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University Certificate in Tertiary Preparation for Postgraduate Studies

This one semester program will help you meet the entry requirement for a postgraduate degree program that requires an IELTS 6.5.
This course is only available for international students.
This course is only available for international students.
Kelvin Grove
13 weeks full-time
Course starts
February, July and October



  • Complete in one semester full-time.
  • Pathway to postgraduate programs that have an IELTS entry requirement of 6.5 (no sub-scores below 6).
  • Study one faculty unit that counts towards your chosen QUT postgraduate program while developing your English language capability and academic literacy.

Why choose this course?

The University Certificate in Tertiary Preparation (UCTP) for Postgraduate Studies is designed to help you meet the English language requirements for a QUT postgraduate degree that requires an overall IELTS score of 6.5 for entry. During this one semester program, you will study one faculty unit while developing your:

  • academic English language
  • lateral thinking
  • research skills
  • presentation skills

This program will move you beyond vocabulary, syntax, and grammar, to cognitive, conceptual knowledge, and formal academic language.

What to expect

Real-world facilities

UCTP is taught at QUT International College which is located at QUT's Kelvin Grove campus. The College is where you will spend most of your time going to classes and getting to know other international students. You will also receive a QUT Student ID card so you can access all of QUT's outstanding facilities, and enjoy a fun and exciting university experience right from the start.

Course dates

We have 3 start dates a year. Check here for our course start dates.

Note: This pathway is for postgraduate students only. If you are looking for a pathway into our undergraduate programs, we recommend our other University Entry Programs.

Careers and outcomes

Course articulation

To progress into a QUT postgraduate degree program that has an IELTS entry requirement of 6.5, you will need to successfully complete University Certificate in Tertiary Preparation with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale.

Details and units


Course code
  • Kelvin Grove
13 weeks full-time
February, July and October

A completed recognised Bachelor degree.

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
169 154 162 162 154
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
6 5 5.5 5.5 5
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
50 38 46 46 38
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
71 10 14 18 14

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre


Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2020 fees

2020 fees

2020: $10,050 per course (48 credit points)

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How to apply

You can apply to study this pathway program only, or as a package with a QUT degree.

You must apply directly to QUT for the pathway program or degree package that you want to study.

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