Open your eyes to postgraduate study

Wanting to increase knowledge in your chosen field, gain specialist skills or thinking about a career change? Postgraduate study may be for you. Whilst the reasons people decide to undertake postgraduate study vary, it’s important to understand your options and see what’s available.

What is postgraduate study?

Postgraduate qualifications provide you with specialised knowledge and a significant advantage to further your career in health. Study at this level enables you to upgrade your qualifications, keep abreast of the latest work developments, change careers or enhance your promotion potential.

Health at UQ postgraduate students benefit from:

  • attending one of Australia’s leading universities for postgraduate study offering an innovative teaching and research culture in which to learn
  • access to facilities at one of Australia’s premier research intensive universities providing the opportunity to conduct investigative work across a vast array of fields
  • a choice of 54 programs leading to nationally and internationally recognised qualifications
  • the flexibility to undertake coursework programs at Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters level
  • opportunity to undertake research higher degrees across the full spectrum of health.

Coursework program classifications

Graduate Certificate - A Graduate Certificate will extend your knowledge in a specialist area to upgrade qualifications or provide specific advanced skills required in specialist industries. A Graduate Certificate involves six months of full-time study or an equivalent part-time commitment.

Graduate Diploma - Graduate Diplomas offer more in-depth study than graduate certificates and provide a means for people to move into new areas of expertise. Graduate Diplomas consist of one year of full-time study or an equivalent part-time commitment. Graduate Diplomas are for students who have already received a bachelor degree in a relevant field.

Masters - Coursework Master programs offer you the chance to extend your professional understanding, change careers or adjust to changing employment requirements. Most coursework Masters programs consist of a series of specialist courses in a structured class or seminar format or online. A research component may be required, but it is shorter than that required in a research higher degree. The length of a coursework master can vary from one to three years full-time and part-time enrolment is also available.

Doctorate - Professional Doctorates are coursework programs which allow you to return to study to improve your professional practice through the application of research to current problems and issues. This qualification combines coursework and research, with a component of not less than 33 per cent and not more than 66 per cent research. The doctoral research should make a significant contribution to the knowledge and practice of the profession. One of our many Doctorate programs includes Medicine, learn more about how to study medicine at UQ here.

If you have any questions about studying postgraduate coursework study, click here to submit an online enquiry.

Entry requirements for postgraduate study

Commencement dates and entry requirements for postgraduate programs vary. Visit the applying for postgraduate coursework study page on the Future Students website at for more information.

Thinking of studying postgraduate research instead?

If you want to change lives and push the frontiers of health and medical science then a research higher degree (RHD) program could be for you. The programs available at UQ are the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Most PhD and MPhil candidates undertake a research higher degree because they are driven by the desire to advance their career opportunities or satisfy their intellectual curiosity.

What is a PhD?

A PhD is one of the highest degrees that can be awarded. It is an advanced qualification required for most academic and research positions.

PhDs foster the development of independent research skills, including the capacity to formulate a significant problem, to develop mastery of conceptual and methodological skills, and to relate the research topic to a broader framework of knowledge in a relevant disciplinary area.

…And how is that different to a MPhil?

An MPhil is an internationally recognised postgraduate research degree that involves undertaking a significant research project.

The MPhil program provides you with an opportunity to develop and enhance your analytical and research skills through independent investigation in a specific field. This involves producing a thesis that demonstrates your capacity for critical analysis and application of specialist knowledge.

To learn more about applying for a research higher degree, click here. If you would like to submit your interest in studying an RHD at UQ, click here.


Whichever option you choose, when you study with UQ you will be at the forefront of health exploration. Our researchers translate discovery, innovation and interaction into health and medical care best practices that lead to life-changing benefits for both individuals and whole populations. Our research is intensive, world-leading, and covers the full spectrum – from the molecular to the macro - and lab bench to the community and beyond. Click here to read more about the ground breaking research in health at UQ.


Last updated:
8 June 2016