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

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Short courses

Upskill quickly with online short courses from leading universities. Invest in your career development and boost your professional skills.

  • Courses from 1 hour to 10 weeks
  • University credit available on selected courses
  • Learn under the guidance of experts and industry professionals
Nessa, OUA student
Nessa, Studied Employment Relations with Griffith University

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

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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  • 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.