University of Southern Queensland USQ

Diploma of University Studies

University of Southern Queensland USQ

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00244B (QLD); 02225M (NSW)

The Diploma of University Studies aims to equip students with the necessary skills to successfully respond to the numeracy, literacy, critical thinking and e-literacy demands of higher education studies and the professional workplace, in addition to assisting students to successfully manage the complexities of life/work balance. The Diploma firstly provides students with a broad introduction to the academic culture of university studies and an enhanced understanding and knowledge of foundational issues, principles and strategies needed in order to be successful in the first year undergraduate level of study, before providing students with four first-year undergraduate courses of specialisation in a discipline area. The program will appeal to those who want to enhance and develop their broad award-level study skills prior to undertaking a range of discipline courses and determining whether to embark on a more specialised degree program, or opting instead to graduate out with a new sub-degree qualification.


  • 8 units
  • 4 core courses plus 4 specialisation courses


  • Indigenous Community Development
  • Business and commerce
  • Construction
  • Creative Arts
  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Spatial Science

Standard entry requirements

Applicants have to be 18 years or older. Students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.


The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is a single national, comprehensive system of qualifications offered by higher education institutions (including universities), vocational education and training institutions and secondary schools. Each AQF qualification has a set of descriptors which define the type and complexity of knowledge, skills and application of knowledge and skills that a graduate who has been awarded that qualification has attained, and the typical volume of learning associated with that qualification type. This program is at AQF Qualification Level 05. Graduates at this level will have specialised knowledge and skills for skilled/paraprofessional work and/or further learning. The full set of levels criteria and qualification type descriptors can be found by visiting

Study pathways

As a graduate of this program, students will be eligible to apply for direct entry into selected USQ undergraduate degrees.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Online Yes
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years
  • Online/Off-campus : 1 year

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