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Types of Postgraduate Study

Graduate Diploma
Honours
Masters
Doctor of Philosophy


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.

Graduate Diploma

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:
Arts
Science
Commerce

Further information on specific diplomas is available from the Faculties & Schools .

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Honours

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

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Masters

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 is more usual to undertake it by thesis (40,000-50,000 words), 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

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctoral study takes 3 years full-time, and up to 6 years part-time. You undertake original research, submitting a final dissertation of up to 100,000 words. For more information, click here


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