Courses & Qualifications Offered by Australian Universities
The academic years
Early March to late November or from mid July to late June of the following year
The year usually has two semesters, some may have three semesters. It is highly varied for the Doctoral Degree or other postgraduate research awards as the students can negotiate with their research supervisor upon the date of commencement.
The following levels of qualifications are stated in general by Australian Qualification Framework.
|Diploma||1 -2 years||
Offered by some universities and university colleges.
Same level as a Diploma that is offered by a vocational training institution (career oriented training).
|The basic university qualification for entry to a profession.|
|4 years||Takes place after a Bachelor’s degree. The final year focuses on research. Honours is also granted when a student shows outstanding achievement in a Bachelor course of four or more years.|
|Graduate Certificate||6 months||Develops the skills related to the undergraduate program or vocational training in a new professional scope.|
|Graduate Diploma||One year||
Develops individual skills after an undergraduate program or develops vocational knowledge and skills in a new
professional area .
Enhances specific professional or vocational skills.
by coursework and some research.
(Research) – MPhil
Provides research training for students who have Bachelor Honours or with significant work experience with a Bachelor’s degree.
Can transfer to a PhD program after 1 year full-time of work.
(Doctor of Philosophy –
|Generally 3 years||Highest award offered by Australian universities. Mainly involved with research work.|
Source: Education Agent Training Course – Course Book by PIER