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5 key questions a postgraduate information evening can answer

Make your time count and get the relevant information you need
Whether you're considering the idea of postgraduate study, or know exactly what you'd like to apply for, chances are you have some questions. With so much information online, there's value in getting personalised advice.

1. What can I study at a postgraduate level?

Postgraduate study options span research and coursework, with hundreds of courses across nine disciplines on offer at Sydney. So where do you start, and do you even want to? The only way to find out is to explore what's out there and see what resonates with you. With so much information online, receiving personalised advice is a good place to start. Join us at our Postgraduate Studies Expo and chat to our University representatives, academics and course advisers about your options.

2. Should I do postgraduate study?

The answer to that primarily depends on your goals. Do you want to gain a professional edge, boost your career or switch it completely? There are multiple options that support each of those goals, and perhaps more than you realise - which may make it difficult to decide if you should take that next step and how. Postgraduate study doesn't necessarily mean committing to full-time study for a year or two with a master's degree. Consider graduate certificates and graduate diplomas, and discuss these with the academics and course advisers that are on hand to answer your questions at the information evening. Ask questions about study modes and studying part-time too. Find out what options suit you and your aspirations. 

3. How can I finance my postgraduate study?

We've put together a checklist of questions for looking at how you might pay for your postgraduate course, but three key questions are: whether there are Commonwealth Support Places (CSP) available, how you might go about getting a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, and if you are eligible for these options. Not all courses offer CSP places, and some offer a limited number - find out when looking at a specific course. For these and other queries regarding financing your postgraduate study, chat to our domestic fees and HECS-HELP team to learn more. 

Another way to reduce the length of your degree, and therefore cost, is being awarded credit for previous study or recognition of prior learning (RPL). This is really determined on a case-by-case basis and personalised advice is invaluable here. Talk to our credit and recognition of prior learning teams to get information and advice that's relevant to your situation.

4. How do I apply?

An application for postgraduate study will differ greatly depending on whether you're applying for a research or coursework degree. Applications and eligibility requirements vary between disciplines and courses, but generally speaking there are a few things you need to apply, including required documents. If you'd like to learn more about the process or to get help finishing your application, stop by and speak to our admissions teams. Between the academics, course advisers and admissions staff, you will get all the help and information you need to confidently submit your application. If it's research opportunities you're interested in, our advisers at our 'Research at Sydney Hub' will be able to support you in finding out what you need to do to apply.

5. What support is available for postgraduate students?

When juggling the demands of work, life and study, there may be times when you need to access support services. Instead of waiting to find out what support there is at the time you need it, Student Services will be able to share what support is available for postgraduate students at Sydney. It's also worth having a conversation with the Careers Centre, as they can enhance your ability to reach your career goals with their career planning and development events, including workshops for postgraduate students.

Last updated: 3 September 2019

29 September 2017

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