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Postgraduate Students

Passionate about a field of work and think you'd like to go onto more study? Or maybe you're working but looking for a competitive advantage or a career change? We offer a wide range of postgraduate courses at ECU, many of which are online and can be completed in as little as 6 months.

Why ECU?

  • QILT logo

    ECU top in teaching quality and more

    For the sixth 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 public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development, student support and overall experience. View QILT results.

  • Good Universities Guide - Overall Experience

    Postgraduate experience top in WA

    ECU has been rated 5 stars and the top WA university for postgraduate overall experience in the 2022 Good Universities Guide. Other postgraduate 5-star ratings included skills development, learning resources, student support and teaching quality.

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  • 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 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 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings. View rankings.

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

Postgraudate student and learning adviser discussing study notes over a coffee

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.

Pathways to postgrad

ECU Joondalup Campus

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.

Our postgraduate course entry page will help you understand your entry options.

Courses

What can you study here?

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.

Study courses online

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 Graduate Diploma to a Masters, and even some doctorates.

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

Our study areas

To help you choose a career direction, we group similar fields of work into study areas. Within each study area you can choose an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. And within most degree courses, you can choose your specialty, or major subject.

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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Become World Ready

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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

Explore your options

  • Senior Lecturer and researcher Dr Carolyn McIntyre is an integral part of ECU's exercise medicine oncology team.

  • ECU’s School of Education leads, initiates and sustains high quality research to address issues faced by all kinds of learners and educators.

  • Arts & Humanities Senior Lecturer Dr Christopher Kueh talks about his research and his design philosophy.

  • School of Education senior lecturer Dr Christine Cunningham identifies trends to help in the education of qualified teachers.

  • Associate Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics Therese O'Sullivan's research into dairy products for children has received global attention.

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

  • From 2022, our Master of Teaching (Secondary) has a fast-track option enabling students to become qualified secondary school teachers in only 18 months.

  • Cyber security and digital forensics lecturer Dr Patryk Szewczyk says personal information should not be stored on devices you're disposing of.

  • Senior lecturer in Master of Teaching (Primary) Dr Helen Adam on why young children need to be exposed to books containing cultural diversity.

  • Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Pi-Shen Seet teaches students to learn from the mistakes of the past in thinking about the future.

  • WA Regional General Manager for Siemens Limited, Andrew McCluskey, discusses why he decided to study an MBA at ECU.

  • Professor of Petroleum Engineering Stefan Iglauer investigates climate change mitigation.

  • Professor of Strength and Conditioning Greg Haff's research is focussed on encouraging kids to start building their fitness through Youth Resistance Training.

  • Dr Nikki Rajakaruna's research focuses on policing and she has managed projects on police use of force, issues related to police integrity and the use of intelligence in policing.

  • Associate Professor Erin Godecke is Senior Research Fellow in Speech Pathology and the Clinical Director of the Very Early Rehabilitation in SpeEch (VERSE) Trial for Aphasia after Stroke.

  • Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health Jacques Oosthuizen is investigating the affects of hazardous chemicals on firefighters.

  • Dr Stacey Reinke's research looks at data as the driving force behind understanding biology and disease.

  • Associate Dean of Public Health and OHS and Professor of Public Medicine Amanda Devine is working to develop education resources about healthy food and drinks for kids.

Student stories

  • Jenny Romblom

    Jenny Roxanne P. Romblon

    ECU International Hospitality Management student, Philippines

    Perth is one of the most relaxed and beautiful cities I've been so far.

    I chose to take up my postgraduate studies at ECU because of its diversified and friendly approach among international students. For the past two semesters I've made friends with students of different nationalities. Perth is one of the most relaxed and beautiful cities I've been so far. People are so friendly and welcoming. I love exploring Perth's beautiful beaches.

    My study tip: Be emotionally and mentally prepared as you'll enter a challenging and life-changing journey. However, don't forget to enjoy and make the most out of your learning journey because with ECU it will be possible.

  • Kelly Watson

    Kelly Watson

    ECU Master of Human Resource Management graduate

    I didn't think twice when deciding where to complete my master's degree.

    The Master of Human Resource Management course encompasses accounting, finance, and economics, which are valuable skills for HR professionals. Another great benefit of the course is that it’s available part-time, and classes are in the evening, so I can still work full-time.

  • Rebekah Wilson

    Rebekah Wilson

    ECU PhD candidate (Exercise Oncology)

    I wanted to work with the best

    I decided to study at ECU for two reasons. Firstly, I wanted to move to a new country as I felt the only way to learn more was to get out of my comfort zone. And secondly, I moved here because of my supervisors. They are leading researchers in the exercise oncology field and I wanted to work with the best.

    A highlight for me so far has been presenting at the Asia-Pacific Prostate Cancer Conference during the first year of my PhD.

    In the future, I hope to stay within the university circles and share my wealth of information with young students to build a strong foundation for their careers.

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.