PSYCHOLOGY, law and medicine are among the most highly sought after courses at the University of New England (UNE) as the campus prepares for a busy 2017.
In what the university has labelled as an “exciting year”, UNE has introduced new courses including a Bachelor of Education (K-6 Teaching), Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Scientific Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness
A university spokeswoman said the most in-demand courses included Psychology, Criminology, Animal Science, Biomedical Science, Education, Law, Medicine and Accounting.
For the first time UNE is also also offering a purpose-built course to train managers working under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The Graduate Certificate in NDIS Business Development was developed collaboratively by the disability service sector and UNE experts.
This week, UNE Vice Chancellor, Professor Annabelle Duncan, announced further options for students who are not looking to fully commit to a degree.
Students who are not attracted to a full degree will now have the flexibility to choose units from selected undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and assemble them into their own short ‘bespoke course.’
Professor Duncan said the ‘Bespoke Courses’ will sit alongside UNE’s offerings of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
“Our market research told us that many working adults want shorter and more flexible educational opportunities, that help position them for emerging changes in their work life,” she said.
“We recognise that many working adults are simply not able to commit to a full degree and we firmly believe they should have access to the parts of a university education they need most.”
The progressive move has come from the University’s research into the impact of automation, globalization and digitization on the workforce and the impacts that artificial intelligence and other technologies may have on many professions.
Under the new arrangements, students can custom-build a course consisting of just two, three or four units, in contrast to a traditional Australian bachelor’s degree, which requires students to complete a minimum of 24 units, and a masters degree requiring up to 16 units.
“Students have the freedom to select either the fundamental or most advanced units from a degree, or a combination of both. Alternatively they can mix and match units from across different degrees entirely. As these are real university units, the same units you would study in a full degree, the door is open for students to continue to a full degree in the future,” Professor Duncan said.
Students will receive a Certificate of Completion for each unit and for their completed Bespoke Course.