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Postgraduate Study

We understand that your life is already busy, so we offer flexible, convenient part-time and online study for Certificates, Diplomas, Masters and PhDs.

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Postgraduate Study at ECU

Passionate about a particular field of work? Just completed a degree and think you'd like to go onto more study?

Or maybe you've been working as a professional and you're looking for a competitive advantage or even a career change?

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

Why ECU?

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:

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.

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.

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


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

At ECU, we group similar fields of work into study areas. As a domestic or international student, you can select a study area that aligns with your field of interest, or choose from our postgraduate study options to see what courses are available.

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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.

Realise your dream with our scholarships

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    Anhnie NguyenMaster of Clinical Nursing

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

  • "It was highly recommended by colleagues working in elite sport to strongly consider ECU."
    Willie Cruz
    Willie CruzMaster of Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning) student

    I chose to study a postgraduate degree in Strength and Conditioning at Edith Cowan University to improve my instructive skills as a sport performance coach with The Oklahoma City Thunder. During the vetting process for a master's program, it was highly recommended by colleagues working in elite sport to strongly consider ECU. After doing my own investigation, it was an easy decision.

    The degree is available online with a two-week on-campus practicum component, and offers a great learning opportunity to explore both the coaching and scientific side of strength and conditioning. The practicum was a once in a lifetime experience where I was able to establish a worldwide network of some of the brightest minds in the industry. During the course of my studies, I have learned skills that are applicable to my work as an Athletic Performance Coach in the NBA, and beyond.

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    Reily TammepagMaster of Business Administration International graduate

    Master of Business Administration International graduate, Reily Tammepag talks about her successful Work Integrated Learning Placement at Holiday Inn Group.

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