Edith Cowan University

Joondalup (Perth); Mount Lawley (Perth); South West (Bunbury)
Student Population: 
Over 30,000
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Established in 1991, Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a modern university with exceptional facilities and is highly-ranked for teaching quality and student experience.

In the 2019 QILT (Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching), ECU received the top teaching quality rating of all public universities in Australia – for the fourth year in a row.

The University has also been given five-star ratings for teaching quality over the past twelve years, along with consistently high ratings for overall education experience and skills development, by the Good Universities Guide.

The University is home to more than 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and welcomes close to 6,000 international students to its campuses each year. Those students originate from more than 100 countries.

The University is named after the pioneering politician Edith Dircksey Cowan, who in 1921 became the  first woman to be elected to Australia’s parliament. Edith Dircksey Cowan was a passionate advocate for education and for women’s rights. ECU is proud to be the only Australian university named after a woman.


ECU courses are delivered on its three campuses: Joondalup and Mount Lawley in metropolitan Perth and the South West Campus at Bunbury.

ECU's main campus is in Joondalup, part of a significant learning precinct north of the Perth central business district. Joondalup is located 25 minutes’ train ride from Perth Central Station, and the campus is just five minutes’ walk from Joondalup station. Alternatively, students can take the free CAT (Central Area Transit) bus from the station to ECU. The modern campus is renowned for its state-of-the art facilities, award-winning architecture and spacious, green surroundings.

ECU Mount Lawley campus is just six kilometres from the Perth CBD, and can be reached from the city by bus in 10-15 minutes. This medium-sized boutique campus is the home of the School of Arts and Humanities and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, and is a unique artistic and creative hub.

ECU also has a regional campus in Bunbury, 200km south of Perth. It is the largest regional university campus in Western Australia. The South West Campus offers a range of courses across nursing, science, teaching, engineering, business, social work and health science.

Programmes at ECU

ECU offers more than 250 courses across eight Schools: Medical and Health Sciences; Engineering; Arts and Humanities; Education; Business and Law; Nursing and Midwifery; Science; and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. ECU programme highlights include:

● Teacher education The School of Education is the most popular and longest-established school of its kind in Western Australia, regularly producing award-winning teachers.

● Arts and Humanities Most programmes are offered at the Mount Lawley Campus, renowned for its creative and artistic environment. ECU has been ranked #2 in Australia for creative arts (QILT 2019).

● Sports Science ECU has been ranked among the top 25 universities worldwide for sports science by the 2018 Shanghai Rankings.

● Cyber Security ECU is recognised as a national leader in cyber security training and research, and is the home of Australian Cyber Security Cooperation Research Centre.

● Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts WAAPA is considered one of the world’s leading performing arts academies, with Hugh Jackman among its famous alumni.


ECU Village offers modern student accommodation on all campuses, including swimming pools, student lounges and BBQ areas. Accommodation is close to public transport and sporting and fitness facilities.

Perth – lifestyle of a lifetime!

ECU is in Perth, renowned for its year-round outdoor lifestyle. Consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world, Perth boasts a Mediterranean climate, similar to Los Angeles or southern Spain, and some of the most iconic beaches in Australia. A city of two million people, Perth offers big city attractions, yet retains a small town friendliness.

Business stars are made at ECU

The School of Business and Law at ECU offers students up-to-date theoretical knowledge and essential employability skills to help them succeed in a variety of complex, competitive and dynamic global business environments.


The School delivers an exciting mix of courses that are developed in consultation with industry groups and combine the latest theory with hands-on, practical experience. Undergraduate students can study the Bachelor of Commerce, choosing from our 14 unique majors. Postgraduate students can opt for the Master of Business Administration, which has 15 exciting specialisations, including cyber security studies, project management, finance, entrepreneurship and innovation and many more.

Supportive lecturers and world-leading resources allow our students to learn to apply contemporary software to solve industry relevant problems. The ECU SMART Lab, Digital Hub, and the Centre for Business and Development all give students proficiency in a wide range of software that is vital to today’s businessperson, including Salesforce, Adobe, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters Eikon.

There are a variety of placement opportunities incorporated within our programmes, which allow students to apply their knowledge and practical skills within a professional work environment, and grow their industry networks.

Real-life training for future nurses

ECU has the largest school of nursing in Western Australia.

The School is passionate about innovation in teaching and learning for nurses and midwives, enhancing their capacity to professionally and competently contribute to improved healthcare outcomes for our communities. Our programmes include online learning technologies and dynamic practicum placements, and have been developed with extensive industry engagement to ensure current, responsive and informed curricula influenced by world-leading research.

ECU’s state-of-the-art health and wellness building incorporates high and low fidelity simulated practice wards for both nursing and midwifery that provide a safe, authentic environment for clinical skills development. These provide students with the opportunity for experimental hands-on practice, learning skills in a variety of simulated scenarios, and designed to increase the confidence and competence of the students.

The wards include 81 beds that simulate the real world healthcare environment, and two dedicated midwifery practice areas. Research programmes at the School of Nursing and Midwifery focus on improving health and well-being across the lifespan, and on quality and safety of healthcare. They are recognised as being ‘well above world standard’ and have consistently received the maximum rating (5) for quality through the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) framework. ECU collaborates with world-class researchers, and excels in research programmes in chronic disease management, childbirth and young people, and safety and quality of healthcare.

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