Choose how you study

There are many ways to configure your postgraduate studies. You can study part time to leave yourself more time for other commitments or study full time and get your degree sooner. You can start a Master's and leave with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma if your circumstances change. You have a lot of options so please contact us and we'll help you plan a program that suits your life.

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Full-time and part-time study

The terms 'full-time' and 'part-time' relate to the number of subjects you take per semester and therefore the amount of time you'll commit to study. Most postgraduate courses offer full-time and part-time* study options.

Full-time study allows you to complete the course faster but will require that you dedicate more of your time to classes and study more regularly. Part-time study reduces the number of contact hours, leaving more time for work or other commitments but it can double the time it takes to complete the course.

Subjects are usually worth 15 credit points each and postgraduate coursework degrees generally range in length from:

  • 60 credit points for a Graduate Certificate
  • 120 credit points for a Graduate Diploma
  • 240 credit points for a Master's.

*Note that part-time study is not available to international students due to visa restrictions.

Early exit

We understand that circumstances change, so many of our postgraduate courses have early exit options. For example, you could leave the Master of Nursing early and qualify for a Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate if you've completed the necessary subjects. You can then return to study when you're ready and complete your Master's.

Advanced standing

You may be eligible for Advanced Standing (credit for prior learning) towards a La Trobe qualification if you've completed tertiary-level study elsewhere or if you have relevant work experience. This allows you to complete your course sooner. For example, you may be eligible to apply for significant Advanced Standing in a La Trobe course if you've completed a relevant TAFE course.

Study online

Learn in your own time and space, and interact with your lecturers and research supervisors anytime and anywhere.

Some practical benefits of online study include:

  • watching a lecture at your own pace
  • combining study with work or other commitments
  • discussing issues in online forums or via a digital platform
  • the opportunity to revisit previous course topics and discussions.

We offer a small number of online postgraduate courses, which use videos, reading resources, podcasts and online discussion forums and blogs. Examples include the:

  • Master of Nursing Science: you can complete this fully online course in just 20 months, or pause your studies and re-join during one of our seven yearly intakes. Focus on research, leadership and management, ethics or professional healthcare education.
  • Master of Business Administration: our MBA fast-tracks your management career with a study schedule that allows you to continue working full-time. Highlights of the online program include the ePortfolio, which involves a reflective online learning process, and the final boardroom simulation, which brings together all the elements of your course.

Some courses combine face-to-face learning with online learning. This allows you to learn at your own time and pace while giving you the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of our academic staff.

Lectures and workshops in the Master of Business Analytics are delivered at our City Campus and via a simultaneous interactive video stream, so you can participate from home or work. This makes it a great fit for working professionals who want to combine study and a career.