Levels of study

Whether you’re studying for the first time, want to update your qualifications or looking to further your career prospects, selecting the right course is a vital first step on your path to tertiary education. CSU offers a wide range of course levels, from undergraduate to honours and post graduate study, so there is always something to suit your study needs.

Undergraduate study

An undergraduate course is normally your first degree at university. Most undergraduate study is at Bachelor degree level however, students may also complete or exit with a University Certificate or Associate degree from some courses.

University Certificate

A University Certificate is equivalent to eight standard subjects and usually completed in one year of full-time study (or equivalent). For some courses, a University Certificate may be completed before entry into a Bachelor degree is granted or may be an exit point for courses such as Theology.

Associate degree

An Associate degree is a broad-based undergraduate degree that is usually completed in two years of full-time study (or equivalent). An Associate degree is often articulated with a Bachelor degree, with students gaining credit in the Bachelor degree for the subjects they have studied.

Bachelor degree

A Bachelor degree is usually completed in three to four years of full time study at undergraduate level. A student can enhance their career opportunities by completing a double degree, which integrates studies in two complimentary areas resulting in the award of two degrees, usually after four years of study. Some Bachelor degrees also incorporate a year of Honours study, usually in the fourth year.

Honours study

Honours is an additional year of study during which a student will produce a specialist work of research. Honours may be integrated within an undergraduate course, usually from the third or fourth year of study, or may be a separate year of study that can be enrolled in after the completion of a Bachelor degree. Honours can enhance a student's career prospects, and is often a pathway to further postgraduate study.

Graduate and Postgraduate study

Graduate and postgraduate study is normally undertaken after a Bachelor degree has been successfully completed.

Students have the opportunity to build their knowledge in a specific area through a program of study involving coursework and/ or research, resulting in the completion of a thesis for Master or Doctoral awards.

Graduate degrees include:

  • Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Diploma

and usually require no previous study in that discipline area.

Postgraduate degree levels include:

  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • Master
  • Doctorate (PhD)

For postgraduate awards, students are required to have previous study or experience in the same discipline area as the award.

Higher degree by coursework

If you're studying a Master degree, you can combine coursework or independent study (at least one third of your program) with a dissertation.

Higher degree by research

If you're studying a PhD, you can spend two-thirds or more of your time on a thesis based on your own original and significant research.