How to Apply for Postgraduate Study at UNSW

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Applying for postgraduate study at UNSW is easy. We want to support you throughout your journey at UNSW, from the start of the application process through to your time studying with us. Whether you’re choosing a course or ready to apply, we’re here to help. Let’s get into the details with our step-by-step application guide. 

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Am I Eligible? 

To be eligible for admission, you need to satisfy your chosen program’s entry requirements. While choosing a program on Degree Finder, make a note of the program’s code, specific entry requirements and English language requirements.  

Note: places for postgraduate are competitive and admission is subject to the faculty selection criteria. 

Commonwealth Supported Places 

When applying for further study, it’s important to consider the financial investment required and your options. Although most postgraduate degrees are fee paying, some degrees have allocated Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs). If CSPs are available for your degree, you will be considered when applying through Apply Online. If you’re applying for a program through UAC, you’ll need to list both CSP and full-fee program codes to be considered. 

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Applications for most postgraduate degrees are submitted through Apply Online, where you can choose three preferences. Click ‘Register now,’ to fill out your details and upload your supporting documents.  

Typical documents* required as part of your application include:  

  • Proof of citizenship 

  • Transcripts of prior studies 

  • Proof of completion of studies (testamur) 

  • English language requirements 

We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. 

*Some programs have specific document requirements 

On-Time Closing Dates for Direct Postgraduate Applications
  • Term 1: apply by 30 November 

  • Term 2*: apply by 31 March 

  • Term 3*: apply by 31 July 

^Specific programs in the UNSW School of Psychology, UNSW Online, AGSM MBA and UNSW Canberra may use different calendars and have different application deadlines. Please refer to degree pages for specific information. 

*Please note that not all programs have a Term 2 or Term 3 intake. 

Late applications may be accepted after the closing dates subject to the availability of places. While we aim to process applications as quickly as possible, it can’t be guaranteed that a late application will be processed in time for term commencement. 

Refer to the Academic Calendar for term beginning and end dates. 

Application through Universities Admissions Centre Postgraduate 

Applications for the following postgraduate programs open in September each year through Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) Program openings are for the commencement of studies in Term 1, Term 2 and Term 3 of the following year. Please note that not all programs have a Term 2 or Term 3 intake.   

The main closing date for UAC applications is the 31 October for Term 1, 30 April for Term 2 and 31 May for Term 3. 

Late applications will be considered until January for Term 1, May for Term 2 and August for Term 3, however higher processing fees may apply. 

+Juris Doctor is only available for Term 1 intake. 

#The Master of Teaching (Secondary) and the Master of Teaching (Primary) are only available for Term 1 intake. Between May and mid-August, you can apply online through UNSW without paying a fee. After mid-August you will need to apply through UAC. 

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Congratulations, you’ve submitted your application! We’ll send you an email soon to acknowledge we’ve received it. You’ll also be advised of any outstanding information or documentation and given instructions on how to provide this. 

You can easily track the progress of your application via your Apply Online account. On your account, you can also upload any additional documents. Once you have provided all the necessary documentation, it should take between two to three weeks for UNSW to assess your application. 

For applications submitted through UAC, you can track the progress of your application, make any changes or upload required documents by logging in to your UAC account.  

Notification of Application Outcome 

You’ll be advised of the outcome of your application via email. If your application is successful, you’ll receive a full offer of admission. A conditional offer may be sent if more steps are required, such as not meeting the English language requirements or outstanding supporting documents*

*Conditional offer is not applicable to UAC applications. 

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If you receive a full offer, you‘ll be sent an email with a link to your personalised offer page. Your page will guide you through the process of accepting or deferring your offer. 

Plans Changed?  

It may be possible to defer your postgraduate offer of admission to a later term or year. Requests for deferment must be made during the accept online process or by following the instructions on your offer letter. This must be completed before the commencement of your nominated term. 

Getting Started


What Happens Next? 

Enrol Online 

Here comes the exciting part where you get to pick your classes and begin preparing for the start of term. Once enrolment for your degree is available, you can enrol in your degree and courses online. 

If you have any questions, our friendly team at the Nucleus Student Hub can help you with your enrolment, finding your way around campus and getting your student ID card.