The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Trimester 1 - 28 Jan 2020
  • Trimester 2 - 11 May 2020
  • Trimester 3 - 24 Aug 2020
  • Trimester 1 - 28 Jan 2020
  • Trimester 2 - 11 May 2020
  • Trimester 3 - 24 Aug 2020
Mode of delivery



1 year part-time up to 3 years maximum.

Program code: 40032

Program handbook


This program fosters highly accomplished generalists with advanced thinking, scholarly and communication practices that are robust across a range of contexts: essential for engaged citizenship and career success in contemporary and future worlds characterised by accelerating rates of change. The program comprises four core courses in thinking and practice, exploring: critical thinking and theory; creative thinking; complexity; and advance academic and communication practices. This approach to personal and professional development actively encourages appreciation of holistic approaches to understanding and to problem-solving, preparing students to generate new solutions to existing challenges and problems of the future.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories and to apply established theories to different bodies of knowledge or practice
  • a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills to plan and execute a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship
  • knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and or learning
  • cognitive skills to demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on theory and professional practice or scholarship
  • cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate complex ideas and concepts at an abstract level
  • communication and technical research skills to justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies, conclusions and professional decisions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • technical and communication skills to design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to professional practice or scholarship
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice and/or for further learning
  • demonstrated the application of knowledge and skills with high level personal autonomy and accountability


Information correct as at12 Aug 2020 3:24 am
Program code40032
AQF level

Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Online
  • Australian students - 1 year part-time.
Term typeTrimesters
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Science
Contributing schools
  1. School of Environmental and Life Sciences
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Admission information

Admission requirements

Direct entry to the Graduate Certificate in Studies (40 units) may be available for applicants who have:

  • An Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree (an AQF Level 6 qualification) and two years’ relevant work experience including problem definition, analysis and resolution, and oral and written communication; or
  • A Diploma (an AQF Level 5 qualification) and seven years’ relevant work experience including problem definition, analysis and resolution, and oral and written communication; or
  • Ten years’ relevant work experience including at senior levels, and including problem definition, analysis and resolution, and oral and written communication. Examples might include senior positions in government departments and in defence.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

40 units

Program duration

1 year part-time up to 3 years maximum.

Program requirements

The Graduate Certificate of Studies consists of 40 units of core courses as set out below.


Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
PGTD6001Advanced Academic and Communication Practices
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
PGTD6002Critical Thinking, Critical Theory
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
PGTD6003Creative Thinking
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
PGTD6004Unravelling Complexity
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units

Additional information

Additional Information (Prospective Students)

All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.