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Types of Postgraduate Study

Graduate Diploma
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:

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

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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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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

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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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