Find Master's Degrees in Australia

  • Population 23,000,000
  • Students 1,046,000
  • Int. Students 270,000
  • Listed Institutes 42
  • Ranked Universities 35
  • Academic Year February - February

About Australia

Australia (officially, the Commonwealth of Australia) is a country that is composed of the continent and many of the islands south and around the country (Tasmania, etc). It is the sixth-largest country in the world in terms of area. As you will see from the content of this article, Australia is a country that has a very unique history, culture, and geography.

Covering a total area of 7.69 million square kilometres, mainland Australia is the world’s largest island - but smallest continent. Australia is also the only continent that is governed as a single country. It is sometimes informally referred to as an 'island' continent, surrounded by oceans.

Until the late 18th century, when the country of Great Britain settled it and made it a colony, Australia had thousands of indigenous peoples scattered across the country. Until 1901, the six colonies in this region of the world became a federation, which is what we now know as the Commonwealth of Australia. There are currently over 23 million people living in Australia, the majority of which live in the eastern regions of the country and surrounding the urban areas.

Little do people know, Australia is still a constitutional monarchy under the Queen (currently, the Queen of the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II, is also the Queen of Australia). The Queen’s “hand” in Australia is known as the Governor-General, but he only steps into government affairs if necessary. Alongside the Governor-General, there is an elected parliament, which is overseen by a prime minister. There are 6 states and 2 territories in the country of Australia, each of which has their own parliament as well.

Of Australia’s 23 million population, almost half (47%) of all Australians were either born overseas or have one parent born overseas. There are more than 260 languages spoken in Australian homes: in addition to English, the most common are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese and Greek.

Australia has experienced more than 20 years of continued economic growth, weathering the 2008 global financial crisis better than most advanced economies. Australians also have excellent infrastructure, with five of the top 40 cities with the best infrastructure in the world.

The official currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar – AUD. 1 AUD is 0.9 USD

Listed Institutes in Australia

Albury

Alice Springs

Armidale

Bathurst

Bentley

Brunswick

Bundaberg

Cairns

Campbelltown

City of Parramatta

Coffs Harbour

Darwin

Geelong

Gladstone

Gold Coast

Hervey Bay

Hobart

Horsham

Ipswich

Joondalup

Kensington

Launceston

Lismore

Mackay

Manly

Melbourne

Newcastle

Noosa Heads

Orange

Paddington

Penrith

Rockhampton

South Perth

Springfield Central

Surfers Paradise

Surrey Hills

Toowoomba

Townsville

Wagga Wagga

Warrnambool

Wollongong

Living in Australia

  • On average, a one bedroom apartment will cost anywhere from 1000 AUD (in rural areas) to 1750 AUD (city centre).
  • Living on campus typically costs much less (approximately 750 AUD /month).
  • If you are renting a 3 bedroom apartment, you could see costs as high as 2,500 AUD a month in the city
  • Groceries average approximately 200 AUD/month.
  • 16-20 AUD for a meal at a casual dining establishment is relatively average.
  • Whether you're looking for a relaxing bar, a quieter, artsy atmosphere, a wild club, exotic or themed places, corner bars, or a luxury setting, you can find your new favourite place in Australia.
  • Australia is a vast, varied country with beaches, the outback, rugged wilderness, and rain forests.
  • Outdoor sports include swimming, surfing, hiking, golfing, biking, and boating
  • There is a multitude of parks, both national and local, where students routinely gather and enjoy Australia's vast outdoor resources.
  • Australian society is made up of people from a rich variety of cultural, ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds, and this is a defining feature of modern Australian society.
  • Right in the heart of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park in Australia’s Red Centre, Uluru is a place that speaks of timeless folklore, rich indigenous culture and great spirituality.
  • Bushwalk and snorkel, share bush-tucker or learn to craft-spears and catch fish in the traditional way.
  • Kakadu National Parkis the biggest national park in Australia. You’ll find rugged escarpments, lush rainforest and ancient rock art up to 50,000 years old.
  • Life in Sydney centres on the harbour. Catch a ferry at Circular Quay for views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge from the water.
  • With around 50,000 kilometres of spectacular coastline, complete with islands, stunning beaches, fringing reefs and long meandering drives, you’ll find millions of places to explore around the Australian island continent.
  • From challenging four-wheel drive adventures to sprawling cattle stations of more than a million hectares and from rugged mountain ranges and spectacular gorges to the longest stretch of straight railway track in the world, the Australian Outback is the essence of Australia.
  • The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef and an amazingly popular tourist attraction.

Study in Australia

Australia has some of the best colleges in the world. Several Australian universities are listed in the top 100 best universities in the world. There are also over 1100 education institutions found across the entire country. As of 2009, the Australia higher education system had over 41 universities. Most universities are public institutions, but there is also a limited number of private universities. There are also Australian branches of universities located overseas. Dozens of smaller schools do not grant any degrees or have accreditation – private schools that focus on theology, business, information technology, natural therapies, hospitality, health, law and accounting.

Some of the most popular fields to study are the natural sciences (biology, zoology, chemistry, etc), mathematics, engineering, social sciences (sociology, anthropology, archaeology, psychology, etc), and medical fields (even MD’s and PhD’s). Australian study programmes cover almost every possible subject students might need.

Higher education institutions

Most Australian universities are self-accrediting institutions that each run under a legislation (usually at the state or territory level).

Most programme contents are set by the universities offering the courses, and are not controlled by any government entity. Each university is able to set their own coursework and program requirements. As with most countries, teacher education programs are the exception to this rule. The Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership oversees requirements related to becoming a teacher.

The higher education system in Australia is overseen by the federal, state, and territory governments, but each school is unique in terms of the programs they offer and where they are located. The syllabi and program requirements will differ based on the particular schools students attend.

General application requirements

To apply directly for the university study programme, download the application form from the education provider's website. If you are applying for courses at more than one institution, you will need to submit a separate application to each institution.

You will need to prepare supporting documentation to send with your application. The documents vary depending on the course, provider and qualification you're studying for. The most important documents include:

  • Certificates that verify your previous study, including qualifications you already have.
  • Evidence of your English language proficiency.
  • Certificates or documents which verify previous study or work experience if you are seeking course credits. These must be translated into English.
If your application is successful, you will receive a ‘Letter of Offer’. To confirm your offer you must respond to this letter by signing and sending an acceptance of offer back to the institution. It sets out the course you will be enrolled in, enrolment conditions, the fees you need to pay, and the refund payable if you don’t complete your course with that provider.

After you have accepted your Offer and paid your deposit you will receive an ‘Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment’ (eCoE) by email.

For detailed information about the application process contact the university student admission office.

Find out more about higher education in Australia.

Check the article that explains how to apply to a university in Australia.

Student information about cities in Australia

Find the best information about what to expect when studying in top cities in the Australia. Read about degree course offers, career opportunities, student life, living costs, and more.

Degree studies

Australian study programmes are organized based on the United Kingdom model. The college and university framework consists of ten different levels. The first 7 levels of the AQF are based in undergraduate studies, level 8 is a step between undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and levels 9 and 10 are at the postgraduate level.

  • Certificate Levels 1 to 4: Getting these certificates takes anywhere from 6 months to a year. The first two levels are similar to certificates that you may find for jobs that require almost no formal training. Levels 3 and 4 are similar to the vocational certificates that may be found at trade schools, and may teach more specialized technical skills.
  • Diploma (Level 5): This level helps students to gain advanced cognitive and technical knowledge in a particular field. It normally takes about 2 years to obtain these degrees, and they are usually available in paraprofessional fields.
  • Advanced Diploma, Associate Degree (Level 6): This degree can take anywhere from 2-3 years, and counts for approximately 3 to 4 semesters of bachelor’s work. Advanced diplomas are awarded to students studying technical or vocational fields, while associates degrees are awarded for more academic fields of study.
  • Bachelor’s Degrees (Level 7): Standard degrees also known as undergraduate degrees. In Australia, the average amount of time needed to complete a bachelor’s level degree is anywhere from three to four years.
  • Bachelor Honours Degrees (Level 8): You can obtain an honours degree either by taking an extra year of bachelor studies (for 3-year Bachelors) or by finishing you bachelor studies with high grades (for 4-year bachelors).
  • Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas (Level 8): Graduate certificates and graduate diplomas in Australia take approximately one year after earning a Bachelor degree.
  • Master’s Degrees (Level 9): Master’s degrees are one of the higher levels of postgraduate education. These degrees are usually focused on research and academia instead of advancement in the work force. It takes approximately two years of study for you to obtain a Master’s level degree.
  • Doctorate Degrees (Level 10): Doctorate degrees are the highest level of education that you can receive in the world. This is the 10th level in Australia’s AQF system, and can include PhD’s, M.D.’s, DPT’s, law degrees, DDS’s, and a variety of other degrees, each named for the profession(s) that they degree is related to. Doctoral degrees can take anywhere from 3 to 6 years to complete.
Language studies

There are many opportunities that you will have for studying English if you decide to study abroad in Australia.

Along with testing, many of the universities in Australia offer English as second language courses that you can take before or alongside your regular coursework. These courses are often intensive and help students upgrade their English skills as quickly as possible.

University English: as second language courses are usually smaller classes (instead of the large lecture classes you may have for other general education classes). The reason for this is because learning a second language requires a lot of individual attention. You may also be assigned a partner that is a native English speaker to help you learn the language by conversation and direct interaction.

Foundation courses in Australia

Some international students may not be able to attend a degree in Australia because their previous studies do not match the academic system of the country. To be allowed to take an undergraduate or graduate degree in Australia, they will need to enrol in a one-year pre-Bachelor or pre-Master offered by a local university.

Popular foundation degree studies in Australia include pre-law degrees, pre-MBA courses, pre-medicine, pre-nursing studies, or other types of international foundation programmes in engineering, economics, finance, social science, science and other types of university pathway programmes. Preparation courses in Australia include academic English language training to help international students meet university language requirements for future undergraduate or graduate studies.

Foundation degrees in early years in Australia are perfect for increasing your chances of getting accepted to an Australian university. Pre-university business schools, law schools or med schools make sure international students develop the skills they need to succeed in the Australian academic system. Pre-university education also includes cultural integration classes that help students feel more at home. Some pre-university programmes guarantee enrolment to the institution if students complete the preparation with high grades.

Where can I study a foundation course in Australia?

The top Australian cities where students can take a foundation year programme include Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and more.

Read more about the enrolment requirement for international students.

English language preparation courses in Australia

Meet language requirements for university admission in Australia by choosing an English language preparation course offered by English language schools worldwide, including Australia. By taking the right English exam training course you will advance your language skills in order to get the needed scores for IELTS, TOEFL, CAE, or other English exams.

Study Visa

If you are applying for a student visa in Australia, there are six different types of visas for you to choose from if you are going for tertiary education:

  • English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Visa – for English courses that will not result in a degree.
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) Visa - for vocational degree studies
  • Higher Education Visa - for any type of degree in an academic field. This is not the visa to apply for if you are pursuing a Master’s research degree.
  • Postgraduate Research Visa - if you are earning a Master’s research degree or a doctoral degree of any type, then you must apply for one of these visas.
  • Non-award Visa - if you are looking to come to Australia for a semester or you are just taking classes while residing in Australia without pursuing a degree, then you will apply for a non-award visa.
  • AusAID and Defense - these visas are for those who are sponsored by the AusAID or the Australian Department of Defense. These sponsored visas allow you to go for any type of full time degree (associates through doctorate).

Here are the requirements of Streamlined Student Visa Processing as of 2013:

  • You must have a Confirmation of Enrolment at a participating university. This confirmation can be for a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, Doctoral degree, or a non-award university or study abroad program.
  • In order to be eligible for a student visa and to be allowed access into Australia, you must go through a process that involves a review of your financial resources.

For detailed information about student visa requirements, please check out the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s student information page.

Get more insights about the student visa for Australia.

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Netherlands
Netherlands
The Netherlands (also known as Holland) was the first non-English-speaking country to offer degrees in English. Therefore, various programmes are taught in English and are very internationally oriented.
Estonia
Estonia
EU's hidden gem Estonia is becoming a new hot-spot for studies abroad. Estonia`s vibrant and affordable environment together with well-developed technology sector make Estonia an attractive place to study and live. With high-quality higher education, internationally accepted degrees and various scholarships this is a safe target country for international degree.
Finland
Finland
Finland is situated in northern Europe and neighbours Sweden, Norway and Russia. For an international student Finland is both an exotic and a safe target country. Finnish society is credible: a networked and transparent open civic society, where education is always a top first priority.
Hungary
Hungary
Situated in Central Europe, Hungary is one of the most popular touristic destinations in Europe and in the world. If you haven't heard about the famous Balaton lake or the thermal water cave system, you have at least hard of the beauty of its capital Budapest and about the delicious Hungarian cuisine.
Ireland
Ireland
From literature to landscape, from innovation to internationalisation, Ireland offers a lot of opportunities in education and research… and the warmest of welcomes from the world’s friendliest nation!
Norway
Norway
The UN consistently ranks Norway as having the highest standard of living in the world based largely on average levels of education and income, combined with expected length of lifetime.
Poland
Poland
Studying in Poland will provide a solid education which will thoroughly prepare you for work in the most advanced labour markets of the world, at the same time stimulating your own personal development. You will also have the unique opportunity of meeting outstanding specialists and renowned intellectuals in your chosen field.
Sweden
Sweden
Swedish universities are renowned for their investigative research and independent thinking, and this reputation is cemented with nationally certified degrees and rigorous quality control. As a country, Sweden is an open and multicultural society with a long tradition of welcoming international students.
United Kingdom
United Kingdom
The UK has one of the most cosmopolitan societies within Europe and you will study with people from all over the world. The variety of universities and degrees is broad and degrees will be accepted worldwide.
Canada
Canada
Canada has one of the strongest economies in the world, and Canadians enjoy a high standard of living, as well as an internationally renowned university system.
United States
United States
The U.S. is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world. It has an internationally renowned education system, and offers a huge variety of English-language courses and speciality degrees.
Australia
Australia
Australia is well known for it's warm climate, great beaches and exceptional higher education system. It has strong influences from both Europe and Asia, and with the worlds second highest development index, it is a fantastic place to study!