At some point, you may find yourself torn between starting your career or further study. But why not taking a chance on completing a postgraduate course?
The first step you need to do is choosing the right course. But with so many postgraduate study options on offer, this can be a difficult decision. You may consider taking a course which could be your stepping stone in enhancing your professional expertise and skills. Further, it could also help you stand out in an increasingly competitive job market already crowded with first-degree holders.
Find below lists of postgraduate programmes offered in most higher education institutions and decide which qualification and study method best suit you and your career.
Australia is recognized as one of the leading providers of higher education and training programs globally. This is reflected in a large number of international students who choose to complete their postgraduate studies in Australia.
There are thousands of university postgraduate courses to choose from.
Postgraduate programs are offered by universities and private colleges. Some fields are only available in universities, such as medicine and architecture. Entry into most higher education courses in Australia is highly competitive, and a high level of English proficiency is usually only one of many requirements to be accepted into a postgraduate degree. Each educational provider will have varying entrance requirements, therefore it’s best to contact them individually to check.
Below are the main types of postgraduate degrees offered in most higher education institutions:
These qualifications are commonly designed for specific vocational purposes — either to further develop skills and knowledge already gained in an undergraduate degree or to develop career competency in a new professional area. It usually takes six months to a year of full-time study for the Graduate certificate and one to two years full-time study for the Graduate diploma. Entry normally requires a Bachelor’s Degree or Advanced Diploma which takes six months full-time study or part-time equivalent.
The completion of a Master’s degrees provide the student with a mastery of a field of study or area of professional practice. It usually takes one to two years of full-time study. The Master’s degree may be offered in three formats:
Doctorates are considered the highest degree an individual can earn in a given field of study. It is recognised through an original contribution to a given field in the form of new knowledge or the adaptation, application and interpretation of existing knowledge. They are usually completed over three or four years of full-time study. The doctoral degree may be offered in two formats: