Edith Cowan University


Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a large, multi‐campus institution with two Perth metropolitan campuses at Mount Lawley and Joondalup, and serves Western Australia’s South West Region from a campus at Bunbury.

Granted university status in 1991, Edith Cowan University is a university that offers innovative and practical courses. The university has a vibrant research culture with high quality researchers and research partners, and a strong emphasis on collaboration.

ECU focuses on working within the community and business and government organizations to solve real-world problems.  Courses are developed in consultation with industry, and teaching staff have extensive industry experience. ECU students can expect placement opportunities, field work, practicums and networking events.

ECU offers more than 300 courses across a broad range of disciplines including: Business; Communications and Arts; Education; Engineering; Environmental Science; Health; Law and Justice; Nursing; and Sports Science. Many courses are offered online.

ECU’s research excellence is based on collaboration and engagement with a range of local, national and international partners, including state and federal governments, industry and other universities.  The school’s focus is on research that will extend knowledge and improve the quality of life for Australians and people across the globe. The university’s research priorities focus on solving social, economic, environmental and cultural issues, through high impact research in areas of national strategic importance.


The university was named after Edith Dircksey Cowan (1861-1932), the first woman to be elected to an Australian Parliament.  Her life was dedicated to social reform and the belief that education was the key to growth, change and improvement in society. Her example informs ECU’s values as we pride ourselves in developing capable graduates who lead engaged and productive lives in their communities.

  • Purpose: To further develop valued citizens for the benefit of Western Australia and beyond, through teaching and research inspired by engagement and partnerships.
  • Vision: For students, staff and graduates to be highly regarded internationally as ethical and engaged contributors to more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous communities.
  • University values:
  • Integrity – behaving ethically and pursuing rigorous intellectual positions. Respect – valuing individual differences and diversity. Rational inquiry – motivated by evidence and reasoning. Personal excellence – striving to realize potential.
Strategic Priorities:

To create positive outcomes in communities through mutually beneficial engagement. To deliver accessible world-class education and an enriching student experience. To enhance the personal and professional outcomes of graduates. To strengthen research capability, capacity, translation and impact. To enhance organizational resilience, sustainability and reputation.

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At Edith Cowan University (ECU), we understand that choosing a career is a challenging and important decision. In determining your area of study, my advice is to consider your interests and ambitions, what motivates you, and what will challenge you. If further guidance is needed, our supportive staff are available to talk to you about what courses may be compatible with your interests, as well as provide information on the different pathways available to you to pursue your ambitions.

ECU provides the ideal learning environment for people to reach their potential. Located in Western Australia, our industry-relevant teaching and research, supportive study environment and award-winning facilities help prepare our students to become valuable contributors to the wellbeing and sustainability of our communities, both locally and internationally. In addition to developing important academic and professional skills, you will make new and possibly life-long friends, whilst enjoying the welcoming culture and friendly environment.


Obtaining an ECU postgraduate degree is an excellent way to gain further qualifications, expand your range of career options and professional networks, and to better compete in your chosen area of specialisation.

Our Higher Degree by Research courses put you at the cutting edge of your field and can lead to employment within academia or in other professions that draw on research, training and experience.  All of ECU’s programs are designed to meet national and international industry standards and requirements. Our teaching staff have extensive industry experience and networks. It’s why ECU students can expect to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to meet the challenges of today’s workplace.

When you take into consideration our extensive range of postgraduate courses, high quality and supportive staff, and entry pathways that recognise your professional experience, you’ll realise that nothing can stop you reaching your potential.

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