A coursework degree is a program at masters, graduate diploma or graduate certificate level in which more than 66% of the program is coursework rather than research.
Most coursework programs are made up of specialised courses in a structured lecture/tutorial format with assessment typically taking place throughout the course and an examination at the end.
Often there is a masters, graduate diploma and graduate certificate study option within the one area of interest which means it is sometimes possible to enrol in the graduate certificate or graduate diploma initially and upgrade to a higher qualification.
Types of coursework degrees
Masters by Coursework programs typically take two to four semesters of full-time study or equivalent to complete.
Graduate Diploma programs typically take two semesters of full-time study or equivalent to complete.
Graduate Certificate programs typically take one semester of full-time study or equivalent to complete.
Honours study options
Bachelor degrees with an "end-on" Honours year
A program consisting of an additional full-time year of study (or equivalent) following the completion of a bachelor level degree and the degree with Honours is awarded.
Four-year bachelor degrees awarded with Honours
Four-year degrees awarded with Honours incorporate an adequate amount of research and project work in the program content. As a guide, 30 credit points of research has been adapted as adequate research content although it is recognised that this may vary with different disciplines and professional areas.
Masters degrees with Honours
A Masters degree may be awarded with Honours. To be awarded a Masters degree with Honours, a student must successfully complete at least 120 credit points, satisfy all the requirements for the Masters degree and successfully complete a dissertation, research report or creative work worth at least 40 credit points.