Welcome to New Students

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

What we will send you

If your application is successful, this is what you will need to do:

  • Sydney Student will send you a letter of offer. We ask that you log in regularly to Sydney Student to check on this and confirm your acceptance.
  • Once you have confirmed your acceptance online, you need to email us to let us know what subjects you intend to enrol in. Sydney Student will generate your enrolment and we will administrate the enrolment on your behalf.
  • You will then be required to pay your tuition fees. Tuition fee payments have to be made immediately upon enrolment.
  • Once your enrolment has been processed, we will send you your Unikey Access Details. Your Unikey is required to have access to the University Library Online, your University email and the online classrooms.
  • Before the course begins, in addition to the Unit of Study guide, you will also receive an Assessment Policy guide and Learning Guide to help you in your study.
  • If you are enrolled in a management unit that has a residential component, you will need to contact us to register for the residential.
  • Complete the Residential Registration Form, which will be emailed to you before the start of the Residential.
  • Make arrangements for leave, travel and accommodation for the residential session. If you are travelling from outside Australia, you may need to arrange a visa as well.
  • We can help you with accommodation nearby, see Residential Information.
  • It is important to note that the residential sessions are a compulsory component of the management unit you are undertaking. You will not be able to continue with the course without attending the residential.

Each semester we give you:

  • Study guides for each of the units of study you are enrolled in.
  • A PGC Dates Schedule indicating the start and end dates for each unit of study, residential dates and public holidays.
  • A Semester dates document with important dates for assignments and online classes.

What you need to do

Things to remember

Before semester starts, you should:

  • Purchase any textbooks that are prescribed for your units of study. A list of textbooks can be found in the Textbook List. *
  • Set up mail forwarding to re-direct emails from your University email address to an address you use regularly.
  • Make a note of the start date of each online unit of study and any assignments. These are in the Semester Dates document we will give you.

* NOTE: It is strongly recommended that you place an advanced order for the textbook Veterinary Epidemiologic Research by Dohoo, I., Martin, W. and Stryhn, H. at least 4 weeks prior to the start of semester. This text is the key resource for the foundational units Veterinary Epidemiology 1 & 2 units and will be used in several other units of study throughout the VPHMgt and VPH programs. In our experience, this text may take up to 2 months to arrive. View the Textbook List for details of suppliers.


There are some basic skills you need as a student in distance education, to complete the units of study and use the online classrooms and library. Much of this will be covered at the first Residential. We have also developed an online orientation tutorial that will give you a chance to practice some of those skills afterwards.

You will not be able to access the orientation tutorial until your enrolment is fully completed. When you have received your Unikey Details, you are ready to get started. There are also some skills you will need that are not covered in the tutorial.

These are:

  • Access to and familiarity 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.
  • 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 Do I need to take the Biostatistics Refresher Course?, available on the Biostatistics Refresher Course page.
  • Because you are studying at postgraduate level, each unit of study is based on some degree of assumed knowledge. The assumed knowledge for each unit is listed in the study guide for that unit. You will need to contact the course administrator to find out what the assumed knowledge is.

Access the online classroom

If you have:

  • Completed your enrolment
  • Received your UniKey details
  • Purchased your textbooks

Then you are ready to start!

You can now access Blackboard and begin your studies. Good luck!