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Charles Darwin University



Charles Darwin University (CDU) is a leading Australian university for graduate employment and salary outcomes. Performing across global university rankings, this sustainable, creative, innovative and inclusive new world university teaches more than 22,000 students from over 70 countries, across 11 campuses and training centres in more than 100 regional and remote locations.

CDU is the only university in the Northern Territory region of Australia and is the closest Australian university to Asia. Due to its long heritage of educational delivery in northern Australia and history of innovation, the university is well positioned to improve lives and contribute to the future development of the region and wider Asian continents. CDU has built itself on the key values of innovative thinking, maintaining a clear focus on the future and developing solutions to contemporary injustices.

The university recognises the capacity of all its students to create a positive impact in the world, and as a result invests heavily in providing its learners with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to improve lives. Whether it's quality taught programs or cutting-edge research, CDU brings them together to deliver quality outcomes for students.

The university's main campus is located just 20 minutes from the city of Darwin and 10 minutes from an international airport, a perfect location for students looking to explore everything Australia has to offer and learn within a welcoming, vibrant community.

Study with CDU in 2023 and receive a 30% scholarship.

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What's new

What's new

A new School of Medicine will be established at Charles Darwin University (CDU) in partnership with Menzies School of Health Research, as plans progress to establish a new medical program across the Northern Territory.

From 1st January 2022, CDU will establish the CDU Menzies School of Medicine, which will be established within the College of Health and Human Sciences, led by College Dean Professor Dominic Upton.

Medical Director of the National Critical Care and Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC) Professor Dianne Stephens will be seconded to CDU as part of a partnership to develop high-quality postgraduate programs for health professionals working at the frontline of health emergencies.

The new postgraduate courses in health emergency preparedness and response will commence Semester 1, 2022. Professor Stephens will take on the role of inaugural Dean of the CDU Menzies School of Medicine.

A new steering group will be established to oversee the functions of the school and to seek Australian Government support for medical students in the Territory.

CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman AO said the new partnership and establishment of the CDU Menzies School of Medicine would put the necessary steps in place for CDU and Menzies to deliver a medical program for the Territory in coming years.

''Establishing a new School of Medicine and a new Dean cements our plans to deliver and create a home in the Territory for a new medical program,'' Professor Bowman said.

''CDU and Menzies are of and for the Northern Territory, have a deep history and understanding of the Territory and of serving the education needs of Territorians."

''As the Territory's university, we will always put the needs of the Territory and its people first and this is a great initiative to meet the healthcare needs of this incredibly important place.''

NCCTRC Medical Director Professor Dianne Stephens said the postgraduate program would strengthen the emergency response capabilities in the Territory and internationally.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

Graduates from CDU have access to the best employment and career prospects.


The following are some of the university's rankings:

  • CDU is the No.1 Australian university for postgraduate full-time employment outcomes (Good Universities Guide 2022)
  • CDU is ranked the No.2 Australian university for undergraduate full-time employment outcomes (Good Universities Guide 2022)
  • CDU graduates are at least 10 per cent more likely to gain employment than the average university students and earn at least 5 per cent more within four months of graduation (2020 Graduate Outcomes Survey National Report)

CDU students are well equipped with the skills needed when entering the workplace. A testament to this is the large and successful university alumni working across the globe and in various industries. CDU was among Australia's top two universities for undergraduate employment outcomes from 2016 to 2022.

The Northern Territory has a high demand for qualified and skilled workers in engineering, accounting, tourism and hospitality, health, nursing, IT communications, the public services sector, and education.

Students can visit the CDU website for more information on career support and employability at the university.

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Study options

Study options

CDU is a dual-sector university offering students a range of study options from pathways, certificate II courses, diplomas, VET courses through to higher education and research courses, such as PhD programs.

CDU International College

CDU International College and UP Education prepares students for higher education by offering foundation courses, diplomas and preparation courses for postgraduate degrees.


Study options are offered across the university's colleges:

  • College of Engineering, IT & Environment
  • Asia Pacific College of Business & Law
  • College of Health & Human Sciences
  • College of Indigenous Futures, Education and the Arts
  • College of Nursing & Midwifery

Study areas

Some of the study areas students can choose from include:

  • Engineering
  • IT and network engineering
  • Business and accounting
  • Arts and humanities
  • Health science and services
  • Hospitality
  • Laws and legal studies
  • Culinary arts and baking
  • Education
  • Emergency and disaster management
  • Nursing and midwifery
  • Environmental science
  • Psychological science
  • Exercise and sports science
  • Public health
  • Hairdressing and beauty services
  • Social work
  • Indigenous knowledge


CDU offers a range of scholarships for its pathway, vocational education and training, undergraduate, postgraduate, and research programs. CDU rewards scholarships of up to 50 per cent to students with outstanding academic accomplishments and to those who can contribute to creating a positive impact in the world. For more information on scholarships, visit the CDU website.

Entry requirements

To gain admission to CDU, students must meet academic and English language entry requirements.

Visit the CDU website to view academic requirements for courses.

Details about the English entry requirements for CDU courses can be found in the course page under the 'entry requirements' tab.

Students who do not meet the entry requirements for entry to CDU programs can undertake pathway programs at CDU International College.

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Accommodation & safety

Accommodation & safety


Students can choose to live on or off-campus while they study with CDU.

On-campus accommodation

International House Darwin (IHD) – CDU Casuarina Campus

At International House Darwin (IHD), students come together as a community. Some of the facilities include a computer lab, bbq area, free Wi-Fi, games room, and a swimming pool. Students also have 24/7 counselling support and enjoy trips to regional locations including Litchfield National Park and Kakadu. Visit the IHD website for more information.

Alice Springs

The Alice Springs Student Accommodation (ASSA) offers students accommodation at an affordable price and is safe, secure and helps with their social development.

Off-campus accommodation

CDU offers students free advice about off campus accommodation options, tenancy advice and assistance where required.

Student safety

CDU is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all students.

CDU's security are well-trained in first aid and have easy access to first aid kits if there is a need for medical assistance. They are also trained as first responders in the event of any emergency/incident on campus.

The university security officers can help students by escorting them between buildings, local public transport points at several university sites, and campus car parks after hours.

Students can also follow the 'corridors of light' walkways, all of which are placed strategically around the campus. These corridors run from every main building to the car parks.

COVID-19 health and safety

CDU is committed to ensuring that all campuses follow the Chief Health Officer's measures on all aspects relating to COVID-19 health and safety. All on-campus students can be assured that the following measures are in place:

  • Classes on campuses are adopting social distancing
  • Increased cleaning and hand sanitisation stations
  • Staff and students are required to check into locations around CDU campuses for contact tracing

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Industry partnerships

Industry partnerships

CDU provides higher education and vocational education training (VET) - being a dual sector university.

CDU has built a range of strong networks in research and education. It has developed various industry relationships with not-for-profit organisations, professional associations, government-funded research agencies, and regional partnerships.

The university's higher education partners offer students opportunities to gain practical experience. CDU enjoys collaborations for training that are extensive with the regional trades, businesses, and industry.

The university enjoys connections with organisations and universities across the globe, in countries such as:

  • Austria
  • Canada
  • China PRC
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Philippines
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Vietnam

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Research at CDU

Research at CDU

CDU is one of the most research-intensive and innovative teaching universities in Australia. It ranked as a top 100 university globally for its research and impact (Times Higher Education 2020).

The university's research institutes and centres include:

  • Menzies School of Health Research
  • Research Institute for the Environment and Livelihoods
  • Northern Institute
  • Energy and Resources Institute
  • The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre
  • The Australasian Centre for Resilience Implementation for Sustainable Communities

Learn more about research at CDU.

Innovative research universities

CDU belongs to the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) group, a university network dedicated to inclusive excellence in research and teaching in Australia. The IRU members are Charles Darwin University, Flinders University, Griffith University, James Cook University, La Trobe University, Murdoch University, and Western Sydney University. The IRU seeks to promote the partnership between member universities in many areas, including teaching and learning, research, management and leadership training, and internationalisation.

Research excellence

According to the ERA (Research Excellence Rankings Analysis), 82 per cent of CDU's research is rated as world standard and above it enjoys a rating of five in: environmental science and management (4-digit level), medical and health sciences (2-digit level), and ecology (4-digit level). It also has a four at the 2-digit level in: biological sciences, environmental sciences, agricultural and veterinary sciences.

Indigenous research

CDU offers Indigenous education and research across the Northern Institute and The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre.

Research strengths

CDU addresses industry, government, and community priorities by focusing on its research strengths in the areas of environment, health, public policy, social science, First Nations, energy and resources.

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