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SCU Online
Online learning environment

Studying with SCU Online


When you choose online study with Southern Cross University, you can learn anytime, anywhere and on any device. You can engage with lecturers and other students no matter where you are – or where they are. Southern Cross’ online studies also include:

  • Interactive learning environment includes video, audio, forums and practical exercises; 
  • Coursework involves real-time engagement and self-directed study;


  • Seven-week study periods in which to complete each unit;
  • The ability to focus on a single unit every study period and as many as six units every year; 
  • One-on-one support from your personal Success Advisor throughout the year.
Personalised support

We're here to get you over the line
Connected, together

We believe technology should connect us, but it shouldn't get in the way. That's why SCU Online's learning platform has been designed for everyone in mind, so you can focus on what's important.

Your interactive learning environment

The online study experience with Southern Cross is every bit as community-oriented as learning on-campus would be. Through our smart, interactive learning environment, you’ll stay connected with your lecturers, tutors and peers.

Studying online means you can learn on your own terms, with family and work commitments no longer barriers to education and career progression. The unit content is delivered to you in a variety of ways to suit different learning styles, including video, audio and practical exercises.

A typical study period at SCU Online
Study timeline

Your Student Success Advisor

As well as being connected to your peers and academics, you’ll have your own dedicated Student Success Advisor to assist you through your online study journey, starting from the time you contact us all the way through to graduation.

They can discuss your career goals, assist with planning your study schedule and answer any questions you have via phone, email and live webchat.

Student success advisor sitting at a desk and smiling.
What our students say
Studying online -Aleksandr -testimonial
Aleksandr with family

It's one thing to mention well-being in university strategic plans, but it’s another to put the theory into practice. The Student Success Advisor, in my book, enables Southern Cross University to put their money where their mouth is to actively support students.

Aleksandr Taylor-Gough

Southern Cross University Online M.Ed graduate

Home page - Paul- testimonial

Having a young family, it's really important to maintain having quality time with the kids and studying online means that you can put that down, you can put it aside and even when I am studying, I can be at home, I can be present with the children.

Paul Betts

Online MBA (Managing and Leading People) graduate

Studying online - Carrie -testimonial
Carrie at home

As I head into my last subject at SCU I can honestly say the support of the amazing academic staff has been paramount to achieving what I have thus far.

Carrie Baldwin

Southern Cross University Online Master of IT Management graduate


Frequently asked questions

Studying online as a postgraduate student means you can tailor your study to fit your schedule, ideal for busy professionals, full-time parents and people on-the-go. 

Read through more FAQ's by clicking the button below. 

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If you have sufficient experience, we can often accept this in lieu of a Bachelor’s qualification. Read more about gaining a postgraduate degree without a Bachelor’s here.

The course cannot be fast-tracked more so than what it already has been, but after an assessment of potential advanced standing, we can determine your actual completion date. 

Rather than enrolling into two semesters per year, students can study at any six times throughout the year, and complete up to six units in a year. Each study period lasts 7 weeks.

No, our study periods run in seven-week cycles. Therefore, to effectively consolidate what you have learnt from each unit, you should only study one unit at a time. Having said that, you can study up to six units in a year, which means you can graduate faster than if you were studying on-campus, part-time.

You will be eligible for FEE-HELP if you meet the citizenship and residency requirements laid out by the Australian Government. To determine whether you are eligible, visit the Study Assist FEE-HELP page