Approximately 24% of Australia's residents were born overseas.
At universities in North America, most professional-qualification degrees are offered at the graduate-entry level. North American students typically complete a general undergraduate degree first, and then apply to a professional degree program, such as dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy or physiotherapy.
Traditionally, Australian universities have followed the British model and offered professional-qualification programs at the undergraduate level. Many Australian students are accepted into dental, law, medical pharmacy and physiotherapy programs directly from high school. In recent years, a number of Australian universities have introduced graduate-entry professional degrees.
Canadian students may choose to undertake professional degrees in Australia at the undergraduate- or graduate-entry level, depending on the program available at their university of choice. In Canada, most professions require graduates to obtain licensure from a provincial regulatory body before they can work. Professional requirements can vary greatly by province. OzTREKK recommends that you become familiar with your province's requirements for professional certification, and we can assist you in obtaining this info.
Graduate/postgraduate degrees at universities in both Australia and Canada are for students who have already completed an undergraduate degree and want to further their studies.
Types of Graduate/Postgraduate Degrees: Coursework and Research
Postgraduate programs may comprise coursework, research, or a combination of both.
Graduate/postgraduate coursework degrees are subject-based programs at the higher degree level and are generally applied in nature. These programs are suited for students who want to acquire specialist skills to improve their career prospects. Master by coursework programs include compulsory and elective subjects in an established course structure. Some coursework degrees at the graduate level offer a research component and/or placements in a professional setting. Coursework programs include master's degrees by coursework (one to two years in duration), graduate diplomas (two semesters), and graduate certificates (one semester).
Postgraduate research degrees are ideally suited for graduates who wish to enter academic life or to work as a researcher. Under expert academic supervision, postgraduate research students focus on an original, substantial research project. Entry usually requires an Honours year of study that included an Honours thesis or major research project. Some degrees may combine research with professional experience and/or coursework. Postgraduate research degrees include the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Philosophy, professional doctorates, and Master's by Research.
Students from Canada apply to graduate/postgraduate and professional programs at OzTREKK’s Australian universities by submitting their applications directly to OzTREKK.