What are the different types of courses?
Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a dual-sector university which means we offer both Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses and Higher Education courses including undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees. We also offers short courses and enabling courses to get you back into the swing of studying.
VET is a competency-based learning system built around nationally endorsed industry standards.
VET courses range from certificate level to diploma, with tailored programs for secondary students, apprentices and trainees.
Completing a VET course provides a great pathway into further study, with most undergraduate courses available to students who have completed a Certificate IV or higher.
An undergraduate course is a program that leads to a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree. At CDU, some diplomas are also classified as undergraduate courses.
Some undergraduate courses will allow students to apply for an additional honours year. Honours programs are an excellent option for students to develop their research skills while expanding their future employment and study options.
A postgraduate degree is a program of study at a higher level than a bachelor's degree and includes graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master's by coursework.
The entry requirements for postgraduate courses can be specific, so it’s a good idea to check the requirements for the course you’re interested in by visiting the course detail page.
Postgraduate courses are great for building on the knowledge you’ve gained from your bachelor’s degree or professional experience and can help you take the next step in your career.
Higher Degrees by Research include master’s by research and doctorates and are completed under the guidance of a supervisor with expertise in the field of study.
For this reason, Higher Degrees by Research have their application process and course rules.
Enabling courses are an alternative entry program (sometimes called a 'preparatory' or 'bridging' course) that helps you get into the swing of study. Enabling courses are free, and once completed you’ll meet the entry requirements for most CDU courses.