Charles Darwin University (CDU)

Charles Darwin University is the major tertiary education and vocational education and training institution in the Northern Territory.

Originally established as a tertiary institution in 1974, it became the Northern Territory University in 1989 and Charles Darwin University in 2003.

The main University campus is located at Casuarina in Darwin with campuses at Alice Springs, Katherine and Palmerston. VET courses are also offered at Jabiru, Nhulunbuy, Tennant Creek and Yulara Centres as well as at various remote community centres.

The University provides multi-sector education with Senior Secondary, VET, Higher Education and Research facilities.

CDU also deliver a number of courses through the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE), which is a joint initiative between Charles Darwin University (CDU) and the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (BIITE). The three main sites for delivery will be at the main ACIKE Hub CDU Casuarina campus and at the BIITE campuses at Batchelor and the Alice Springs Desert Peoples' Centre.

Provider CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

Entry requirements for Charles Darwin University (CDU)

The minimum admission requirements to most undergraduate courses are met by one or more of the following:par -Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET) (or equivalent) and an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 60 or higher or at the required level approved for admission. par -Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate IV level or higher.par -Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.par -Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.par -Attainment of a STAT score at the required level approved for admission.par -Successful completion of 40 credit points in the Tertiary Enabling Program, the ACIKE Preparation for Tertiary Success courses, or other recognised tertiary preparation course.par -Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.par Some courses have a quota and offers for admission into these courses will be based on merit.

Transfering your previous study credits

VET TO HIGHER EDUCATIONpar Agreed Credit Transfer arrangements exist for students who have completed an appropriate VET qualification and wish to enter a higher education course.

HIGHER EDUCATION TO HIGHER EDUCATIONpar - For incomplete study at CDU: The University will grant full credit for higher education units completed at CDU within the past five years. If professional practice and personal development has been undertaken within the field this period could be extended to ten years. par - For any study undertaken at another institution, or for completed study at CDU: A student must complete at least one third of the award, or at least one year full-time equivalent, whichever is the lesser, provided that the relevant course rules are met. Students from other institutions are required to provide certified copies of their academic records and complete an Application for Exemption form with their enrolment form.

External study oppurtunities

The University offers a broad range of external courses.
Alice Springs Charles Darwin University ALICE SPRINGS NT 871
Casuarina Ellengowan Drive CASUARINA NT 810
CDU Melbourne Mezzainine Level, 271 Collins Street MELBOURNE VIC 3000
CDU Sydney Level 10, 815 George Street HAYMARKET NSW 2000
CDU Waterfront Darwin 21 Kitchener Drive DARWIN NT 800
Jabiru Centre 1 Van Delft Street JABIRU NT 886
Katherine Rural 16 km Stuart Highway North KATHERINE NT 852
Katherine Town Centre 19 Second Street KATHERINE NT 851
Nhulunbuy Centre Chesterfield Circuit NHULUNBUY NT 881
Palmerston University Avenue PALMERSTON NT 830
Tennant Creek Centre 65 Staunton Street TENNANT CREEK NT 860

2018 Charles Darwin University (CDU) Scholarships

The scholarships listed below have been sourced from Charles Darwin University (CDU) for 2018.
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Description The scholarship provides financial support to an Alice Springs resident studying at Charles Darwin University.
Eligibility Applicants must be: a resident of the Northern Territory who resides in Alice Springs; enrolled in a Higher Education or Vocational Education and Training course; enrolled full-time for the duration of the scholarship; an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or holder of an Australian permanent resident visa or permanent humanitarian visa.
Annual amount $2,000
Application closing date Early March
Support types Scholarship,
Level of study Undergraduate,
Gender Co-Ed
Frequency of offer Annual
Length of support 1 years
Field of study
  • Accounting
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Architecture
  • Psychology
  • Built Environment
  • Business & Management
  • Communications
  • Computing & Information Technology
  • Creative Arts
  • Dental Studies
  • Economics
  • Education & Training
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Food & Hospitality
  • General Education & Employment Skills
  • Health Services & Support
  • Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Language & Literature
  • Law
  • Legal Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Personal Services
  • Pharmacy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Sciences
  • Social Work
  • Sport, Leisure & Recreation
  • Surveying
  • Tourism
  • Veterinary Studies & Animal Care
  • Welfare & Community Services
  • ELICOS course

2018 Charles Darwin University Ratings and Rankings

These ratings for Charles Darwin University were published in The Good Universities Guide 2018. Data is sourced from graduates four months post-graduation and other public sources.

Top 20% in AUS

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Rating Types University Ratings Field of Study Ratings
Social Equity 18.00%
Staff Qualification 76.00%
Student Demand
L: 50% M: 45% H: 5%
Student Retention Less than 1%
Student:Teacher Ratio 24:1
Learner Engagement 52.80%
Learning Resources 83.10%
Overall Experience 75.90%
Skills Development 78.60%
Student Support 72.60%
Teaching Quality 77.90%
Full-Time Employment 82.30%
Starting Salary $60,500
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