Non-Degree Study - Undergraduate and Postgraduate

Non-degree students pay full tuition fees to undertake a unit of study (subject) offered in the Faculty of Science without being enrolled in an award course (degree). Non-degree students take the unit of study with award course students and are assessed at the same level.

There are three stages to applying for non-degree study:

  • Information gathering - read about fees, application and identify the units of study that you wish to take
  • Application - please note, late or incomplete applications are not accepted
  • Enrolment - accepting your offer for study; you come to the university and enrol in person

General Information

Before applying for non-degree study, have a look at the Science Handbook or Departmental/School websites to identify the units of study in which you would like to enrol.

You need to be able to meet the same prerequisites as students enrolled in an award course at the University of Sydney (or have completed equivalent units of study at another institution) to be able to enrol in any particular unit of study.

Postgraduate non-degree study is for subjects with course code 4XXX or higher. If you are applying for subjects with course code 3XXX or lower please apply for Undergraduate non-degree study.

You should only enrol in postgraduate non-degree study if the subjects you wish to study are at postgraduate level (ie. 4XXX level or higher).

Please note, postgraduate non-degree study is advisable only after consultation with the unit coordinator.

If your application is approved, you will be advised about enrolment procedures by email to the email address provided on your application form.

You will need to come to the Faculty of Science Office in person to enrol.

Who is eligible for non-degree study?

Australian citizens/permanent residents and New Zealand citizens are eligible to apply for non-degree study.

International applicants may be permitted to undertake some non-degree study, subject to the conditions of their visa. The cost of undertaking non-degree study will differ from that listed below.

Prospective international non-degree applicants should contact the International Office for more information.

Tuition Fees

If your application for non-degree study is successful, you are required to pay tuition fees.

Payment must be made in full at the time of enrolment.

The fees for non-degree study range from AUD$3300 – $4300 per unit of study. Commonwealth support, HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP are not available to non-degree students.

No scholarships are available to pay tuition fees, although meritorious students may be eligible for prizes (detailed in the Science Handbook) at the completion of their studies.

If you require further information about the fees for individual subjects, please contact the . You may also wish to search for subject fees here. (Simply enter the name or the unit of study code for the subject you wish to search for, eg. Fundamentals of Chemistry, or CHEM1001. The non-degree fee will appear next to 'Undergraduate Domestic Fee Paying Place'.)

Fees are subject to change without notice.

Application Information

Before applying for non-degree study, read the information sheet. A non-degree application form must be submitted and approved before you can enrol.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application by letter to the correspondence address provided in your application.

Late applications will not be considered.

How to apply

  1. Complete a non-degree application online: Undergraduate or Postgraduate
  2. Ensure that all sections are completed before submission.
  3. Provide documentary evidence of prior secondary and tertiary study.
    Your application will not be considered without your academic history. Please attach complete, officially certified academic transcripts for all secondary- and tertiary-level studies undertaken, except those undertaken at the University of Sydney. Original academic transcripts will be retained by the University of Sydney unless specifically requested.
  4. Provide evidence of identity and citizenship/residency.
    You cannot be enrolled if you do not provide evidence of your date of birth and citizenship. Attach a copy of your birth certificate or passport, and permanent residency/student visa where applicable. Originals of these documents must be presented on the day that you enrol, for verification.
  5. Applications must be submitted before the non-degree application deadline.


Students whose applications are approved will be sent an offer letter and must enrol by the date specified in the offer letter.

What else should I be aware of?

Non-degree students are subject to the rules of the University of Sydney including those relating to Special Arrangements, Special Consideration, Code of Conduct for Students, and Student Plagiarism. Details on these policies and unit of study information are published in the Science Handbook.