Postgraduate study options
UTS postgraduate study options provide the means to progress your study and career wherever you may be in your journey.
And the best news? We work with you to find the best flexible study options to fit your schedule. Our goal is to enable you to achieve your goals, without letting your current commitments put the brakes on progression.
Here are eight pathways that you can take to commence or continue your postgraduate journey:
1. UTS Open taster courses
UTS Open is an online resource that offers free bitesize 3-5-hour online courses, with content derived from our wide-ranging postgraduate programs. Whether you want to start a journey towards becoming a data-expert or test the waters in studying the law, this platform provides upskilling opportunities and a gateway into new career possibilities.
2. Short courses
If you’re interested in going deeper into a specific topic relevant to your work, then our short courses could be what you’re looking for. These courses can vary in length from one or two days up until several months and are delivered by industry and thought leaders. Our short course lecturers also teach at the master’s level, so are well equipped to teach you the skills to adapt to a dynamic work landscape.
3. Non-award study
With non-award study, you can enrol in course subjects without signing up to a full course and are likely to be studying for half a year. This study can contribute to recognition of prior learning for relevant degrees that you may want to enrol in at a later date, making it an ideal option for those who want to lay the foundations for future study, pursue knowledge out of personal interest, or upskill in a specialised area.
4. Graduate certificate
If you want the recognition of a tertiary qualification in a field you’re yet to be qualified in or want to signal to employers that you’re serious about improving your skills, a graduate certificate from UTS is a great first step. This certification also offers a pathway into postgraduate study for those that do not have an undergraduate qualification, opening a door that you may previously have thought to be closed.
In most cases, you will learn a core module over a period of six months, taken from the master’s degree program that your course ladders up to and a graduate diploma can build on this to offer an additional module of study. Each step takes you closer to a master’s qualification.
5. Graduate diploma
This program acts as an entry pathway into a full master’s degree. The greatest part is that you can finish your graduate diploma within one year (full-time) and already have acquired the first eight subjects of your respective master’s degree. Even if you don’t choose to go on to finish your master’s, a graduate diploma will leave you well-equipped with the expertise and core knowledge in your desired field of work.
6. Master's by coursework
UTS master’s degrees are industry-focused and built by researchers who are at the forefront of their field. If you choose to pursue this path, you’ll study through a combination of lectures, classes and seminars that will enable you to attain the mandatory units required to complete your postgraduate studies.
We understand that our postgraduate students have different commitments in their lives and have built our timetables and methods of delivery to make study possible for you. UTS offers a range of class options, with day and night classes and many possibilities for part-time study. The course completion time varies with your chosen degree, but usually you can have it done within 1.5 years (full-time).
7. Master’s by research
Do you identify as an innovator? A master’s by research is a specialist degree in which you produce an original piece of research over the course of two years. Upon graduation, you’ll have a depth of expertise in a specific discipline and a wealth of skills that you can apply in your career. Beyond this, your work will have the potential to deliver real impact for society and industry.
This method of learning is tailored to future innovators and leaders as it creates an environment that teaches valuable industry insights, gives you exposure to crucial networks, and enables you to work with leading academics within your discipline.
A PhD program at UTS will provide you with the advanced training needed to pursue a career in research and enter the workforce with an expert depth of knowledge.
Our research has been proven to be of the highest standard, as UTS was awarded five stars in the QS Stars rating system for our high performance in research and 94% of our research fields have been benchmarked at world standard or above by the Australian Government’s most recent Excellence in Research Australia report.
UTS trains world-class researchers and, as a PhD graduate, you will have the knowledge to excel in the working environment and be given the tools to support innovation and advance thinking in your field.
Explore our postgraduate course offerings.