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Options for Study in the South West

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 options as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student.

Why ECU?

  • QILT logo

    ECU top in teaching quality

    For the fifth 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-ranked public university in Australia for undergraduate skills development for the sixth year in a row.

    View QILT results.

  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Good Universities Guide

    In the 2021 Good Universities Guide, ECU graduates have given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality, skills development, student support, learning resources, learner engagement and overall student experience.

    The 5-star rating for teaching quality has now been achieved for 14 straight years.

    Read more about the Good Universities Guide.

  • THE Impact Rankings 2020

    THE Impact Rankings

    ECU has been ranked number 9 in the world for Quality Education and is in the top 100 overall in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Impact rankings, showing how the global higher education sector is working towards 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 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Rankings, THE World University Rankings.

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).

Secondary Education available in 2021

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A Bachelor of Education (Secondary) course will be available at the South West Campus starting Semester 1, 2021.

Course Coordinator Sarah Jefferson says Western Australia is currently facing a shortage of qualified high school teachers across metro, regional and remote areas. Adding this course to ECU South West will also help qualify more specialist secondary teachers in Science, Maths and English across WA.

Visit Bachelor of Education (Secondary) page.

Environmental Management and Conservation Biology

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.

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.

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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Student accommodation

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ECU Village, South West Campus

Shops and sport and recreation facilities are within walking distance or easily accessible by public transport.

For more information, visit the ECU Village website, send an email to, or telephone (61 8) 9780 7630.

Student accommodation is available at the ECU Village on the South West Campus.

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.

Apply now Explore other ECU scholarships

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.

Student stories

  • Gemma Byrne

    Gemma Byrne

    ECU South West Nursing student

    "ECU has a great reputation, and facilities like the nursing demo ward make learning easy."

    I live in the South West and have a family. ECU’s South West Campus allowed me to study nursing without us having to move.

    All the staff have been incredibly supportive and helpful. I have been made to feel a part of the ECU nursing family. Due to personal circumstances, I have completed my degree over 4 years instead of the standard 3-year full-time duration.

    I was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of 7 and I never thought I would be able to go to uni. However, ECU has provided me with the support to not just attend uni, but to achieve fantastic results.

    ECU has a great reputation, and facilities like the nursing demo ward make learning easy. The skills and knowledge I have learned are put into practice when I am caring for my patients.

  • Lachlan Graham

    Bachelor of Science (Nursing) student

    "The level of personal attention offered by SW staff is hard to beat"

    Nursing student Lachie came to ECU via UniPrep and is now fulfilling a dream by studying at university in the place he loves.

  • Rebecca Visser

    Bachelor of Education (Primary) student

    "Straight away the uni puts you in a classroom environment."

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

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