Coursework candidature changes


All Requests for candidature variation need to be submitted through your Sydney Student Portal

Below is a list of all possible candidature changes:

Requesting credit

Credit for coursework should be requested through your Sydney Student Portal. Such requests must be supported by documentary evidence of having enrolled and satisfactorily completed the relevant subject, such as certified transcripts, and course outlines to show the relevance of the subject.

The granting of credit is limited and for further details please refer to your Course Coordinator and to the Academic Board Advanced Standing, Credit and Exemption Policy (PDF).

Transferring your candidature to another degree

In some cases it is possible to transfer from one degree to another and obtain credit for work already completed. Sydney Medical School offer several articulated coursework courses which enable students to upgrade to a higher level course with credit for the units of study already completed, subject to satisfactory progress and approval. For example, a student may, on completion of the Graduate Certificate in Pain Management, upgrade to the Graduate Diploma of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) and then subsequently upgrade to the Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management).

Please note that it is also possible to transfer to a lower level course if you are no longer able to continue with your studies. All students wishing to transfer to another degree within Sydney Medical School should use your Sydney Student Portal

Suspending your candidature

If you have to interrupt your candidature at any time after you have enrolled and commenced you must apply to suspend your candidature. Suspension of candidature is permitted for one semester or, in exceptional circumstances, for two semesters. You are not permitted to apply for a suspension once you have reached the latest date for completion of your degree. Requests for suspension must be made in advance and not retrospectively and reasons for the suspension must be given.

All students wishing to suspend their candidature can do so through the Sydney Student Portal.

Withdrawing from your course

If your circumstances are such that you are unable to continue with your studies or are unable to anticipate when you will be able to resume your candidature you should seek to withdraw from your candidature. Should you be able to resume at a later date you would have to re-apply for admission. Some credit might then be given for work that you had completed prior to your withdrawal, but you would, in effect, be commencing a new candidature. All students wishing to withdraw can do so through the Sydney Student Portal.

Adding or withdrawing from a unit of study

You can add a unit of study or withdraw from one via your Sydney Student Portal any time up to the census date of the relevant semester (usually 31 March for semester 1 and 31 August for semester 2). If you have difficulties changing your units via your Sydney Student Portal and it is not beyond the relevant census dates then you will need to contact the Postgraduate Student Administration Unit.