How to apply
In most cases, credit will applied upon admission and will be noted in your offer letter. Please proceed to the FAQs below. If that’s not the case, please submit a web form to apply for Transfer Credit after reading the below information.
Students are expected to apply for Transfer Credit or Exemption PRIOR to commencing their studies at UNSW. Applications received after the commencement of the current term may be rejected.
It’s only possible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning of the foundation-level courses listed below.
Have a look at the 'Topics Covered' document to ensure the knowledge covered at the host institution is comparable to the topics covered here at UNSW.
What to include in your application
It’s important to have the right documentation as submissions without them will be denied. To ensure your application is processed smoothly, please ensure you submit supporting documentation as follows:
Prior Studies (all courses)
Applications based on prior studies must include:
- Official Transcript
- Official Course Outline - must be directly equivalent to the up-to-date contents of the UNSW course
Professional Experience (GSOE9820 only)
Note that Recognition of Prior Learning requests for Postgraduate Engineering Project Management (GSO9820) based on Professional Experience will only be assessed for Exemptions (0 UOC) and application must include:
1. CV or Resume
The following items must be included for consideration:
- Job Title
- Company of Employment
- Duration of Employment
- A description of the project
2. Certified written statement
The following items must be included for consideration:
- Details of the student's management of the project
- Duration of the project in hours
- Definition of the scope of the project within an Engineering context
- The statement must be verified by the supervisor*
*The supervisor must be contactable to verify authenticity of the document, the following details must be enclosed within the statement:
- Supervisor name
- Supervisor position
- Supervisor work email address (e.g. @unsw.edu.au, @google.com etc.)
- Supervisor phone number
- Signature and/ or verification
Applications will be rejected where the statement is vague (e.g. “I organised budget and resources”) or an employer recommendation was provided without detail of the project specified (e.g. “I support this person’s application for credit”). Applications must detail the specific actions and tasks performed to successfully complete the project.
Applications won’t be accepted where the course outline was translated from an unofficial source or appears to be self-written. If your Transcript or Course Outline is not in English, it must be officially translated. Please refer to the UNSW document certification page for more information.
Students will be disqualified from credit if found to have plagiarised any content in their submission and reported to the relevant authority for further action.
The UNSW Student Code provides a framework for the standard of conduct expected of UNSW students with respect to their academic integrity and behaviour. Where a student breaches the Student Code with respect to academic integrity the University may take disciplinary action under the Student Misconduct Procedure.
Removal of Recognition of Prior Learning
If you request the removal of Recognition of Prior Learning and it’s approved, you won’t be eligible to have them reinstated under any circumstances.
Frequently Asked Questions
My transfer credit has been approved. What do I need to do now?
If you’ve been approved for transfer credit in one of the seven foundation level topics which form prerequisites for most higher-level electives, you should take care to ensure that your skills are up to date, and your background and/or experience matches the assumed knowledge expected of you. While we have made every effort to ensure that our assessment is accurate, you’re ultimately responsible for your own enrolment and you should seek advice immediately if you have any concerns about your ability to study higher level material.
Computer Science and Engineering courses are taught at a faster pace than at many other institutions, and often in leading edge technologies and applications. Many students overestimate their abilities and put themselves at risk in their attempt to complete the degree in a shorter timeframe.
Failure in one course will place you on probation; failure in more than three courses will lead to your exclusion from all postgraduate UNSW programs without automatic re-admission.
My transfer credit/exemptions have not been approved. What do I do now?
If your transfer credit has not been approved, you can submit an appeal in writing by responding to the email with your outcome. You must outline the reasons why you think the decision should be overturned and you may provide additional documentation if appropriate.
If the decision to deny your credit request is upheld, you may submit a further appeal to the UNSW Student Integrity Unit. You can find details on the procedure on the UNSW Student website.
What is the 12 UOC ADK Exemption (COMP8552)?
12 UOC Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge (ADK) Exemption means that instead of being required to take 36 UOC (6) ADK courses, you now only need to complete 24 UOC (4) ADK courses. However, please note that these are exemptions, not credit. Exemptions means that you’ll still need to complete 96 units of credit required of the Masters program and your program length has not been reduced.
Does the 12 UOC ADK Exemption apply to me?
The 12 UOC ADK exemption does not apply to you if:
- You’re in the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (5543). Upon successful articulation, the reduction will apply provided you do not receive more than 12 UOC Transfer Credit
- You’ve already received more than 12 UOC Transfer Credit (your degree has been reduced by more than 12 UOC – 2 courses). This is because your ADK requirement has already been reduced and is calculated according to the ADK table