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All About Victoria University

 Written by Caromes, March 2018

Victoria University (VU) was founded in 1916 as Footscray Technical School. After successive mergers with TAFE colleges across Melbourne's western suburbs, Victoria University of Technology was established in 1990 and renamed Victoria University in 2005.

Today, VU is one of the largest and most culturally diverse educational institutions in Australia, and one of only six multi-sector universities offering vocational education (TAFE) and higher education courses. They are ranked in the world’s top 2% (350) of universities, no.56 of world’s top 200 universities under 50 years and no.19 of world’s 50 best Gen Y universities (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017/2018).
VU courses are taught across 8 campuses in Melbourne, 3 of them are located in the central business district, and 5 are in the west of Melbourne, which are all accessible by trains.

Dermal Science

Victoria University offers the only Bachelor of Dermal Sciences in English Speaking Country. The course will help you to develop a comprehensive foundation knowledge in all areas of dermal science and the skills to perform safe and effective dermal treatments. Dermal procedures covered include a range of laser and light-based treatments, resurfacing procedures, lymphatic procedures. You will also learn how to provide pre and post-operative care for clients who have undergone plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic procedures.

Students will gain full membership into the Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians. Many employers will only take on Bachelor trained clinicians. Becoming an allied health care professional also often requires a University Qualification. During the course you will undertake clinical training in a variety of settings at VU’s own dermal clinic, students will practice:

  • wound healing
  • Scarring
  • pre/post-operative skin care
  • fluid retention 
  • inflammatory conditions
  • skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and rosacea
  • uneven skin tone and pigmentation


Osteopathy is a form of manual healthcare which recognises the important link between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopaths focus on how the skeleton, joints, muscles, nerves, circulation, connective tissue and internal organs function as a holistic unit.

Osteopaths use a model of therapy that places a lot of significance on understanding the psychosocial aspects of an ongoing injury- as well as the biological aspects. This is a direction that is increasingly being validated by research into musculoskeletal issues like arthritis, persistent pain, overuse injuries and headache.

Osteopaths are mostly interested in really searching for and understanding the cause of the issue- and where it’s possible to pin it down, we will do so as much as possible. For example, this often means Osteopaths will be looking at your pelvis with a knee complaint, or your neck and your workstation with a recurring back problem. This approach means we can often pick up things that might be missed by more reductionist approaches.

To register with the Osteopaths Registration Board of Australia (OBA) as an allied health professional, you need to complete both the Bachelor and Master in Osteopathy. Victoria University offers one of the three dual qualifications (Bachelor + Master) in Australia. You'll gain valuable work experience treating real patients at our Osteopathy Clinics at City Flinders and Werribee campuses, as well as external community clinical engagements.

Architectural Engineering

Architectural engineers apply the latest scientific knowledge and technologies to the design of buildings. They combine structural and environmental building engineering with architectural creativity. Victoria University’s Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Architectural Engineering) covers the processes behind constructing safe buildings, with an emphasis on sustainable design. It encompasses elements of other engineering disciplines, including mechanical, electrical and fire protection. Gain the expertise needed to integrate structural systems into architects’ plans, meeting project design, safety and environmental goals.

What differentiates architectural engineering from architecture (architect) as a separate and single, integrated field of study, compared to other engineering disciplines, is its multi-disciplinary engineering approach. Through training in and appreciation of architecture, the field seeks integration of building systems within its overall building design. Architectural engineering includes the design of building systems including heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, fire protection, electrical, lighting, architectural acoustics, and structural systems.

Electrical and Sports Engineering

VU offers the only Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Sports Engineering) in Australia. This course responds to the industry's latest demand for electrical engineers that understand human user requirements, can design next-generation wearable technologies and can confidently analyse data to provide the winning edge.

You will gain professional engineering skills and training to design electronic instrumentation and equipment for sports, as well as monitoring solutions to enhance athlete performance, minimise the risk of sports injury and improve rehabilitation.

You will strongly engage with industry through:

  • Industry network of local and international academic institutions
  • Local sports businesses (for example Racesafe Australia, Ventou Sports, and Autocoach Pty Ltd).
  • Engagement takes place through real projects embedded throughout the course, final year capstone projects and work experience/internships.

Applied Finance

While Actuarial Sciences is well known to a lot of students, if you are interested in analysing data and resolving financial problems, Applied Finance could be another area you should consider. By studying Bachelor of Commerce major in Applied Finance at VU, you could work as a Finance Analyst.

Actuaries more commonly work in insurance, and they do things such as determine how risky an insurance policy is or how much it should cost. Financial analysts typically focus on investment strategies. Financial analysts can be involved in a range of tasks that may include talking to clients, reviewing their financial plans and goals and then recommending investments that are suitable towards the needs of the clients'. Their work may also involve determining the security of different investment options.

Enterprise Resource Planning System (ERP)

ERP is business process management software that allows an organization to use a system of integrated applications to manage the business and automate many back office functions related to technology, services, and human resources.

ERP software typically integrates all facets of an operation — including product planning, development, manufacturing, sales, and marketing — in a single database, application and user interface. In practice, this means that employees in different divisions, for instance, with sales orders automatically flowing into the financial system without any manual re-keying, the order management department can process orders more quickly and accurately, and the finance department can close the books faster.

VU is the only Australian university offers ERP course on master level, it’s also the only university partner of SAP, the no.1 ERP market shareholder in the world.

VU ERP students have been given an industry project from AusNet Services, Victoria’s largest energy delivery service business. AusNet owns and operates approximately $11 billion of electricity and gas transmission and distribution assets.

VU is also the only Australian university that is facilitated with SAP’s next-gen lab. With a SAP Next-Gen Lab, students can showcase startups with corporations seeking to seed in disruptive innovation, educate industry partners with skills for digital futures, and connect students with companies recruiting next generation leaders.

Notice: The article is published with the permission by Victoria University.

Content belongs to Simone Zheng (Regional Recruitment Manager).

All photos belong to Victoria University.

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