Australia is an extremely popular destination for students looking to study postgraduate courses, and it is easy to see why – the relaxed way of life, the world class universities and the weather are all huge pulls for those looking to further their education abroad.

Postgraduate courses in Australia can last between six months and four years. If taking a graduate program in Australia you will have the opportunity to choose between either taught or research led courses.

A Masters degree assessed by coursework will last 18 months to two years, and will require you to complete a dissertation alongside your classroom study, whilst a research-led Masters is often used to prepare students for a PhD and takes two years. It requires a significant amount more independent study than a taught program.

Students can specialise in a wide variety of areas – there are 40 universities in the country, offering thousands of postgraduate courses.

Australia’s universities have gained an international reputation for excellence, with seven placing in the top 100 in the QS World University Rankings 2012. They were:

Australian National UniversityThe University of MelbourneThe University of SydneyThe University of QueenslandThe University of New South WalesMonash UniversityThe University of Western Australia

Australian universities also have a global reputation for quality of research, making them an attractive option for those looking to study postgraduate courses.

There are opportunities to undertake graduate programs in Australia across most of the country’s major cities.

Following type of programs and qualifications are provided under Australian education system.


1. Bachelor Degree
2. Bachelor Degree (with Honours)
3. Undergraduate Diplomas
4. Associate Diplomas


1. Masters Degrees
2. Doctoral Degrees
3. Graduate Diplomas
4. Graduate Certificates

Because of Australia’s warm climate the main leisure activities of its residents are often taken out of doors. As it is such a large and diverse country there are also a lot of opportunities for travel, with sailing, visiting the beach, skiing diving and surfing all being popular recreational activities.