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Arts, humanities and social sciences form the largest study category for distance learners in Australia. Around 36,000 bachelor students and 20,000 postgraduate students are enrolled in Society and Culture online degrees (Source: uCube 2017).

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.

Arts

Bachelor of Arts (with specialisations)

International Relations

Bachelor of Arts (International Relations)
Bachelor of International Studies
Bachelor of Social Science (International Relations)
Master of Arts (International Relations)
Master of International Politics

Journalism

Bachelor of Arts (Journalism)
Bachelor of Communication (Journalism)
Bachelor of Media and Communications
Master of Arts (Journalism)
Master of Communication (Journalism)

Psychology

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Public Relations

Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations)
Bachelor of Communication (Public Relations)
Master of Arts (Corporate Communication)
Master of Communication (Organisational)

Religious Studies

Bachelor of Arts (Studies in Religion)
Bachelor of Islamic Studies
Master of Arts (Religious and Values Education)
Master of Arts (Studies in Religion)
Master of Islamic Studies

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 (22,000 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.

Accounting

Bachelor of Accounting
Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
Master of Professional Accounting

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Commerce (with specialisation)

Master of Commerce

Master of Commerce
Master of Commerce (with specialisation)

Economics

Bachelor of Business (Economics)
Bachelor of Commerce (Economics)
Bachelor of Economics
Master of Economics

Entrepreneurship

Bachelor of Applied Entrepreneurship
Master of Business Administration

Finance

Bachelor of Business (Finance)
Bachelor of Commerce (Finance)
Master of Applied Finance
Master of Finance
Master of International Finance

Health Administration

Master of Health Administration
Master of Healthcare Leadership

Human Resource Management

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)
Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resource Management)
Master of Human Resource Management

International Business

Bachelor of Business (International Business)
Bachelor of Commerce (International Trade)
Master of Commerce (International Trade and Business)
MBA (International)

Logistics and Supply Chain 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

Business Management

Bachelor of Applied Business (Management)
Bachelor of Business (Management)
Master of Business Administration

Marketing

Bachelor of Applied Business (Marketing)
Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
Master of Marketing

MBA

Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration (Innovation and Leadership)

Project Management

Master of Project 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

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)

Master of Education

Master of Education
Master of Education (with specialisation)

Master of Teaching

Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)
Master of Teaching (Primary Education)
Master of Teaching (Secondary Education)

I’ve been a teacher for many years, both in the private and public sector. I've come to realise more so than ever that working with students rather than controlling and manipulating them produces amazing outcomes. Taking a genuine care and interest in them opens up doors.

~ Peter O'Brien

The health and community care field has many external students – people who mostly study away from a campus. Around 36,000 students are externally enrolled in programs such as nursing, social work and psychology (Source: uCube 2017).

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.

Health Administration

Master of Health Administration
Master of Healthcare Leadership

Counselling

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Counselling)
Bachelor of Counselling
Bachelor of Human Services (Counselling)
Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy

Nursing

Bachelor of Nursing
Master of Clinical Nursing
Master of Nursing Practice

Nutrition

Bachelor of Health Science (Food and Nutrition)
Bachelor of Health Science (Nutrition)
Bachelor of Medical Science (Nutrition)

Psychology

Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychological Science)
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology for Professional Development)
Master of Clinical Psychology
Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Social Work

Bachelor of Social Work
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)
Master of Social Work
Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice)
Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

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.

Law Degrees

Bachelor of Laws
Juris Doctor
Master of Global Law
Master of Laws
Master of Laws (Business Law)

Business Law

Master of Business Law

Criminology

Bachelor of Criminology
Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Key areas of knowledge you'll have to pass to obtain a Law degree are known as the ‘Priestley 11’:

Administrative Law; Civil Procedure; Company Law; Constitutional Law; Contracts; Criminal Law and Procedures; Equity (including Trusts); Evidence; Professional Conduct (including Basic Trust Accounting); Property, both Real (including Torrens System Land) and Personal; and Torts.

~ College of Law

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.

Information Technology

Bachelor of Information Technology
Master of Information Technology
Master of IT Management

Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Bachelor of Engineering Science
Bachelor of Engineering Technology
Master of Advanced Engineering
Master of Engineering Practice
Master of Engineering Science

Engineering Management

Master of Advanced Engineering
Master of Engineering (Management)
Master of Management for Engineers

Environmental Science

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

Mathematics

Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)
Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Statistics)

Urban and Regional Planning

Bachelor of Spatial Science (Urban and Regional Planning)
Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science (with specialisations)

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