Graduate Certificate in Studies

University of Newcastle

The world is characterised by accelerating rates of change that place pressure on individuals and organisations to adapt to new conditions quickly and effectively. This environment is suited to professionals who are talented generalists - individuals with a strong capacity for critical analysis, the ability to engage with complexity, be creative and communicate effectively. The Graduate Certificate in Studies engages candidates with a program of coursework specifically designed to foster capacity in these areas, which are essential to professional success in a diverse range of businesses and organisations. In fact, the program aims to foster the top employability skills desired by employers.

Course Fee:

Australian: $10,765
International: $16,875

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must hold a minimum of an Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree (an AQF Level 6 qualification) and 2 years' relevant work experience; or A Diploma (an AQF Level 5 qualification) and 7 years' relevant work experience; or 10 years' relevant work experience including at senior levels.


The Graduate Certificate of Studies consists of 40 units of core courses: PGTD6001 Advanced Academic and Communication Practices; PGTD6002 Critical Thinking, Critical Theory; PGTD6003 Creative Thinking; PGTD6004 Unravelling Complexity.

Subjects you can Study:


Study Pathways:

The program also offers a pathway into the Master of Studies. This Graduate Certificate consists of the four core courses in the Master of Studies program, where students can continue their studies and create their own degree.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Callaghan No info Yes Online 1 year

A world-class university

For more than 50 years, the University of Newcastle has helped shape over 37,000 students from 114 countries to be some of the world’s greatest thinkers, creators, leaders, innovators and change makers. 

Our commitment to delivering world-class education to talented students from all walks of life has seen us ranked 207th in the world and a Top 10 university in Australia (QS World University Rankings 2020). 

Our state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge technologies and inspiring, vibrant and innovative environments are ideal for connecting learning and lifestyle. 

From using virtual reality technology to train midwives, to helping education students develop their skills in a simulated classroom, innovation is at the centre of all we do.  You’ll learn from industry leaders across all our campuses — Newcastle (Callaghan), Newcastle CBD, Central Coast, Sydney, Port Macquarie and Singapore.  

Real-world experience

We take education outside the classroom and beyond the textbooks. Our strong partnerships with local and global organisations ensure everything you study is shaped by the real world. That means access to internships, work experience and industry connection, across all our degrees.

Maybe you’re keen to take your studies around the world? With more than 100 partner universities spanning all major continents, we’ve got you covered when it comes to studying abroad. 

An entry option to suit you

If you’re not quite sure whether attending university is possible for you, we hear you. 

Helping people access higher education is in our DNA. In fact, we are #1 University in NSW for Social Equity (Good Universities Guide 2019), and proud to be the largest provider of pathway programs in Australia. So, if you didn’t quite get the marks you expected or financial stress is holding you back, get in touch with us. 

If studying and living in Newcastle sounds like the right thing for you – we want to help you make it happen. 

We offer hundreds of scholarships to support our Indigenous students, students with educational or financial disadvantage, elite athletes, students with academic excellence and many more. 

Laid-back lifestyle

When it comes to the Newcastle lifestyle, you can’t go wrong. Think stunning beaches, public art, a buzzing music scene, chilled-out cafes, eclectic markets, micro-breweries and small bars. The people are friendly and the coffee culture is taken seriously. 

Need a place to stay? You might want to take advantage of our award-winning student accommodation. Living on-campus is ideal if you’re looking to meet new friends, get involved with social activities and have access to countless amenities. 

The services available on campus are designed to create a vibrant and dynamic environment for student life. These include cafes and bars, clubs and societies, accommodation, fitness centres, swimming pools, transport, restaurants and more.

So whether you’re finishing high school this year, changing career direction or contemplating study for the first time, now’s the time to take the leap. 

Choose a university that embraces new technologies and pushes boundaries. That connects you with industry and helps you stand out in the crowd. 


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