Masters By Coursework Degree

Postgraduate Coursework

UOW coursework programs are designed to develop practical and relevant skills from a range of specialisations that are driven by the current needs of industry. Similar to undergraduate study, postgraduate coursework assessments are based on a combination of written assignments, presentations, exams and practical exercises. Some coursework degrees also offer the option to complete a research project. Distance and flexible course delivery options allow many students to complete their postgraduate studies while still working full-time.

Coursework options

Masters by coursework (1.5-2 years full-time or part-time equivalent)
A UOW Masters degree can help you gain that promotion, start your specialist career, or change career paths completely. Admission normally requires students to hold a recognised Bachelor degree in a related area. There are exceptions though, check entry criteria in Course Finder.

Graduate Diploma (1 year full-time or part-time equivalent)
Graduate Certificate (6 months full-time or part-time equivalent

The courses leading to these awards are designed for students who may be:

  • Seeking a professional development course at postgraduate level
  • Seeking to take a different direction from their Bachelor degree
  • Looking for a pathway into a Masters degree.

Delivery modes

UOW has three delivery modes for postgraduate students. Different courses offer one or more delivery mode options, check Course Finder to find out which delivery modes are offered for the courses you are interested in.

On Campus

When you study ‘on campus’ you will attend classes at a UOW campus between Monday and Friday, but you can often choose class times outside business hours to help you organise study around your other commitments. UOW integrates online learning into all of our subjects so the time spent on campus is spent strengthening your understanding and practising your skills. While this option is a greater time commitment than the other delivery modes, it provides more face-to-face interaction with our passionate lecturers and teachers, and means that you have greater opportunity to network with your classmates.

In addition to the Wollongong campus, UOW offers some postgrad courses at our other metro and regional campuses:

  • Business courses in Sydney CBD (UOW Sydney Business School)
  • Nursing and Social Work courses in South Western Sydney (Liverpool)
  • Teaching courses in Shoalhaven, Bega, Batemans Bay, Southern Highlands
  • Doctor of Medicine at our Shoalhaven campus

Flexible delivery usually means that the majority of content and learning is delivered online, and face-to-face teaching is limited to one or two intensive blocks for each subject. Some faculties offer evening or weekend classes to help you get the most from your teachers and classmates.

Distance and online delivery

While UOW integrates online learning into nearly all subjects, when you study online (termed Distance) all of your learning will be done online: content, tutorials, class discussions and submission of assessments is all online. This delivery mode allows you to study from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.  


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Last reviewed: 28 August, 2017

Graduate certificates 

Graduate certificates aim to broaden the skills and knowledge you have already gained in an undergraduate program or provide vocational skills and knowledge in a new professional area. Graduate certificate courses may be part of a variety of studies in a specific subject area (an articulated course), offering you progression from a graduate certificate to a graduate diploma, or from a graduate diploma to a master's degree.

Graduate diplomas

Graduate diplomas are similar to graduate certificates but offer a more in-depth understanding of a subject area and can take up to one year full-time or four years part-time to complete. Graduate diploma courses may be part of a variety of studies in a specific subject area (an articulated course), offering you progression from a graduate diploma to a master's degree by coursework.

Master’s by coursework

Master's degrees recognise your thorough understanding of a research field or area of professional practice. Master's degrees by coursework, administered by UWA's faculties, can be either:

  • coursework – coursework is 100 per cent of the degree requirements or
  • coursework and dissertation – the dissertation component represents less than 66.6 per cent of the degree requirements.

Postgraduate professional degrees

A postgraduate professional degree is a master’s or doctorate-level course taken after a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) that, upon successful completion, qualifies you to enter a profession.

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