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Graduate Diploma of Education (Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)) or Graduate Diploma of Education (Full Fee Paying (FFP)) (GDEDorGDEF) - GDE

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 Online*
Semester intake:Semester 1 (February)
Semester 2 (July)
Semester 3 (November)
Fees:Commonwealth supported place
Domestic full fee paying place
International full fee paying place
Standard duration: 1 year full-time (dependent on availability of courses), up to 4 years part-time) 
Program articulation:

From: Graduate Certificate of Education.

To: ; Master of Education (Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)) or Master of Education (Full Fee Paying (FFP)) provided necessary entry requirements are met.

Notes

Specialisations can be either Commonwealth Supported Place or Full Fee Paying. Students who are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place within the Graduate Diploma of Education (Commonwealth Supported) will be charged full-fee.

Specialisations are divided into either Commonwealth Supported Place or Full Fee Paying. Online mode of study is supported through the USQ Study Desk.

This program does not qualify students for teacher registration with relevant teaching authorities. To qualify for teacher registration in Queensland, please refer to the Master of Learning and Teaching .

Footnotes
*Not all courses are available in every mode in every semester or year. Students are advised to check the course and mode offer listings for each semester/year.

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Program aims

The aim of the Graduate Diploma of Education is to provide professionals in education, training and development with the appropriate AQF level 8 coursework that will engage with educational issues that are relevant and meaningful to them and help to sustain their communities and fulfil their lives. The program aims to:

  • facilitate the development and consolidation of knowledge and skills in teaching and learning in community, professional and workplace learning settings that are informed by contemporary learning theory and futures-oriented approaches

  • support the application of knowledge and skills through learner-centred design, flexible delivery and individualised and authentic assessment.


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Program objectives

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma of Education will have acquired advanced knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends within contemporary education and/or of a specialised area of education. Graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • synthesise and apply advanced theoretical and technical knowledge to contemporary and emerging educational issues, ideas, policies and debates with regard to professional practice,

  • analyse, evaluate complex educational contexts to critically reflect on cultural norms and practices in educational settings nationally and globally,

  • communicate effectively in academic, professional and community contexts via multiple modes,

  • communicate ways of working respectfully and collaboratively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, and culturally and linguistically diverse peoples and communities,

  • develop creative and effective ways to implement contextually relevant educational innovation.


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Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of an Australian university Bachelor degree in an education related discipline, or equivalent (AQF Level 7) from a recognised institution.

  • English Language Proficiency requirements for Category 3.


For Applicants who have a Bachelor degree or equivalent (AQF level 7) in a non-related discipline from a recognised institution, USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Education provides a pathway into the Graduate Diploma of Education (Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)) or Graduate Diploma of Education (Full Fee Paying (FFP)). Upon completion and achievement of a minimum GPA of 4.0, they will be eligible for entry into the Master of Education.

All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements.

If students do not meet the English language requirements they may apply to study a University-approved English language program. On successful completion of the English language program, students may be admitted to an award program.

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Program fees

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of a students' higher education and students pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Commonwealth Supported students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called HECS-HELP.

Domestic full fee paying place

Domestic full fee paying places are funded entirely through the full fees paid by the student. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

Domestic full fee paying students may be eligible to defer their fees through a Government loan called FEE-HELP provided they meet the residency and citizenship requirements.

Australian citizens, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders, Permanent Resident visa holders and New Zealand citizens who will be resident outside Australia for the duration of their program pay full tuition fees and are not eligible for FEE-Help.

International full fee paying place

International students pay full fees. Full fees vary depending on the courses that are taken and whether they are studied on-campus, via distance education/online. Students are able to calculate the fees for a particular course via the Course Fee Finder.

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Program completion requirements

Students who wish to study a broader variety of courses and are not seeking a specialisation should follow the general pathway guidelines.

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Program structure

To be awarded a Graduate Diploma of Education, in either the selected specialisation or the general pathway, students must complete 8 units of study.

All students, domestic or international can take any of the listed Specialisations. Note - for students who are eligible for Commonwealth Supported Places, there are a limited number of specialisations available.

Students who wish to study a broader variety of courses and are not seeking a specialisation should follow the general pathway guidelines. Please note this is a full-fee paying pathway.

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Required time limits

Subject to the availability of the required courses, full-time enrolment normally requires 1 year of study. Part-time enrolment may be extended to 4 years of study.

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Core courses

All specialisations as well as the general pathway have required courses or sequences of courses. Students are advised to note carefully the enrolment requirements for the specialisation and to ensure that they plan their enrolment to allow for completion of the specialisation requirements.

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Specialisation

There are a number of specialisations available in the Graduate Diploma of Education.

All specialisations are available for both domestic and international students in the Graduate Diploma of Education. A limited number of specialisations are available as Commonwealth Supported Places for eligible students. For each of the specialisations students are required to complete the enrolment pattern as outlined in the specialisation requirements. :

Specialisations in the Graduate Diploma of Education are:

  • Career Development

  • Early Childhood (no new admissions from 2020)

  • Guidance and Counselling (eligible for Commonwealth Supported Place)

  • Special Education (eligible for Commonwealth Supported Place)

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

  • Teaching English Language to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (eligible for Commonwealth Supported Place)

  • General (no named specialisation will appear on the Testamur)


Students who wish to study a broader variety of courses and are not seeking a specialisation should follow the general pathway guidelines. Please note this is a full-fee paying pathway.

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Electives/Approved courses

Education postgraduate discipline courses  Discipline Focus  Projected semester offers  
EDU5321 Educating Students with Special Needs  Special Education,   1,3 
EDU5324 Trauma, Behaviour and Learning  Special Education 
EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention  Guidance and Counselling  1,3 
EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents  Guidance and Counselling  1,3 
EDU5760 Professional Study^  TESOL, Guidance and Counselling  1,2 
EDU8317 Individual Assessment and Testing  Guidance and Counselling, Career Development 
EDU8720 Leading Educational Organisations  Educational Leadership 
EDU8320 Rights and Responsibilities of School Leaders  Educational Leadership  2  
EDU8324 Learning Difficulties: Reading  Special Education 
EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics  Special Education 
EDU8221   Special Education 
EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice  Career Development, Guidance and Counselling   2,3 
EDU8331 Career Development in Educational Settings  Guidance and Counselling, Career Development 
EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts  Career Development, Guidance and Counselling 
EDU8507 Counselling in Education Contexts: Theory & Practice  Guidance and Counselling 
EDU8333 Advanced Counselling in Educational Contexts  Guidance and Counselling 
EDU8338 Autism  Special Education 
EDU8400 Mentoring and Coaching  Educational Leadership, STEM Education  1, 2 
EDU8406 Theories for Learning Futures  Career Development 
EDU8509 Positive Behaviour Support within School Contexts  Special Education 
EDU8510 Building Pedagogical Leadership Capacity  Educational Leadership  2 (changes to Semester 1 in 2021) 
EDU8606 Lifelong Career Development  Career Development 
EDU8706 Differentiation  Special Education 
EDU8707 Wellbeing in Educational Contexts  Special Education 
LIN5000 The Nature of Language  TESOL  1,2 
LIN5001 Teaching English Grammar  TESOL 
LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning  TESOL  1,2 
LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language  TESOL  1,2 
LIN8003 Language Program Management  TESOL 
LIN8006 Technology-Enhanced Language Teaching  TESOL 
LIN8007 Language and Literacy Assessment  TESOL 
LIN8019 Teaching Languages to Young Learners  TESOL 
LIN8020 Digital Literacies in Practice  TESOL 
EDU8504 Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Education Contexts  Guidance and Counselling 
EDU8131 Foundations of STEM Education  STEM Education 
EDU8132 Digital Technologies and STEM Education  STEM Education 
EDU8231 STEM Pedagogies  STEM Education 
EDU8133 Developing Contemporary STEM Education Programs  STEM Education 
EDU8721 Professional Learning in Educational Organisations  Educational Leadership 
EDU8722 Organisational Change and Transformation  Educational Leadership 
EDR8005 Discourse Analysis  TESOL  1 (changes to Semester 2 in 2021) 
EDU8114 Online Pedagogy in Practice  STEM Education 
EDU5601 Designing for Flexible Learning Environments  STEM Education 

Footnotes
^Professional Experience is a required component of this course, please refer to the Course Specification regarding sector specific requirements.

Note: Subject to approval of the Director and provided necessary pre-requisites are met, students may choose from a range of other postgraduate courses available through USQ.

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IT requirements

Students must have reliable and ready access to email and the Internet. See minimum computing standards for more information.

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Articulation

The Graduate Diploma of Education articulates from the Graduate Certificate of Education. On completion of the Graduate Diploma of Education, students may be eligible for entry into the Master of Education (Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)) or Master of Education (Full Fee Paying (FFP)), provided necessary entry requirements have been met.

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Exit points

Students who successfully complete a minimum of four units of the Graduate Diploma of Education program will be eligible to exit with a Graduate Certificate of Education for either the selected specialisation or the general pathway.
Students wishing to exit prior to a successful completion are advised to contact the Faculty of Business Education Law and Arts.

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Credit

Credit may be granted on the basis of completed equivalent postgraduate study from a recognised institution. In order for credit to be granted, the claim must meet the following specific requirements:

  • the course was passed within ten years prior to the application

  • the course passed is sufficiently equivalent in objectives, content and weightings to a course prescribed in the Graduate Diploma of Education, or alternatively, a suitable discipline course

  • the maximum credit granted is no greater than four units for the Graduate Diploma of Education

  • credit approved in the Graduate Diploma of Education will not automatically apply to other programs offered by the USQ


Visit our website to read more about how to apply for credit.

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Enrolment

Students will enrol in the Graduate Diploma of Education on either a full-time or a part-time basis. Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, distance education or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.
Note: Minimum enrolment numbers apply to all courses. Should enrolments not meet the minimum number required students may need to choose alternative courses. Students will be advised of the change prior to semester start.

  • Early Childhood - no new admissions from 2020 (eligible for Commonwealth Supported Place specialisations)

  • Career Development

  • Educational Leadership

  • Guidance and Counselling (eligible for Commonwealth Supported Place specialisations)

  • Special Education (eligible for Commonwealth Supported Place specialisations)

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

  • Teaching English Language to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (eligible for Commonwealth Supported Place specialisations)

  • General (no named specialisation will appear on the Testamur


Students who wish to study a broader variety of courses and are not seeking a specialisation should follow the general pathway guidelines. Please note this is a full-fee paying pathway.

Recommended enrolment patterns

In this section:

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Early Childhood (no new admissions from 2020)

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Graduate Diploma of Education (Commonwealth Supported) (GDED)

Commonwealth Supported Places available for eligible students

The Early Childhood specialisation is designed to meet the needs of early childhood professionals and other multi-disciplinary practitioners involved in work with young children and their families. It is expected that these students will normally hold an undergraduate degree (or equivalent post-compulsory qualifications) in a discipline other than Early Childhood Education and are keen to enhance their skills, knowledge and ability in relation to the Early Childhood sector. This qualification will also meet the needs of experienced educators who are seeking to further develop their knowledge and skills to gain a specialisation in Early Childhood. .


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required Courses

EDU5010 Politics and Pedagogy in Early Childhood2
EDU8000 Early Childhood Principles and Practices1Required 15 days Professional Experience.
EDU8007 Developing Matters in Early Childhood Education1
EDU8011 Professional Culture, Dynamics and Change in Early Childhood Education2
EDU5760 Professional Study1,2Pre-requisite: MEDC (Guidance & Counselling) only - EDU8332 and EDU8333 Professional Experience is a required component of this course, please refer to the Course Specification regarding sector specific requirements.

Complete any three electives from the list of approved courses or University approved courses.


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Guidance and Counselling

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Graduate Diploma of Education (Commonwealth Supported) (GDED)

Commonwealth Supported Places available for eligible students.

Students seeking employment as a Guidance Officer in Queensland will usually require a four-year degree as a pre-requisite to entering this program.
The Graduate Diploma of Education meets the requirements for entry-level membership to the Queensland Guidance and Counselling Association. However, a Master of Education (Guidance and Counselling) is required for full membership to the Association. Students planning to work as a Guidance Officer in Education Queensland's state schools usually require registration as a teacher in addition to the Master of Education (Guidance and Counselling). Counselling roles in schools in the independent or Catholic sectors in Queensland may have different requirements. You should check the requirements with your prospective employer.
Students from outside Queensland who are intending to use this specialisation for professional accreditation should consult the relevant registration bodies.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required Courses

     EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts1
     EDU8333 Advanced Counselling in Educational Contexts2Pre-requisite: EDU8332
     EDU5325 Child Abuse and Neglect: Intervention, Protection and Prevention1,3Enrolment is not permitted in EDU5325 if EDU3325 has been previously completed.
     EDU5335 Emotional and Behavioural Problems of Children and Adolescents1,3Enrolment is not permitted in EDU5335 if EDU3335 has been previously completed.
     EDU8317 Individual Assessment and Testing1
     EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice2,3
     EDU8507 Counselling in Education Contexts: Theory & Practice1

Complete one of the following approved courses:

     EDU8504 Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Education Contexts2
     EDU8331 Career Development in Educational Settings2
     EDU5760 Professional Study1, 2Pre-requisite: MEDC (Guidance & Counselling) only - EDU8332 and EDU8333 Professional Experience is a required component of this course, please refer to the Course Specification regarding sector specific requirements.

Notes

Some courses require access to workplaces.

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Special Education

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Graduate Diploma of Education (Commonwealth Supported) (GDED)

Commonwealth Supported Places available for eligible students.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required courses:

     EDU8324 Learning Difficulties: Reading2
     EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics1
     EDU5324 Trauma, Behaviour and Learning3
     EDU8509 Positive Behaviour Support within School Contexts1
     EDU8338 Autism3
     EDU8706 Differentiation2
     EDU8707 Wellbeing in Educational Contexts1

Complete one of the following approved courses:

     EDU8821 Professional Practice in Special/Inclusive Education2
     EDU5321 Educating Students with Special Needs1,3

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Graduate Diploma of Education (Commonwealth Supported) (GDED)

Commonwealth Supported Places available for eligible students.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required Courses*

     LIN5000 The Nature of Language11,2
     LIN8001 Principles of Second Language Learning11,2
     LIN8002 Methodology in Teaching a Second Language11,2
     LIN8006 Technology-Enhanced Language Teaching11
     LIN8007 Language and Literacy Assessment3
     LIN8019 Teaching Languages to Young Learners22

Complete two of the following approved courses:*

     EDR8005 Discourse Analysis1Changes to Semester 2 in 2021
     LIN5001 Teaching English Grammar2
     EDU5760 Professional Study1, 2Pre-requisite: MEDC (Guidance & Counselling) only - EDU8332 and EDU8333 Professional Experience is a required component of this course, please refer to the Course Specification regarding sector specific requirements.
     LIN8003 Language Program Management2
     LIN8020 Digital Literacies in Practice3

Footnotes
*Subject to the approval of the Master of Education Director, one of these courses can be replaced by a course outside the list.

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Career Development

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Graduate Diploma of Education (Full-Fee Paying) (GDEF)

The Career Development specialisation meets the professional learning needs of professionals working in teaching, counselling, training, employment, community development, or information management roles who support the career planning and development of students, clients, and organisations. The Career Development specialisation addresses core and selected specialist competencies from the Professional Standards for Australian Career Development Practitioners, and it has been officially endorsed by the Career Industry Council of Australia as a qualification for the status of professional career development practitioner under the Professional Standards.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required Courses

     EDU8606 Lifelong Career Development1
     EDU8331 Career Development in Educational Settings2
     EDU8332 Introduction to Counselling in Educational Contexts1
     EDU8317 Individual Assessment and Testing1

Complete four out of the following seven courses

     EDU8328 Consultation and Communication: Theory and Practice2,3
     EDU8406 Theories for Learning Futures2
     EDU5760 Professional Study1,2Pre-requisite: MEDC (Guidance & Counselling) only - EDU8332 and EDU8333 Professional Experience is a required component of this course, please refer to the Course Specification regarding sector specific requirements.
     EDU8504 Mental Health Promotion and Intervention in Education Contexts2
     EDU8400 Mentoring and Coaching1,2
     EDU8131 Foundations of STEM Education1
     EDU8721 Professional Learning in Educational Organisations2

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Educational Leadership

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Graduate Diploma of Education (Full-Fee Paying) (GDEF)


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required Courses

EDU8720 Leading Educational Organisations1
EDU8721 Professional Learning in Educational Organisations2
EDU8722 Organisational Change and Transformation2Pre-requisite: EDU8720
EDU8400 Mentoring and Coaching1,2Participants MUST have access to a mentee.

Option 1:

EDU8320 Rights and Responsibilities of School Leaders2

Complete any three electives from the list of approved courses or University approved courses.

Option 2:

EDU8510 Building Pedagogical Leadership Capacity2Changes to Semester 1 in 2021

Complete any three electives from the list of approved courses or University approved courses.

Option 3:

EDU8320 Rights and Responsibilities of School Leaders2
EDU8510 Building Pedagogical Leadership Capacity2Changes to Semester 1 in 2021

Complete any two electives from the list of approved courses or University approved courses


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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Graduate Diploma of Education (Full-Fee Paying) (GDEF)


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirementsComments
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Required Courses

EDU8131 Foundations of STEM Education1
EDU8132 Digital Technologies and STEM Education2
EDU8133 Developing Contemporary STEM Education Programs2Pre-requisite: EDU8131
EDU8231 STEM Pedagogies1Pre-requisite: EDU8131 Co-requisite: EDU8133

Complete all four courses by choosing one of these options.

Option 1: STEM Education and Leadership

EDU8720 Leading Educational Organisations1
EDU8722 Organisational Change and Transformation2Pre-requisite: EDU8720
EDU8510 Building Pedagogical Leadership Capacity2Changes to Semester 1 in 2021
EDU8400 Mentoring and Coaching1, 2

Option 2: STEM Education and Inclusive Education

EDU8821 Professional Practice in Special/Inclusive Education2
EDU8326 Learning Difficulties: Mathematics1
EDU8706 Differentiation2
EDU5321 Educating Students with Special Needs1, 3

Option 3: STEM Education and Conceptual Understandings

EDU8114 Online Pedagogy in Practice1
EDU5601 Designing for Flexible Learning Environments1 This will become available in 2021
REN8101 Environment, Society and Sustainability1
MAC8901 Issues in Teaching Mathematics2

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General Pathway

Students are able to enrol in any offered mode of a course (on-campus, external or online), regardless of the program mode of study they enrolled in.

Graduate Diploma of Education (Full-Fee Paying) (GDEF)

For students choosing this pathway, no named specialisation will appear on their Testamur.


CourseYear of program and semester
in which course is normally studied
Enrolment requirements
On-campus
(ONC)
External
(EXT)
Online
(ONL)
YearSemYearSemYearSem

Complete four postgraduate Education courses.

Complete any four USQ postgraduate courses.