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Edith Cowan University

Established:  1991

Location:  Joondalup (Perth); Mount Lawley (Perth); South West (Bunbury)

Student population:  Approx 28,500

CRICOS:  00279B

TEQSA:  PRV12160

ECU is one of Australia’s youngest universities, named after one of Australia’s most inspiring women. We believe that human creativity, combined with the inspiration of learning, has the power to transform lives and create a better world.

We teach the skills sought by industries and employers worldwide, such as creative thinking and problem-solving.

ECU continues to grow its academic reputation, maintaining its position as one of the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years old in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2023.

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At ECU, courses are designed in consultation with industry and have a solid focus on hands-on learning experiences including project-based collaborations, internships and practicum. These develop critical thinking, solidify skills, and build the professional networks that are so vital for future career success. ECU offers more than 250 courses across eight schools and study areas:

  • School of Arts and Humanities
  • School of Business and Law
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering
  • School of Medical and Health Sciences
  • School of Science
  • School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)

World-class facilities


ECU invests heavily in facilities to ensure its students develop their technical skills, hone their talents and become masters of their craft.

Security Operations Centre (SOC)
ECU computing and technology students get first-hand experience in detecting, monitoring, and responding to cyber security threats working in the largest Security Operations Centre in the Southern Hemisphere.
Securities and Markets Analytics and Research Teaching Lab (SMART Lab)
Business students have access to real-time, global financial market data and dual screen terminals. Thomson Reuters Refinitiv Eikon software gives them the skills to succeed as world-ready graduates in a fast-paced, globalised economy.
Teacher education professional experience
ECU has been at the forefront of teacher education for over 100 years and is the largest teaching school in Western Australia. We offer courses in early childhood, primary and secondary education.
Nursing and midwifery wards
Our 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.
Giant Super Labs
ECU’s A$48 million science building houses high-tech labs in a 2,500sqm space over two floors. The outside of the building features the world’s largest Periodic Table!
ECU is the first university in the world to have a Spielgeltent, or mirror tent, known as The Edith. This performance venue hosts many WAAPA events and is often used during Perth Fringe World Festival, an annual highlight in the city’s entertainment calendar.

Five-star experience


ECU graduates have again given us a 5-star rating for teaching quality in the 2023 Good Universities Guide. This outstanding rating has now been achieved for 16 years in a row. The same report also rated ECU at 5 stars for undergraduate overall experience, skills development, student support, learning resources and learner engagement. For the second time, ECU has been rated 5 stars for postgraduate overall experience, as well as skills development, learning resources, student support and teaching quality. ECU continues to be highly regarded internationally in the following academic disciplines:

  •  Sports-related subjects: Ranked 33 (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023)
  • Nursing: Ranked in the world’s top 150 (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023
  • Performing arts: Ranked in top 100 (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023)



    ECU is named after Edith Dircksey Cowan, who in 1921 became the first woman to be elected to an Australian parliament. She was a passionate advocate for education and women’s rights. ECU is proud to continue her work by striving towards a more equitable world.

    ECU campus locations


    Our main campus is the Joondalup Campus, 25 minutes’ train ride north from Perth Central Station, and just five minutes’ walk from Joondalup station. Students can also take the free CAT (Central Area Transit) bus from the station to ECU.

    ECU Mount Lawley is only six kilometres from the Perth CBD and can be reached from the city by bus in 10-15 minutes. Known for its creative, artistic environment, the Mount Lawley campus is home to WAAPA. Most arts and humanities courses are taught here.
    ECU also has a regional campus in Bunbury, located around 200 km south of Perth. ECU South West offers a range of courses in subjects including nursing, science, teacher education, business, social work and health science.

    Subject focus: Cyber security at ECU


    ECU is home to Australia’s largest cyber security research and education programme and is considered a world leader in this subject. ECU is a pioneer of cyber security education in Australia, with over 15 years of experience delivering specialised cyber courses, and as home to an Academic Centre Of Excellence and two Security Operations Centres (SOC) which are the largest in the southern hemisphere found within a university. Two of ECU’s academic staff are also members of Interpol’s Cyber Crime Experts Group.

    Think you can hack it? With global demand for cyber security professionals continuing to grow, now is the perfect time to study cyber security and position yourself to take advantage of strong career opportunities within Australia and around the world.

    Undergraduate courses:

    • Bachelor of Science (Cyber Security)
    • Bachelor of Counter Terrorism Security and Intelligence
    • Bachelor of Science (Cybercrime, Security and Intelligence)
    • Bachelor of Computing and Security Honours

    Postgraduate courses

    • Master of Cyber Security
    • Master of Computing and Security by Research
    • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

    Many of ECU’s cyber security courses are accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS)