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Undergraduate Students

ECU is home to a great mix of students – from people straight out of high school, to mature age students, international students who've moved to Perth, and a growing number of online students. We provide an interesting mix of courses across eight different study areas. We hope you can join us!

Why ECU?

  • QILT logo

    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 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

  • 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.

Fantastic facilities and programs

ECU offers a diverse range of undergraduate courses and our facilities are some of the best you'll find at any university in Australia. We have:

  • one of Australia's fastest-growing Engineering Schools
  • the largest Nursing program in Western Australia
  • Exercise Science laboratories considered among the best in the Southern Hemisphere
  • the oldest and most popular School of Education in Western Australia
  • one of the most comprehensive Arts & Humanities Schools in the Southern Hemisphere
  • one of the world's leading performing arts academies, WAAPA.

Courses

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 each study area, you can choose an undergraduate (first) degree. And within most degree courses, you can choose your specialty, or major subject.

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

If you prefer paper over pixels, please download one of our guides.

Domestic Students

International Students

Become World Ready

World Ready facilities

Scholarship opportunities to 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

Explore your options

  • Youth Work graduates and students talk about their placements as Youth Futures.

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

  • Our Bachelor of Performing Arts (Performance Making major) prepares self-reliant and entrepreneurial artists to be the initiators of their own work.

  • Civil Engineering student, Bojan Markoski, talks about studying the course with Edith Cowan University (ECU).

  • Associate Professor Paul Haskell-Dowland introduces ECU's impressive computing and cyber security training facilities.

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

  • Dr Madalena Grobbelaar talks about the human mind and Counselling studies at ECU.

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

  • Watch WAAPA's unique interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • Our Certificate IV in Aboriginal Performance helps First Nations students refine their performance skills.

  • Get an experience you won’t find anywhere else in Australia.

  • If you’re thinking about studying Science at university but aren't sure what to specialise in, check out ECU’s Bachelor of Science degree.

  • I was always interested in athletic performance.

  • Bachelor of Computer Science student Mason learnt a lot during his Work Integrated Learning placement and was made to feel like he was part of the team right from the start.

  • Arshil Jah experience studying his Masters of Civil Engineering.

Student stories

  • Daniella Sicari

    Daniella Sicari

    WAAPA Music - Classical Voice graduate

    WAAPA taught me all about music and what it takes to be a professional singer

    My undergraduate course at WAAPA gave me fundamental music skills and knowledge. History lectures and invaluable theory classes set me up to recognise musical context and structural understanding. These three years were the years I fell in love with music. The Graduate Diploma taught me that there were more elements to being a singer than I had ever imagined. This was the year I began to discover what opera and art song really could be. WAAPA helped set me up for my time overseas and prepared me with specific tools for my craft. In particular, role preparation and research, and stage confidence and exploration. It also allowed me to gain efficient learning skills when presented with new music, especially in other languages.

  • Scott Hazelden

    Scott Hazelden

    ECU Environmental Management graduate

    The units I studied were closely aligned to real world applications

    The Environmental Impact Assessment unit required us to review a live project proposal that was up for public review to assess whether it met environmental regulations. It was as if we were acting as the governing body! I also completed practical assessments for the Department of Parks & Wildlife that gave me first-hand experience.

  • Criminology and Justice student Georgia Williams

    Georgia Williams

    ECU Psychology, Criminology and Justice graduate

    Being able to work on The Innocence Project drew me to ECU

    ECU's Psychology and Criminology course offered units no other universities offered, including The Innocence Project. This hands-on project allows us to investigate real cases of alleged wrongful conviction. It has been extremely beneficial to work on this in teams, and use practical skills.

    The facilities are excellent and being able to study online is very helpful and convenient. This allowed me to continue my course when I moved interstate temporarily.

    The lecturers I had were fantastic; all friendly, approachable and experts in their fields. The entire study experience at ECU has been rewarding, enjoyable and has helped me grow as a person.

The Important Things

Things you should know about if you're thinking about studying here.

Course Entry

There's more than one admission pathway into an ECU course. It depends on what you've studied already, or your work or life experience.

Fees & Scholarships

Course tuition fees can change, but we can give you an estimate of your costs. If you’re eligible, a scholarship or student loan can help too.

Applying

Applying for a course is a fairly simple process, especially if you have scanned copies of qualifications, your resume or other paperwork, ready to upload.

ECU Experience

Starting a course is an exciting and sometimes daunting time, so we make a massive effort to ensure you get all the support you need to have a positive experience.