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Types of Postgraduate Study
You can contact Victoria's Postgraduate Liaison Officer if you have any general questions about postgraduate study or you would like some help identifying the right subject area for you.
If you do not have an undergraduate degree in your chosen field, you
may be required to undertake a Diploma course before you enrol for post
graduate study. Here is some general information:
Worth 120 points, an Honours degree is a 1-year programme after the Bachelors’ degree. The Honours’ programme comprises 4-6 courses, which may include taught courses and a research project. For more information, click here
Masterate study has a variety of programmes depending on your field, but generally takes one year. You can enrol after you have completed an Honours degree or Graduate Diploma.
Because the Masterate is a research degree, it usually involves writing a thesis within 12 months (40,000 words maximum), but in some cases, you may combine coursework and a smaller research project.
Fields such as Nursing, Midwifery, and Social Science Research offer an MA (Applied), which combines coursework, work placements, and a research project. For more information, click here
Doctoral study consists of undertaking original research and writing a thesis (no more than 100,000 words) under academic supervision. Fulltime PhD study usually takes at least 3 years (up to 6 years part-time).
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