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Types of postgraduate qualifications

The degree you choose will depend on what you want and need.

It's possible to start with the shortest form of study, a graduate certificate (6 months), then extend your studies to complete a diploma (1 year) or a master's degree (1-2 years) or an extended master's degree (3-4 years). 

6 months full-time study

A graduate certificate typically offers the essential or core units of study towards a master's degree. With the option to progress to a graduate diploma or master's degree. It is a good option if you want to extend your existing knowledge base or upskill in a particular area to develop or advance your career.

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12 months full-time study

Like a graduate certificate, a graduate diploma offers a subset of the units of study offered in a master's degree but more than those in a graduate certificate. It is an excellent option if you want to upskill and get a solid grounding in your chosen field or don't want to commit to a master's degree.

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1-2 years full-time study

Master's degrees are ideal if you need specialised knowledge and skills and want to take the next step in your career. Gain professional qualifications for your next job, upskill for your current role or develop academic expertise in your chosen field.

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3-4 years full-time study

Master’s Degree (Extended) is a program of structured learning with some independent research and a significant proportion of practice-related learning. Examples of Master’s degrees (extended) include the Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Physiotherapy, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and the Juris Doctor.

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