Charles Darwin University International College
Masters Preparation Programme

Students with an bachelor’s degree from their home country and who are academically capable of postgraduate study may find their English language level a barrier to postgraduate study in Australia.

CRICOS Course Code: 0100442 (NT/VIC), 0100446 (NSW)

Charles Darwin University CRICOS Provider Code 00300K (NT/VIC) 03286A (NSW), RTO Provider Code 0373

CDU – Master Preparation Program

The Masters Preparation Programme (MPP) prepares international students to meet the entry criteria for CDU masters programmes by developing advanced skills in academic writing, research, critical thinking and intercultural communication.

Students can smoothly transition into an English-language masters programme in one semester and gain a deep understanding of the demands of postgraduate study and learn the processes, expectations and methods for success before their masters programme begins.

For a full list of all postgraduate programmes that the Masters Preparation Programme can lead to, click here.


Course structure

  • One semester length
  • Three intakes per year
  • Four core units
  • Semester is 13 weeks long (12 teaching weeks + one exam week)

Core units

  • Academic Skills and Communication
  • Intercultural Skills and Communication
  • Critical Thinking for Postgraduate Studies
  • English for Postgraduate Studies

Intakes & Fees

The pricing below is only for enrolments in 2021. Fees for 2022 enrolments will be published in due course. 

Programme length Intake Date (2021) Fee (AUD)
4-5 months 1 March, 19 July, 8 November 4,500

Semester Dates


    Latest Application Date (Offshore)

    Latest Application Date (Onshore)

    Latest Acceptance Date


    Teaching begins

    Census Date

    Teaching ends



    Semester 1 2021

    15 Feb 2021

    26 Feb 2021

    22 Feb for offshore & 1 March for onshore

    25-26 February 2021

    1 March 2021

    22 March 2021

    28 May 2021

    7-18 June 2021

    2-9 April 2021

    Semester 2 2021

    5 July 2021

    16 July 2021

    15 July for offshore & 19 July for onshore

    15-16 July 2021

    19 July 2021

    30 Aug 2021

    15 October   2021

    25 October- 5 November   2021

    30 August – 3 September 2021

    Summer Semester 2021 – 2022

    25 Oct 2021

    5 Nov 2021

    1 Nov for offshore & 8 Nov for onshore

    4-5 November 2021

    8 November 2021


    11 February    2022

    21-25 February   2022

    20-31 December   2021


Entry requirements

English requirements

Students must achieve an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no bands less than 5.5, or an agreed equivalent.

Academic requirements

BANGLADESH • Honours Bachelor degree (3 years) awarded by a Section 1 institution
• Honours Bachelor degree (4 years) awarded by a Section 2 institution
CHINA Three year, post-secondary qualification from a recognised institution
HONG KONG 3 year post-secondary qualification, HND case by case
INDIA • 3 year Bachelor degree awarded in 3rd or Pass Division or Class by a Section 2 institution; or
• 3 year Bachelor degree awarded in 2nd, 3rd or Pass Division or Class by a Section 3 institution
INDONESIA • A Sarjana (S1), awarded by a Section 1 institution in or after 1998 following a programme identified as accredited by BAN-PT with a rating of C
• at least eight semesters (four years) of full-time study (144-160 credits)
• Diploma III from Section 1. Three years full-time (110-120 credits) with minimum rating of A or B
JAPAN 3 year JCDs assessed by NOOSR as Cert IV or Diploma equivalent. Not eligible for entry
KENYA Successful completion of a 3 year full-time Diploma from public university
KOREA Completion of a Bachelor degree (Haksa)
MACAU Recognised first degree (honours/ordinary) and Higher Diplomas only.  Other three year qualifications case by case as per NOOSR guidelines
MALAYSIA Recognised first degree, 4 year full-time Diploma or Advanced Diploma after SPM or a 3 – 4 year full time Diploma or Advanced Diploma after STPM as accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Authority.  A tertiary qualification at degree or equivalent level from a recognised institution/Advanced Diploma or other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis
Nepal 3 year Bachelor degree awarded by a Section 1 institution at pass division or second division
NIGERIA Higher National Diploma (3 year full-time; or 2 year full-time, post National Diploma) from institutions accredited by the National Board of Technical Education
Oman Completion of a Bachelor degree from a section 2 college of higher education 4 year duration with a final grade of 3.0, 75% or B
PAKISTAN • A Bachelor degree awarded by a Section 1 institution requiring three years of full-time study in any division or grade for a 3 year Bachelor.
• An Honours Bachelor degree awarded by a section 2 institution in either the second or third division or with a letter grade of C or D requiring at least three years of full-time study
RUSSIA Diploma o Nepolnom Vysshem Obrazovanii
SAUDI ARABIA • Bachelor degree from a Section 2 institution with grade of pass or good    
• Bachelor degree from a Section 3 institution 
SINGAPORE Recognised first degree,; successful completion of an Advanced Diploma of 1 year full-time studies awarded by a Polytechnic and following a Polytechnic Diploma
SRI LANKA Recognised first degree (40% plus) or 3 year Diploma or equivalent (55% plus)
TAIWAN Bachelor Degree of 2 or 3 years full-time completed after a Junior College Diploma in an unrelated field from a Section 1 university
TURKEY Recognised first degree (Lisans Diplomasi or Muhendis Diplomasi) GPA of 2.0 from all schools
UAE Completion of a Bachelor degree from a section 2 or other licensed UAE instruction, 4 years full time with a grade below 3 out of 4
VIETNAM A Bang Tot nghiep Dai hoc (University Graduation Diploma) awarded by a Section 2 institution with the title of Bang Cu nhan (Bachelor degree) or a professional title, such as Ky su (Engineer), or Bac si Y khoa (Physician) requiring four years of regular, full-time study (Chinh Quy)
Contact us

345 Queen St
Auckland, New Zealand

Postal address
PO Box 78-359
Grey Lynn, Auckland 1245

T +64 9 307 5399
F +64 9 377 7125


Level 3, West wing
Wellington Railway Station
2 Bunny St
Wellington 6011, New Zealand

T +64 4 9795566

From 11:59pm on 2 November, Auckland, the Northwest Waikato (including Hamilton), and the Upper Northland are at Alert Level 3. Students will continue their studies online. For certain courses, onsite learning will resume under strict Level 3 guidelines. You will be notified if this applies to you. The rest of New Zealand remains at Alert Level 2. For regular Alert Level updates, visit the Unite Against COVID-19 website.