Why study at SCU?
Southern Cross University is a progressive, young and connected regional research university, with vibrant campuses in northern New South Wales and the southern Gold Coast. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and many are available in a dynamic online form. Whether studying on-campus, online, or both, we deliver exciting, contemporary and high quality learning experiences.
Southern Cross University’s research in fourteen key areas has been given the highest possible classification of ‘well above world standard’ in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2018 national report.
Flexible online study
Online study is often the best and most flexible option for people who are juggling work and study or who wish to study a Southern Cross University course but do not want to relocate.
Several undergraduate degrees, including the Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Psychological Science and even the Bachelor of Laws offer the option of partial or complete online study. Check the details for individual courses or contact one of our student advisors to find out more.
Postgraduate courses delivered online are also available for students looking to further their education without having to change their work, family or life commitments. Online study offers flexibility for your postgraduate degree, including options to accelerate your part-time study, with six study periods a year for a number of degrees.
If you have a head for numbers and enjoy finding solutions to complex problems, a career in accounting really adds up.
We’ll help you understand the many challenges of business and finance, and nurture your ability to develop strategic, innovative and effective accounting processes.
The course includes core units in taxation, financial services, law, marketing and communication with elective units in advanced taxation, human resources, competitive strategy, business environment and law. When undertaken with specific units, this course also provides industry accreditation for tax agents.
Graduates will have the skills and knowledge for employment in diverse areas such as taxation, business consulting, business planning, business valuations, employee relations, estate and trust planning, forensic accounting and sustainability strategy development.
Major areas of study
The course includes core units in taxation, financial services, law, marketing and communication with elective units in advanced taxation, human resources, competitive strategy, business environment and law.
Southern Cross University is fully accredited with the following professional bodies:
- Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ)
- CPA Australia
- Institute of Public Accountants (IPA)
This accreditation will enable graduates to enrol in CAANZ, CPA Australia and the IPA postgraduate programs.
The Bachelor of Arts enables critical and creative thinking as well as community engagement. Choose majors and minors from more than 20 diverse subject areas covering humanities and social sciences; creative arts; secondary school teaching; sciences and vocationally-oriented majors such as law, tourism and psychology.
Students can choose to complete a professional placement to build contacts and apply aspects of their degree to the workplace.
This degree fosters the transferrable skills so valued by employers today – qualities such as communication, analysis, critical thinking and problem solving. Graduates also develop cultural awareness and a deeper understanding of how to build their creative capacities towards positive outcomes.
Exciting career opportunities exist in community relations, media, cultural policy, management and administration, publishing, public service, multimedia design, creative and cultural industries, politics, social justice and human rights, and education.
Pursue careers in communication industries, community relations, journalism, cultural policy, management and administration, publishing, public service, multimedia design, creative and cultural industries, politics, social justice and human rights, and secondary school teaching (with further study).
Are you fascinated by how our bodies function, what keeps us healthy and what causes disease? Or maybe why are humans so different, yet also so much the same? The Bachelor of Biomedical Science embraces these questions as you explore the human body all the way to the cellular level.
You’ll learn the structure and function of the body, understand the factors that help characterise disease, and develop analytical skills that may one day arm your fight against it.
This course is taught in laboratories equipped with cutting edge analytical equipment and provides a solid base in biomedical science from anatomy, immunology, neuroscience and microbiology to haematology and more. A substantial professional placement builds invaluable on-the-job experience.
Graduate opportunities include roles across scientific and health care environments. Graduates may also qualify for postgraduate degrees such as pharmacy and physiotherapy, or choose to pursue medicine or other careers.
Major areas of study
This course enables students to gain knowledge and understanding of human health and the connection between disease processes and scientific laboratory investigations. Core units cover biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, immunology, neuroscience, microbiology, haematology, genetics and research.
Behind every successful business is sound leadership.
In today’s fast-paced business world, our Bachelor of Business Administration gives you the management skills to harness the people, resources and strategies needed to achieve your business goals.
You can specialise in either Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing or Tourism, and we allow you the flexibility to determine the structure of your study.
You’ll also gain invaluable practical experience via an internship, or you can study elective units from across our undergraduate offerings
This degree can lead you to a career in administrative management roles within private and government organisations, human resource management, marketing, international business and management.
Major areas of study
Human Resource Management: Equips students with the professional expertise and understanding needed to manage selection and recruitment procedures, training and development, and the performance management of staff.
Management: Equips students with the skills to monitor the changing business and social environment and make sound judgments on the most appropriate directions and actions for an organisation.
Marketing: Students develop analytical business skills, excellent communication skills and an understanding of human behaviour and motivation. They learn how to creative effective marketing strategies and campaigns.
Tourism: Prepares students for a career in tourism, by providing an understanding of tourism management.
Students may also develop a major from other majors offered within the School of Business and Tourism with course coordinator approval.
If you love the challenge of complex logistics and the buzz of bringing creative ideas to life, convention and event management offers a range of exciting careers.
This course thoroughly prepares you for roles in this dynamic industry. You’ll study planning, marketing and management strategies, developing the skills you’ll need to organise and run corporate events, conventions, meetings, festivals, music performances and many other events.
With our close ties to the tourism, hospitality and events industries, you’ll also complete a 14-week internship that will provide invaluable experience for a career in Australia and abroad.
Graduates undertake a variety of professional positions such as event planning, conference organisation, concert production, festival direction, talent management, and sponsorship coordination.
Major areas of study
While the course has no majors, students study areas including festival and special events planning; event operations management; facility and risk management; production planning and management; and convention and exhibition planning. The course has a strong focus on the convention, conferencing and event industries.
Tourism is a super-growth industry driving the Australian economy. With more than nine million international visitors every year, here’s your chance to be a part of the boom.
Whether you hope to pursue a career in luxury travel, resorts, events and entertainment or travel management, this degree gives you transferrable skills for a career rich with diversity.
A 14-week internship is a key component of the course – you might find yourself doing a placement in five-star hotels across Australia or undertaking an internship abroad.
You’ll learn from experts in the field and specialise in either tourism, hospitality or event management. You’ll join your fellow students on projects exploring the environmental impacts of tourism, tourist behaviours, planning music festivals, enhancing customer service designs, streamlining hotel operations, and the most recent innovations in the sector.
This is a truly global degree with career options spanning tourism planning, attractions and theme parks, eco-tourism, festival planning, hotel and resort management, casino management and restaurant operations in Australia and abroad.
Major areas of study
Students complete 16 core units in business operations, marketing, finance, human resources and regulation and select one of the following majors:
- Event management
- Hospitality management
- Tourism management
As technologies continue to evolve at light speed, businesses need agile digital specialists who can understand and apply technology to develop coherent and effective business solutions.
This degree will thoroughly prepare you for these roles. Core units cover management, marketing, business law, web development, entrepreneurship and innovation, e-commerce, user experience, programming and cyber security. You also choose between a major in digital business or an internship, where you will have the opportunity to put theory into practice and develop on-the-job skills and professional networks.
The University’s Digital Enterprise Lab at the Gold Coast offers the opportunity to participate in real-world projects at the cutting edge of technology and business.
Your qualifications can lead to a strong professional contribution in areas such as digital systems and applications, cyber security, data and business analytics, and the creation and management of digital businesses.
Major areas of study
Core units cover management, marketing, business law, web development, entrepreneurship and innovation, e-commerce, user experience, programming and cyber security.
Student choose a major from the following:
- Digital Business
The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering equips students with the relevant skills and knowledge to provide a range of professional civil engineering services in regional, national and international environments. The course prepares graduates for work involving the planning, design, construction and maintenance of critical civil engineering infrastructure such as buildings, roads, bridges, dams, pipelines, transport systems, and water supply and waste water treatment facilities.
The course is structured around 16 key competencies identified by Engineers Australia as being essential to the graduating engineer. These competencies are broadly grouped into: knowledge and skills, application, personal and professional skills. Students develop core theoretical knowledge and skills vital to the engineering profession and the ability to apply these in the most relevant applications.
The course is strongly focused on project engineering from first year through to the final year, with an emphasis on critical issues for modern engineers such as professional ethics, sustainability, conflict resolution and negotiation. All students undertake a full-year subject in engineering research (thesis unit) in their final year, which enables them to explore the frontiers of engineering development and contribute to new knowledge in their chosen field.
Major areas of study
Students have the option to undertake a general course of study or select an eight-unit major in Environmental Engineering.
Students taking the general course of study gain knowledge and expertise across the breadth of disciplines encompassed by civil engineering, including construction, project management, hydraulic engineering, water and wastewater engineering, geotechnical engineering, traffic and transport engineering, and environmental engineering.
The Environmental Engineering major prepares students with the scientific knowledge and engineering skills needed to understand and assess the impact of an engineering project on the environment. This enables graduates to develop sustainable and ethical systems that optimise the relationship between human activities and the natural and built environments.
From the elite athlete to the growing teenager, physical and mental health are essential to a balanced life. In this course you can immerse yourself in the psychology of what drives our behaviour and how this relates to sport and exercise.
Our accredited Bachelor of Exercise Science and Psychological Science provides a scientific understanding of the structure and function of the human body as it relates to movement, the interrelationships between health and disease, and the psychological basis of physical activity.
You will complete core units in exercise science including anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, sports conditioning and motor control as well as core units in psychological science that include assessment, methodology and principles of behaviour. A range of elective subjects is also available.
Career opportunities exist as a psychologist (with additional postgraduate training) and in careers that carry therapeutic connections to sport and exercise, such as professional athlete counselling, rehabilitation, or within the education sector.
Major areas of study
Exercise science: anatomy, biomechanics, physiology, sports conditioning and motor control.
Psychological science: assessment, methodology, principles of behaviour.
The Bachelor of Exercise Science and Psychological Science is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and has qualifying accreditation from Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA). All graduates may apply for full membership as Exercise Scientists with ESSA and are eligible for registration as an Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia (FA) and as a Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).
Graduates may also choose to pursue further training to gain registration as a psychologist or as an accredited exercise physiologist.
Information technology is not just a pathway to your future; your degree could help you shape the future. Technology is everywhere, affects everyone and is never still. If IT is your passion, our Bachelor of Information Technology immerses you in a field that is driving our world forward.
If you dream of developing amazing software, designing multimedia experiences or creating tomorrow’s smart systems, this degree provides the technical, analytical and creative skills you need. Study on campus or online and take advantage of industry placements that add hands-on, real-life experience.
Tailor your studies through the choice of a major in digital enterprise, software development or user experience. An added bonus is our ‘Women in Technology’ program which provides dedicated support for women entering this industry.
Whether as a programmer, designer, web developer, systems analyst, database administrator, project manager, ICT network professional or technical support personnel, the Bachelor of Information Technology is the beginning of what could be an amazing future.
Major areas of study
Digital Enterprise: Students gain the skills needed to design, develop, implement and manage applications and a realistic understanding of the roles of information technology in organisations.
Software Development: Students develop the skills needed to efficiently develop and maintain high quality software systems and also provides students with the knowledge to participate in and manage software projects.
User experience: Gives students the skills needed to effectively and efficiently design and develop multimedia resources and interactive multimedia programs that support a great user experience. Students develop an ability to select and use multimedia resources that facilitate engagement and usability for users.
This course is fully accredited by Engineers Australia at the level of Professional Engineer. Courses accredited by Engineers Australia at this level are recognised in many different countries worldwide through the Washington Accord, an international agreement governing recognition of engineering qualifications and professional competence.
Nurses are the heart and soul of healthcare, and nursing is a career where you can make a positive difference in the lives of others every day.
Our Bachelor of Nursing is taught in state-of-the-art facilities, including laboratories that simulate real healthcare settings. You will develop the ability to apply knowledge and evidence-based clinical reasoning skills to a nursing practice, provide therapeutic care to patients, coordinate and lead nursing care to individuals and groups, and work independently as well as collaborate in multidisciplinary teams for effective, person-centred outcomes.
Supervised clinical placements provide invaluable nursing experience in public and private hospitals and health agencies with an option in third year to undertake a specialised professional experience placement where you can explore your diverse career options.
This degree is a strong foundation for a nursing career in a number of settings, with options including primary health, mental health, chronic disease, leadership and care management. Your employment prospects as a Southern Cross University graduate are excellent — 95 per cent of our nursing graduates find employment shortly after graduation (QILT, 2018).
The World Health Organization (WHO) says the world needs 9 million more nurses and midwives if it is to achieve universal health coverage by 2030. This year we are joining the WHO in celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife 2020, by sharing the stories and successes of the Southern Cross nursing and midwifery community.
Major areas of study
The course is responsive to contemporary nursing practice and provides content and clinical experiences as follows:
Professional areas: nursing knowledge and development, critical thinking and analysis, provision and coordination of person-centred care, independent and collaborative care, primary health care, mental health, acute and complex care, chronic disease management, palliative care, leadership and care management, aged care.
Biological sciences: anatomy, physiology, patho-physiology and pharmacology.
Social sciences: Australian health care system, Indigenous studies, psychology and sociology for health sciences, legal and ethical studies and research methods.
The degree is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and provides the necessary academic qualification for eligibility as a Registered Nurse in Australia.
Understanding and conserving our marine environment is vital to a sustainable future. Establish your dream career and help make a difference with the Bachelor of Marine Science and Management.
The course combines marine science with contemporary management concepts and has a focus on conservation issues in both coastal and marine ecosystems.
This degree has a strong practical component. You will develop skills in the laboratory and field in a range of tropical and subtropical environments including the Solitary Islands, Cape Byron and Great Barrier Reef marine parks.
Explore global environmental issues including marine pollution and climate change, while also learning more about coral reef ecology and marine mammal conservation among other fascinating subjects.
You will also have the option to gain a nationally recognised qualification in scientific scuba diving.
Major areas of study
This course combines marine science with contemporary management concepts and includes a wide range of elective units such as ocean change biology, marine mammals, coral reef ecology, marine pollution and scientific diving.
Do you want a health career that could transform the lives of others by helping them achieve tangible results?
Occupational therapists deliver life-changing outcomes by assisting people to do the things they want and need to do. Helping people to develop, recover, improve and maintain the skills and functions needed for daily life is at the heart of this rewarding career.
You will develop a range of clinical skills in the University’s state-of-the-art facilities and during your professional placement, preparing you for work in diverse health care environments.
As an occupational therapist you could for example develop inclusive playground experiences and environments for children of all abilities; you could recommend workplace changes that would assist an injured worker to return to work; or you could design home modifications or public transport changes that would ensure access for a person using a power wheelchair. Occupational therapy has been identified as a high job growth area by the Australian Government’s Job Outlook.
Major areas of study
Optional major: Indigenous Health.
This major can be studied at Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour campuses and offers students the opportunity to build theoretical and practical capabilities in cultural protocols and Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Embedded placement opportunities equip graduates with the professional skills required to contribute to the improvement of health and social outcomes in Australian communities.
In order to meet the Australian occupational therapy competency standards this course is structured in accordance with professional body recommendations. All students complete studies in the following areas:
Professional Areas: occupational therapy theory and practice; occupational therapy assessments and interventions related to biomechanical, sensorimotor, psychosocial and cognitive performance, activities, engagement and participation at home, at school, at work and in the community; occupational transitions across the lifespan; evaluation of occupational therapy programs; health promotion; and professional experience/fieldwork.
Social Sciences: psychology and sociology for health sciences, Australian health care system, Indigenous studies, research methods, nutrition in health, and small business and entrepreneurship.
Biological Sciences: anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and neuroscience.
This course is accredited by Occupational Therapy Australia and the Occupational Therapy Council, and is approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. Graduates of accredited occupational therapy programs are eligible for national registration.
With an emphasis on social justice and positive change, the Bachelor of Social Science develops your ability to interpret, analyse and offer creative solutions to problems in contemporary society, encouraging you to become a dynamic citizen in the public sphere.
You’ll develop high-level critical and analytical skills with core units covering development across the lifespan, social research, Australian politics, Indigenous world-views, philosophy, communication and community.
Shape your studies through majors in sociology and politics and government; or choose from study streams in development studies, cultural studies and welfare studies. University-wide majors are also available in this course, as is the option to undertake a professional placement towards the end of your degree.
A wide range of career opportunities exist in government, social justice and welfare agencies, environmental and non-governmental organisations. Graduates may also choose to continue their studies with the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) to qualify as a social worker.
Major areas of study
Sociology examines the many forces that affect how people experience society and provides an understanding of how particular groups within society may be disadvantaged. It examines the operation of key social institutions, such as the family, religion and the economy. Students develop skill in critical analysis and social research and apply these to contemporary issues and debates. They have the opportunity to undertake independent studies in sociology, as well as participating in work-integrated learning.
Politics and government offers a range of Australian and international politics and policy units. Students are introduced to ideas of power, resistance and social justice by studying institutions of government as well as non-government organisations and political forces that challenge the formal structures of power. This major enables students to develop high level skills in critical analysis by exploring the role of ideology, ideals and political culture, and how these shape outcomes that impact at the family, community, national and global levels. It includes an examination of policy-making processes and offers skills in social research methods. Students also have an opportunity to apply their learning at a practical level as well as pursuing their particular interests through independent study.
Streams: These include development studies, which addresses local and global community development strategies and issues; cultural studies, which engages with various understandings of identity, power and place; and welfare studies, which enables students to understand the processes involved in the planning and delivery of community services.
Do you dream of coaching athletes or inspiring people to achieve better health and wellbeing? Are you fascinated by human anatomy? Or are you keen to probe the minds of elite athletes and uncover what gives them the winning edge? The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science can turn your sporting passion into a career.
This degree provides a comprehensive study of sport sciences and how the human body responds to exercise. You’ll learn about human movement, exercise physiology, exercise and sport psychology, exercise prescription with the opportunity to specialise in either exercise science, nutrition or education.
Our graduates work in many areas of sport and health, including sports psychology, nutrition, teaching, coaching, performance testing, health promotion and education.
This degree also provides an accelerated pathway towards the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology and professional accreditation as an exercise physiologist or a pathway to the Master of Teaching that can prepare students as PDHPE teachers in secondary settings.
Major areas of study
Students select one major from the following:
Education: this major offers graduates a pathway to a Southern Cross University degree in secondary teaching (Master of Teaching), potentially leading to registration as a PDHPE teacher for eligible students. Please note education units are only available online.
Exercise science: this major includes subject areas such as advanced sport and exercise psychology as well as sport and fitness organisation management.
Nutrition studies: this major examines food and nutrition in the context of exercise science, human health, disease processes and social issues. It includes content such as exercise biochemistry, food science, nutritional science, and sports nutrition. [Note: Students who wish to pursue postgraduate study in nutrition should contact the relevant university to check requirements.]
The Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science is accredited by Exercise and Sport Science Australia (ESSA) at the Exercise Science level. All graduates, regardless of the major completed, will be eligible for full membership as Exercise Scientists with ESSA.
Please note: In order to apply to be an Accredited Exercise Scientist, ESSA’s requirements for English language must be met.
The course is also recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) of America.
Graduates are eligible for registration as an Exercise Professional with Fitness Australia (FA) and as a Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach with the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA).
Graduates of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science may undertake further postgraduate study to gain registration as an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP).
Developed in collaboration with AccorHotels, InterContinental Hotel Group and TFE Hotel Group, the Master of Business in Global Hotel Leadership is designed for future leaders in the hotel, tourism and leisure industry with a desire to accelerate their career progression.
This course will help participants to develop an advanced level of understanding of hotel operations and the principles behind hotel asset management, service design and delivery systems, operational models and disruptive technologies.
There is also a strong focus on business management and leadership skills to meet the needs of entrepreneurs who want to operate their own business.
The course includes an optional professional internship and is delivered through the University’s Hotel School, a unique partnership with Mulpha Australia.
Major areas of study
The course comprises a suite of core units to develop your advanced communications and leadership skills, as well as a choice of electives covering topics as diverse as supply chains, strategic operations, revenue and analytics.
We all understand the benefits of better health and wellbeing. In enhancing your qualifications and increasing your understanding of how our bodies work, this program takes your career prospects to a higher and even healthier level.
The Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology is a professional-entry-level degree that produces graduates who are eligible to register as an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP). You’ll explore health and exercise from cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, metabolic, neuromuscular and even psychological perspectives.
At Southern Cross University’s Health Clinic, you’ll receive theoretical grounding towards being able to prescribe rehabilitation exercise for people with injury, disability or chronic disease.
Accredited exercise physiologists can provide exercise testing, preventative exercise programs and specialist rehabilitation exercise interventions for people living with chronic diseases, disability or injury with career options existing in private practice, hospitals, aged care facilities and rehabilitation centres.
Major areas of study
The course provides an advanced understanding of the theoretical and practical components of clinical exercise physiology.
The course covers Exercise and Sport Science Australia target pathologies including cardiac disease, pulmonary conditions, cancer, metabolic diseases, renal disease, musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, neurological and immunological conditions and exercise for mental health. Graduates will be able to apply knowledge to specific population groups, including older people.
Want to be a leader in healthcare?
It’s your time.
The online Master of Healthcare Leadership is designed to give you a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on the changing face of healthcare. You might be a registered nurse with many years of experience and want to move out of direct care, or you might be from an allied health background, such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, counselling or optometry, wanting to start your own practice. Whatever your health background, completing a Master’s in healthcare leadership online gives you more flexibility, more opportunities, and more transferable skills you can take with you into the future.
Whether it’s biometric recognition, digital health monitoring or connectivity to the Internet of Things, technology is shaping how we live at an unprecedented and increasing speed.
If you want to be part of this transformation, the Master of Information Technology (MIT) places you at the cutting edge. You’ll experience innovative learning with industry-led projects at the University’s Digital Enterprise Lab, which might include digital health, digital tourism and smart cities. You will master cutting-edge technologies in artificial intelligence, virtual/augmented reality and the Internet of Things with advanced coursework and real-world applications.
The course is designed for both IT and non-IT professionals. Together with core units in data science, cyber security, software development and user experience, you have the option to tailor your studies with advanced specialist units.
As a graduate you are well-prepared for senior and leadership roles in all manner of businesses and organisations, from both the private and public sector.
Major areas of study
Data science, cyber security, software development, user experience. Specialist units include: advanced cyber security, big data analysis, computational intelligence and machine learning, computer forensics, internet engineering, pervasive and immersive user experience, programming for the internet of things, mobile and cloud systems.
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$5,000 fee reduction each year, paid in instalments throughout each study year, commencing in the first session and continuing, based on successful completion of each study session.
Course of study
Any full undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree at either the Gold Coast, Lismore or Coffs Harbour campus.