Arts, humanities and social sciences form the largest study category for distance learners in Australia. Around 37,000 bachelor students and 21,000 postgraduate students are enrolled in Society and Culture online degrees (Source: uCube 2018).
Arts and social science courses teach analysis and communication skills. Numerous disciplines can be studied, often by majoring in that subject within a Bachelor of Arts program. You need to select enough relevant units to qualify for a given major. Advanced studies are supported by coursework, research and combination masters programs.
Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)
Bachelor of International Studies
Bachelor of Social Science (International Relations)
Master of Arts (International Relations)
Master of International Politics
Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)
Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
Bachelor of Digital Media
Bachelor of Media and Communications
Master of Arts (Journalism)
Master of Communication (Journalism)
Business, commerce and management is the most popular study field for postgraduate distance learners in Australia (25,000 enrolled). It's also the 2nd largest category for online bachelor students (23,000 enrolled).
Business degrees are popular because, as well as offering career advantages, they are flexible. Students have many possible majors to choose from, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Often, you don't have to settle on a particular specialisation until after you're well into the course. Business students develop versatile skills in quantitative analysis, communication and management.
Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chain Management)
Bachelor of Business (Logistics and Supply Chains)
Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Master of Supply Chain and Logistics Management
Education is another large study category, with close to 40,000 external enrolments. Students may be training to become a classroom teacher. This requires you to do a Bachelor of Education or, if you already have a degree, a Master of Teaching. Qualified teachers and other educators also advance their careers through Master of Education online programs.
The requirements for teacher registration vary by state but, nonetheless, are quite similar. Students need to pass the academic components of their courses before doing supervised teaching placements. Programs are generally intended to be suitable for students nationwide.
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education - Primary)
Bachelor of Education (Health and Physical Education - Secondary)
Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
Bachelor of Education (Special Education)
The health and community care field has many external students – people who mostly study away from a campus. Around 40,000 students are externally enrolled in programs such as nursing, social work and psychology (Source: uCube 2018).
You can study healthcare as a distance learner with the support of Australia's online universities. They help people meet the challenge of doing hands-on training (which is often an essential part of health degrees). Intensive multi-day sessions are made available, allowing applied training to be completed quickly. A university may also arrange work placements for you, even if you live in a different state.
Law and Criminal Justice covers professional law degrees (Bachelor of Laws, Juris Doctor), Criminology, Master of Laws (for legal graduates), and masters for non-law graduates (e.g. Master of Business Law).
Exploring your career and study options can be invaluable before starting online legal studies.
- Most law graduates move into a career outside legal practice, meaning they may have been better off doing a different degree.
- Professional law degrees can be anywhere from 3 to 6 years worth of full-time study depending on which program you choose.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) degrees are available through distance learning.
The most popular STEM fields for external study are engineering, natural and physical sciences, and information technology. Almost all STEM students (and many from other faculties) also do maths and/or statistics as part of their studies.
Students need to attend residential schools on campus for professional engineering degrees and certain science specialisations. For most other STEM programs, you're able to study 100% online.
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Bachelor of Engineering Science
Bachelor of Engineering Technology
Master of Advanced Engineering
Master of Engineering Practice
Master of Engineering Science
Master of Advanced Engineering
Master of Engineering (Management)
Master of Management for Engineers
Bachelor of Environmental Science
Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)
Master of Environmental Management
Master of Environmental Science and Management
Master of GIS and Remote Sensing