Australian universities offer a range of postgraduate study options. They can be a great way to fast-track your career or take your studies in a new direction. Here’s a list of postgraduate options at Australian universities.

Graduate Certificate

You can start a Graduate Certificate after completing a Bachelor’s degree. Graduate Certificates usually take six months to complete, and are a great way to broaden your skills in specific areas covered in your undergraduate program or to gain skills in a new area.

Graduate Diploma

Similar to Graduates Certificates, Graduate Diplomas typically require completion of a Bachelor’s degree or higher. In some cases, admission can be on the basis of significant work experience. These courses are usually delivered by universities and private providers and take twelve months to complete.


Masters Degree

A Masters degree can help make you a leader in your field. It usually takes one or two years depending on whether you have completed a Bachelor’s degree or a Bachelor’s degree with honours. A Masters degree is a specialised course of independent research or traditional coursework. Sometimes it can be a combination of the two. Students who undertake a Masters degree are expected to work independently, and have an ability to solve complex problems.

Doctoral degree

This is the highest award on offer at Australian universities. When you undertake a Doctoral degree, also known as a PhD, you will be conducting original research which makes a major contribution to the body of knowledge in your field of study.

You can also expect to review literature, undertake experiments or investigate other methodical applications. The result is a thesis which shows a relationship between your research and the field of study. A Doctoral degree typically takes three years to complete.