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STEM Study

While things are slowly changing, women continue to be underrepresented in the fields of Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Responding to predictions about the future of employment increasingly requiring STEM skills, ECU offers a range of STEM courses across four study areas.

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 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.


What can you study here?

To help our domestic and international students with a career direction, we group similar fields of work into study areas.

Within the four study areas below you'll find both undergraduate (first degree) and postgraduate courses in the range of STEM fields.

Study courses online

At ECU, we understand that many people want to study, but have commitments like work and family that can make it hard to get to lectures.

It's why many of our undergraduate courses can be studied online.

Our study areas

To help you choose a career direction, we group similar fields of work into study areas. Within each study area you can choose an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. And within most degree courses, you can choose your specialty, or major subject.

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.

Download a guide

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  • Civil Engineering student, Bojan Markoski, talks about studying the course with Edith Cowan University (ECU). Bojan discusses the reasons he decided to study Civil Engineering and the structure of the units in the course. He says the students spend a couple of weeks learning the theory, then spend time in the labs applying those theories to real-world problems.

    He has already applied things he learnt in labs to his work. He approached the City of Stirling to do a project on the lack of information they had on existing drainage data. ECU had the facilities to do scale-model testing of road drainage. The data Bojan's project produced is now incorporated into drainage design to provide an increased accuracy in designs. Bojan discusses the materials available for units, the flexibility of the units and support provided by lecturers. He talks about how he studies part-time, while working full-time for the City of Stirling.

    He accesses online lectures and recordings. He says the lecturers have offered a lot of support to him. He also discusses the practical assessments incorporated into units, such as a lab or site investigation, where you apply Engineering theory to a real-world problem and enhances your learning.

    Bojan talks about the facilities and state-of-art laboratories he can access across all Engineering fields. He says this means he's able to use equipment that you'd use in the workforce, this gives him an edge over people who haven't used this machinery and equipment.

  • Environmental Science and Marine and Biology student Holly Winkle talks about having the flexibility to study across disciplines.

  • Nursing and Midwifery double degree student Jessica Burgess talks about her ECU experience.

  • I was always interested in athletic performance.

  • Cyber Security student Scott Anderson talks about how enjoyable he finds the course and the supportive teaching.

  • Communications (Broadcasting & Journalism) student Aine Ryan talks about the hands on and practical experience.

Student stories

  • Angela Marchese

    Angela Marchese

    Project Management and Human Resource Management student

    "My work placement will count as credit towards my degree"

    I graduated from high school as one of the top ten achievers in my year. ECU’s School of Business and Law has an outstanding reputation so I applied for direct entry using my high school results. The facilities at ECU are exceptional and I feel so lucky to have access to them. All students have access to unlimited Wi-Fi, library resources and computer facilities as well as private study rooms and areas. The lecturers are qualified, helpful and friendly, making me comfortable in my studies. These facilities give me the ability to complete every assignment to a desired standard. I also have the opportunity to complete a work placement for a company provided by ECU that will count as credit towards my degree.

  • Mahendran Swominathan

    Mahendran Swominathan

    Youth Work graduate

    "ECU has helped me realise the type of youth worker I want to be"

    My study experience at ECU has been really enjoyable. The lecturers are extremely helpful, providing me with career advice as well as support within the course.

    So far, I've undertaken three work placements, and all have been valuable. Not only have they helped me put theory into practice, they’ve also helped me realise the type of youth worker I want to be.

  • ECU Youth Work student, Jordana Cernotta

    Jordana Cernotta

    Youth Work graduate

    "ECU gives you the ability to apply your knowledge, and to experience what the industry is like"

    My experience studying at ECU has been great! The lecturers have been extremely helpful and the flexibility of the course has allowed me to adapt my studies to my lifestyle. At one stage, I was living in Italy, and was able to study online for a semester.

    ECU also has a great reputation for providing practical experience opportunities. One of the practical placements I've already completed went so well that a year later I am still mentoring at the organisation.