University courses develop:

  • Theoretical and technical knowledge
  • The ability to critically apply knowledge to analyse and solve problems.
  • Employability skills.

Study Fields

University courses are available in a range of study fields, including:

  • Agriculture, Environmental & Related Studies
  • Architecture & Building
  • Creative Arts
  • Education
  • Engineering & Related Technologies
  • Health
  • Information Technology
  • Management and Commerce/Business
  • Natural & Physical Sciences
  • Society & Culture
  • Tourism, Travel & Personal Services

University Qualifications

Undergraduate qualifications

Undergraduate courses lead to these awards:

  • Undergraduate Certificate
  • Diploma
  • Advanced Diploma
  • Undergraduate Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor degree (pass, honours or graduate entry)
  • Doctoral Degree

Post-graduate qualifications

Post-graduate qualifications include:

  • Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Master’s Degree
  • Doctorate

Refer to the Australian Qualifications Framework for more information on qualifications.

A Bachelor degree is the minimum requirement for entry into a post-graduate course.

Some Australian universities have a TAFE or RTO division and a university division. These offer both VET and university courses. These include:

  • Central Queensland University
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Federation University
  • RMIT University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • The University of Tasmania (Australian Maritime College)
  • Torrens University
  • University of Western Sydney

Entry Into University

It is important to plan Year 11 and 12 subjects to meet university entry requirements

Generally, Year 12 leavers wishing to enrol in university must satisfy:

  • General university entry requirements.
  • The minimum ATAR or cut-off for the course of interest.
  • Year 12 subject prerequisites (if any).
  • Any special requirements. These could include:
    • UCAT (Universities Clinical Admissions Test) for relevant medical, dentistry or clinical undergraduate courses.
    • Interviews where requested for some courses.
    • Design tests, portfolios for visual arts courses.
    • Auditions for performing arts courses.

Tertiary admissions centres and university websites will have all of this information.

Australian University Websites

Australian universities are listed below. Click on the link to the university website.

Australian Capital Territory 

The Australian National University

University of Canberra

Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)


Australian Catholic University

The University of Notre Dame Australia

Torrens University Australia.

New South Wales 

Charles Sturt University

Macquarie University

Southern Cross University

The University of Newcastle

The University of New England

The University of New South Wales

The University of Sydney

University of Technology Sydney

University of Wollongong

Western Sydney University

Northern Territory 

Charles Darwin University


Bond University

Central Queensland University

Griffith University

James Cook University

Queensland University of Technology

The University of Queensland

University of Southern Queensland

University of the Sunshine Coast

South Australia 

Flinders University

The University of Adelaide

University of South Australia


University of Tasmania


Deakin University

Federation University

La Trobe University

Monash University

RMIT University

Swinburne University of Technology

The University of Melbourne

Victoria University

Western Australia 

Curtin University of Technology

Edith Cowan University

Murdoch University

The University of Western Australia

Online University Courses

Open Universities Australia

For a listing of other online university courses, consult Australia’s directory of online courses .

Compare University and Higher Education Courses 

Course Seeker is an Australian Government supported website that gives an overview of undergraduate courses offered by all universities and higher education institutions in the current and following year.

ComparED is an Australian Government supported website that allows you to find out how:

1. Current and students studying a course that interests you rate their:

  • Overall experience
  • Skills development
  • Teaching practices
  • Interactions with staff and students
  • Facilities and resources
  • Support services

2. Recent graduates’ ratings of:

  • Improvement in their skills as result of the course
  • Overall experience in the course
  • Satisfaction with teaching practices

3. Recent graduate employment and salary outcomes.

You can compare student course experiences and employment and study outcomes for up 6 institutions, study areas or courses at a time.

Applying for University 

Applications are either made:

  • To a tertiary admissions centre, or
  • Directly to the university or higher education institution.
Find out where to apply for the university courses that interest you.

Paying for University 

The Study Assist website has all the information you need to know about paying for your university study.


All universities offer a range of scholarships. Here you can locate the scholarship pages for all Australian universities.

Search for scholarships onThe Good Universities Guide

Some Tertiary Admission Centres may process some scholarship applications. Find information on scholarships (if available) on Tertiary Admission Centre websites.

The Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre processes scholarship applications for:

  • The Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarship scheme. These scholarships for students from rural and regional areas in Australia. The scholarships apply to Certificate IV to Bachelor degree courses.
  • Creative Arts Scholarship for remote and rural students to study Bachelor degree courses.

For more information see the regional scholarship page

Your school Career Practitioner will have information on a range of scholarships.


If you are moving away from home to study at university, you will need to arrange accommodation. Here you can link to the accommodation page for all Australian universities.