Flexible Postgraduate Study

Our online learning platform is learner centered and caters for the needs of busy professionals, giving you complete control over when and where you study.

Regardless of distance, our online asynchronous learning allows you to interact with fellow students in a highly collaborative environment, guided by an online University educator.

Studying Postgraduate Coursework Online

If you work full time we recommend that you study 1 or 2 courses each trimester/semester. On average, you should devote around 10 hours a week per course (not including assignment preparation).* This could involve reading your prescribed text, additional readings and weekly tasks, participation in weekly online class discussions and writing study notes. Set aside a particular time each day for study and revision and stick to it. A good study routine will help to make your studies more rewarding and manageable.

* The average advised hours per week across all postgraduate coursework at the University of Newcastle.

Course Materials

When studying online, any associated course textbooks will be sent to you free of cost. These start being dispatched three weeks prior to the start of trimester/semester. You can begin reading these straight away, though it's worth waiting for the course outline (usually available on Blackboard the first day of term), which will specify the chapters that should be read each week. Some courses have all the required material online solely online.

Student Support and Advice

As part of our student support program, we will communicate with you regularly via your student email, Facebook and Twitter. It is strongly recommended that you regularly check your student email, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. We use these channels to keep you informed of program or course changes, study tips, upcoming important dates, the University of Newcastle and higher education news and professional development opportunities.

If you need help with your studies, the Learning Development section of Blackboard has an abundance of rich study skills content. Topics include: time management, note taking, critical thinking, reading strategies, effective group work and exam strategies.

For urgent advice and assistance we also offer phone support on 1800 88 21 21 from 9am to 5pm weekdays or email.