Our master programs are tailored to give you the specialized knowledge and skills you need in order to advance in your career. Whether you’re looking to upskill, further your career or change it entirely, our master programs ensure you will get the best next step in your professional life or prepare you for entering a new workforce. Some of our master degrees are offered in nested suites with the relevant graduate certificate and graduate diploma. This allows you to exit the program at any time should you need to, provided you have completed four units in order to achieve a graduate certificate. You can also exit after eight units with a graduate diploma, or complete all 12 units and graduate with a master. Some master degrees come with more units but those same exit points usually apply.
A Master by Coursework degree provides an in-depth overview and theoretical analysis of specific field of study or professional practice. It’s the final step for anyone who has completed their graduate certificates and graduate diplomas.
A graduate diploma is the second stage of a master degree that focuses primarily on learning additional professional skills, critical analysis, theory and practice. These courses are designed for people looking to learn new skills, or as recognition for anyone without a formal qualification.
An entry-level postgraduate qualification, this is usually the first step in a master degree. A graduate certificate is best suited for recent graduates of degree courses or professional workers. The difference between a graduate certificate and a graduate diploma is usually the length of study and the depth of specialist knowledge covered.
A Master by Research degree enables you to demonstrate mastery of inquiry in a field of a discipline or profession. You’ll undergo supervised research and are required to complete a thesis of 50,000 to 60,000 words.
PhD stands for Doctor of Philosophy and is highly regarded as the highest postgraduate achievement you can earn. In order to complete a doctorate, you must produce significant and original research. You’ll develop critical knowledge and a better understanding of a particular research area. A PhD is a doctoral degree with an academic focus. Under appropriate academic supervision and guidance, you’ll develop a significant, original piece of research that is usually equivalent to 70,000 to 100,000 words.
While a PhD focuses on academic research, a professional doctorate emphasizes on significant and original contribution to furthering professional practice.
A professional doctorate comes with coursework and a thesis of between 70,000 and 100,000 words.