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0.5 year/s full-time


On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2, Summer Semester
Online - No


Not available to domestic students.
CDU Waterfront Darwin

Credit points required


Course code



This course will develop advanced knowledge and skills in academic writing, research, critical thinking and intercultural communication to successfully undertake postgraduate study at CDU. Advanced English language skills appropriate to postgraduate level studies are also developed, both iteratively throughout the course and in the English for Postgraduate Studies Unit, to enable you to read, write, communicate and critically analyse higher level concepts and complex issues in intercultural contexts.

The course emphasizes the practical application of these advanced knowledge and skills and will help you understand that reading and writing skills are necessary to the process of thinking, learning and creating meaning. They are iterative processes developed and improved throughout the course.

You will develop skills in reflective, autonomous and collaborative practices to successfully engage in learning and assessment activities at postgraduate level. An underlying philosophy of the course is that academic studies at postgraduate level is a social and contextual activity that requires developing appropriate attitudes and behaviours towards studying, fellow students and the wider academic community.

The course will help you achieve the CDU graduate quality outcomes and reflect the values of CDU. As a course designed to prepare you for postgraduate studies at CDU this course is the first steps towards equipping and inspiring you to shape and respond to the opportunities and challenges of the future as an accomplished communicator, highly regarded professional and culturally competent citizen in local, national, and global society.


International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $14,336.00. This equates to $3,584.00 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Whether you learn on campus or online, you will be studying with a proud multi-sector university that’s a leader in research and flexible study delivery. CDU is innovative, industry-relevant and student-centred. Our students are at the heart of all that we do.

  • Benefit from smaller class sizes for more personalised attention
  • Online learners receive the same support as their on-campus peers
  • Enjoy inclusive, welcoming learning environments
  • Utilise our deep connections with industry, businesses and communities in the Northern Territory, across Australia, and beyond

What will I study?

The information provided for this course was valid for the final year of enrolment. Students continuing in this course may find there have been some changes to the unit availability. Students should, in the first instance, refer to the recommended study plan in the newest version of this course to make their unit selection for the current year.

Course structure

Every re-enrolling student will be able to complete their current course of study. As a continuing student you should always consider transferring to the newest course version to enable you to take advantage of new and exciting changes to university programs. Students electing not to transfer should refer to the transitional arrangements where provided.

If you have any queries, or concerns about your course progression you would like clarified, please contact Student Central on freecall 1800 061 963 or


A candidate must successfully complete 4 units totalling 40 credit points (cp) over one semester as detailed below. All units are compulsory and are taught concurrently and are valued at 10 credit points each.

Students are expected to spend 12-13 hours per week on each unit over a 12-week teaching period. This includes lectures, tutorials, reading, independent and group study and contact with staff members. However, additional time will be needed depending on the entry level of a student’s English language skills.

Each unit is timetabled for five hours face to face classes per week: two hours of lectures, two hours of tutorials and one hour of guided pre-reading.

Unit type

Credit Points

Specific requirements
Core Units
(4 units)


Core units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below. 

MQP001 Academic Skills and Communication
MQP002 Intercultural Skills and Communication
MQP003 Critical Thinking for Postgraduate Studies
MQP004 English for Postgraduate Studies



Total Credit Points


Study plan

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend:CO = Core Unit
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
MQP001 Academic Skills and CommunicationCO  
MQP002 Intercultural Skills and CommunicationCO  
MQP003 Critical Thinking for Postgraduate StudiesCO  
MQP004 English for Postgraduate StudiesCO  

Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend:CO = Core Unit
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  MQP001 Academic Skills and CommunicationCO
  MQP002 Intercultural Skills and CommunicationCO
  MQP003 Critical Thinking for Postgraduate StudiesCO
  MQP004 English for Postgraduate StudiesCO

Students commencing in Semester 3 (Summer)

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in summer semester and enrolling in a standard load.

Legend:CO = Core Unit
Semester 1Semester 2Semester 3 (Summer)
Year 1
    MQP001 Academic Skills and CommunicationCO
    MQP002 Intercultural Skills and CommunicationCO
    MQP003 Critical Thinking for Postgraduate StudiesCO
    MQP004 English for Postgraduate StudiesCO

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

  • Applicants must have completed a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 169, with no skill below 162.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of B2.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 50 with no score lower than 42.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 60 with a minimum score of 18 for reading, speaking and listening and a minimum score of 21 for writing.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

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Additional information

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Area of study
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Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on: 061 963 (free call)

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