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South West Campus at ECU

Our South West Campus at Bunbury is Western Australia’s largest university campus outside the Perth metropolitan area.

Here you can study courses in business, health sciences, nursing, teaching, science and social work.

You can also complete a University Preparation course or explore your entry options as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student.

Why ECU?

Why South West?

Choose a Master of Teaching in Primary or Secondary education

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If you've already completed a Bachelor degree or an equivalent qualification in an area other than Education, you can become a fully-qualified teacher in just two years of full-time study with a Master of Teaching.

For more information, visit the course pages Master of Teaching (Primary) and Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Environmental Management and Conservation Biology

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South West students can now study Environmental Management & Conservation Biology as a double major within the Bachelor of Science degree.

This is a 3-year full-time or 6-year part-time course, leading to possible career options in areas like wildlife conservation, land management and environmental science.

For more information, visit the Bachelor of Science course page.

Healthy study choices

As a South West student you can study the Bachelor of Health Science, choosing from three on-campus majors: Nutrition, Health Promotion and Occupational Safety and Health.

For details about the course and the majors to study on-campus or online, visit the Bachelor of Health Science web page.

South West students also have the opportunity to study the first year of our Bachelor of Science (Exercise and Sports Science) in Bunbury.

If you're successful in Year 1, you'll complete the last 2 years of the degree at our Joondalup Campus.


ECU is at the centre of education and health in the South West.

We share a precinct with South West Regional College of TAFE, Manea Senior College, the Rural Clinical School, South West Aboriginal Medical Service, Bunbury Regional Hospital and St John of God Hospital.

We also have strong links with the surrounding South West community. This helps us provide our students with invaluable industry placement opportunities and the practical 'hands on' skills that ECU is known for.

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Become World Ready

Scholarships for South West students in 2020

A scholarship can help you realise your ambitions by paying for fees, text books and living expenses.

Students enrolled in many courses at our South West Campus have an opportunity to apply for Destination Australia scholarships valued up to $45,000.

Applications are now open and will close on 1 April 2020.

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Campus Life in Bunbury

With our great facilities, small class sizes and on-campus accommodation on our campus in Bunbury, ECU South West is a relaxing environment for learning and socialising.

You can study courses in arts, commerce, nursing, engineering, teacher education and social work.

Getting to campus

If you don't have a car, there are public transport options for travelling to campus.

TransRegional provides bus services to the South West Campus. For information on routes and timetables, visit the TransRegional website.

South West Coach Lines provides subsidised coach services from Margaret River, Dunsborough, Busselton, Collie, and surrounding regions to the South West Campus.

For more information, including how to apply for the subsidy, visit the South West Coach Line website.


  • "I love the classroom experiences we get at ECU South West"
    Rebecca VisserBachelor of Education (Primary) student

    Primary Education student Rebecca is bringing her two passions together - teaching and children - while studying near her home town of Bunbury.

  • "ECU South West is a tight-knit community where you get a sense of belonging"
    Sharna AllanBachelor of Science (Nursing)/Bachelor of Science (Midwifery) student

    After graduating from high school in 2015, I had no idea what area of study I wanted to pursue at university. I decided to attend the ECU South West Open Day and found out they were offering a dual degree of Nursing and Midwifery. I was very excited I was able to find a course that was interesting to study and be able to stay at home.

    I was also surprised by the amount of practicum we are exposed to and the variety of placement options. In first year, we entered the nursing area through aged care. It was here we were able to establish our fundamental abilities of communication and care.

    This is an incredible degree with so many options post-graduation. You can work anywhere in the world and at any time. I would highly recommend this degree, however it is one that requires effort and involvement.

  • "I love the atmosphere of being on campus; everyone is really friendly"
    Danielle Spencer
    Danielle SpencerUni Prep graduate and Bachelor of Science (Nursing) student

    I chose ECU partly because it was close to home, but also because I'd heard good things from my friends who had studied here previously.

    I have wanted to do nursing and Paramedicine since I was a kid. Once I decided I wanted to go to university, I did a UniPrep course at ECU and got accepted into nursing. I hope to complete the paramedic course next.

    In the short time I've studied nursing, the skills I learnt through UniPrep, such as referencing, have proven valuable.

    I have studied as both an online student and on campus. I love the atmosphere of being on campus; everyone is really friendly.

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