Graduate Diploma

Entrance level

A Graduate Diploma should normally refer to those courses for which a Bachelor degree or equivalent in any discipline is an entrance requirement. Special entry requires qualifications and experience equivalent to a degree. A nested Graduate Certificate may be an alternative entry pathway to the Graduate Diploma.


The equivalent of one year of full time study (120 credit points)

Learning outcomes (AQF)

Graduate Diplomas are generally designed to broaden skills already gained in an undergraduate program, or develop knowledge and skills in a new discipline or area of study. They are frequently aimed at specific vocational purposes, offering professional or vocational skills and knowledge. Graduate Diplomas may qualify diplomates for entry to coursework Master Degrees.

Exit standard

A Graduate Diploma normally consists of material offered at the undergraduate level. A maximum of one third of the course may be at first-year level and at least one third of the course should be at third-year level or higher. Students exiting before completion of all course requirements may be awarded the associated Graduate Certificate.


Successful candidates are normally awarded a Graduate Diploma in (specialisation) or a Graduate Diploma in (discipline).