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Postgraduate applying: a step-by-step guide

Follow these steps to apply for:

  • graduate certificates
  • graduate diplomas
  • masters degrees by coursework
  • one-year honours degrees.

Some courses follow different applying processes.

For some of our masters degrees (Master of Teaching and Master of Social Work - Qualifying), you must submit your application to QTAC. QTAC key dates and processes will apply.

Our MBA, Digital MBA and Executive MBA have different applying processes. Apply through their course pages online:

If you want to apply for a research degree, follow our research applying guide.

Applying guide

Step 2: Check important dates

Some courses fill up quickly or applications might close early. Apply for your course as soon as possible.

Check the course details online to see when courses start, and if they have early closing dates. Otherwise, applications are due:

  • 30 January for a February start date
  • 30 June for a July start date.

Check important key dates

Step 3: Entry requirements

You need to meet specific entry requirements to get into each of our courses. They're usually based on previous study and/or professional experience.

Some courses may have additional entry requirements, including:

  • referee reports, interviews, questionnaires
  • professional training, accreditation or registration
  • access to related work or facilities.

If your previous studies were not completed in English, or were completed in a country where English is not the first language, you'll need to demonstrate that you meet our English proficiency requirements.

Check your course details online for more information on entry requirements.

Calculating your grade point average (GPA)

For some of our postgraduate courses you need to have achieved a particular grade point average (GPA) in your previous course to be eligible to apply.

If your previous course was made up of units with equal credit point values, your GPA is the sum of your grades for each unit divided by the number of units you attempted.

When you calculate your GPA you must:

  • include all:
    • numerical grades, including failing grades
    • administrative failures, such as 'withdrawn' or 'did not sit'
    • attempts at repeated units
  • exclude all:
    • units for which you received exemption, credit for prior learning or advanced standing
  • calculate it to two decimal places. If the average you've calculated has more than two decimal places, you'll need to round it to nearest hundredth. For example, after rounding 3.9945 becomes 3.99, or 4.999 becomes 5.00.

If your course was made up of units with unequal credit point values, we apply a weighting to calculate your GPA.

We use a 7-point grading scale at QUT:

  • 7.00 - High Distinction
  • 6.00 - Distinction
  • 5.00 - Credit
  • 4.00 - Pass
  • 3.00 - Fail
  • 2.00 - Fail
  • 1.00 - Low Fail
  • 0.00 - Withdrawn with academic penalty/Did not sit.

If your studies have been graded using a different scale, we'll convert your results to the QUT scale. Using this scale, a failing GPA is any GPA below 4.00.

Step 4: Fees and support

You can get an idea of how much your course will cost by checking the course information online. Your actual fees will vary depending on which units you enrol in.

Some courses have extra costs for things like field trips, equipment or practical training.

You also have to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) for student services like health and welfare, employment and career advice, study skills programs and orientation information and activities.

You may be eligible for a government loan to help you pay your course fees. You might also be eligible for Centrelink or a scholarship to help cover your living expenses

More about fees and costs

Step 5: Advanced standing (credit)

You may be able to have your past studies or work experience count as credit towards your QUT course. We call this 'advanced standing'.

That means you might not have to complete all of the units listed in your course structure and you may be able to graduate sooner.

You need to apply separately for advanced standing once you’ve received your offer, so make sure you check the application requirements and closing dates.

Explore advanced standing

Submitting your application

Ready to submit?

To apply, complete the application for postgraduate course admission form (PDF file, 268.0 KB). Check the form and your course information to see if you need to supply any supporting documents.

If you’re applying for more than one course, order the courses according to your preference.

Some courses may have extra forms that you need to submit with your application. Check your course information for details.

Special cases: applying through QTAC

Returning to study?

Find out more about applying to come back to QUT if you:

  • have been on a leave of absence
  • want to change the course you’ve been studying
  • want to come back to uni after an exclusion.

What happens next?

Entry to our postgraduate courses is based on merit. Each course has a certain number of places available, and once they're all filled no more applications are considered. If your course is full you will need to re-apply for the next admission period.

If you've applied for more than one course we'll assess your first preference listed on the application form. We'll only assess your second and subsequent preferences if you do not meet eligibility requirements for your first preference, or if the course quota is full in the case of Commonwealth supported places.

It usually takes us about three weeks to process your application, although some courses may take longer. If you've filled in your application incorrectly or haven't provided all your supporting documents, it may take longer.

We’ll email you to let you know if your application is successful.

Postponing your offer

If you want to start studying in a later semester or teaching period, you can ask for your application to be considered for the next time the course is offered, as long as that's within 6 months of the teaching period you originally applied for.

You'll need to email your request to within 6 months of your original offer.

The entry requirements for a course may change between teaching periods. When we reassess your application for the new semester or teaching period we'll assess it against the new requirements, so we can't guarantee you'll receive another offer.

If you were granted advanced standing with your original offer, we'll also reassess that.

If it's been more than 6 months since your original offer, you'll need to submit a new application for the course, and for advanced standing (if relevant).

Need more information?

Contact our HiQ team if you've got any questions about the applying process.

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