Introduction of Australian Universities
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Higher education courses can be taken to earn an advanced degree and continue your studies in Australia. There are three main types of higher education which lead to Bachelor,   Master and Doctoral Degrees.


In Australia it is quite common for students to enrol in a double or combined Bachelor Degree program which leads to the award of two Bachelor Degrees. This is most common in the fields of arts, commerce, law and science.


Australian institutions offer a wide range of courses – from science to management and commerce, humanities to engineering, and law to health sciences. Australian institutions rank among the world’s best by discipline, particularly in engineering and technology, medicine, environmental science, and accounting and finance.


There are 43 universities in Australia (40 Australian universities, two international universities, and one private specialty university). Along with our universities, many other institutions offer higher education courses. You can search for institutions and courses using the Institution and Course Search on this website.


Quality assurance

Australia has a national regulatory and quality agency for higher education – the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) (opens in a new window). It was established by the Australian Government to monitor quality, and regulate university and non-university higher education providers against a set of standards developed by the independent Higher Education Standards Panel.


In addition, the following student rights are protected by law under the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS):


§   The well-being of all international students.

§   The quality of students' education experience.

§   The provision of up-to-date and accurate   information.


Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website makes it possible to compare higher education institutions and study areas, based on the results of thousands of surveys completed by domestic and international current and former students. Users will be able to compare the overall satisfaction of current students and recent graduates, as well as the percentage of graduates moving into full-time employment and their median salary.


Higher education qualifications

Associate degree

·          Duration - Two years

·          Completed following - Year 12 or equivalent, Certificate III or Certificate IV

·          Details - The Associate Degree is a short-cycle Degree program that can help with career development if you're already working and don't have time to complete a full Bachelor Degree. It can be a pathway to a Bachelor Degree or prepare you for an Advanced Diploma in specialist industry training. An Associate Degree will be about the basics or foundations of your field. It will cover the broad theory and enable you to develop the basic employment-related skills.


Bachelor Degree

·          Duration - Three years

·          Completed following - Year 12 or equivalent, Certificate III or Certificate IV

·          Details - A Bachelor Degree is the basic qualification for entry to a field. It will give you a systematic body of knowledge, the underlying principles and the problem-solving techniques you'll need to work in the discipline. With deeper content than an Associate Degree, your Bachelor Degree will develop your skills and knowledge to the point where you can pursue postgraduate studies if you want to.


Bachelor Degree   (Honours)

·          Duration - Four years

·          Completed following - Bachelor Degree

·          Details - If you do particularly well in your Bachelor Degree, your institution might grant entry to an additional year of study to enable you to graduate with honours.


Graduate Certificate

·          Duration - 6 months

·          Completed following - Bachelor Degree

·          Details - Your Graduate Certificate will broaden individual skills you already have from an undergraduate program, or develop your knowledge in a new area.


Graduate Diploma

·          Duration - One year

·          Completed following - Bachelor Degree

·          Details - A Graduate Diploma will apply a body of knowledge in a range of contexts for you to undertake professional or highly skilled work and as a pathway for further learning.


Master Degree

·          Duration - 1 to 2 years

·          Completed following - Bachelor Degree (Honours) or Bachelor Degree

·          Details - A Master Degree is a course of independent research, traditional coursework or a combination of the two, and will make you a leader in your field. A Master Degree takes either one year after a Bachelor Degree with honours, or two years after a Bachelor Degree.


Doctoral Degree

·         Duration - Typically 3 years

·         Completed following - Masters Degree

·         Details - The highest award offered by Australian universities, the Doctoral Degree is a research program, although it can have some coursework. The three components of your Doctoral Degree are:

§          A review of literature, experimentation or other methodical approach to a body of knowledge.

§          An original research project that makes a contribution to understanding and knowledge in your field.


A substantial, well-ordered thesis that shows a relationship between the research and the field of study.


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