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Want to find out more about UNSW Sydney? Discover what programs we offer, learn more about entry requirements and read about what financial assistance options are available in the FAQs below.
At UNSW, we don’t have prerequisite courses. Instead, we have assumed knowledge.
This means that your academics will teach you assuming that you have studied certain subjects (or equivalent). Receiving an offer to study at UNSW is not dependent on you having studied that subject, we will only look at your Selection Rank (your raw ATAR plus any Adjustment Factors you may be eligible for).
Bridging courses are a great way to bring you up to speed before you start your degree. At UNSW we offer bridging courses in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. The Undergraduate Guide lists assumed knowledge for each degree.
There are three adjustment factor schemes at UNSW available for domestic high school leavers:
Adjustment factors can add points to your ATAR to increase your selection rank, and across all three of these schemes, a cumulative maximum of 12 points can be used toward your 2023 admission. Not every degree is eligible under each scheme, hence it’s important to note which ones you might be eligible for and which ones require additional applications.
UNSW has the Gateway Early Conditional Offer Scheme, which is for domestic students who attend a Gateway Partner School or have a home address which is in the lowest 25% of socio-economic advantage in Australia according to SEIFA criteria. When you apply for your undergraduate admission, UAC will let you know whether you meet the criteria.
The Gateway Admission Pathway is an early conditional offer to UNSW for Year 12 students that is administered through the UAC Schools Recommendation Scheme. Your application will be assessed on the basis of your personal statement and your school’s ratings of your aptitudes and performance in relevant areas of study. If your application is successful, you will receive an early conditional offer with an ATAR entry requirement up to 15 points lower than the advertised Guaranteed Entry rank. Once you receive an ATAR result that is the same or higher than the requirement set for you in your early conditional offer, you’ll receive a firm offer to that UNSW degree, provided it is your highest eligible preference.
Applications for 2022 early conditional offers are now closed. If you were eligible but missed the application deadline, we recommend applying for UAC’s Education Access Scheme, where you may be eligible for up to 10 adjustment factors for any UNSW degree.
Double degrees allow you to focus on two areas of expertise, giving you more knowledge, skills, and career options. And despite the name, it doesn’t mean double the time or workload. Because you’ll only complete the core courses from each degree, you’ll graduate sooner. For example, the Bachelor of Commerce is 3 years, and the Bachelor of Arts is 3 years. If studied in combination, the overall duration is 4 years, and you’ll graduate with two certificates to recognise the two qualifications you’ve earned.
A double degree allows students to find their niche, having the option to choose from complementary or contrasting degrees to give you sought-after knowledge and skills. They will also give you an edge in the job market over other graduates as you will be able to bring unique skillsets and approach problems in new ways.
Please note not all degrees are compatible, and double degrees vary in length from 4 – 6.7 years. For a full list of compatible degrees and duration, please explore the UNSW Degree Finder.
A major is an area that you choose to study in-depth during your degree to become your area of specialisation. For example, if you choose to study the Bachelor of Science, you may decide to complete a major in genetics and hence you would graduate with a Bachelor of Science (Genetics). You will complete a sequence of courses to meet the requirements for your major and be recognised as having that specialised knowledge.
A minor is a shorter sequence of courses and will give you some level of specialisation in a given area, however not at the level of a major. Many degrees, though not all, will require you to select at least one major, and many generalist degrees will also offer you the opportunity to complete a minor. For information regarding the approved majors for our courses, you can check the Undergraduate Guide.
The newly built Light Rail service has made UNSW more accessible than ever. If you are coming from Central Station or the CBD you can catch either the L2 Randwick service to the UNSW High St stop, opposite our Gate 9 entrance, or the L3 Kingsford service to the UNSW Anzac Parade stop, located at the Lower Campus entrance.
There are also several bus services that you can catch to campus. If you need to travel between the Kensington and Paddington campuses, you can catch UNSW’s Courtesy Bus during term.
Yes! UNSW’s Careers and Employment office will link you with potential employers and help you develop the skills you need for your career beyond the classroom. They offer job opportunities, application resources, career planning and networking events to expand your future career path. The UNSW Careers and Employment service is available for up to 18 months following your graduation.
Visit UNSW Careers for more information.
UNSW offers a range of apartments and colleges. For a complete guide, please visit the Accommodation website where you can find out the locations, costs, amenities, support services and information on how to apply. Feel free to contact the UNSW Student Accommodation team at firstname.lastname@example.org or on +61 2 9385 4346 to have a chat about your options.
If you want to get an idea of the day-to-day costs of living in Sydney, please see this handy Cost-of-Living guide.
There are a number of different scholarships available to high school leavers including merit, sporting, rural and equity scholarships. Check your eligibility for different programs at UNSW Scholarships.
A notable scholarship offered by UNSW is The Co-op Program - a specific career development scholarship program available in select degrees, that enables students to form life changing connections. Co-op students undertake up to 18 months of relevant experience with industry sponsors in a series of diverse placements during their studies. Students who secure a place in the Co-op Program are awarded a tax-free scholarship of $19,600 per year, guaranteed for four years.
The application process is competitive, please refer to the Co-op Program website for further information. Please note that only domestic applicants are eligible to apply.
Equity Scholarships are awarded to students from low socio-economic backgrounds and require a separate application via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Application deadlines are dependent on offer rounds. Visit UAC's key dates calendar for up-to-date information.
UNSW Scholarships and Co-op Program Scholarships for the 2022 intake are now closed. Applications for the 2023 intake will open July next year.
UNSW offers an extensive range of extra-curricular activities for students of all walks of life. These include joining clubs and societies, sporting teams or volunteering programs run by UNSW’s student organisation, Arc.
Clubs and societies are an excellent way to get social, get active and make the most of your time at uni.
There are 300 clubs and societies built around areas such as culture, sport, hobbies and degrees. So, you’re spoilt for choice! For a full list of clubs and to check out more about Arc, visit the Arc website. If you think there’s something missing, you can even start your own club!
UNSW also has a fantastic sporting community spanning all levels, from social competitions all the way up to Olympic level. We offer an abundance of charity and philanthropic opportunities you can be a part of throughout your degree. To find out more about the social side of university, visit Arc.
With the latest easing of COVID-19 restrictions, we're still monitoring the evolving situation closely. The Australian and NSW public health efforts, as well as UNSW safety measures, mean that if you choose to study on campus it can be social, lively and safe, while enjoying all the benefits of face to face learning.
We plan to still offer many face-to-face classes in Term 2, especially where the in-person experience is more critical to learning or where it is harder to replicate online. Classes in Term 2, 2022 will be on campus where possible – if you can attend these classes in person, we encourage you to do so. It’s a great way to build the connections that will help shape the rest of your uni experience.
Read our article about what you can expect for more information.
There are two ways of applying for a postgraduate degree at UNSW. While for the majority of programs you can apply through our Apply Online portal, some programs require an application through Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)
Application for programs within the School of Population Health, Juris Doctor and the Master of Teaching (primary and Secondary) are made through Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). The main closing date for the Term 1 2023 intake is 31 October for programs under the School of Population Health, the Juris Doctor and the Master of Teaching (Primary and Secondary).
The main closing date for the Term 2 2023 intake is 30 April for programs under the School of Population Health. The main closing date for the Term 3 intake 2023 is 9 June for programs under the School of Population Health and the Juris Doctor. See the UAC website for key dates and the UAC PG course description for the final closing date.
For all our other programs through our Apply Online portal, the on-time closing date for programs for 2023 are:
Term 1 - 30 November
Term 2 - 31 March
Term 3 - 31 July
Applications submitted after this date are still accepted, subject to available places. To learn more about how to apply for Postgraduate study at UNSW check out our article on submitting your application.
UNSW offers an array of Postgraduate programs available – so you can choose a course that is right for you and your career.
Our Postgraduate courses are flexible and students can choose how many credits they take per term, which would vary the completion time of the course.
Yes, at UNSW we understand that most postgraduate students are juggling work as well as other commitments whilst studying. Flexible study options such as online learning, evening classes and intensive courses can help you fit study into your life as you reap the benefits of gaining an extra qualification.
Learn how you can balance work, family & study whilst studying a postgraduate qualification at UNSW.
The time of our Postgraduate program classes varies program to program, however most programs offer classes in the late afternoon or evening. Get in touch with our team to learn more about the class schedules for our degrees https://www.unsw.edu.au/study/help/contact-us.
Yes, as a Postgraduate student you can study part time if your program allows. You are required to enrol in a minimum of one course per term to be considered a part time student.
You can apply to have previous study from another institution or another UNSW degree program recognised, and the credit transferred to your current degree program at UNSW. Credit transfer is also known as 'advanced standing' or Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL).
As part of the UNSW Recognition of Prior Learning policy, students may be offered credits for courses amounting to a maximum of 50% of their degree requirements. However, this will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Credit can only be awarded for courses completed no more than 10 years prior.
Applications directly to UNSW
Applications submitted by Apply Online are prioritised by term and if additional documentation is required, there will be delays in receiving an outcome. Please rest assured we are working to process all applications as quickly as possible.
Applications via UAC
Postgraduate UAC offers for Term 1 are released on a rolling basis. The assessment of preferences for Fee-paying places can take up to three weeks to process. The assessment of preferences for CSP can take longer as this is assigned on academic merit basis and the places are limited in each program.
Term 2 offers are released from mid-February. Applications for the Term 3 intake will be assessed from May onwards.
Whilst the majority of postgraduate places at UNSW are Domestic Fee Paying, many programs do have an allocation of Commonwealth Supported Funding and Common Wealth Supported Places (CSPs). CSPs are usually limited and applicants are not guaranteed a CSP if they are granted an offer of admission.
Programs not listed here have no Commonwealth supported funding and are Domestic Fee Paying only. If you are a Domestic Fee-Paying student, you may be eligible for FEE-HELP, but you’re not eligible for the subsidised tuition under Commonwealth support.
You can defer your fees when you enrol at UNSW, if you are eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEEHELP; a loan that uses the combined HELP loan limit to pay all or part of your tuition fees.
Most of the postgraduate places at UNSW are full-fee paying. However, there are certain programs which have an allocation of Commonwealth support funding. These places are limited in each program. You can find a list of CSP programs here. Please note an offer of admission does not guarantee a Commonwealth supported place.
For more information read our useful article on how to finance your masters degree.
UNSW's postgraduate degrees are designed by academic and industry leaders to meet evolving industry requirements and create future-ready graduates. Whether you are you looking to up-skill or switch careers a postgraduate qualification will enable you to remain competitive in the ever-changing workforce.
The 2022 QS World University Rankings: Graduate Employability reviewed 500 universities, placed UNSW third in Australia and 32nd in the world for graduate employability. A postgraduate degree may also boost your earning potential and improve your employability*
A postgraduate degree at UNSW enables you to meet like-minded peers and grow your professional network; and enables you to take on the future with a greater sense of confidence.
UNSW’s postgraduate offering includes face to face, online and hybrid degrees. Find out more about the delivery mode of your program via Degree Finder.
We are now welcoming students back to campus for classes. While there is every intention to return to as much in-person teaching and learning as possible, online options will continue to be provided where required.
Any arrangements will also be subject to public health orders. You can find the latest information about our safe return to campus plan at the UNSW COVID-19 website.
Yes, you can start your studies online. In most cases, you will find your compulsory core courses online, and you will have a choice of elective courses.
Some courses require specialist equipment or meeting standards for external accreditation and must be studied in person. If your program includes these courses, your graduation may be delayed.
If you’re planning to apply for a 485 Temporary Graduate visa, you’re required to maintain a student visa for the duration of your studies (including if you’re starting online from your home country). If you don’t apply for the visa at the start of your studies, you’ll need to do so for entrance into Australia once border restrictions ease.
We encourage you to apply for your visa for the commencement of your studies, even if you are starting from your home country. A valid student visa during that time will count toward your post study working rights.
Students are not required to submit a separate application for studying outside of Australia unless they are planning to reduce their study load. If you’re not able to enrol in 48 units of credit (UOC) for the year, you’ll need to apply for a reduced study load. For example, if you’re only going to complete 6UOC in Term 1 you would apply for a reduced study load.
Once you have submitted your application you will be able to easily track its progress via your Apply Online account. You’ll also be able to upload any additional documents we need. Once you have provided all the necessary documentation, it should take two to three weeks for UNSW to assess your application.
We recognise the challenges with the timetabling of classes and assessments to match different global time zones. This is particularly true in courses where the students are spread across many different regions in the world. If this issue is likely to affect you, after enrolment, please contact your course convenor in the first instance.
If you have completed one or more semesters/terms, and you need to take a break from your studies, you can apply for program leave. Program leave is available for up to one year, more in very exceptional circumstances.
You may choose to defer the start of your study until the next available intake. If you choose to do so, your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) will be cancelled, and you’ll need to accept your new offer for the next intake. Once you accept your new offer a new CoE will be issued.
Please check the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) system for your visa end date, updated details and conditions.
You can apply to have previous study from another institution or another UNSW degree program recognised, and the credit transferred to your current degree program at UNSW. This is known as recognition for prior learning (RPL). Please find instructions on how to apply with RPL here.