Postgraduate Study Information
Looking for a career change? Hoping to gain a new professional degree that will help take your career further? Or just hoping to expand your horizons?
Western’s range of diverse postgraduate degrees provide you with the opportunity to diversify your skillset in a supportive and flexible learning environment that enables you to thrive in your chosen field.
At Western Sydney University, we offer a range of postgraduate scholarships to financially assist you with your university studies. Visit our Scholarships page to see what we have on offer.
As a postgraduate student, the value of tuition fees and student contributions will depend on your degree and your enrolment status. Postgraduate programs at Western are either Commonwealth Supported or Domestic Fee Paying, and if you are eligible, you may be able to obtain a FEE-HELP loan for payment of your student contribution or tuition fees. Visit our Postgraduate Fees page for more information.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A postgraduate degree refers to the specialist programs available to students who have successfully completed and graduated from their undergraduate studies or in special circumstances, a student who can demonstrate relevant work experience in the industry. Postgraduate study usually involves either coursework or research, however, sometimes a combination of the two.
The difference between undergraduate and postgraduate study depends on your level of education or relevant work experience. Your first level of study undertaken at university is commonly referred to as undergraduate studies. This may be a certificate, associate degree, or a bachelor degree. These studies are designed to introduce you to foundational knowledge in a specific field of study or discipline such as arts.
Your undergraduate studies can be followed by postgraduate studies. This may include a graduate certificate, graduate diploma, master degree or doctorate (PhD). This study is intense however provides a higher level of understanding as it builds on your foundational knowledge and experience from your undergraduate study.
Graduates with a postgraduate degree are considered more skilled and qualified which can help improve your career prospects and potential income. According to the 2021 QILT Graduate Outcomes Survey, the postgraduate full-time employment rate (four to six months after completing their course) was 93.3% compared to the undergraduate employment rate for the same period being 88.9%.
A Master degree can be completed in 12-24 months full-time/12-72 months part-time, pending on your prior degrees or experience. The time it takes to complete a master’s degree will depend on the number of subjects you are taking each session. Generally, it is suggested that a full-time study load is equivalent to working full-time, which is roughly 30-40 hours per week or if part-time, 15-20 hours per week. Contact our Course Information Team on firstname.lastname@example.org, 1300 897 669, or Live Chat, to learn more about study expectations or to discuss what flexible options may be best for you.
A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is one that is subsidised by the Commonwealth and applicable only to Domestic students. This means that the Australian Government pays part of your fees towards your program, therefore reducing your program fees. The remaining amount is paid by you, and is considered your Student Contribution.
A selection of Postgraduate Award programs offers Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) to Domestic Students. These places are only offered at point of admission.
The Australian Government determines the amount of subsidy it will contribute according to its National Priorities and by the Field of Education to which a subject of study, under that Award program, is classified. Find out more CSPs at Western.
Choosing to study a master’s degree will vary depending on your goals and ambitions to pursue further study. Often people seek to complete a master’s degree to improve their careers prospects, specialise in an area or start a new career path. For some it also helps with their career comeback. A Master’s degree can also open a pathway into academia or research in a desired field. Whatever your motivation, we have courses to help you reach your unlimited potential.
Flexibility is everything
We want you to reach your unlimited potential but realise you have limited time. So, we offer you a combination of on-campus and online learning, and variable entry and exit points to suit your schedule and your career goals.
Learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. Western’s postgraduate students gain hands-on experience, we partner with industry, business and government to create real-world opportunities.
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