Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Find answers to the most common questions about our Professional Practice courses.

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Are Professional Practice degrees offered 100% online?

Yes. All of your coursework is accessible online, which means there are no on-campus requirements.

Can I gain entry into a Professional Practice degree without managerial experience?

To be successful, the entry requirements include a bachelor degree plus five years of applied experience in a senior role. Students must be operating with high levels of autonomy, influence and complexity at a senior level. Your experience is assessed as part of your application.

Do I need a university degree to gain entry into a master’s degrees?

You must have a bachelor degree along with at least five years of relevant work experience. However, if you do not have an undergraduate or university degree, you may be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate. The total cost is still the same because you can use the Graduate Certificate as a pathway to your master’s degree.

What is the maximum amount of time I can take to finish the course?

Deakin University typically allows you up to five years to complete your master’s degree.

What is a Professional Practice credential?

Professional Practice credentials recognise employability skills such as communication and problem-solving, as well as technical expertise like risk management and digital literacy.

Earning a Professional Practice credential is a step-by-step process to identify, reflect and document your skills, experience and knowledge. Credentialling focuses on gathering evidence of your achievements and developing an appreciation of where you are as a professional and how to further develop your skills and capabilities. Professional Practice credentials are not degree qualifications by themselves – but their levels of achievement align with international skills and qualification frameworks.

How do I complete a video testimony?

Once you have submitted your reflective testimony and evidence documents, you will be sent a link to your video testimony. For the video testimony, you’ll need to answer a series of questions expanding on your skills and knowledge.

While there is no specific preparation required for the video testimony as the questions relate to you, your evidence and your experience, we recommend that you do a practice video testimony to familiarise yourself with the process. The video testimony portal will have further instructions on how to complete your video testimony.

What happens if I fail a credential?

Unlike traditional learning assessments, there is no grading scale for credentials. The final outcome will be that your submission has either satisfied or not satisfied the standard of achievement at the required level.

If you are not successful in satisfying the credential following the resubmission process, you can re-enrol in the credential unit. If you need to re-enrol in a credential, we recommend that you take time to consider the assessor feedback you received and gain any additional experience you need first. Re-enrolment will incur the full fee of the credential.

What happens if I need to resubmit for my credential?

To gain a credential, you will need to complete a written and video testimony aligned with the criteria and dimensions of the credential.

Once you have completed your video testimony, your entire submission will be assessed and you’ll be advised of the outcome. If you are not successful in the first attempt, you will have the opportunity to resubmit. The assessors will provide feedback on what is required for your resubmission. This could include additional evidence and/or amendments to testimony and/or another piece of video testimony. Each candidate is granted one re-submission if required.

Can I access financial assistance from the Australian Government?

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan that full-fee paying postgraduate students may use if they wish to defer the payment of their course fees. If you meet the citizenship and residency requirements laid out by the Australian Government, you can access FEE-HELP. To determine whether you are eligible and for more information, visit the StudyAssist FEE-HELP page.

Are there any exams?

Assessment for these degrees is assignment-based, which means you are not required to sit traditional, on-campus exams.

Is there help if I am struggling with this course?

Yes. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll be assigned a Student Success Adviser who will be your primary contact throughout your degree to provide support and advice on non-academic matters. Your tutors and course coordinators are contactable via the learning environment and can answer any academic questions.

How long has this course been running?

In Australia, Professional Practices degrees are relatively new. Deakin University is the first university in the country to introduce the credentialling model as part of a master’s degree.

Does a part-time online degree hold the same value as a full-time on-campus degree?

Absolutely. The academic testamur you receive upon completing an online Professional Practice degree from Deakin is the same AQF level 9 qualification you would receive studying on-campus.