Best Postgraduate Unit Online Courses

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If you’re looking for a short course for your professional development, then you should think about a Postgraduate Unit.

It’s a single unit of study taken in a highly specialised area that could even later be used towards a Graduate Diploma, a Graduate Certificate or even a Master’s degree.

What is a Postgraduate Unit Certification?

A Postgraduate Unit is the singular component that a Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate or a Master’s degree is made from. If you were to take one of these courses you would study many individual units, the completion of which would end up in a higher qualification.

However, it is also possible to study singular units of study only. This can be incredibly useful if you’re looking to cover a very specific area to advance your career, but don’t want to take off work to study a longer postgraduate course.


Who provides Postgraduate Unit Certification?

You’ll find that almost all Australian universities will offer Postgraduate degrees, though not all of them allow for their units to be studied singularly. We’ve done a pretty advanced review of some of the best courses available online, separated by field, including a lot of places that offer Postgraduate Units. So if you know which field you wanted to study in, it is well worth looking through our guides. You’ll find the breakdown at the link below.

Click here for our full guide to the best courses available online.

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What are the expenses?

Postgraduate Units usually cost between $1,000 and $3,000 each, and usually take one semester of campus time to complete, or this can be made longer or shorter for online study.

There may be other expenses for books, travel or other learning materials, so you should speak to your course provider of its student services team and ask for a full idea of expenses, so you won’t have any unpleasant surprises later on.

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On which subjects are Postgraduate Unit’s provided? 

Again, since Postgraduate Units form the building blocks of all postgraduate study, Postgraduate Units are available in almost all fields. However, not all providers will provide them as a single course of study.

If you know the field you want to study then check out which institutions offer any postgraduate study in that field and then see if they offer postgraduate units by themselves. It may also help to check out the course guides that we have provided.

Who is eligible?

The eligibility requirements for Postgraduate Unit study will be similar, and perhaps even less intense, than those for any other form of postgraduate study. You will have to prove your ability to complete advanced study and your knowledge of your field. In most cases a relevant Bachelor’s degree will be required. Also, if you’re an overseas student then you may find there is an English language requirement that you have to meet. If you have taken previous courses in English then you should be fine, but you may need to provide proof of completion.

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What is the duration?

This will depend on whether you study full-time on campus, or part-time by distance learning. If you choose to study on campus, then your unit will typically take one semester, which is usually around three months.

This is because you will take classes at the same rate which those studying for Master’s degrees or Postgraduate Certificate will study. If you study in your own time online, then it should be possible for you to complete the course much quicker, assuming you have time to devote to it.

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What are the career opportunities?

A Postgraduate Certificate can still have a positive impact on your career. It will show your capability for taking on advanced education, and will highlight a level of advanced knowledge in a specific area. If this is relevant to you, then it will make a helpful addition to your CV.

And remember, if you successfully complete a Postgraduate Unit in any subject, it may be possible to count that unit towards a higher qualification, potentially even a Master’s degree. If you think this might be something that interests you for later in your career, then check with your provider if the course credit can be carried over and counted towards a higher qualification.


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