New Students

Welcome to the Faculty of Veterinary Science! As a new student in postgraduate coursework there are some administrative tasks that you need to do. This section of the website is designed to help with this.

What we send you

If your application is successful:

  • We will send you a letter of offer by email. We ask you to email us to confirm your acceptance.
  • After you have enrolled and paid your tuition fees, you will receive your Unikey Details and you can apply for your Student Identification Card . You need these to have access to the University Library Online, your University email and the online classrooms.
  • We give you a Learning Guide to help you in your study.

What you need to do

Before you can get started in the program, there are some things you will need to make sure you do:

  • Submit an on-line application for the degree you are intending to study
  • When your application is approved, you will need to to confirm acceptance of the offer of a position in the program with the Applications team.
  • Enrol and pay your tuition fees for the semester.
  • Purchase any textbooks that are prescribed for your units of study.
  • If approriate, discuss ideas for your research project with your supervisor.

Things to remember

Before semester starts, you should remember to:

  • Re-direct your University email address to an address you use regularly.
  • Make a note of assessment deadlines and criteria for your units of study.

*Important note*: Your research project may require Animal or Human Ethics approval. It is strongly recommended that you apply for ethics approval as soon as possible. You can start preparing the ethics application, in consultation with your supervisor, even before you enrol. Waiting for ethics approval can delay your project.

Information on Animal Ethics approval is available on the Animal Ethics website.

Information on Human Ethics is available on Human Ethics website


There are some basic skills you need as a postgraduate coursework student in Veterinary Science in completion of your units of study and research project. Most of this will be covered in your Learning and Research Guides. Other things you need to consider include:

  • Each unit of study is based on some degree of assumed knowledge. The assumed knowledge for each unit is listed with the unit details in the Program Outline. Take the time to familiarise yourself with the assumed knowledge for each unit of study. If you are unsure you have the required knowledge, contact the unit of study coordinator.
  • The course material assumes you have a working knowledge of biostatistics equivalent to that covered in most undergraduate veterinary degree programs. You may wish to take our Biostatistics Refresher Course, which is run in January of each year.
  • If you are unsure, you should complete our quiz.
    The questions and answers to this quiz are available to download as separate pdf documents:
    - Download Quiz (PDF 114 KB)
    - Download Answers (PDF 147 KB)
  • You need to have access to and be familiar with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. If you are unsure, you may wish to take one of the many training courses that are widely available.
  • If you are taking an online unit of study, such as Leadership, People & Organisations, Leadership: Managing Change or Project Management, you will need to attend a Residential session prior to the start of semester. You will be shown how to use the online classroom at this Residential, however we have also developed an online orientation tutorial that will give you a chance to practice some of those skills afterwards.