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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, engineering, 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?

Choice of Master of Teaching in Primary or Secondary education

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Students can now study a Master of Teaching in Primary or Secondary education at ECU South West.

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.

Fast-track study options are available, allowing you to complete a Master of Teaching in 1.5 years through a Summer or Winter School. If you've previously completed a Graduate Diploma of Education you may have the option to complete a Master of Teaching in only one year.

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.

Engineering starts here

You can now start a 4-year Engineering degree at our South West Campus.

After successfully finishing the first year in Bunbury, you'll complete the last 3 years of the degree at our Joondalup Campus.

And you can choose from a wide range of Engineering courses at ECU.

Healthy study choices

South West students can now 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 available to study in Bunbury 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 successful in Year 1, students can 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

Reduce your expenses

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

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

Realise your dream with our scholarships

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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.


  • "This is an incredible degree with so many options post-graduation"
    Sharna Allan
    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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