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What is an Online teaching period?

An Online teaching period is made up of six-week study blocks, during which a course of the program is taught. There are a total of six online teaching periods every year, with a two week break in between (there is an extended break over Christmas)

If I study online, do I have to attend any face-to-face classes or exams?

Online programs are delivered 100% online, including all your lectures and classes. In most cases, there are no exams, you'll be assessed on practical and authentic assignments you can use in your current or future role.

What is focused study?

Focused study simply means that we condense each course in to 6 weeks of teaching. Therefore you can focus your time into bursts of learning built into your weekly routine, job and daily commitments.

What technology will I need to complete the program?

We recommend you use a computer with the following specifications:

  • sufficient memory and processor speed to handle files such as multimedia and video
  • a fast broadband, cable or satellite internet connection
  • a webcam and microphone
  • general business software such as word processing, presentations and spreadsheets 

If I study online, what will my testamur say?

As an online student, your certificate will not differentiate from those who study on campus. Your certificate will state the following:

  • The University
  • Your name
  • Title of program completed
  • Date of completion
  • Signed by the Vice Chancellor

What is a LMS?

A Learning Management System system (LMS) is an application software used to deliver education/training courses. The University provides most of its learning and teaching resources through MyUni, our online learning management system. After you have enrolled, you will see your courses appear in this system. In the meantime, it is worth downloading the MyUni mobile App.

What support can I expect during my studies?

If you are offered a place on one of our programs and successfully complete enrollment you will have your own dedicated student success advisor who will support you throughout your studies.

Are scholarships available for online study?

Unfortunately, there are no online-specific scholarships but you are welcome to apply for a university-wide scholarship. 

The government also offers scholarships such as this one for rural and regional students.

Can I seek credit for any of the courses in the program which I believe I have already completed?

You may be eligible for credit toward your University of Adelaide degree if you have completed study at another institution, or have relevant work or informal experience. You must be fully enrolled in the program prior to submitting a credit application, which will require all relevant transcripts and course outlines to be submitted at the same time.

  • Your previous study should be under 10 years old and at AQF 8* to be able to apply.
  • Your previous study is assessed on the basis of equivalence of content and learning outcomes between your prior learning and a University of Adelaide course.
  • A maximum of half to two-thirds of the total program may be granted as credit and will be assessed upon application.
  • If using “Informal Learning” (work experience, volunteering, internships, etc) you may be required to complete an assessment to be successful.

I am an international applicant - what are the English language requirements?

In order to study with the University of Adelaide, you must be proficient in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English as this is the language of instruction.

You must be able to demonstrate that you meet the minimum English language requirements, however you will not be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency if you are an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident (visa status) or hold a passport from one of the following countries: Canada (English speaking provinces only), New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

See the Minimum English Language Requirements document (Postgraduate Coursework Programs section) for detailed information about these requirements, including acceptable English language tests.

We also recommend that you speak to an Enrolment Advisor to discuss options that are specific to your circumstances. You can schedule a call here.

I am a domestic applicant - what are the English language requirements?

In order to study with the University of Adelaide, you must be proficient in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English as this is the language of instruction.

Typically, if English is your first language you will not be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency.

If English is not your first language of instruction, further documentary evidence will be required so please download the Minimum English Language Requirements document for information about acceptable English language tests.

We also recommend that you speak to an Enrolment Advisor to discuss options that are specific to your circumstances. You can schedule a call here.

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What is a HELP loan?

The combined HELP loan limit is a cap on what you can borrow from the Australian Government to cover the costs of your tuition fees. The HELP loan limit will replace the current FEE-HELP limit from 1 January 2020.

Who is eligible for the HELP loan?

Australian citizens are eligible for a HELP loan. You must also be enrolled in a program with the University of Adelaide by the enrolment deadline (census), and have not reached the HELP loan limit.

I’m an international student. Am I eligible for a HELP loan?

International students are not eligible for HELP loans. However, some visa sub classes may be eligible. Please visit Study Assist for more information.

What does a HELP loan cover?

It covers course fees for award courses that lead to a recognised qualification, including a graduate diploma or master’s degree.

How much can I borrow?

For 2020, the HELP loan limit is $106,319 for most students. Existing FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loan debts will be carried over and count towards your HELP loan limit.

Any previous HECS-HELP debts will not be included in the HELP loan limit.

From 1 January 2020 onwards, new HECS-HELP borrowing will count towards the limit.

How do I apply for a loan?

Once you have been offered a place in a University of Adelaide program, you will be able to apply for a HELP loan as a part of the enrolment process. Alternatively, you can apply for a HELP loan after you enrol as long as it is before the census date. You will need a tax file number to complete your application.

Where do I find my available HELP balance?

From 1 January 2020, the department will have an application available for students called myHELPbalance.

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What are the entry requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Data Science (Applied)?

Undergraduate Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) with a 4.5 GPA or above, as well as SACE Level 2 Maths Methods.

What is deemed as equivalent for SACE Level 2 Maths Methods?

Equivalent Senior Secondary Mathematics Subjects in Australia

South Australia and Northern Territory Mathematical Methods General Mathematics Specialist Mathematics
Australian Capital Territory Mathematics Methods (major) or Specialist Mathematics (major-minor) Mathematical Applications Specialist Mathematics (double major)
New South Wales Mathematics Extension 1 or Mathematics General Mathematics Mathematics Extension 2
Queensland Mathematics B Mathematics A Mathematics C
Tasmania Mathematics Methods  Mathematics Applied Mathematics Specialised
Victoria Mathematics Methods Further Mathematics Specialist Mathematics
Western Australia Mathematics 3C/3D Mathematics 3A/3B Specialist Mathematics 3C/3D
International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematics (HL), Passed at minimum Grade 3 Mathematics (HL), Passed at minimum Grade 3, Mathematics (SL), Passed at minimum Grade 4 Mathematics (HL), Passed at minimum Grade 3


If you are still unclear or have studied Maths overseas or at university, please call one of our Student Advisors who will be happy to help on 1300 291 117.

Are data science qualifications worth it?

Data science qualifications are important as they demonstrate your data skills to future employers. Many hiring officers, especially in government, look for proof of education, and studying an online Graduate Certificate in Data Science (Applied) will help you progress your career in data science and analytics.

Is it possible to learn data science online?

You can learn data science online with the University of Adelaide's 100% online Graduate Certificate in Data Science (Applied) and the online Master of Data Science (Applied). These programs are taught exclusively online and are designed to fit in busy schedules. 

Should I study data science or computer science?

Both data science and computer science are great fields, however, your career interests will determine which area is right for you. Data science is used more broadly in a range of businesses and industries whereas computer science is only relevant for someone pursuing a career in IT. 

Is math important in a Master of Data Science?

It is important to have a solid understanding of core mathematical concepts for an online Master of Data Science (Applied). If you do not meet the maths entry requirements, the University of Adelaide offers a MathTrackX program to cover the relevant mathematical concepts needed for a Master of Data Science.

How long is the degree duration for a Master of Data Science (Applied)?

A Master of Data Science takes 2.5 years (part-time) to complete. The University of Adelaide's online Master of Data Science (Applied) is designed to fit it into a busy lifestyle.

Who is eligible for a Master of Data Science?

To be eligible for a online Master of Data Science you must have completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 4.5 (7.0 GPA scale) and completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods (or equivalent) during Senior Secondary School. 

The online Graduate Certificate in Data Science (Applied) is a pathway program if you have completed SACE stage 2 and have a bachelor's degree. Additionally, if you did not complete Mathematical Methods, the University of Adelaide offers a MathTrackX program.

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What are the entry requirements?

To be eligible for the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Cyber Security, you need to meet one the following requirements: 

1. Bachelor of Computer Science (or an equivalent Information Technology degree) and a GPA of 4.5  

OR  

2. relevant work experience of at least 3 years in Computer Science or Cyber Security roles  

OR  

3. diploma or above in networking and IT plus 2 years relevant work experience. 

What jobs can you get with a Master of Cyber Security?

The minimum requirement for many senior cyber security roles in both public and private organisations is a masters level qualification. Once you graduate from our online Master of Cyber Security, you will be ready to take on any of the following roles:  

  • Computer Forensics Specialist 
  • Cyber Intelligence Expert 
  • Encryption Specialist 
  • Computational Scientist 
  • Computer Scientist 
  • Cyber Defender  
  • Diagnostic Technician 
  • Digital Strategist 
  • IT Manager 

What jobs can you get with a cyber security graduate certificate?

An online Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security can lead to jobs in the government, and a range of industries such as healthcare which is seeing a spike in demand for cyber security professionals. Many organisations across different industries are realising the importance of a secure online network and are seeking qualified cyber security professionals to improve their operations. Once you have completed the program, you will be qualified to work in Data Security, Information Security, Business or Risk Analyst; Cyber Policy Maker; Cyber Security Administrator or Advisor; or System Security Engineer.    

Is coding a required skill for cyber security?

Many cyber security positions operate within IT departments, therefore it’s advantageous to be familiar with a few programming languages. Our cyber security programs are also applied in nature, so you will be completing real exercises and will occasionally need to draw on your coding experience.  

If you don’t have this experience, we offer the course Foundations of Computer Science – Python A (COMP SCI 7210OL) in place of Political Institutions and Policy-Making (POLIS 7024OL). Our friendly admissions team will guide you through the enrolment process once your application has been accepted.  

Read more about our entry requirements here.  

What is the syllabus of cyber security programs?

The syllabus for the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security covers relevant and industry-aligned topics. There are four courses to prepare students for real-world cyber security knowledge, these are outlined below:  

  1. Business data and cyber security  
  2. Political institutions and policy-making*  
  3. Cyber security fundamentals  
  4. Information risks, threats and controls.  

Read more on the online Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security curriculum here.   

If you wish to take up leadership positions within a government, healthcare, or private organisation, we recommend continuing onto our masters level courses. To graduate with a Master of Cyber Security, you will need to successfully complete the above courses, plus: 

  1. Secure programming  
  2. Human and ethical factors in computer science  
  3. Research methods in software engineering and computer science  
  4. Applied privacy 
  5. Human-centred security  
  6. Business information systems and management 
  7. Research project (part A and B) 

*If you don’t have prior computer programming experience, we offer the course Foundations of Computer Science – Python A (COMP SCI 7210OL) in place of Political Institutions and Policy-Making (POLIS 7024OL). Our friendly admissions team will guide you through the enrolment process once your application has been accepted. 

Read more on the online Master of Cyber Security curriculum here.   

What qualifications do you need for cyber security jobs?

Entry level cyber security jobs such as a technician or compliance specialist requires a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security at a minimum. If you wish to qualify for more complex positions with more responsibility, we recommend enrolling in a Master of Cyber Security.  

How much does the Master of Cyber Security cost?

The total cost of the online Master of Cyber Security is $41,976 or $3,498 per course (2021 pricing). 

There is FEE-HELP available for Australian citizens to cover the program cost. Read more on the Master of Cyber Security program and it’s fee information here.  

How much does a certification in cyber security cost?

Undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security costs $13,992 or $3,498 per course (4 courses required to graduate).   

There is FEE-HELP available for Australian citizens to cover the program cost. Read more on the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security program and it’s fee information here.  

Can I learn cyber security online?

You can learn cyber security online with the University of Adelaide’s online Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security or Master of Cyber Security. The graduate certificate is an eight-month program and our masters program is taught over two years. Both are fully flexible so you can complete the coursework and assessments online. The online learning format includes virtual quizzes, case studies, scenarios, and simulations, providing students with a broad and thorough learning environment. 

How do I start a cyber security program?

Start your cyber security program by checking your eligibility, creating an account, and applying for the program. The University of Adelaide’s online Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security and Master of Cyber Security offers six intakes per year so you can start at virtually any point throughout the year.   

Click here to begin your application and enrol. 

Does cyber security require a lot of math application?

Undertaking a course in cyber security does not require a background in math. The Graduate Certificate and Master of Cyber Security does cover working with data and problem-solving exercises where basic maths will be helpful but not essential.  

How much can you earn with a cyber security certificate?

Qualified cyber security graduates will earn a healthy salary with room for upward career movement, the average salary for a cyber security professional in Australia is $98,830. This jumps up to $136,645 when you complete the Master of Cyber Security and are qualified for more senior roles. Cyber security is a growing industry and there are ample opportunities to work in the field.  

Learn more about upskilling into a career in cyber security here

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Is the Graduate Diploma in Psychology online program APAC accredited?

Yes. Earning an accreditation from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) means that the program has been formally and comprehensively examined and it meets the predetermined standards of education for psychologists. APAC also ensure the program formally provides the required sequence of subjects for students wishing to undertake further study in psychology and ongoing improvement of educational quality in psychology. 

How can I become a registered psychologist?

There are a few pathways towards becoming a registered psychologist. If you have a bachelor’s degree but not in psychology, our Graduate Diploma in Psychology is your first step. Once you successfully graduate from our graduate diploma, you may then eligible to continue onto a 4th year program, such as our online Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced). You will then be required to complete one of the three masters level study options plus supervised practice before you can apply for general registration.  

What can you do with a diploma in psychology?

A Graduate Diploma in Psychology provides the foundational knowledge required to become a registered psychologist. The University of Adelaide's online Graduate Diploma in Psychology is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

What is a Graduate Diploma in Psychology?

Graduate Diploma in Psychology is a postgraduate program for students of other disciplines who want to begin psychology studies and do not have relevant prior studies. The online Graduate Diploma in Psychology covers foundational knowledge needed in the industry.

What's the difference between a psychologist and a counsellor?

There is a big difference between a psychologist and a counsellor. Psychologists provide clinical mental health support, helping patients suffering from complex long-term mental health conditions, whereas counsellors usually help patients with specific short-term challenges. Psychologists must complete a specific educational criteria only becoming a registered psychologist once they have achieved the correct training. A counsellor does not require as much training but cannot provide medical advice. 

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What are the entry requirements for the MBA?

To be eligible, you need to meet one of the following requirements:

  1. A completed undergraduate bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and a minimum of 2 years' relevant work experience.
  2. No degree, completed GMAT with a score of >500 and a minimum of 2 years' relevant work experience.
  3. A completed University Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.

All students must meet the English language requirements. If you do not meet the above entry requirements, you may be eligible to study our Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.

What are the entry requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Business Administration?

To be eligible for our online Graduate Certificate in Business Administration, you need to meet one of the following requirements:

  1. A completed undergraduate bachelor degree (or equivalent) and a minimum of 2 years' relevant work experience.
  2. No degree, completed GMAT with a score of >500 and a minimum of 2 years' relevant work experience.
  3. No degree, with minimum five years’ relevant work experience.

All students must meet English language requirements.

What qualifies as relevant work experience?

Full-time leadership and management experience in a role (such as Team Leader, Supervisor, Manager) demonstrating leadership skills, critical thinking, negotiation skills and analysis of complex scenarios.

What skills do I need to demonstrate as part of my relevant work experience?

Relevant work experience should highlight how each of the following capabilities are part of your role.

  • Leadership – e.g setting organisational goals and objectives, motivating or leading a group of people towards a common goal, directing and coordinating activities personally or by delegation.
  • Critical thinking – e.g determining priorities, analysing or reviewing a document, numbers, policy or legislations.
  • Negotiation – e.g find mutual agreement in which all parties are comfortable, liaising between areas of responsibility.
  • Analysing complex scenarios – e.g process in which an analysis is conducted to consider alternative outcomes, monitoring and evaluating performance.

How long does it take to earn an MBA online?

It takes 2 years part-time to earn an online MBA. The University of Adelaide's online MBA consists of 12 six-week courses, with six intakes per year so students have the flexibility to start their degree when it suits them. Visit the University of Adelaide's important dates page for information on Teaching Periods and application deadlines.

Can I do an MBA without a degree in Australia?

You can do an MBA without holding a degree in Australia. The University of Adelaide offers an online Graduate Certificate in Business Administration pathway program into its online MBA, for students without prior education. The online Graduate Certificate in Business Administration makes up the first 4 courses of the online MBA so students can easily transition into an MBA. 

Can you get an MBA while working?

You can get an MBA while working. The University of Adelaide's online MBA is taught completely online, part-time so that students can continue working while completing their degree.

How much does an MBA cost in Australia?

In 2020 the average cost of an MBA in Australia was more than $58,000. To undertake an online MBA with the University of Adelaide, the 2021 cost is $45,936 ($4,578 per course). To find out more about HELP Loans please book in a time to speak with an advisor today.

What are the benefits of a graduate certificate?

Graduate Certificate in Business Administration offers formal recognition of further study, teaching students' essential business and leadership skills across areas such as marketing, accounting, and people management.

It also demonstrates to employers that you are committed to continuous learning and able to take on additional responsibilities. 

What can I do with an MBA (Health Management)?

An online MBA (Health Management) allows professionals to supplement their technical skills with in-demand management abilities. These skills can be applied across many sectors, including hospital and clinic management, allied and community health, private health insurance, pharmaceutical, and more. Find out more about healthcare management jobs.

Should I get an MBA or MHA?

When deciding whether to get an MBA on an MHA you need to first understand which skills you want to gain. Typically, an MBA teaches business and leadership skills whereas and MHA is a more specialised health degree.

While some MBAs can lack the specific focus on healthcare management that an MHA offers, the University of Adelaide's online MBA (Health Management) teaches students the desirable business and leadership skills of an MBA, through a health lens, providing students with learnings that are tailored to their industry.

What bachelor's degree do I need for healthcare management?

To be eligible for an MBA (Health Management), you need to hold a completed undergraduate bachelor's degree (or equivalent) and a minimum of 2 years’ relevant work experience.

However, if you do not hold a degree, a completed GMAT with a score >500 and 2 years’ relevant work experience, or a  complete Graduate Certificate in Business Administration with the University of Adelaide will also provide you entry to the MBA (Health Management).
 

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How do I apply?

You'll need to visit the application portal and set up an account. Once you have registered your details, you will be able to start the application form and upload all your supporting evidence.
Entry requirements differ between each program so remember to take note of the criteria and documents you will be required to provide.
Application Portal can be found here: online.adelaide.edu.au/application-portal

Do my documents need to be certified?

Your documents do not need to be certified. You will need to provide a scanned copy of your previous qualifications, as well an official academic transcript. 

How long does it take to complete the application?

The application process will take about 10 minutes if you have all of your supporting documentation ready. 

How do I know what my grade point average is?

The M10 – Mark Scheme 10 scale indicates the Grade Point Average calculations used for students at the University of Adelaide. This scale is the norm for courses in undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs, and applies to the course final result. 

This scale is intended to provide a guideline for Grade Point Average calculations and does not guarantee an assessment outcome. Formal assessment and GPA calculation will be carried out at the point of application.  

Grade  Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade:  Reported outcome 
Fail No Submission No work submitted for assessment FNS
Fail A mark between 1 - 49 F
Pass A mark between 50 - 64 50 - 64 P
Credit A mark between 65 - 74 65 - 74 C
Distinction A mark between 75 - 84 75 - 84 D
High Distinction A mark between 85 - 100 85 - 100 HD
Result Pending An interim result RP
Continuation Continuing CN
No Formal Examination No Formal Examination NFE

You can also refer to the 'How to calculate your GPA' page for more information. 

What happens after I've submitted my application?

Once submitted, we will be in touch within 48 hours to confirm we have received your application.

I got an offer and now I want to enrol. Do I need a Unique Student Identifier (USI)?

Domestic students – You will need a USI to enrol in your course. You may already have a USI if you have completed training in Australia since 2015. If not, you will need to create one.  

International students – Currently, all international students are not required to provide a USI to enrol. If you’re an international citizen who is studying offshore and do not have any residency or visa from Australia, then you will not require a USI. However, please note that all international students who are studying onshore are required to have one by 2023 to graduate in 2023 and beyond.  

Visit the Ask Adelaide website for more information.