What are the different qualifications I can study for in Australia?

Australia has over 1,200 education institutions offering more than 22,000 courses.

Students are offered a wide varieties of qualifications from Diplomas to Associate Degree to Graduate degrees, it is useful to understand the different qualifications that a student can opt for while choosing to study in Australia.

Foundation studies

This is a 1-year program that can be regarded as a Pathway module.

Associate degree

This is a 2-year degree that can be enrolled on if the student has completed Year 12 or equivalent. The Associate Degree can be a pathway to a full bachelor degree. The course syllabus covers the basic theory and the macro overview of the field.

Bachelor Degree

This is a 3-year degree that can be enrolled on if the student has completed Year 12. It forms the basic qualification for entry to a field. Most employers look for graduates with a bachelor degree. The course syllabus is deeper than the Associate degree and prepares the student for the job market. The student can also enrol on a Post Graduate Masters upon the successful completion of the course.

Bachelor Degree (Honours)

This is a 4-year course, the additional year at the end of the Bachelor degree if the student has had excellent grades in the Bachelor degree program.
Graduate Certificate: These are 6 month courses that students can enrol for once they have completed the undergraduate degree to develop their knowledge in a new area.

Graduate Diploma

Students are required to complete a bachelor degree before they can enrol on this one year program. These are generally offered as part of specialisations to enable the student to become a highly skilled professional.
Master Degree: Most Australian Universities offer a 2-year Master’s program (however if the student has completed a Bachelors (Honours) then the duration is 1-year). The pre requisite is for the student to have completed either a Bachelors or Bachelors (Honours) degree.

Doctoral Degree

A doctoral degree is regarded by many as the pinnacle of academic learning. Doctoral degrees are typically 3 years in duration and can be enrolled upon after a student has completed their Master’s degree. Mainly the Doctoral Degree is a research program, though at times it can also include a bit of coursework. Students are expected to produce a substantial thesis showing their relationship between the matter that is being researched and their chosen field of study.

If you would like specific information on the degrees you are eligible for you can speak to our Overseas Education counselors on +91 9664 483 215 or email studyabroad@sm2sa.com to book an appointment for a free consultation with our Overseas Education Counselors.