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New in 2020

New courses, locations and offerings for 2020.

Pathway course

Transition to Uni

Transition to Uni offers an alternative pathway to Southern Cross University for year 12 school leavers. The course prepares students for university study through developing academic literacies, numeracies and self-management skills as well as scientific and quantitative concepts. The program is delivered at all three Southern Cross University campuses on the Gold Coast, at Lismore and Coffs Harbour. The six-week intensive program is project-based and classes include workshops and online learning material.

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Undergraduate courses

Bachelor of Science has a new major in Regenerative Agriculture

Traditional agricultural science has left in its wake a growing number of serious environmental issues. Agriculture for the future demands we rethink our approach to farming systems as well as how we manage food production and distribution.

Drawing on the University’s specialist expertise in plant science, agronomy and environmental chemistry, this major delves deeply into the emerging practice of regenerative agriculture, examining human ecology, agroecology, regenerative agronomy and soil management as well as the planning of rural landscapes.

Study Regenerative Agriculture


Engineering degrees offered online

Our engineering degrees in civil, mechanical and coastal systems engineering can be studied online from 2020, as well as at the Lismore campus.

Two new engineering courses:

The Diploma of Civil Construction Engineering (Engineering Management) and the Associate Degree of Construction Engineering (Engineering Management) are suited to school leavers or those with a trade qualification who are looking to enter the industry or progress their careers to a supervisory or management level.

The Associate Degree also provides a pathway to further study in civil engineering at a Bachelor degree level, while the Diploma provides a pathway to either the Associate Degree or Bachelor degree in civil engineering.

Engineering courses


Bachelor of Occupational Therapy includes a new major in Indigenous Health

As well as undertaking the required core studies of this course, students will have the option to study a major in Indigenous Health, giving them the opportunity to build theoretical and practical capabilities in cultural protocols and Indigenous ways of knowing and being. Embedded placement opportunities equip graduates with the professional skills required to contribute to the improvement of health and social outcomes in Australian communities. 

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Diploma of Hotel Management

Delivered at the Hotel School Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne through our unique partnership with Mulpha Australia, this course covers theory and practices within the industry, finance, management and communication, as well as food, beverage and accommodation operations.

This is a pathway course to the Bachelor of Business in Hotel Management, Bachelor of Business in Tourism and Hospitality Management and the Bachelor of Business in Convention and Event Management. Diploma graduates receive up to eight units of credit towards these Bachelor degrees. Graduates are also well suited to entry-level supervisory positions in the hotel, leisure, tourism and hospitality sectors.

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Postgraduate courses

Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Nursing (online)

This is a completely online course, designed specifically for allied health and social care professionals who wish to increase their specialist knowledge and employment outcomes in mental health. The course comprises four core units in contemporary mental health research and policy and has been designed with the input of leading clinical and academic mental health professionals. 

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Doctor of Education (online)

Previously offered only at the Gold Coast, the Doctor of Education is also being delivered online from 2020, offering professional educators and education leaders more flexibility in their studies.

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Graduate Certificate in Organic Food and Nutrition (online)

The Graduate Certificate in Organic Food and Nutrition offers a holistic approach to studying organic food systems and the relationship of organics to nutrition. It covers topics such as organic farming, sustainable and ethical food systems and the produce journey, and the connection of organic food with whole-body health through the life course.

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New courses at the Hotel School

Courses in Global Hotel Leadership

Developed in collaboration with AccorHotels, InterContinental Hotels Group and TFE Hotels Group, the Master of Business in Global Hotel Leadership is designed for future leaders in the Hotel, Tourism and Leisure industry.
This course will help participants to develop an advanced level of understanding of hotel operations and the principles behind hotel asset management, service design and delivery systems, operational models and disruptive technologies. It includes an optional internship.
The Hotel School is also offering the Graduate Certificate of Business in Global Hotel Leadership and the Graduate Diploma of Business in Global Hotel Leadership, introductory level courses to advanced study in contemporary leadership techniques as they apply to the global hotel and hospitality sectors. These courses are also a pathway to the Masters degree in Global Hotel Leadership.

International Hotel and Tourism Management Program

The Hotel School is proud to be partnering with HTMi Switzerland and AccorHotels to deliver this unique two-year program that combines a paid internship with a rigorous academic program. Graduates will be suited to entry-level supervisory positions in the hotel, leisure, tourism and hospitality sectors. 

New location: The Hotel School Brisbane

The Hotel School has opened a third campus in Brisbane where the following courses will be offered in 2020:


New Health Sciences Building at Coffs Harbour campus

This $12 million state-of-the-art facility incorporates multi-purpose teaching and research spaces and a range of high-tech laboratories. A new generation of occupational therapists, exercise scientists, health practitioners and community workers can now undertake their professional training in Coffs Harbour. 

Read more about Coffs Harbour's dynamic gateway health precinct


New campus at Coomera

From 2020, Bachelor degrees in contemporary musicdigital media and communications and information technology are available at our new Coomera location on the Gold Coast.

Students have the best of modern production facilities at their disposal, including IT labs, four soundproofed rehearsal rooms with vocal PA and backline gear and a live performance space with a full line array sound system and professional lighting rig.

Read more about our Coomera campus.