Stackable short course pathways to a postgraduate degree

Flexible and accredited postgraduate study

Deakin’s stackable short courses are designed to ‘stack together’ as credit towards a range of postgraduate degrees. Once you have completed two or more stackable short courses you can choose to take your studies further, faster. This page lists the range of Deakin postgraduate degrees you can apply stackable credit towards.


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Realise your full potential with a postgraduate degree at Deakin

Deakin’s stackable short courses provide specific, industry-based skills you need right now, with the added benefit of credit towards a Deakin postgraduate degree.* In an ever-changing career market, our stackable short courses are an innovative way to access real professional development needs while investing in your future learning goals.

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When you study a stackable short course you’ll have access to many of the same benefits as Deakin University students. Get a taste of what it’s like to study at Deakin:

  • receive study support from our student advisers
  • get advice from our award-winning careers and employment service DeakinTalent
  • access Deakin Library’s books, journals and electronic resources.

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Postgraduate courses you can study using stackable credit

Unsure what you want to study? Stackable short courses are a fully customisable study experience where each course can be studied individually or in parallel with others. Complete one for a standalone credential or stack multiple courses towards one of the following Deakin postgraduate degrees.*

Accounting and finance

Deakin’s internationally recognised and well-respected accounting and finance courses give you specialist skills to enhance your qualifications and take the next step in your career.


Whether your dream is succeeding in an accredited profession or innovating new business ideas, a Deakin course will help you achieve your goals. Our courses are developed in consultation with industry so you’ll graduate work-ready.


Meet some of the brightest minds in the industry when you study communication at Deakin. As the digital landscape continues to evolve at remarkable speed, there's one skillset that's more in demand than ever: communication.

Discover our stackable short courses

The embodiment of truly personalised learning – each course can be undertaken individually or in parallel with others. Complete one for a standalone qualification or stack multiple towards a full Deakin degree.*

Construction management

Learn from teachers who are experienced in project management, building technology, and property markets and economics. Benefit from the latest industry ideas and strategies, and importantly, access our existing professional networks.

Environmental management and sustainability

Develop specialist knowledge in environmental management, health and environment for a career addressing important sustainability issues.

Health sciences and allied health

There has never been a better time to study public health. With a diversity of opportunities in epidemiology, policy and public health practice, the choice is yours.

Information technology

Prepare yourself for a successful career as an IT professional through our industry-informed curriculum and emphasis on practical experience.


Ranked #20 in the world for nursing, Deakin has strong employment outcomes and teaching excellence. Gain extensive clinical experience while you study and graduate ready to provide high-quality patient care.


*Subject to successful completion of the short course and meeting Deakin’s award course admission and selection requirements, including English language proficiency requirements. Limits on elective space in a destination degree are outlined in specific degrees’ course rules within the Deakin University Handbook. Typically, a maximum of four stackable short courses can be used as credit (2 credit points) towards a masters; and two stackable short courses can be used as credit (1 credit point) towards graduate certificates and diplomas.

^These courses allow select stackable short courses to be applied as credit. Visit the course page for more information.

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