Bachelor Courses

Arts and Social Sciences

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts (Major)
Bachelor of Communication (Major)
Bachelor of Media and Communications (Major)
Bachelor of Social Science (Major)
Bachelor of Major

Business and Management

Bachelor of Business

Bachelor of Applied Business (Major)
Bachelor of Business (Major)
Bachelor of Commerce (Major)
Bachelor of Major

Education and Teaching

Health and Community Care

Bachelor courses in healthcare

Bachelor of Counselling
Bachelor of Health Science (Major)
Bachelor of Health Sciences (Major)
Bachelor of Human Services (Major)
Bachelor of Medical Science (Major)
Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Social Work

Law and Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Criminology / Laws

Bachelor of Criminology
Bachelor of Laws

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

Bachelor of Engineering / Science

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Bachelor of Engineering Science
Bachelor of Engineering Technology
Bachelor of Major
Bachelor of Science (Major)
Bachelor of Spatial Science (Major)

About Undergraduate (Bachelor) Courses

Undergraduate (or bachelor) courses are generally for students who haven't studied at university before. Entry may be based on your high-school grades (ATAR score). Alternative entry pathways also exist, such as completing a TAFE-level diploma.

3-year general courses

Most online bachelor students in Australia are enrolled in 3-year general courses. These include Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business, and Bachelor of Science programs.

3-year courses consist of 24 units of study (or equivalent). They are "general" in the sense that you can select units from a variety of disciplines, which may include units from other faculties. You normally don't have to commit to a specific major when starting the course.

4-year professional courses

4-year professional courses include Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Laws and a range of healthcare programs, such as Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Social Work.

With 4-year courses, you are training for a specific vocation. Consequently, you are more limited in unit choices. To eventually gain professional accreditation, you may need to pass certain subjects and complete hands-on training (including work placements).

Honours degrees

Australian universities sometimes refer to the qualifications received from 4-year courses as honours degrees (e.g. Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)).

In addition, you are able to convert a 3-year degree into an honours degree by completing a 4th (honours) year. Universities invite graduates with strong grades to participate in honours programs.

Graduate Courses

Arts and Social Sciences

Master of Arts

Master of Arts (Major)
Master of Communication (Major)
Master of Major

Business and Management

Education and Teaching

Master of Education / Teaching

Master of Education
Master of Education (Major)
Master of Teaching (Education sector)

Health and Community Care

Masters in healthcare courses

Master of Clinical Nursing
Master of Clinical Psychology
Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Master of Health Administration
Master of Nursing Practice
Master of Psychology (Clinical)
Master of Social Work (Advanced Practice)
Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying)

Law and Criminal Justice

Law courses

Juris Doctor
Master of Criminology
Master of Law major
Master of Laws
Master of Laws (Major)

Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

Master of Engineering / Science

Master of Engineering (Major)
Master of Engineering major
Master of Science (Major)
Master of Science major

About Postgraduate (Graduate) Courses

Postgraduate (or graduate) courses are generally for students who've earned a university degree. Programs may be open or narrow in terms of what type of undergraduate degree qualifies you for entry. Students without a degree may also be admitted based on career experience.

Graduate certificate courses

An online graduate certificate course is 4 units (equivalent to about a third of a masters program). They can be used to learn about a particular topic (i.e. as a short course). They may also be used as a pathway to a masters for students who don't automatically quality for entry. By effectively completing the first 4 units, you demonstrate you should be admitted to the full masters program.

Almost every masters program allows you to leave the course early with a graduate certificate. Graduate certificate qualifications are omitted from some of our course lists for conciseness. There's a graduate certificate pairing with essentially every masters listed.

Graduate diploma courses

A graduate diploma courses is 8 units; equivalent to about two-thirds of a masters. Grad dips are extended versions of grad certs. Some are also used for professional accreditation (such as in Psychology).

Masters programs

The standard length of a masters program is 12 units, although they can be as short as 8 units and as long as 16 units. The duration can depend on credit for previous study and/or professional experience (recognition of prior learning).

Online masters may be used for professional development by people already qualified in the broad subject area. Alternatively, they offer a way to switch careers without having to do a (longer) bachelor course in the new discipline.

Making time for an online university course

When are you going to find time to study online each week? Create a weekly timetable and the answer will be in front of you. The schedule needs to balance study with everything else. Remember, proper study can be time consuming.

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