Undergraduate Information, forms and procedures

If you can’t find the information you need below, you will probably find it on the University’s current student website. The following forms and procedures are specific to the Faculty of Science only.

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Academic advice and degree planning Download the information sheet and degree planner

The Faculty of Science assists undergraduate students enrolled in degrees administered by the Faculty, and combined degrees through the provision of administrative and academic advice. If you need assistance with degree planning, you should:

  1. Check the information on the current students website.
  2. Check the Science Handbook to review the degree requirements against what you are planning to study and what you have already studied.
  3. Contact the Student Centre with your specific query.
  4. Submit a degree plan and make a booking with one of our Associate Deans. To do this, review the information sheet and degree planner, and contact science.candidature@sydney.edu.au. Honours students should consult their supervisor and/or Honours degree coordinator.

Appeals against an academic decision
Download the application form
If you believe you have genuine grounds for contesting an academic decision, you may apply to have the decision reviewed. information about the appeals process in on the Current Student website.
 
Feedback and appeal of mark or grade
The Faculty encourages you to take the earliest opportunity to contact the relevant staff member for further information about the result and/or to discuss any concerns. Please read the information sheet.
 
Appeal to the Faculty
You can submit a written appeal to the Faculty on the grounds that due academic process has not been observed by a School/Discipline or the Faculty when making an academic decision. Academic decisions can relate to marks, grades, assessment, and coursework in Science units of study and degrees. Download the appeal form.
 
Appeals relating to credit should be directed to the Student Credit Team sc.credit@sydney.edu.au. For appeals relating to Special Consideration and Special Arrangements, please see the information on the Current Students website.

Cross-institutional study (Outbound) Download the information sheet
Download the application form

During your studies, you may be able to complete a unit of study at another institution and have it credited towards your degree. This is called outbound cross-institutional study.

To undertake cross-institutional study in a degree administered by the Faculty of Science, you must complete and submit the application form above, and provide all documentation requested. You must also contact the university that offers the unit/s well in advance of your intended semester of study for information on application procedures and deadlines.

If you intend on completing study at an international institution, please see Short Term Independent Study Abroad.

Discontinued not to count as failure (DC)

Download the application form

IMPORTANT: Use this DC application form only if you are requesting a DC after the advertised deadline.
Discontinued not to count as failure (DC) refers to discontinuing a unit of study without academic penalty, BUT you remain liable for the relevant HECS charge. Normally, you can request a DC by varying your enrolment (ie. dropping a unit) in MyUni before the advertised DC deadline, but if you are requesting a DC after the deadline, then you must use the DC application form above.

More information on the student website

Your application form may be submitted in the following ways:

Request for insurance for unpaid internship Complete the online application form

The Faculty of Science will consider requests to provide insurance cover for students undertaking internships provided that the student is able to demonstrate the following:

  • How the work experience contributes to an area of study
  • How the activity is related to the applicant’s field of study

Fill in the online Request for insurance for unpaid internship form

SciWAM Calculator SCIWAM information and calculator

For SCIWAM purposes a mark of 0 will be used if you have a Discontinue Fail (DF). DF will not affect your WAM. Discontinue Fails will be counted towards progression requirements. You will, in addition, be liable for the relevant Commonwealth Assistance liability or tuition fees for that unit of study.

If you are applying to another institution which uses a GPA or some other average mark calculation you will need to contact them directly and supply them with a copy of your academic transcript.

Short Term Independent Study Abroad

Read the Local Provision on Short Term Study Abroad

Download the application form

Independent Study Abroad is an opportunity to study at an international university in the Summer or Winter break periods, and to have that study count towards an undergraduate degree administered by the Faculty of Science in circumstances where the formal University of Sydney Exchange Program does not apply. This study is treated in a manner similar to Outbound Cross Institutional Study, but the Faculty of Science imposes further requirements for approval, as noted in the Local Provision above.

You must complete and submit the application form above, and provide all documentation requested. You must also contact the university that offers the unit/s well in advance of your intended semester of study for information on application procedures and deadlines.

Stream Transfer (Faculty of Science administered degrees)

Download the stream transfer application form

If you are enrolled in a degree administered by the Faculty of Science and you wish to transfer streams within your degree, please complete and submit the application form above. Please consult the list below for approved stream transfers.

The following stream transfers are available:

From To
BSc BSc (Adv)/BSc (Adv Maths)
BSc (Adv)/BSc (Adv Maths) BSc
BSc/BA BSc(Adv)/BA
BSc/LLB BSc (Adv)/LLB
BSc/MND BSc(Adv)/MND
BPsych (Arts) BPsych (Science)
BPsych (Science) BPsych (Arts)

Please note: If you are in a combined degree administered by another Faculty (for example, BE/BSc), please contact the relevant Faculty Services team about stream transfer. If you wish to change degrees, please see information on changing your course.

Talented Student Program (TSP)  More information »

If you have a strong interest in scientific investigation and have distinguished yourself in your studies in science at high school, you may be eligible for entry to the Faculty of Science Talented Student Program (TSP). The TSP is restricted to the very top science students and exists to meet the individual needs of these high-achievers. Everything you need to know about the TSP is available in the TSP booklet.

Unit of Study Stream Downgrade Request Download the request form.

This form is for students in degrees administered by the Faculty of Science who are seeking permission to drop from an advanced unit of study to a mainstream unit of study OR from a mainstream unit of study to a fundamental stream unit of study covering the same material, after the deadline for adding units and before the census date.

Note: Prior to the deadline for adding units, students can make these changes themselves via Sydney Student.