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Postgraduate courses are generally undertaken after completing undergraduate study, such as a Bachelor degree, or gaining professional work experience. Postgraduate courses offer specialised knowledge in a particular field, so graduates are usually considered to be more highly qualified. Postgraduate study can also provide a pathway when considering a career change.

What types of postgraduate courses are available?

There are different levels of postgraduate courses:

  1. Graduate Certificate
  2. Graduate Diploma
  3. Masters degree
  4. Doctoral degree

Postgraduate qualifications are offered in both the higher education and Vocational Education and Training (VET) sectors. Postgraduate qualification in the VET sector — which include Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas — have an industry focus are based on developing vocational skills.

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What's the difference between coursework and research postgraduate study?

Masters degrees and doctoral degrees are divided into coursework or research degrees.

A coursework degree provides a foundation of theory through advanced subjects and assessments and is completed in a similar manner to an undergraduate degree.

Research degrees allow students to pursue in-depth research into a chosen topic under an academic supervisor. The research is used to write a thesis in your chosen field.

What are the benefits of postgraduate study?

When deciding whether postgraduate study is right for you and your career, some of the benefits to consider may include:

  1. Gaining specialist skills and knowledge that can help you to progress your career.
  2. Providing a faster pathway into a career change — you may be able to complete postgraduate study and step into a new role even if your previous study was in a different field.
  3. Increasing your earning potential by holding a higher qualification.
  4. Learning best practice through industry accredited qualifications.
  5. Building and expanding a professional network.
  6. Pursuing your passion or making a difference by contributing to research.

Can I study a postgraduate course without a degree?

The entry requirements for postgraduate courses vary depending on the qualification level, course, and education provider. Previous qualifications or professional work experience, or a combination of both, are usually required.

Some postgraduate courses require a previous undergraduate degree for entry; however, it may be possible to enter a postgraduate course with a diploma level qualification and relevant work experience.

Research-based postgraduate courses may require an honours level bachelor degree, or research experience.