FAQ

Advanced Standing and Waiver: What is a Advanced Standing and Waiver??

Students can apply for Advanced Standing (credit transfer) or Waiver based on prior work experience for core units of study (this is up to the discretion of the discipline).

Applications for advanced standing for specific and non specific credit are granted in the form of credit points which are awarded towards the coursework program.

Applications for waivers exempt students from completing a specific UOS but require students to complete an alternative UOS in its place (as no credit points are awarded to the coursework program in this instance).

Applications for advanced standing and exemptions for coursework students can be dealt with in house – with the relevant paperwork being sent to the Faculty once the decisions have been made.

There is no maximum allowable number of credit points that a student can have transferred to their program so long as they haven’t been used to obtain a previous qualification, provided that the discipline approve and it is within reason.

Certified copies: What is a certified copy?

A certified copy is a copy of a document that has been endorsed and signed by an authority figure – a solicitor, lawyer, Justice of the Peace or a Notary Public – as being a true copy of the original document. The endorsement should be in the following form:

"I certify that this is a true copy of the original document"

Changing Attendance: How do I change from full-time to part-time or part-time to full-time?

If you are a research student you need to complete the candidature variation form, obtain the necessary approvals and submit to the Postgraduate Student Administration Unit. Further information is available here.

It is not necessary for coursework students to request a change in their attendance pattern since whether they are full-time or part-time is determined solely by the credit point load of the units of study in which they are enrolled in a particular semester. If a coursework student is enrolled in units of study worth less than 18 credit points they are automatically considered to be part-time. If they are enrolled in units of study worth 18 credit points or more, they are considered to be full-time. Further details are available here.

Changing attendance: I need to take a break in my studies for one semester – what do I do?

You need to apply for a suspension of your candidature by completing a candidature variation form, obtaining the necessary approvals and submitting the form to the Postgraduate Student Administration Unit.
Information for research students is available here.
Information for coursework students is available here.

Changing degrees: I want to transfer to another degree – what do I do?

It is possible to transfer between articulated coursework degrees and certain research degrees. All students wishing to transfer to another degree should complete the candidature variation form, indicating the degree that they wish to transfer from and to and the amount of credit sought, and obtain the approval of their postgraduate co-ordinator before submitting the form to the Postgraduate Student Administration Unit.
Research students should in addition obtain approval for the transfer from their supervisor.
Information for research students is available here.
Information for coursework students is available here.

Ethical Approval: What is ethical approval?

All research studies conducted by students require ethical approval. The University of Sydney processes can be found here. The Western Sydney Local Health District Ethics can be found here.