situation and enabling you to successfully complete your course.

A scholarship can make all the difference if you're undertaking longer term study, like a Masters or PhD.

Scholarships are also offered on an annual basis through a range of awards or fellowships outside of ECU.

Globally ranked for Education

ECU has been named in the top 250 universities worldwide for its research activity in the area of education and training, according to a global university rankings list.

In the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2017, ECU was listed for education and training, the fifth year in a row it has ranked in the top 250 or better for this subject.

Why Study at ECU

Why Study at ECU?

ECU is one of the world's best young universities*.

We're young and we're curious. We’re constantly scanning what's happening in the world and translating this into challenging, realistic and highly practical courses that prepare students for the future.

Our graduate programs are developed in consultation with industry, with placement opportunities and networking events integral to many courses.

ECU teaching staff are some of the best in their fields, with extensive industry experience and a genuine interest in their students' learning and achievements.

*Times Higher Education Top 150 Young University Rankings, 2018

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A quick overview of ECU’s campuses and facilities.

Fantastic facilities and programs

ECU offers a diverse range of postgraduate courses and our facilities are some of the best you'll find at any university in Australia. We have:

  • one of Australia's fastest growing Engineering Schools
  • the largest Nursing program in Western Australia
  • Exercise Science laboratories considered among the best in the Southern Hemisphere
  • the oldest and most popular School of Education in Western Australia
  • one of the most comprehensive Arts & Humanities Schools in the Southern Hemisphere
  • one of the world's leading performing arts academies, WAAPA.

Postgraduate programs are well-supported

At ECU, we understand there's more to your life than being a student.

Many of our postgraduate students also have busy jobs and families that require their full attention.

It's one of the reasons why we offer online and part-time study.

And you can drive to one of our metropolitan campuses from work or home and take advantage of convenient parking.

We also have professionally-accredited Childcare centres on our campuses and our Sport Centres offer short-term crèches during semesters.

Learning Advisers can help you with academic skills and career counsellors can help you plan your future.

Our Graduate Research School also provides loads of support if you’re thinking about a research degree.

Support services for postgrads

Pathways to postgrad

Pathways to postgrad

There are different entry pathways to postgraduate study at ECU.

If you have a Bachelor's degree and meet the specific admission requirements for your chosen course, you're on your way.

If you don't have a uni degree, your professional work experience could qualify you for entry to a Graduate Certificate course, and, if you're successful, onto a Diploma or a Masters.

Use our pathway wizard to help you understand your entry options.



There are two ways you can study for a postgraduate qualification – by coursework or by research.

The majority of our postgrad coursework disciplines offer Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters level courses.

You can also advance from a Graduate Certificate to a Masters as a natural progression.

A postgraduate research degree involves the production of a written body of work, known as a thesis.

Identifying a topic, developing a proposal, conducting the research and writing the thesis are key stages of a research degree.

Our study areas

At ECU, we group similar fields of work into study areas. If you don’t yet have a clear idea about your field of study, this might help. You can choose a postgraduate degree within each study area, including a speciality, or discipline.

Graduate Certificates

Graduate Diplomas

Masters degrees by coursework

Masters degrees by research


Student stories

Student stories

Hear from ECU postgraduate students as they share their experiences at our university.

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Luke Brook, PhD (Computer Science) talks about how he’s able to study, help raise 4 kids and hold down a job.

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Sharna Bicheno (Masters of Midwifery) talks about how her lecturers are always approachable and go beyond what she expected.

Jose Arreola Hernandez

"Attending Graduate Research School training and development workshops has had a positive impact on my research journey."

"Being a non-native English speaker, the writing and research tools I have acquired during my PhD studies have made a difference in my progress and to the quality of my research. Attending Graduate Research School training and development workshops has had a positive impact on my research journey. My greatest achievements have been to have some of my research already published and participating in an international research collaboration at one of the top-ranked Canadian universities. I am glad ECU encourages and supports these initiatives."

Jose Arreola Hernandez

Finance PhD student

Monique Du Preez

"I have found ECU lecturers to be encouraging and supportive..."

"I began my journey at ECU by enrolling for a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology). After completing Honours, I am now studying for a Master of Psychology. With my Bachelor degree, I double-majored in psychology and criminology, two subjects that I always found fascinating. As part of my studies, I was lucky enough to attend prison visits and sit in on criminal trials. During my Masters, I undertook placements at ECU Psychological Services and external placements in hospitals. These placements have provided me with the necessary skills and knowledge for my future career in working independently and in multidisciplinary team environments. I have found ECU lecturers to be encouraging and supportive and the university has a friendly atmosphere and promotes multicultural values, things I consider very important."

Monique Du Preez

Master of Psychology student

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