Online short courses

Upskill or re-skill for your future

Enrol through Open Universities Australia to gain credible skills from leading Australian universities.

If you'd like to update your skills without upending your life, online short courses offer a flexible and low-commitment solution.

Start to finish in weeks or a few months

With a short course, you have the flexibility to choose from courses that run from 3-13 weeks.

Study with leading universities

While there’s an array of online courses out there, when you enrol through us you’ll be studying with a recognised Australian university.

Expand your career options

Use short courses to hone your skills, boost your confidence and bolster your resume.

Single subjects

With thousands of single subjects on offer from universities across Australia, you can choose topics that suit your professional needs and industry. Without committing to a degree, you can gain extra knowledge to upskill within a few months.

Most single subjects are part of a full degree, so if you’re keen to continue your studies, you can gain credit for the single subjects you’ve successfully completed.

  • No entry requirements for single subjects via open enrolment
  • Access to HELP Loans
  • 10-14 weeks duration
OUA Student Edward
Edward, Studied Business with RMIT University

Browse single subjects by study area

Doing a single subject allows me to see if that's where I want to go, it's less pressure without the commitment of a whole degree.

— Kimberley

Professional development short courses

Upskill quickly in as little as 2.5 hours with online short courses from leading universities.

Invest in your career development and boost your professional skills under the guidance of experts and industry professionals.

Nessa, OUA student
Nessa, Studied Employment Relations with Griffith University
Course title Duration Course Provider Price
Developing Data-Driven Marketing Campaigns* 2.5 hours DeakinCo $250
Effective Team Collaboration* 2.5 hours DeakinCo $250
Fostering Innovation in Your Team*
2.5 hours
DeakinCo $250
From Logic to Critical Thinking*
2.5 hours DeakinCo
Managing Income and Expenditure*
2.5 hours
Participating in the Digital Age*
2.5 hours DeakinCo $250
Emotional Intelligence at Work 14 hours over 4 weeks University of Adelaide $1095
Increasing Performance by Leading and Managing People 15 hours over 4 weeks University of Adelaide $1095
Results Driven Coaching 14 hours over 4 weeks University of Adelaide $1095
Finance Essentials for Non-Finance Managers 14 hours over 4 weeks
University of Adelaide $1095
Lean Six Sigma Yellow (Advanced) 14 hours over 4 weeks
University of Adelaide $1195

Courses marked with * are delivered via our learning platform partner OpenLearning.

Open LearningWe’ve teamed up with OpenLearning to give you access to more short courses from leading Australian universities. 

Simply select a short course, sign up with OpenLearning and complete your enrolment to get started.

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With just a few clicks, our tool can match you with courses that fit your needs.

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Dedicate more time to an Undergraduate or Graduate Certificate

Study full-time towards a university qualification from 6 months.


Undergraduate Certificate

  • Complete four subjects and come out with this new university qualification.
  • Get it done in your own time with the flexibility of online study. 
  • Enjoy an introduction to online university courses. 
  • Gain credit or move onto a related diploma or degree if you like what you studied.  
  • Access HELP loans if you're eligible.

Duration: 6 months full-time (2 subject per study term) with part-time study also available.

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Graduate Certificate

  • Already have a degree or experience as a professional? Boost your career prospects with just four subjects. 
  • Join thousands of other students in our most popular postgraduate qualification.
  • Gain credit and move onto a related graduate diploma or master's degree if you like what you studied. 
  • Access HELP loans if you're eligible.

Duration: 6 months full-time (2 subject per study term) with part-time study also available.

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Our team of experts are here to help

Our student advisors are available 7-days a week to help you with:

  • Choosing a course that best suits you
  • Enrolling and planning your studies
  • Understanding your funding options

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About Open Universities Australia

Offering thousands of courses from leading Australian universities, we are a not-for-profit who have helped over 400,000 students study online.


Study anywhere, anytime

With multiple start dates throughout the year, we make it possible to enrol and start studying online — when and where it suits you.

Get full government funding

Access government funding FEE-HELP is available to eligible students for most courses. Find out more.

Let us do the admin

OUA is here to assist with the admin side of things — from helping you choose the right subject through to your simple online enrolment and beyond.

Trust in a not-for-profit

As a not-for-profit organisation, you can rest assured knowing we have your best interests at heart.

Benefit from expert guidance

Our friendly student advisors are available 7 days-a-week to help you compare your options and get started with ease.