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Edith Cowan University

Location

Edith Cowan Joondalup Campus, Joondalup Australia

Ranking

# 529QS World University Rankings

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217Undergraduate programs

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106Postgraduate programs

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About Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University, or ‘ECU’, is Western Australia’s youngest university and one of the world’s best young universities under 50 years old.

And for an amazing 14 years in a row, ECU has been rated 5-stars by graduates for teaching quality as reported in the Good Universities Guide. 

ECU is also the only university in Australia named after a woman. Edith Cowan (OBE) was one of Australia’s most influential and inspiring women. She influenced the course of education in Australia, paving the way for many people to access an education they could only previously dream of. She was also the first woman elected to the Australian Parliament.

Study at ECU

ECU has more than 31,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and is one of the most multicultural student populations in Australia, typically welcoming around 7,000 international students from more than 100 countries.

Teaching staff have extensive professional experience and networks. So students can expect to gain the knowledge, skills, confidence and even contacts needed to make their way in the world.

ECU courses are also internationally recognised, with many being professionally accredited by national and international organisations. Student learning also extends beyond the classroom with practicum placements in real businesses or organisations, and opportunities for paid internships and international study tours.

ECU has a diverse mix of exciting and popular courses, many of which can be studied online, including subjects like:

Cyber Security, Counselling, Motorsports Engineering, Nursing, Sports Science, Teacher Education, Environmental Science, Law, Broadcasting, Paramedicine, Music Theatre, Nursing, Hospitality & Tourism Management and Criminology.

ECU’s teaching and research is delivered by eight schools, including the world-renowned Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, or WAAPA:

o   Arts & Humanities

o   Business & Law

o   Education

o   Engineering

o   Medical & Health Sciences

o   Nursing & Midwifery

o   Science

o   WAAPA

Schools are split between the Joondalup and Mount Lawley metropolitan campuses, with some courses also taught at the South West Campus near Bunbury in regional WA.

University of the Future

In 2025, ECU is opening an exciting new campus in the middle of Perth city. The University’s Creative Industries, Business and Technology Campus represents the future of university education — urban, connected, integrated with business and community and part of the life blood of a thriving city.

Admission pathways

Taking inspiration from the university’s namesake, ECU has been a leader in finding ways to give people from all circumstances – from school leavers to mature age students who’ve not studied for many years, to those from challenging socio-economic backgrounds – an opportunity to access higher education. 

This access is possible through a range of admission pathways, including university preparation courses, a creative arts portfolio entry and an experience-based entry scheme.

About Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University, or ‘ECU’, is Western Australia’s youngest university and one of the world’s best young universities under 50 years old.

And for an amazing 14 years in a row, ECU has been rated 5-stars by graduates for teaching quality as reported in the Good Universities Guide. 

ECU is also the only university in Australia named after a woman. Edith Cowan (OBE) was one of Australia’s most influential and inspiring women. She influenced the course of education in Australia, paving the way for many people to access an education they could only previously dream of. She was also the first woman elected to the Australian Parliament.

Study at ECU

ECU has more than 31,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and is one of the most multicultural student populations in Australia, typically welcoming around 7,000 international students from more than 100 countries.

Teaching staff have extensive professional experience and networks. So students can expect to gain the knowledge, skills, confidence and even contacts needed to make their way in the world.

ECU courses are also internationally recognised, with many being professionally accredited by national and international organisations. Student learning also extends beyond the classroom with practicum placements in real businesses or organisations, and opportunities for paid internships and international study tours.

ECU has a diverse mix of exciting and popular courses, many of which can be studied online, including subjects like:

Cyber Security, Counselling, Motorsports Engineering, Nursing, Sports Science, Teacher Education, Environmental Science, Law, Broadcasting, Paramedicine, Music Theatre, Nursing, Hospitality & Tourism Management and Criminology.

ECU’s teaching and research is delivered by eight schools, including the world-renowned Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, or WAAPA:

o   Arts & Humanities

o   Business & Law

o   Education

o   Engineering

o   Medical & Health Sciences

o   Nursing & Midwifery

o   Science

o   WAAPA

Schools are split between the Joondalup and Mount Lawley metropolitan campuses, with some courses also taught at the South West Campus near Bunbury in regional WA.

University of the Future

In 2025, ECU is opening an exciting new campus in the middle of Perth city. The University’s Creative Industries, Business and Technology Campus represents the future of university education — urban, connected, integrated with business and community and part of the life blood of a thriving city.

Admission pathways

Taking inspiration from the university’s namesake, ECU has been a leader in finding ways to give people from all circumstances – from school leavers to mature age students who’ve not studied for many years, to those from challenging socio-economic backgrounds – an opportunity to access higher education. 

This access is possible through a range of admission pathways, including university preparation courses, a creative arts portfolio entry and an experience-based entry scheme.

Available programs

At Edith Cowan University (ECU), we understand that choosing a career is a challenging and important decision. In determining your area of study, our advice is to consider your interests and ambitions, what motivates you, and what will challenge you. If further guidance is needed, our supportive staff are available to talk to you about what courses may be compatible with your interests, as well as provide information on the different pathways available to you to pursue your ambitions.

ECU provides the ideal learning environment for people to reach their potential. Located in Western Australia, our industry-relevant teaching and research, supportive study environment and award-winning facilities help prepare our students to become valuable contributors to the well-being and sustainability of our communities, both locally and internationally. In addition to developing important academic and professional skills, you will make new and possibly life-long friends, whilst enjoying the welcoming culture and friendly environment.

Bachelor of Arts

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Bachelor of Music

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Bachelor of Laws

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Obtaining an ECU postgraduate degree is an excellent way to gain further qualifications, expand your range of career options and professional networks, and to better compete in your chosen area of specialisation.

Our higher degree by research courses put you at the cutting edge of your field and can lead to employment within academia or in other professions that draw on research, training and experience.  All of ECU’s programs are designed to meet national and international industry standards and requirements. Our teaching staff have extensive industry experience and networks. It’s why ECU students can expect to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to meet the challenges of today’s workplace.

When you take into consideration our extensive range of postgraduate courses, high quality and supportive staff, and entry pathways that recognise your professional experience, you’ll realise that nothing can stop you reaching your potential.

Master of Nursing

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Master of Nursing

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University information

General

3+
6+
84+

Bachelor

1000+
58+
135+
6+
70+
18,753
74%
26%
3,485
47%
53%
705
67%
33%

Tuition fee and scholarships

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Rankings & ratings

Edith Cowan University is one of the top public universities in Joondalup, Australia. It is ranked #529 in QS World University Rankings 2024.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2015
    # 701+
  • 2016
    #701+
  • 2017
    #701+
  • 2018
    #751-800
  • 2019
    #751-800
  • 2020
    #651-700
  • 2021
    #651-700
  • 2022
    #651-700
  • 2023
    #601-650
  • 2024
    #529

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