Study at VU

Postgraduate courses

Find out how to apply for a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters degree by coursework.

Types of courses

When considering postgraduate study, you'll come across a variety of courses that may be suitable, depending on your level of education and study area of interest.

Graduate certificate courses

A graduate certificate will build on the skills and knowledge you developed in your undergraduate degree, or help you develop vocational skills in a new area.

Depending on the study area, you may be able to proceed into further postgraduate study once you complete the graduate certificate.

Entry requirements: Applicants for graduate certificate courses must typically hold a bachelor degree, advanced diploma or equivalent. Your work experience may also be taken into consideration.

Graduate diploma courses

A graduate diploma will help you develop new knowledge and specialised skills in an area not previously studied in your undergraduate degree.

Completing a graduate diploma may be recognised towards completion of a Masters degree.

Entry requirements: Applications for graduate diploma courses must typically hold a bachelor degree or diploma, however exceptions may apply where relevant work experience can be demonstrated.

Masters degrees by coursework

A masters degree enhances your professional skills and understanding of a specific area of knowledge.

Entry requirements: Applicants for a masters degree by coursework must typically hold a bachelor degree, honours degree or graduate diploma. If you do not hold formal qualifications, but have relevant academic or professional experience, you may be admitted into a masters degree upon completion of a preliminary program.

Before you apply

Before you apply, you’ll need to get a few things ready to support your application.

These include:

  • A statement of interest - up to 500 words that describe why you would like to enrol in the course, what you hope to achieve through study, the type of career path you would like to follow, and how your previous study/work/life experiences support your application.
  • Evidence of your study or work history - certified copies of your transcripts/study results, referee reports, etc.
  • Course specific requirements (listed on your course page) - some courses may also ask for additional information as part of the application. It is your responsibility to complete all extra requirements by the closing dates, otherwise your application may not be considered. This could be:

Application support

To support your application, or lessen the time it takes to complete your course, you may wish to apply for:

How to apply

Once you’ve chosen your course and prepared all the necessary documents, it’s time to apply.

Applications for the Master of Teaching (Primary) and Master of Teaching (Secondary) may be made direct to VU. If you are applying for these courses at multiple institutions for commencement in February/March, it is recommended you apply via VTAC (fees apply). Read more about applying through VTAC, including important dates and fees.

Applications for all other courses are direct to VU. Go to the course page and click ‘Apply direct to VU’.

If you are a current student applying for a new course, you can use your MYVU Portal login to access the Admissions Centre.

Indigenous opportunities

We encourage Indigenous Australians to apply for any of our courses.

Our Moondani Balluk Academic Unit (Wurundjeri for 'embrace people') provide support and advice to Indigenous Australians wanting to apply for a course at VU, as well as providing current students with an ongoing culturally safe environment.

Contact Moondani Balluk staff to discuss course options, and the range of support services and pastoral care available.

Phone: +61 3 9919 2891 or +61 3 9919 2836

You are also encouraged to submit a Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Profile Information Form with your course application - this can help with selection for your chosen course.

Contact us

If you’re unsure what any of this means, please feel free to contact us – phone +61 3 9919 6100 or ask us a question. You can also chat online with one of our staff, Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.