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Postgraduate Qualifying Program

2016 | 2017 | 2018

About this course

The Postgraduate Qualifying Program (PQP) prepares International students for postgraduate study in business and tourism. 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 and tourism. 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.

Career opportunities

This course is a pathway to a selection of postgraduate degrees at Southern Cross University.

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Qualifying Program will meet the academic and English language requirements for entry into the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Professional Accounting (MPA), or the Master of International Tourism and Hospitality Management (MITHM) and be eligible to gain two (2) units of advanced standing.

Major areas of study

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

Assessment methods

Assessment may be in the form of essays, reports, audio or video presentations, online quizzes, case analyses, and examinations.

Teaching methods

During the English Language component, the focus is on in-class intensive English language development.

During the academic units, on-campus students experience a variety of teaching approaches including face-to-face lectures and tutorials. Some units offer online activities, classes, pre-recorded and/or live lectures. The method of teaching may vary from unit to unit. Students in the EAP component will comply with ESOS standards for such programs in terms of attendance.

Learning support

Learning resources

MySCU is a student's point of entry to a range of online services and resources that support study and student life. The portal includes unit learning sites and information sites where students can access resources, communication tools and useful links that are integral to their studies.

The web-based study environment Blackboard Learn delivers an advanced online learning environment for students and lecturers to communicate and collaborate through virtual meeting spaces, classrooms, and discussion boards. They can share files, presentations and applications. If a tutorial or lecture is recorded, students can view it afterwards.

Learning materials include the provision of unit information guides, study guides and readings. Students may need to purchase or access prescribed text books.

College Connect offers extra support for all students undertaking a SCU College course.

The SCU library provides a wide range of services including librarian assistance, print and electronic resources, a document delivery service, catalogues, databases, ebooks, ereadings, and full-text journal literature.

Equipment and facilities

Southern Cross University provides students with modern well equipped teaching spaces such as lecture theatres, classrooms, and studios or laboratories tailored to meet the needs of specific study disciplines. Contemporary audiovisual equipment is standard in most teaching venues, and students have access to computer labs for individual study purposes.

Course structure

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

Table of contents

Admission requirements

Applicants will need to have completed a full-time, three-year, higher education sector, post-secondary (post-Year 12) study qualification.

Applicants for admission to candidature to the Postgraduate Qualifying Program must have an assessable entry qualification from a country where English is the main language and where the medium of instruction for that qualification was English, or have completed an International English Language Test (or comparable test scores*) with:

  • a minimum overall score of 6.0 and a minimum score of 5.5 in each subtest (or comparable test scores*) for 15 weeks English Language Program concurrent with academic units

* Comparable scores include SCU College Placement Test scores, CPE, CAE and TOEFL PBT (see

Course requirements

  1. To meet the requirements of this course a student must complete four (4) units (48 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units in Part A; and
    2. all units in Part B

Schedule of units


How to apply

Domestic students

International students

Confirm you meet the entry requirements including English language and academic entry and any specific pre-requisites.

Southern Cross University accepts applications directly through the International Application for Admissions form.

Additional information on how to apply is available at SCU International. Please note applicants from some countries need to go through an Education Agent.

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From the 1st of June, 2017, the term 'Distance Education' has been replaced with 'Online'