Current Postgraduate Students - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I've received an offer but my circumstances have changed and I want to defer my entry.
  2. How do I change my enrolment?
  3. When am I able to change my units of study?
  4. I would like to enrol in a unit of study but don't have the pre-requisite/won't be enrolling in the co-requisite, what do I do?
  5. I can't find any information on Postgraduate Neuroscience
  6. I would like to transfer to the university of sydney and apply for credit for studies that I have already completed.
  7. Where do I find information on semester dates?
  8. How do I find contact details for a member of staff?
  9. I can't find any information about Distance Learning or Correspondence courses.
  10. I have just submitted the final copy of my PhD thesis. When can I use the title 'Dr'?

1. I've received an offer and I want to defer my entry.

You must notify the Faculty in writing that you wish to defer. If you do not apply to defer, your offer will lapse automatically and you will need to go through the application process again at a later date.

To apply for deferral, you will need to write a letter or email to the Postgraduate Section in the Faculty of Science. Please indicate all the details (including your SID, name, degree, supporting reasons, how long you intend to defer and when you are coming back) on the letter.

If you have already enrolled, you may also want to contact the Student Centre regarding the timeframe for refund of fees.

PLEASE NOTE: Deferral is only available for those students who have not commenced their degree yet, and would like to defer their commencement. If you have enrolled in your degree, you will need to apply for a Suspension.

2. How do I change my enrolment?

Students who wish to change their enrolment can lodge variations to their enrolment through My Uni.

PLEASE NOTE: Special Permission from the department is required if you do not meet the pre-requisite for a particular Unit of Study, or if it is a Unit of Study not associated with your degree.

3. When am I able to change my Units of Study?

There are various penalties associated with discontinuing from a Unit of Study after a certain date. You should be aware that the deadlines for changing units of study (varying enrolment) apply to students who are considered local (ie. permanent residents of Australia). View the deadlines for changing units of study.

Within My Uni you can

  • add or change units of study
  • change from full time to part time or vice versa
  • suspend your candidature
  • return from suspension
  • upgrade or downgrade your candidature

4. I would like to enrol in a Unit of Study but don't have the pre-requisite/won't be enrolling in the co-requisite, what do I do?

You will need to obtain Special Permission. This is selected in MyUni when you enrol in a subject for which you don't have the prerequisite.

Alternatively you will need to bring this to the Faculty window prior to the last day to add a Unit of Study for that Semester.

5. I can't find any information on Postgraduate Neuroscience.

This program is not being offered at present.

6. I would like to transfer to the University of Sydney and apply for credit for studies that I have already completed.

The Faculty of Science cannot supply answers to eligibility of credit by email. In order to be professionally assessed, students are advised to submit a credit application form with supporting documents after they have been given an offer at the University of Sydney. Potential credit applications are not accepted. However a student may wish to contact the School directly regarding potential credit before they apply.

7. Where do I find information on Semester dates?

Online Calendar of dates.

8. How do I find contact details for a member of staff?

There is an online phonebook where you can search by name or department.

9. I can't find any information about Distance Learning or Correspondance courses.

The Faculty of Science does not offer programs through distance education. Our degrees require the completion of a substantial number of on-campus tutorials, practicals and laboratory classes. To provide the best possible learning experience, our courses offer a high degree of practical experience, which cannot be fulfilled through on-line or distance teaching.

10. I have just submitted the final copy of my PhD thesis. When can I use the title 'Dr'?

You can use the title 'Dr' once your degree has been conferred and not beforehand. Conferral of a degree occurs at a graduation ceremony.