Future Students

Postgraduate coursework qualifications

A postgraduate coursework qualification is further study at a higher level than a bachelor degree.  Our coursework programs give you the opportunity to complete a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters program in a structured learning format to help you achieve your career goals.

Graduate certificates

Graduate certificate courses are designed to develop your skills in a specialised area that may or may not be directly related to your undergraduate degree. Some graduate certificates are designed for non-graduates and allow you to go on to further postgraduate study. The programs are usually vocationally-oriented and comprise foundation studies in a specific discipline.

View a list of graduate certificates offered by Deakin.

Graduate diplomas

A graduate diploma is a more specialised award and is usually vocationally-focused. Entry is usually based on completing a bachelor degree or equivalent. However, alternative entry is possible, based on your professional or industry experience or other qualifications.

In most cases the graduate certificate and graduate diploma can be used as stepping stones towards the completion of a masters degree. The graduate certificate and graduate diploma are also exit options if for unforeseeable reasons you cannot complete your masters program (course rules may apply).

View a list of graduate diplomas offered by Deakin.


Masters programs are designed with the busy professional in mind. They are intensive programs in which the qualification is directly relevant to a career environment, and they offer the benefit of networking with like-minded people.

View a list of coursework masters programs offered by Deakin.

Coursework completion time frames

Postgraduate coursework programs can generally be completed in the following time frames:


 Coursework program
Time frame
Graduate certificate
1 trimester full time or 2 trimesters part time
Graduate diploma
2 trimesters full time or 4 trimesters part time
Masters 3 trimesters full time or 6 trimesters part time

Students are advised to check individual course details for specific course lengths as they can vary.

Postgraduate information packs. Request a free Information Pack to get all the details you need about postgraduate study at Deakin.

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3rd October 2011