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Options for Study in the South West

Our South West Campus at Bunbury is WA's largest university campus outside Perth. Here, you can study courses in commerce, environmental health, exercise and sports science, health sciences, nursing and midwifery, teacher education, science and social work. You can also complete a UniPrep course or explore your options as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student.

Why ECU?

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    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.

  • The Good Universities Guide 2021

    Good Universities Guide

    ECU’s 5-star rating for undergraduate teaching quality has been achieved for 15 straight years! Five-star ratings were also achieved for undergraduate skills development, learner engagement, learning resources, student support and overall experience. All ratings are the best for a public university in Western Australia.

    Read more.

  • 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.

  • 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

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 degree to address regional shortages

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A Bachelor of Education (Secondary) course can now be studied at the South West Campus.

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 four on-campus majors: Nutrition, Occupational & Environmental Health & Safety, Health Promotion and Occupational Safety & Health.

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


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.

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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

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 a Destination Australia Scholarship valued up to $45,000.

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

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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

  • Emma Fishburn

    Emma Fishburn

    ECU South West Accounting and Marketing student

    ECU’s South West Campus, and online options, made studying commerce possible

    I had always wanted to study again, but the timing was never right. After moving to Bunbury, I was no longer working full-time and had small children at home. It finally felt like a good time to go back to uni. I am completing the remainder of my course online and am really enjoying the flexibility.

  • Rebecca Visser

    ECU 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.

  • Serena Stevens

    Serena Stevens

    ECU South West Accounting student

    My work placement at AMD Chartered Accountants will help me prepare for my future career

    I already had a strong finance background and wanted to extend my knowledge. ECU’s South West Campus has allowed me to pursue studies while still living in Bunbury. The ongoing support from lecturers has been phenomenal and I’ve made friends for life.