International Masters Qualifying Programme

Pathway course: to a Master’s programme at Charles Darwin University

International students who have already completed three years of post-secondary study in their home country but find their English language level a barrier to postgraduate study in Australia can now smoothly transition into a highly regarded English-language masters programme in one or two semesters through a combination of discipline-specific subjects with English language support.

Students get a deep understanding of the demands of postgraduate study and learn the processes, expectations and methods for success before their masters programme begins.

The Masters Qualifying Programme prepares international students for postgraduate study in many CDU postgraduate programmes.

Course Units



  • Academic Skills and Communication
  • Intercultural Skills and Communication
  • Critical Thinking for Postgraduate Studies
  • English for Postgraduate Studies


  • Business Ethics
  • Business Communication
  • Organisational Security
  • Enterprise IT Management



  • Business Ethics
  • Business Communication
  • Organisational Security
  • Enterprise IT Management

Intakes and Fees

Semester Dates

To enter the Masters Qualifying Programme, students must have completed three years of post-secondary study in their home country.
The following minimum English language requirements apply, expressed in terms of IELTS scores.<br>
Standard: IELTS 5.5 (no band less than 5.5) or agreed equivalent
Accelerated: IELTS 6.0 (no band less than 5.5) or agreed equivalent
AUD 25800<br>
USD 20,000

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Charles Darwin University

CDU has been recognised as a global leader by independent rankings and our reputation ensures your qualifications are recognised by employers and other institutions throughout the world.

At Charles Darwin University we have a passion and a vision to use our skills and knowledge to help shape a brighter future. Through Connect Discover Grow we intend to become outstanding achievers across all areas of our core business.

Charles Darwin University is a multi-sector university which provides training and education to more than 21,000 students across its eight campuses and centres in the Northern Territory and Australia. We have strong governance and leadership to support these functions

Why choose CDU

Top 100 university in the Asia Pacific

According to the Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2019

#2 for employment and starting salaries

The Good Universities Guide 2021 ranks CDU as a leader for graduate employment and starting salaries outcomes

30 years' experience in distance and online education

We have what it takes to support flexible study. We believe it’s the unique experiences, perspectives and opinions you bring that help make us the new world university.

You make CDU.

As a top 2 university in Australia for graduate employment outcomes, we can support you to achieve your study goals. Study where, when and how it suits you, with online, on-campus, part-time and full-time options.

Join us to build the new world.

UP Education partners with the university to deliver a range of bridging programmes to enable international students to pathway from their home country into an undergraduate degree.

UP Education

A pathway to university and a strong future At UP Education we open the door to an English-language university education.

Our difference lies in the way we combine specialised university entrance programmes and English language courses with personalised care and support for students studying away from home and family.

Pathways to success

We help students find pathways to success by getting them into the right courses and institutes to achieve their goals.

Our New Zealand-based Foundation Studies programmes prepare students for degree-level study. We offer:

The University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies

AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies

Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme

We now also offer bridging programmes in Australia through our partnership with the University of Tasmania.

So that our New Zealand students have the right level of English language proficiency to complete Foundation Studies, we offer English language tuition at our Auckland-based English School, and The Campbell Institute, based in Wellington and Auckland.

A student-focused approach

Our student-focused approach to education prepares learners for success at English-language university. Students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning, and are provided with the latest mobile technology to help them navigate the digital world.

Teachers of the highest quality

Our caring, experienced teachers take part in ongoing professional development to stay up to date with the latest innovations in learning and technology. We also have an independent appraisal system for staff that keeps teachers at the top of their field, and ensures the best outcomes for our students.

Strict academic standards

We teach Foundation Studies programmes on behalf of our partner universities, so our courses are set at an approved standard so that students can be successful at university.

While our focus is on seeing our students continue on to our university partners in either New Zealand or Australia, our qualifications help students gain entry into tertiary institutions all over the world.

Well-rounded students

Students come to UP Education to be academically successful but they will also learn about other cultures, including the culture of New Zealand and Australia. Subjects like Geography, History and Culture and Society help students explore local culture beyond the classroom.

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