Postgraduate study

Take your career to the next level with a Victoria University (VU) postgraduate qualification.

VU is renowned for providing educational opportunities for students of all ages, cultures, experiences and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Whether you want to climb the career ladder, further your skills, follow your passion, or study with a research community that’s internationally recognised for its innovation and expertise, we will help you reach your goal.

Through our solid industry connections, meaningful work placement opportunities, flexible pathways and course delivery, and academic support we will help you find your true success.

At VU, victory is yours for the making.

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Our courses

Arts

Arts courses at Victoria University are delivered in a stimulating and supportive environment, where you will flourish, surrounded by like-minded people and highly accomplished academics. Our lecturers have professional backgrounds in their respective industries and draw on rich experience to bring their teaching to life.

Whether your career ambitions are as a visual artist, psychologist, musician, a thinker or a writer, we offer courses that will spark your passions and take your career to the next level.

We offer postgraduate courses in:

  • Communications
  • Community development
  • Creative arts and industries
  • Psychology
  • Social work and counselling
  • Languages.

View our arts courses.

Business

Do you aspire to help shape the future of business, either in Australia or internationally?

Our extensive network of local and international high profile business partnerships, overseas exchange opportunities, and the mix of our students from around the world allow you to grow a national and international network to expand your career opportunities.

VU’s course curriculum is widely recognised for its quality and relevance to current and future business industry needs. VU is a three-time winner of the Australian Tourism Award for excellence in tourism education and training. Our MBA was ranked among the top three in Australia by CEO magazine and number eight in the Global Top 10; in 2015 it was ranked in Australia's top 10 by the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine.

Our Victoria Graduate School of Business (VGSB) is led by a team of passionate and internationally-recognised experts who deliver highly-regarded postgraduate courses with a combination of academic excellence and practical learning that leverages our close ties with industry.

View our business courses.

Education

If you are passionate about education, postgraduate studies at VU will broaden your career opportunities and sharpen your skills through research or coursework, or a combination of both. We will support your learning journey to take your career forward.

VU believes in creating a better world through education. If you want to join the next generation of innovative educators – whether you are already an educator or are seeking a new career in education – our broad range of education courses and workplace learning opportunities will give you the skills you need.

Our world-class research is directed at improving educational experiences and outcomes for all students. Our researchers conduct projects that focus on social transformation and inclusion that benefit the community.

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Engineering and Science

Our College of Engineering and Science can help you pursue a career in an area of high industry demand, or tailor your studies to suit your passion. Our postgraduate courses provide industry-focused technical and management specialisations with a range of durations so you can fit study with your existing commitments.

Our research programs offer you opportunities to develop expertise in fundamental science or engineering. Our research is future-focused and covers a diverse range of areas including:

  • applied ecology
  • applied informatics and mathematics
  • biotechnology
  • alternative energies
  • sustainable building
  • fire safety and risk engineering.

View our engineering and science courses.

Health and Biomedicine

Victoria University offers postgraduate coursework and research programs across both the healthcare and health science sectors.

Our programs are taught by expert academic staff who are leaders in the field of health and are held in high regard around Australia and the world. This means that you will graduate with the latest in innovative skills and state-of-the-art knowledge relevant to today’s health industry.

Through our industry partnerships and outstanding facilities, you will learn in high-tech laboratories, and real-world clinical settings to give you the practical edge.

Our key research groups focus on world-class research and development, translating innovation in experimental medicine into positive health results for the community, particularly in Melbourne’s west.

We understand the challenges of postgraduate study and provide a supportive, encouraging and flexible environment for you to pursue your academic or career goals.

View our health and biomedicine courses.

Law and Justice

Strong industry connections drive our postgraduate programs in Law and Justice, which we develop for the needs of government, judiciary, legal practitioners, court staff and ancillary professions. We deliver these programs through the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre in the heart of Melbourne’s legal precinct. All of this adds up to great opportunities for your professional development and advancement.

We also offer research opportunities through masters and PhD degrees for you to explore your specialised area of legal theory or practice under expert supervision.

View our law and justice courses.

Sport and Exercise Science

Victoria University is an Australian leader in sport education. We are the country’s largest provider of teaching programs in sport and exercise science, exercise rehabilitation, physical education, sport coaching, sport and recreation management, sport business, outdoor recreation, sport development, sport massage and fitness.

Our College of Sport and Exercise Science has international teaching and research staff who are at the forefront of scientific and applied activities.

The Institute of Sport, Exercise Science and Active Living (ISEAL) is a new internationally-recognised teaching and research facility based within our $68 million sport and learning precinct at Footscray Park Campus.

These facilities are complemented by the Western Centre for Health, Research and Education at Sunshine Hospital; and Victoria University Whitten Oval – training ground of the Western Bulldogs AFL football club – where VU’s internationally renowned sport scientists work side-by-side with the Bulldogs’ coaching, medical and performance teams.

View our sport and exercise science courses.

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Industry connections

VU has stronger connections with industry, and professional and community organisations than most universities.

These partnerships give us unique insights into current industry practices and access to workplace learning, and ensure we provide our students with the most meaningful, relevant and up-to-date education. Many of these collaborations include shared research activities across a diverse range of research areas.

Our high standard of teaching, curriculum and research is complemented by the industry focus that our highly regarded adjunct professors bring to VU.

They include:

With years of experience in their fields, they deliver guest lectures, provide industry insights and assist with curriculum development. This means that if you are looking to advance your current career or begin a new one, our industry connections will ensure that you graduate with a robust and attractive postgraduate qualification.

Affordability

We have a well-earned reputation for accessibility, and pride ourselves on the affordability of our courses.

As with other universities and tertiary education providers, we determine our own tuition fees. This means that, not only are our degrees the same quality as other universities, they are also better value to you as a student.

Below is a sample of the total course cost (estimates only):

Find out more about higher education fees and how to calculate your own individual course fees.

Graduate research: The VU difference

Victoria University researchers are making a difference by harnessing the strength, breadth and depth of our research to solve real-world problems.

Sport research

We invite you to quench your thirst for knowledge in one of our research focus areas, collaborate with leading experts in their field, grow personally and professionally, make an original contribution to an area you are passionate about and engage with industry, government and the community to solve real-world problems.

We are committed to supporting and developing our nearly 1000 graduate researchers and postdoctoral fellows, providing a research environment that challenges and inspires them.

Our Graduate Research Centre's Researcher Development Program features more than 100 seminars and workshops a year, with a strong focus on building key research capabilities.

The 'VU PhD' offers an innovative and highly regarded coursework component in the first four months of PhD studies, to better support graduate researchers in the initial stages of candidature.

Join us in our goal to be among Australia's leading research universities by 2020.

Scholarships & sponsorships

We offer a generous range of scholarships totalling around A$5 million a year for both domestic and international students undertaking graduate research degrees.

Apply for a postgraduate course

With a five star rating for entry flexibility across a range of postgraduate courses from the 2014 Good Universities Guide, you have the opportunity to apply based on your life experience, and not just academic qualifications.

Find out how to apply for a postgraduate or research course.

International students: Find out how to submit an international application.

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