At the University of Melbourne, we offer a range of postgraduate qualifications to suit your career aspirations and passions. If you’re not ready to commit to a master’s degree yet, our graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, Melbourne MicroCerts and short courses are great options that allow you to flexibly undertake study.

Discover all our postgraduate options and find a course that suits you.

What is a graduate certificate?

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Designed to give you fundamental knowledge in an area of study, a graduate certificate is a great way to learn a new discipline. Our graduate certificates are also perfect for those with professional experience looking to upskill.

Many graduate certificates are considered a stepping stone qualification and can serve as entry into a graduate diploma or master’s degree upon successful completion if you want to pursue further study.

Time commitment

A graduate certificate can be completed in as little as one semester full-time.

Best for

Students wanting to sample a formal postgraduate qualification to gain fundamental knowledge sought after by employers.

What is a graduate diploma?

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Build on your learnings from a graduate certificate with a graduate diploma. Offering additional elective units of study, you can continue to explore specialisations within your chosen field by studying many of the same subjects offered in our master’s programs.

Time commitment

A graduate diploma can be completed in one year of full-time study. 

Best for

Students wanting to explore a range of additional elective units beyond core subjects within an area of study.

What is a Melbourne MicroCert?

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If you’re looking to gain in-demand skills and get a competitive edge in your career, our Melbourne MicroCerts are a flexible way to gain a digital certification you can share with your network.

Focused on specific skills and knowledge relevant to your industry, our micro-credentials  are  short,  100%  online, and designed to suit your lifestyle. They are also rigorously assessed,  empowering you with relevant skills that will benefit your future career.

Our certifications can be completed as a one-off or you can stack a range of Melbourne MicroCerts together to build up to a full degree over time.

Time commitment

Usually 4 – 6 weeks.

Best for

Students already working in industry who are seeking a competitive edge to advance their career with a digital certification they can share.

What is a short course?

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From professional development seminars to short-term intensives, we offer a range of courses for those looking to build on their professional skills or pursue their passions.

Become proficient in a new skillset, explore a new hobby and gain relevant knowledge with our diverse offering of short courses.

Time commitment

Ranging from one day to six weeks.

Best for

Students with a personal or professional passion that they’d like to explore without needing a formal certification.

What is a master's degree?

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If you’re looking to change career or specialise in a field of study, our master’s degrees are perfect for you! These formal qualifications are often a requirement to gain entry to practice or are highly sought after by employers to demonstrate higher learning.

Our master’s degrees will give you the opportunity to complete core units and a range of elective subjects. Some programs also offer capstone options including a research project or professional practice experience to take your skills to the next level.

Time commitment

Two years full-time.

Best for

Students wanting to gain entry to practice, change career or specialise in a field of study.