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Apply for postgraduate coursework

How to apply for a postgraduate coursework degree
The following information explains how to apply for postgraduate study in a coursework degree as a domestic student.

This information is for:

  • Australian or New Zealand citizens (including dual citizens who hold Australian or New Zealand citizenship and citizenship of another country)
  • permanent residents of Australia
  • holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.

If you are an international student, please visit international applications.

Steps to apply

1

Choose your course

Find a course you like by searching postgraduate courses in your area of interest. Some courses in education, health, medicine and veterinary science have ‘inherent requirements’: essential tasks and activities to achieve the core learning outcomes of a course. Although they are not an assessable admission requirement, it’s important for you to understand these requirements to make informed choices about your study. 

For more information visit, Inherent requirements. You can also find this information for the relevant courses on our Find a Course website.

2

Understand the admission criteria

Course-specific admission criteria

When searching for a course, you will see specific admission criteria listed for every course. At postgraduate level these may include:

  • A minimum grade point average in your previous degree.
  • Relevant professional experience – such as at least three years in a management role to enter a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree.
  • Health and security checks for anyone doing fieldwork in New South Wales hospitals or schools.
  • A portfolio of work – for example, for admission to our urban design architecture courses.

Graduate certificate and graduate diploma

Entry requirements might include:

  • an approved three-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an approved university or other educational institution
  • equivalent qualifications through examination or relevant professional or industrial experience.

Master’s degree by coursework

Entry requirements might include:

  • completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, of an acceptable standard from an approved university or other educational institution.

In all cases, check the course details for specific entry requirements. 

4

Apply online

Click the 'Apply' button on the course details page to start your application. It will take you to the Sydney Student portal where you can apply and upload supporting documents. Once you've started an application, you can save and return to it later using login details that will be sent to you by email.

If you are a domestic student applying for the Juris Doctor at the Sydney Law School, apply through the Universities Admissions Centre. Applications for the health sciences graduate entry masters degrees are now direct admission and no longer through UAC.

Most Semester 1 applications close on 31 January. There are some exceptions, such as the Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Medicine, so check the details for your chosen course.

Semester 2

Most courses also have a Semester 2 intake. Applications close on 15 July. There are a few exceptions, so double check the details of your course.

We recommend applying well before the closing dates to ensure the best chance of success, as offers are made on a rolling basis.

5

Check if you can get credit

If you apply directly to the University, you can claim any credit for previous studies when you apply for your course.

6

Review fees and search for a scholarship

The course details page provides information about the fees you will need to pay. Check these carefully and also read our general information on fees and financial support.

The University offers postgraduate coursework scholarships. See a list of postgraduate scholarships to find out if you're eligible or check your faculty's scholarships.

7

Respond to your offer and enrol

The outcome of your application will be emailed to you after it has been assessed by the admissions office and relevant faculty.

Successful applicants will receive an unconditional or conditional offer. Conditional offers will be made firm upon the submission of further documentation. You can accept an unconditional offer in Sydney Student.