Admission to postgraduate programmes depends primarily on your previous academic qualifications. In almost all cases, an undergraduate degree with good academic grades in the relevant subject is required for admission to postgraduate study. Some programmes may also take into account your previous work experience.
The information below describes the types of postgraduate programmes on offer and outlines some of the minimum entry requirements for these programmes.
For specific information about the regulations and entry requirements for your preferred programme, please refer to the University Calendar.
- Bachelors (honours) postgraduate degrees are designed to attract the best undergraduate students commencing graduate-level studies.
- They generally require completion of an appropriate undergraduate degree with an average grade of ‘B’ (GPA of 5.0) or higher in the Stage III prerequisite courses from a recognised institution.
- Some faculties and programmes require a higher GPA for admission.
- Students select a coherent range of advanced level courses.
- As a general rule, a satisfactory level of competence in the subject area attested by a bachelors degree from a recognised institution, or approved professional qualification or professional practical experience is required.
- A postgraduate diploma is a coherent programme of courses that builds on the knowledge gained in your major subject at undergraduate level.
- Entry criteria for a postgraduate diploma will vary according to the subject or faculty in which you intend to complete this qualification.
- As a general rule, you need to have completed a relevant undergraduate degree at a recognised tertiary institution, with passes in the specified prerequisite courses in your selected subject area.
- A masters degree allows you to build on your previous postgraduate study by increasing your knowledge in a specific subject area.
- Masters degrees are usually offered as research or taught options, but not all masters programmes offer both options.
- Acceptance into a masters programme is at the discretion of the Dean of the faculty.
- As a general rule, you will need to have completed a relevant postgraduate degree such as a bachelors (honours) degree or a postgraduate diploma at a recognised institution, and to have obtained a better than average grade point average for admission into a masters programme.
Acceptance into a PhD is based on academic merit, but you must also demonstrate a proven ability to carry out research independently and possess a high level of critical research skill and theoretical understanding.
In general, acceptance is based on a relevant bachelors degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours, or a masters degree with first class or second class (division 1) honours, or its equivalent at a recognised institution. Acceptance is also subject to the availability of staff for supervision and appropriate facilities.
See the University Calendar Statute for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
- Many programmes in creative fields (such as writing, fine arts, architecture, urban design, music or performing arts) will also require evidence of your creative ability as part of your application (eg, a portfolio or audition).
- This is called a supplementary application requirement.
- Check the faculty’s postgraduate prospectus or talk to the postgraduate adviser in your department for specific information about what is required for admission.
If English is not your first language, you will need to supply evidence of your English language proficiency in addition to your academic credentials.
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