Levels of study

Before you choose a course, you'll need to decide which level of study will suit you best. That will depend whether this will be your first degree, or you want to update your qualifications, advance your career, or simply follow a passion for a particular subject.

Certificate and Diploma

A Certificate or Diploma could be your first qualification, giving you skills and experience to build on with more undergraduate study.

These courses can also complement existing qualifications you may hold, so you can add qualifications in a particular subject area to a broad based undergraduate degree.

Undergraduate or Bachelor degree

If you're starting university study for the first time, or you're interested in exploring a new field, a Bachelor degree is for you. This level of study will suit you if you've recently completed high school, have done some TAFE study or vocational training, or are coming to university after some time away from the workforce or with family.


Honours allows you to focus on a particular area of interest with a research project that can be integrated with your undergraduate degree. It can also be completed as a stand-alone course completed after relevant undergraduate study.

Graduate Certificate

This qualification broadens skills and knowledge obtained through undergraduate study and can be a stepping stone to a Graduate Diploma or Masters degree.

Graduate Diploma

This is a specialised qualification that expands on skills obtained through an undergraduate degree or Graduate Certificate, and can lead to a Masters degree.

Postgraduate Diploma

Designed for students who have completed an undergraduate degree and wish to pursue further study in the same area.

Masters degree

A Masters degree may be comprised of different combinations of coursework, project work and research. This is a specialised qualification and can lead to career advancement with opportunities for further study of a Doctorate (PhD).

Higher Degree by Research

A Higher Degree by Research, also known as a Research Masters or Doctorate, is the highest level university qualification. This is a research qualification in which you conduct your own research and document your findings as a thesis or dissertation.