What are my study mode options?
Depending on your course, you can choose to study full-time and part-time, giving you the flexibility to organise your study around other commitments such as work or family.
Full-time study at Curtin usually involves enrolling in units totalling 100 credit points (4 units each semester/trimester) 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.
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 (1 or 2 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. To assist your busy lifestyle many postgraduate units are often held in the evenings. Please be aware, not all units are offered part-time however this can be determined by looking at the courses handbook.
Curtin gives you the flexibility to study a range of courses fully online. These include undergraduate and postgraduate courses, MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) and MicroMasters programs. You can also study some Curtin courses online through Open Universities Australia. Please note: although some courses indicate they are ‘fully online,’ the student may be required to attend Campus for practical tasks, such as exams.