Upskill or re-skill for your future

Boost your skills quickly with flexible short courses.

Upskill or re-skill through Open Universities Australia.

Whether you’d like to update your skills without upending your life, pursue professional development, or take a topic area for a test drive, online short courses offer a flexible, low-commitment solution.

Enrol in a short course to study online through Open Universities Australia (OUA), and you can gain credible skills from leading Australian universities in just weeks.

At the end of your short course, you’ll have gained skills to open up a raft of opportunity. In fact, some short courses can even be credited towards a full degree should you wish to keep studying.

So, what are you waiting for?

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Short course options through OUA

Choose from a range of short course options, all available to study online with leading Australian universities. There's an option for everybody. 

Start to finish in weeks or a few months

With a short course, you have the flexibility to choose duration options from 4 - 13 weeks.

Study with leading universities

While there’s an array of online courses out there, through OUA you’ll be studying with national universities.  

Show employers you’re relevant

Studying a short course online allows you to show your current employer you’re motivated - leading to job promotion opportunities. Looking for a job? This is your chance to attract future employers.
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Short course (Standalone)

  • Invest in your personal development under the guidance of expert trainers and industry professionals.
  • Develop your leadership, business, customer experience or communication skills in less than a month. 

Duration: From 3 weeks.

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Short course (Full subject)

  • Dive deeper into a topic with a university subject.
  • Get into selected subjects with no entry requirements through OUA's open enrolment process.  
  • Get university credit for your study. 
  • Benefit from the the option to keep studying and work towards a related certificate, diploma or degree.
  • Access HELP loans if eligible.

Duration: Between 10 - 14 weeks.

Find a single subject

Browse single subjects by study area

Have more time to dedicate?
Study full-time towards a university qualification in 6 months.

Choose an Undergraduate Certificate or Graduate Certificate, depending on your past experience with study and work.

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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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Access Higher Education Relief during COVID-19 - A range of courses have been discounted for those impacted by COVID-19 under an Australian Federal Government initiative. 

Our team of experts are here to help

You can count on our student advisors to demystify your study options and get you started as soon as possible.

A student advisor can help you:

  • Choose a subject or course that best suits you
  • Enrol with ease online
  • Manage the administration of your studies
  • Understand the funding options available to you

How Open Universities Australia can help

Offering thousands of subjects and hundreds of degrees from leading Australian universities, OUA is a not-for-profit dedicated to helping you access the right study options for you.

Study anywhere, anytime

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

Get full government funding

Through OUA, Australian Citizens can access FEE-HELP funding for subjects they wish to study. 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 OUA has your best interests at heart.

Benefit from expert guidance

Our friendly student advisors are available 7-days-a-week via phone, chat, SMS, messenger and WhatsApp.

Student advisors available 7-days a week

Our student advisors are working remotely to help answer your questions.

Any time of day, reach out via:

During business hours, call us on 13  6736 or complete the enquiry form on this page.

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