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Study pathways

Charles Darwin University provides students with flexible pathways that allow students to easily progress as their study needs develop.

The university offers:

  • ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Undergraduate programs
  • Postgraduate programs

Charles Darwin University study sectors

English Language Centre

Navitas English Centre, located on campus, offers courses in General and Academic English to prepare students for further study. Students completing Navitas English courses may be eligible for direct entry into CDU programs.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

VET courses deliver Vocational Education and Training to enable students to develop marketable, up-to-date employment skills. VET certificate and diploma courses are six months to two-year programs, which provide entry to a variety of professions and may give credit towards a bachelor degree.Charles Darwin University offers Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to all students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses at the University.  As an international student you are encouraged to apply for RPL assessment  when you make an application for admission to a VET course at the University.  Your application for RPL must be supported with relevant evidence of equivalent training. For detailed information about RPL process and required documentation, please consult the VET Student Guide.

Undergraduate courses

Bachelor degrees are usually three or four year programs.

Postgraduate courses by research

Doctorate degrees (PhD) and masters degree by research are conferred on people who have undertaken an original research project resulting in a significant contribution to knowledge or the application of knowledge within a field of study. Though some course work may be required, the granting of the degree is based only on the thesis.

Postgraduate coursework

Graduate diplomas (12 months) and graduate certificates (six months) are attractive to students who already have employment experience. The courses are designed to develop new academic or vocational knowledge and skills.

Coursework masters programs (e.g. Master of Business Administration) usually involve one to two years of study and possibly relevant work experience.

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VET study pathways

A. Area of Study: Business - IELTS Entry at Course 1 = Overall 5.5 no band less than 5
Course 1: Certificate III in Business; Duration: 6 months
Course 2: Certificate IV in Business; Duration: 6 months
Course 3: Bachelor of Commerce; Duration: 2.5 years (maximum 40 credit points advanced standing will be granted on completion of the Certificate IV in Business)
Total duration: 3.5 years

B.   Area of Study:  Accounting - IELTS Entry at Course 1 = Overall 5.5 no band less than 5
Course 1: Certificate III in Accounts Administration; Duration: 6 months
Course 2: Certificate IV in Accounting; Duration: 6 months
Course 3: Bachelor of Accounting; Duration: 2.5 years (maximum up to 40 credit points advanced standing will be granted on completion of the Certificate IV in Accounting)
Total duration: 3.5 years

C.   Area of Study: Environmental Science - IELTS Entry at Course 1 = Overall 5.5 no band less than 5
Course 1: Certificate II in Conservation & Land Management; Duration: 6 months
Course 2: Certificate III in Conservation & Land Management; Duration: 6 months
Course 3: Certificate IV in Conservation & Land Management; Duration: 6 months
Course 4: Diploma in Conservation & Land Management; Duration: 6 months
Total duration: 2 years. 

Students wishing to continue into a bachelors program can do so as follows:
Course 5: Bachelor of Environmental Science; Duration: 2 years (maximum

1 year

advanced standing will be granted on completion of the Diploma)
Total duration: 4 years

D.   Area of Study: Hospitality (Pathway option 1 - Bakery) - IELTS Entry at Course 1 = Overall 5.5 no band less than 5
Course 1: Certificate III in Retail Baking; Duration: 1 year
Course 2: Diploma of Hospitality; Duration: 1 year (maximum

1 year

advanced standing will be granted on successful completion of Certificate III in Retail Baking)
Total duration: 2 years.

Students wishing to continue into a bachelors program can do so as follows:
Course 3: Bachelor of Commerce; Duration: 2 years (maximum

1 year

advanced standing will be granted on completion of Diploma)
Total duration: 4 years for the 3 packaged courses

E.   Area of Study: Hospitality (Pathway option 2 - Cookery) - IELTS Entry at Course 1 Overall 5.5 no band less than 5
Note: subject to availability of limited places.
Course 1: Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery); Duration: 1 year
Course 2: Diploma of Hospitality; Duration: 1 year (maximum

1 year

advanced standing will be granted on successful completion of Certificate III in Hospitality - Commercial Cookery)
Total duration: 2 years.

Students wishing to continue into a bachelors program can do so as follows:
Course 3: Bachelor of Commerce; Duration: 2 years (maximum

1 year

advanced standing will be granted on completion of Diploma)
Total duration: 4 years for the 3 packaged courses

F.   Area of Study: Hospitality (Pathway option 3 - Mainstream) - IELTS Entry at Course 1 = Overall 5.5 no band less than 5
Course 1: Certificate III in Hospitality; Duration: 6 months;
Course 2: Diploma of Hospitality; Duration: 1.5 years;
Total duration: 2 years

Students wishing to continue into a bachelors program can do so as follows:
Course 3: Bachelor of Commerce; Duration: 2 years (maximum

1 year

advanced standing will be granted on completion of Diploma)
Total duration: 4 years for the 3-course package

G. Area of Study: Information Technology - IELTS Entry at Course 1 - Overall 5.5 no band less than 5

Course 1: Certificate III in Business; Duration 6 months

Course 2: Certificate IV in Business; Duration 6 months

Course 3: Bachelor of Information Technology; Duration 2.5 years (maximum 40 credit points of advanced standing will be granted on completion of Certificate IV in Business)

Total duration: 3.5 years