Universities in Australia

Australia Universities

The University of Auckland

Auckland , NZ

The University of Canterbury

Christchurch, NZ

The University of Otago

Otago , NZ

The University of Waikato

Multiple locations

Victoria University of Wellington

Wellington , NZ

Auckland University of Technology

Auckland , NZ

Massey University

Multiple locations

Lincoln University

Christchurch, NZ

Tertiary education

Australian tertiary education is post-secondary education and includes both public and private institutions. It is split into two categories.


Vocational education and training (Skills based training)

Vocational education and training providers are registered and regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Agency (ASQA).


2. Higher education (Academic and Skills training)

Higher education providers are frequently under the control of the Australian Government, a state, or the Department of Education, Skills, and Employment.

There are 43 universities registered in Australia:

  • 37 public universities,
  • 4 private universities,
  • 1 international private university.

Australian Higher Education Qualifications

AQF level





Advanced Diploma


Associate Degree


Bachelor Degree

5–7 #

Undergraduate Certificate


Bachelor Honours Degree


Graduate Certificate


Graduate Diploma


Masters Degree (Coursework)


Masters Degree (Extended)


Masters Degree (Research)


Doctoral Degree (Professional)


Doctoral Degree (Research)


Higher Doctoral Degree

Types of Qualifications Explained

One can group all Australian qualifications in 4 groups:

Please, note that when applying for a course in Australia, you should match it with your previous education and/or work experience.

Certificates (level 1-8)

  • • 6-8 months
  • • For those who want to learn a new profession or dive deeper into their current industry
  • • Available for domestic students and are not always open for international applicants

Diplomas (level 5-8)

  • • Between 1 and 2 years
  • • For high school leavers or recent university graduates who want to get into the programmes that allow a fast transition into the job market
  • • Available for domestic and international students

Undergraduate Degrees (level 7)

  • • Usually bachelor’s degrees that can be completed within 3-4 years of studies
  • • For high school leavers and diploma holders
  • • Available for domestic and international students

Post-graduate Degrees (level 8-10)

  • • Masters and PhD programmes 1-4 years
  • • An excellent option for career growth or entering the world of academia
  • • Available for domestic and international students