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Postgraduate degree options explained

At UC we have a wide selection of postgraduate courses suited to boost your skills, further your qualifications and enhance your career opportunities. We take pride in the progressive and diverse delivery options of our courses that will allow you to complete your postgraduate studies while working full-time.

Graduate Certificate

A graduate certificate comprises of core units that will
comprehensively introduce key concepts and skills in a
particular field. A graduate certificate will typically take 6
months full time to complete, or part-time equivalent.

Graduate Diploma

Expanding on the graduate certificate, a graduate diploma cultivates an advanced understanding and proficiencies in a specific area. This qualification can often give you the necessary leap into the next stage of your career. In most cases, the graduate diploma can be credited and used as a pathway into further postgraduate study. A graduate diploma will typically take 1 year full time to complete, or part-time equivalent.

Master by Coursework Degree 

A master by coursework degree builds a high-level degree of specialised knowledge and skills in a specific profession or industry. It can help you differentiate yourself in a competitive market and advance or change your career. A master by coursework degree will typically take 1.5 to 2 years full time to complete, or part-time equivalent.

Higher Degree by Research (HDR): Master by Research or Doctor of Philosophy 
HDR programs require a supervised research component that contributes to the body of knowledge and advancement in a specific discipline. Pursuing a HDR program will transform you to become an expert in your field, allowing you to make an impact in unchartered territories.

A master by research degree will typically take 1.5 to 2 years full time to complete, or part-time equivalent.

The maximum duration of a PhD course is 4 years full-time equivalent enrolment. PhD students have a target date for thesis submission of 3 years (36 months), inclusive of one year of coursework study.

Online Options

UC online degrees are fully accredited and highly regarded. Some online degrees have limited on campus elements, however generally these degrees are delivered 100% online, offering you the flexibility that suits your lifestyle and pace. Designed to meet your needs, you can expect to engage with real-world business projects and dynamic industry events. There are no exams, instead the course is focused on active engagement within business ecosystems.

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