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Postgraduate Study

Looking to take your career to a new level? Have a passion for a field of work and thinking about more study? When you choose postgrad study at ECU, you learn with leaders in your chosen field. You'll discover new ways of thinking and generate ideas you can take into the future.

Meet our leaders

Why ECU?

  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Highest quality teaching

    ECU is one of the best unis in Australia for teaching. We've had 15 straight years of 5-star ratings in the Good Universities Guide!

  • Good Universities Guide - Student Support

    Legendary student support 

    Everyone has challenges as a student, but few universities can match ECU for student support. We even have a student success team!

  • Good Universities Guide - Overall Experience

    Best experience in WA

    ECU has been rated 5 stars and best WA uni for postgraduate overall experience in the latest Good Universities Guide.

    Read more

Meet our leaders

Our academics are world-class researchers and teachers. Their expertise encompasses a diverse range of subject areas where they search for solutions to some of our greatest global challenges.

Explore your options

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

    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.

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

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

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

    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.

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

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

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

    Professor of Petroleum Engineering Stefan Iglauer investigates climate change mitigation.

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

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

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

    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.

Flexibility and support

Many of our postgraduate students have busy jobs, families and other commitments. It's why we make it as flexible as possible with courses you can study online or part-time.

For students with kids, our campuses provide professionally accredited Childcare centres, and ECU Sports Centres offer short-term crèches.

And if you need it, our learning advisers can help you polish your academic skills, and career counsellors offer advice about planning your future.

If you're thinking about a research degree, our Graduate Research School will give you loads of support.

Courses you can study here

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

Coursework includes Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Masters courses. You can advance from a Graduate Certificate to a Masters as a natural progression.

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

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.

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

Explore your interests

To help you find a course to match your career aspirations, we've grouped broad areas of work into eight study areas. Each study area has disciplines you can explore to find your course.

Scholarship opportunities

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

Download a guide

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

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.

Student stories

  • Ayesha Wright

    ECU Early Childhood Education student

    ECU will challenge you to be great

    After hearing about ECU's reputation for teacher education, Ayesha Wright came from the UK to study here. Here's what she thinks so far...

  • Fleur Sharafizad

    Fleur Sharafizad

    ECU Business PhD student

    I didn't even consider a different university when I decided to start my PhD

    My lecturers and tutors have always accommodated my family-study balance and were willing to listen and help me out.

    My greatest achievement has been completing my tertiary education and now attempting to obtain my PhD while being a full-time carer of three children.

    This has only been possible because of the flexibility at ECU.

    The amount of assistance, resources, contacts and workshops ECU provides along the way helps make this challenging journey as easy as possible.

  • Charlotte Bramanis

    ECU Master of Nurse Education student

    Finding a nursing niche

    Charlotte returned to study after working in Nursing for 20 years. After completing a Graduate Certificate in Children and Young People's Nursing, she is undertaking a Master of Nurse Education at ECU.

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 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.