At Charles Darwin University (CDU) we think differently; we innovate and embrace change and believe it’s the unique experiences, perspectives and opinions you bring that help make us a new world university.

Whether you’re just starting out, looking to change career or go further in your field, CDU offers more than 100 undergraduate and postgraduate courses, available online, on campus, part-time or full-time, to help turn your passion into a profession.

Whether you study online or on campus, you’ll be one of the 24,000 CDU students that is empowered and supported by an innovative and supportive learning environment, flexible courses and leadership in research.

In fact, Charles Darwin University is ranked in the top two Australian universities for graduate employment and salary outcomes, according to Good Universities Guide Ratings 2019 and is in the Top 100 university in the world for global impact according to THE Impact Rankings.

While CDU’s roots are in Darwin, Northern Territory (with campuses and centres in Alice Springs, Katherine and beyond), you can study at our Sydney campus, as well as 100% online from the comfort of your own home.

As one of the first universities in Australia to offer its courses online you’ll benefit from almost 20 years’ of unparalleled experience in delivering supportive, responsive and personalised learning to keep you motivated and engaged. So, whether you choose to study part-time or full-time, you’ll benefit from our innovative learning environment, interactive lectures and 24/7 online tutor support, to help you fit study into your schedule.

Best known for our flagship degrees in Nursing and Midwifery, Teaching, Law, Engineering and Environmental Sciences, CDU offers unique courses in Indigenous Knowledges, Health, Humanities, Social Work, and Humanitarian, Disaster and Emergency Management, among others. Explore all course at

CDU acknowledges the traditional custodians across the lands on which we live and work, and we pay our respects to Elders both past and present.

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CDU offers a number of flexible entry options for undergraduate courses. We’ll consider a range of qualifications and experience when you apply, including your ATAR, a VET or TAFE qualification, your previous work or study experience, or whether you’ve completed an enabling program.

Find out more about admission pathways to CDU courses

Postgraduate courses

Admission to postgraduate courses varies from course to course. Read the course entry details in course search carefully when applying.

Some courses have limited places. For these courses, offers for admission will be based on merit. This means that, even though you may meet the minimum admission requirement to study at CDU, your rank may not be competitive enough to receive an offer to that course.

If your course has limited places, you may like to consider listing a pathway course as a second preference. For advice on pathway courses, contact CDU’s Student Central on 1800 061 963.

As the only university in the Northern Territory, CDU is focused on meeting the needs of NT students. We offer several scholarships to recognise high-achieving NT school leavers who choose to study at CDU. Each of CDU’s Colleges awards a Dean’s Scholarship of up to $25,000 to the incoming school leaver who received the highest ATAR. The Vice-Chancellor’s High Achiever Scholarship (of up to $26,000) and the Vice-Chancellor’s Indigenous High Achiever Scholarship are also awarded to the students with the two highest ATARs.

CDU also offers ATAR adjustments to increase the rank of eligible applicants. For full details see page 16.

Contact CDU’s Student Central team on 1800 061 963 or for further information.

CDU has a dedicated team that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across Australia during their educational journey. The Indigenous Student Services (ISS) team helps with admission, enrolment, orientation, pastoral support, Away From Base support and Tutorial Support, while providing culturally-enriched and safe learning environments.

Indigenous students who would like to go to university but haven’t studied in a while or don’t meet the entry requirements for their course, can also apply for the Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS) program. This free program provides Indigenous students with the minimum entry requirements for most Diploma and Bachelor programs at CDU.

CDU also offers an Indigenous pre-law and mentoring program for aspiring Indigenous law students. Run in partnership with Bilata Indigenous Legal Pathways, the four-week, full-time program provides students with a pathway into CDU’s Bachelor of Laws program.

For further information contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 or

Most undergraduate courses at CDU - except the Bachelor of Clinical Sciences and Bachelor of Midwifery - can be deferred for up to one year. If you apply to start studying midyear or in summer semester, you can defer until semester one the following year.

There is no deferral for postgraduate courses through SATAC, contact the University directly for advice

Credit transfer is available for students who have:

  • undertaken higher education awards at Charles Darwin University or other universities
  • successfully completed our Tertiary Enabling Program with a GPA of 5 and above for selected units
  • successfully completed certain VET or TAFE courses at Certificate IV and above.

For more information about credit transfer, visit the CDU website.

Depending on your course, you may apply to start studying at CDU in semester 1, semester 2 and summer semester. Semester dates change annually.

2021 dates:

  • Semester 1: 1 March – 28 May 2021*
  • Semester 2: 19 July – 15 October 2021*
  • Summer Semester: 8 November 2021 - 11 February 2022*

*For term dates, exam dates and other key dates visit the CDU website.

If you receive an offer from CDU, you will need to enrol. Advice on how to enrol will be included in your offer letter.

CDU is committed to providing opportunities to students through our scholarship program. Scholarships are sponsored by individuals, businesses, government, community groups and the University to assist students with the financial burden of studying. Explore our Scholarships Finder to see what you may be eligible for. Scholarships are open to all students currently enrolled at CDU and those who have applied for a place at CDU.

For more information, visit the CDU website.

CDU provides a range of facilities and services to students, including accommodation, careers advice, child care, computer facilities (including Learning Precincts in the Library at Casuarina and Palmerston campuses), Indigenous Academic Support, counselling, support for access and inclusion, study skills assistance, international student support, gymnasium, sporting facilities and clubs.


Located on Casuarina campus, International House Darwin (IHD) provides single-student accommodation. All rooms are air-conditioned and fully furnished, including a desk and small refrigerator. For full details about applying and costs, visit the website.

UniLodge Darwin also provides student accommodation. It is located at Casuarina Square, just 800 metres from Casuarina campus. The purpose-built student accommodation building offers residents a large range of room options at different price points. Find out more from UniLodge.

CDU also offers an off-campus accommodation service to help new and continuing CDU students with finding appropriate accommodation while studying or working. This free and confidential service provides information and advice on housing options, tenancy advice and help with accommodation problems.

Find out more about accommodation at the CDU website.


CDU Library has a specialist team of librarians who are there to make your study life easier and simpler. They can help with research and referencing in your area of study.

If you’re not on campus, you can access our online resources, book an online workshop and, if you’re more
than 80 kilometres away from a CDU library, get in touch with our Distance Library Service.

If you’re on campus, come in and use the spaces to study with your group or on your own. Make use of the computers and printers, as well as the print and online materials.

We have expert support for researchers and provide an inter-library loan service if we don’t have what you need in our collections.

Access and Inclusion

CDU provides an accessible, supportive, safe and inclusive learning environment for all students. The Access and Inclusion team provides free, confidential assistance for students if their study is impacted by:

  • disability
  • a mental health condition
  • a medical condition
  • carer responsibilities


The CDU Counselling Service aims to assist students who may be experiencing personal difficulties that are distressing and having a negative impact on their studies.

Child Care Facilities

The CDU Child Care Centre is located within easy walking distance of the Casuarina campus. The centre is nationally accredited, accommodating children from birth to 5 years. Early bookings are essential.

The centre is run by committed staff and is open 50 weeks a year. For more information about availability of places and fees contact the CDU Child Care Centre Manager on (08) 8946 6913.

Childcare is also available at various other locations in surrounding suburbs near the university.

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