Graduate Attributes

The University of Adelaide is a research-intensive university that seeks to develop graduates of international distinction by providing high quality education.

The University defines the philosophy underpinning its teaching programs through the graduate attributes. These describe the qualities, knowledge and capabilities that students are encouraged to take responsibility for developing throughout their studies at the University. The graduate attributes are not a list of skills to be mastered; rather, they encapsulate for both students and the wider community the defining characteristics of a student's university degree program(s), and describe a set of characteristics that are designed to be transferable beyond the particular disciplinary context in which they have been developed.

While graduate attributes are fostered in the context of the curriculum, they are also developed within the total university experience as they encourage students to reflect on the broader purpose of their university education.

Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will apply for those students who commence their studies from 1 January 2022.

Graduate Attributes and Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcomes and their links to the graduate attributes are uploaded in the University’s PeopleSoft system, allowing achievement of the learning outcomes and graduate attributes to be recorded on students’ official University record via the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS).

For programs with a duration of one year or less, areas should map Graduate Attributes which can be achieved within the length of the program and aligned with the program learning outcomes. The following programs will therefore not require to have program learning outcomes which cover all Graduate Attributes: Diploma, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, and one-year Honours (which are not embedded within a Bachelor degree).