Course summary

The Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP) prepares international students for postgraduate study in accounting, business, tourism and hospitality, information technology and engineering. It assists students to develop the skills necessary for success at the postgraduate level.

The course combines study in English for Academic Purposes at the postgraduate level with two units that are core to postgraduate study in business, tourism, accounting, information technology and engineering. It is designed for international students whose academic qualifications and/or English proficiency levels are slightly below Southern Cross University's entry requirements for postgraduate degrees.

Students who successfully complete the PQP meet the academic and English language entry requirements for the following on-campus postgraduate courses at Southern Cross University: Master of Business Administration (MBA)Master of Professional Accounting (MPA)Master of International Tourism and Hotel Management (MITHM), Master of Information Technology or the Master of Engineering Management, Master of Business Administration (MEM/MBA). Students who successfully complete the PQP also receive two units of advanced standing towards these courses.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) plus business units. Topics could include accounting, finance, economics, business law, statistics, marketing, management, ethics and sustainability.

Course overview

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Domestic duration

15 weeks full-time

International duration

0.5 years full-time

Availability details


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Gold Coast 1 $10,730 ($2,683 per unit) 091557J

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

  1. To meet the requirements of this course a student must complete three (3) units comprising:
    1. All units in Part A; and
    2. One unit from Part B

Schedule of units

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Part A

EDU72100 - Postgraduate Preparation Intermediate
MNG81001 - Management Communication Introductory

Part B

Choose one (1) unit from the following:

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MKT00720 - Marketing Intermediate
MNG82001 - Organisational Behaviour Introductory

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MNG00785 - Project Management Introductory

Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

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In this program, Part A English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classes are held every weekday, Monday to Friday throughout the session. Part B award units are in the same session, typically after the EAP classes. At Lismore campus, EAP classes are typically from 9:00am to 2:00pm with self-study from 2:00pm to 3:00pm. At Gold Coast campus EAP classes are typically from 8:30am to 1:15am, or 1:30pm to 6:15pm followed by an hour of self-study. These scheduled timings are subject to availability.