Facts & figures
Facts & figures
Postgraduate coursework degrees are taught similarly to undergraduate courses, but with the additional scope to develop a higher level of expertise.
Our postgraduate courses are open to all graduates with a bachelor’s degree or, in some cases, equivalent work experience. Learn more about the admission criteria for postgraduate coursework.
With more than 450 courses on offer, we make it easy for you to tailor a degree to your needs. Explore our flexible study options.
A graduate certificate typically offers the essential or core units of study towards a master's degree. It is a good option to extend your existing knowledge base or upskill in a certain area to develop or advance your career. Graduate certificates can usually be completed in six months of full-time study, or potentially support your progress to an associated graduate diploma and/or master's degree, subject to progression requirements.
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 also an excellent option if you would like to upskill and get a solid grounding in your chosen field and/or don't want to commit to a full master's just yet. Graduate diplomas are usually one year of 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. You can gain professional qualifications for your next job, upskill for your current role, and/or develop academic expertise in your chosen field. If studying full-time, master's degrees typically require one or two-years to complete.
* QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020
Upskill or retrain with online study
Through the Government's short online courses scheme, you may be eligible to complete a graduate certificate at the University of Sydney in 2020 at a significantly discounted rate.
Here are three reasons to help decide where postgraduate study could lead you
When considering a postgraduate degree, the choice isn’t only deciding whether to do a master’s degree (coursework) or a PhD (research) – there are other postgraduate study options that could help you achieve your goals.
Gain professional accreditation for a new career with a master's degree
Considering a change into a completely new career? Think you need to go back to uni and start from scratch? Think again. A postgraduate degree can open the door for career change to a new profession. Here are the ones that do.