If you've decided you'd like to change what you're studying at the University of Sydney, you may be able to transfer to a different degree or faculty.
There are many reasons you may want to transfer into a new course.
Perhaps your initial course didn’t meet your expectations, or you entered university with the intention of transferring to another course after the first year. The option to transfer gives you a second shot at your preferred course if you don’t quite meet the entry requirements to get in straight from school.
You need to apply directly to the University, either to your faculty or to the central Admissions Office (through Sydney Student).
Either way, it is best to speak to your faculty first about options within your current degree. You may be able to structure your units to avoid a transfer.
If you decide that a transfer is the best course of action, your faculty can advise further on the process, and the amount of credit for previous study, if any, that you may carry across to your new degree.
Some faculties list the course transfers that are allowable within their own faculty:
To see the allowable courses you can transfer into:
You'll either be shown a list of allowable courses in Sydney Student or directed to the relevant faculty to check if credit for previous study applies.
If you find that your transfer cannot be dealt with by your faculty, you will need to apply directly to the University (not through UAC). The application form will be available later in the year.
Your application will be processed by the Admissions Office. If your rank meets the course cutoff for that intake, and there are still places available, you will receive a new offer from the University.
If you are an international applicant, you will be issued with a new electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE).
Many of our postgraduate courses within the same faculty share units of study that allow you to transfer from one course to another.
If you transfer from a lower-level to a higher-level course (such as a graduate diploma to a master’s degree) or vice versa, any credit points you have already completed will be counted towards your new degree. To find out whether you can transfer from one course to another:
If you are able to transfer into another course, you will be shown a list of the available choices.
If you have completed less than 48 credit points at the end of this semester, your application to transfer will be based on your secondary school results (your ATAR or equivalent).
Once you have accumulated more than 48 credit points, your performance at university becomes a factor in determining your eligibility if it is better than your secondary results.
If you entered your undergraduate degree under an alternative entry pathway, any benefit you gained in your ATAR does not carry across to your new application.
In most cases, we will need to wait for your current semester results to be released. If you are eligible to receive a new offer, you will receive it in February for Semester 1 entry and July for Semester 2 entry.
If successful, you may be able to go into the second year of your new course, depending on the amount of transferable credit you are granted from your previous studies. For more details about credit, talk to your faculty.