Full time or part time
Full-time study at Curtin usually involves enrolling in units totalling 100 credit points or above, which means around 30 hours overall work time per week. Full-time study has a similar workload to full-time employment. For most students, the workload is divided between lectures, tutorials, workshops, laboratories, fieldwork, work placements and individual study, depending on your course. Your timetable and the required study hours may vary from day to day.
You can study for two degrees at once, meaning you get twice the qualifications without spending twice the amount of time at uni. A double degree can help you to improve your employability once you have completed your course.
Study part time
If your lifestyle doesn’t allow for that much study, you can choose to study part-time, undertaking as few as 25 or 50 credit points (one or two standard units) per semester. This reduces your weekly workload considerably but extends the duration of your course. You can also change your load each semester, studying part-time in one semester, then full-time in the second.
Many of our postgraduate students have a busy schedule already and choose to study part-time. To further accommodate your other commitments, postgraduate units are often held in the evenings.
To achieve the results you want, you will need to dedicate a significant amount of time to your study, but you will still be left with time to work, socialise, relax or get involved with some of the extra-curricular activities on campus.