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1 year/s full-time


On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - No


Not available to domestic students.
CDU Waterfront Darwin

Credit points required


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The course focuses on developing academic knowledge and skills, including acculturation to studying Business and IT in Australia, English for postgraduate studies and critical thinking.

This course will develop advanced knowledge and skills in business communication, business ethics, organisational security and enterprise IT management. It is designed to enable you to read, write, communicate and critically analyse higher level concepts and complex issues in a discipline specific context.

You will further 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. Successful completion of this course allows you to gain direct entry to specific postgraduate programs at CDU. The articulation table found on CDU International College page includes additional requirements for some postgraduate programs.

The Standard MQP is two semesters long, and combines a first semester comprised of the Masters Preparation Program (MPP) course, with advanced English language skills appropriate to postgraduate level studies for the specific disciplines, and an additional semester of advanced skills in business, accounting and IT and academic studies at postgraduate level.


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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 8 units totalling 80 credit points (cp) over two semesters as detailed below. All units are compulsory, 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 two 12-week teaching periods. 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
(8 units)


Core units totalling 80 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
MQP005 Business Communication
MQP006 Business Ethics
MQP007 Enterprise IT Management
MQP008 Organisational Security



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 CommunicationCOMQP005 Business CommunicationCO
MQP002 Intercultural Skills and CommunicationCOMQP006 Business EthicsCO
MQP003 Critical Thinking for Postgraduate StudiesCOMQP007 Enterprise IT ManagementCO
MQP004 English for Postgraduate StudiesCOMQP008 Organisational SecurityCO

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 2Semester 3 (Summer)
Year 1
  MQP001 Academic Skills and CommunicationCOMQP005 Business CommunicationCO
  MQP002 Intercultural Skills and CommunicationCOMQP006 Business EthicsCO
  MQP003 Critical Thinking for Postgraduate StudiesCOMQP007 Enterprise IT ManagementCO
  MQP004 English for Postgraduate StudiesCOMQP008 Organisational SecurityCO

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
Year 2
MQP005 Business CommunicationCO    
MQP006 Business EthicsCO    
MQP007 Enterprise IT ManagementCO    
MQP008 Organisational SecurityCO    

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

  • Applicants must have completed three years of post-secondary study.

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 5.5 with no band less than 5.5.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 162, with no skill below 154.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of B1.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 42 with no score lower than 36.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 46 with a minimum score of 14 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

Can offers be deferred?
Masters Qualifying Program
CDU International College
Area of study
Enabling Courses

Contact details

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