We have seven campuses located in Australia, plus an international campus in Rome, Italy.
With options to study full-time or part-time, you can choose how much time you dedicate to study each semester. Work through your course as a full-time student, or take fewer subjects and complete your course part-time at your own pace – the choice is yours.
Depending on your course, you may be able to study on campus, online or even a combination of both. Some courses can also be delivered in an intensive mode on weekends, helping you juggle work and family as well as study.
We love community engagement, so as a student you'll have the opportunity to take part in volunteer and community engagement activities. Give back to your community while gaining invaluable practical experience.
We understand the best way for students to get ahead is with hands-on, practical experience. All our courses offer work placements or internships with leading companies, or volunteering opportunities. Many include practical experience as a course requirement.
At ACU, you'll get to explore your subject with world-leading academics and researchers.
Senior Lecturer, School of Allied Health
Dr Klaus Gebel's main research area is the relationship between built environments and physical activity. Dr Gebel has studied and worked at seven universities in three countries and has received multiple scholarships and awards.
Through the media, his 2015 paper in JAMA Internal Medicine on how different proportions of moderate and vigorous physical activity affect mortality reached more than 1.1 billion people. He was also invited to present the findings from this study in a TEDx talk. Recently, Dr Gebel co-edited the book Walking — connecting sustainable transport with health, which brings together experts from urban planning, transportation and public health.
National Head, School of Arts
Professor Michael Ondaatje is the National Head of the School of Arts, and a Research Associate at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.
He was awarded his PhD with distinction from the University of Western Australia in 2008, and his thesis on African-American conservatism was recognised with the Robert Street Prize for the most outstanding PhD across all of the university's disciplines.
In 2012 the Australian Academy of the Humanities awarded him the Max Crawford Medal — 'Australia’s most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities'.
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Law and Business, and Director of the Centre for Sustainable Human Resource Management and Wellbeing
Professor Michael Fischer is a world-renowned expert in leading and mobilising organisational change in research-intensive organisations in the healthcare industry. He holds a PhD from Imperial College London and was previously senior faculty at the University of Oxford and King's College London.
He has led major research grants projects, focused on the leadership of research-based innovation, transformational change and impact in the healthcare industry. He specialises in ethnographic and longitudinal case studies, studying interactions between informal and formal aspects of organisational life.
National Head, School of Education
Professor Elizabeth Labone is the National Head of the School of Education. Her field of expertise is education psychology and she is an internationally recognised scholar in the area of teacher efficacy.
Professor Labone has worked in teacher education for more than 25 years. Her recent projects include a large multi-state study of the engagement and retention of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds, and a review of resilience in school leaders.
Senior Lecturer, Exercise Science
As one of Australia's leading sports scientists, Dr Craig Duncan's innovative and holistic approach to player management has enabled high performance teams to achieve greater success and lower athlete injury rates.
With more than 20 years of experience in the sporting arena, Dr Duncan is a highly qualified sports scientist who has worked extensively as a strength and conditioning coach, performance analyst and high performance manager. He provides his services to a number of elite sporting teams and is Head of Sport Science for Football Federation Australia. His expertise was instrumental in steering the team which saw the Socceroos win the 2015 Asian Cup.
In 2014, Craig was recognised as Exercise and Sport Science Australia's (ESSA) Sport Scientist of the Year.
Thomas More Law School
Dr Kunle Ola is a lawyer with an academic, legal, regulatory, enforcement and administrative background. He started his formal legal career at the Corporate Affairs Commission in Nigeria and then joined a private law firm as a partner.
Dr Ola has represented Nigeria on several UN specialised committees including the Standing Committee for Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), the WIPO General Assembly and the WIPO Committee for Development in Intellectual Property (CDIP). He has extensive international legal experience, and a passion for sharing this with his students at ACU.
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine/Mental Health Nursing Research Unit
Professor Kim Foster joined ACU in 2016 as Professor of Mental Health Nursing and leader of the Mental Health Nursing Research Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Her role is to conduct high quality collaborative research with mental health nurses, consumers, carers, and multidisciplinary colleagues that translates into effective care and improves the wellbeing and outcomes of mental health consumers and carers.
Her main areas of research have been co-associated physical and mental health, children and families with challenging physical and/or mental health conditions, and the mental health workforce's capacity to provide quality care.
Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
Dr Paul Fulbrook is Professor of Nursing at ACU. He also holds a joint appointment as Nursing Director, Research and Practice Development at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane where he leads the Nursing Research and Practice Development Centre.
Within the critical care context he has widely published, spoken at many international and national conferences, and is currently involved with several research projects in intensive care and emergency care.
Senior Lecturer and Head of the School of Philosophy
Dr Richard Colledge has been Head of the School of Philosophy since 2011, and teaches across various areas in contemporary philosophy and the history of philosophy.
His research and publications address several areas, including (mainly German) phenomenology and hermeneutics, the history of metaphysics, the philosophy of religion, as well as questions in meta-philosophy, and philosophical psychology. He is currently working on a book manuscript on the idea of the real in the writings of Martin Heidegger.
School of Psychology
Associate Professor Leah Brennan specialises in the application of psychology approaches to understanding and treating eating, weight and body image concerns. She is particularly interested in the development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based interventions for the treatment in these areas.
Associate Professor Brennan works closely with a range of hospital, community and private treatment services to maximise the impact of her research.
Dr Cliff Seery is an ecotoxicologist and lecturer in environmental science with experience in research, teaching and consulting.
His research interests lie primarily in the field of aquatic toxicology, and as such, he is passionate about developing new means with which we are able to assess and monitor the impacts of pollution. He also undertakes research that aids our understanding of the environmental harm caused by emerging contaminants and changing climates.
Deputy Head of School, Allied Health and Associate Discipline Lead, Social Work
Associate Professor Gabrielle Drake is a recognised expert in the areas of social policy, mental health, disability, children’s wellbeing, homelessness, and housing pathways. Associate Professor Drake is an experienced chief investigator with extensive expertise in qualitative and mixed methods projects. She has twenty years practice experience spanning a variety of roles and practice settings including community and public sector management, strategic policy and reform, direct practice and oversight.
Dr Maeve Louise Heaney is Director of Theological Formation for Ministry in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy. As a theologian, musician and composer, she interweaves the fields of theological aesthetics, spirituality and the arts.
She is a consecrated missionary of a Catholic Institute for Consecrated Life, the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity. She completed her bachelor in theology at the Instituto Teológico San Pablo Apóstol, in Madrid, affiliated to the Pontifical Urbanian University, and her licentiate and doctorate at the Pontifical Gregorian University, in Rome.
Professor of Speech Pathology
Professor Paul Carding has 25 years of senior clinical experience in voice disorders working in a national centre of excellence in Newcastle upon Tyne (UK). He has secured around $6 million in funded research grants and has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles, three books and nine book chapters. He has also supervised more than 20 PhD and masters students to completion.
Professor Carding’s main research areas are the diagnosis and treatment of voice disorders related to cancer and neurological disease and also vocal misuse/abuse.
Deputy Head of School, Allied Health (North Sydney) and Discipline Lead, Occupational Therapy
Associate Professor Elspeth Froude is a registered occupational therapist leading the occupational therapy program at ACU. Her research interests include the areas cerebral palsy, developmental coordination disorder, autism, and knowledge translation.
Associate Professor Froude has extensive practice experience in working with children and families and in leadership roles in higher education and the occupational therapy profession. She is passionate about educating health professionals of the future, and engaging in research that makes a positive difference to children and families living with disability.
New places. Great people. Amazing experiences. Your time with us should have them all. That's why we offer a huge range of international opportunities so you can jet-set while you get set for your career. Learn more.
With more than 200 partner organisations, international opportunities at ACU are extraordinary.
Whether you want to travel for a few weeks or for a few months, we've got you covered. You can choose from a variety of programs, including semester-based exchange, professional placements, faculty-led study tours and community engagement experiences.
As an ACU student, you'll be entitled to a university travel grant to help cover the cost of travel for approved international activities.
With a range of placement and volunteer opportunities around the world, you could find yourself teaching children in Vanuatu, assisting in a community organisation in Cambodia, or working with a welfare agency in Florence.