Postgraduate coursework applications

This is applying information for domestic students.
See international students' applying information

Follow these steps to apply for:

Some courses fill up quickly. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible, and by no later than the closing date.

Step 1: Find a course

You can apply for up to three courses.

Step 2: Check important dates

Some courses fill up quickly or close early, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Check key dates for details.

Courses with an early closing date will also have the closing date listed on the course page under 'start month' on the overview tab and under 'early closing date' on the entry requirements tab.

Step 3: Check you meet the 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, such as:

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

Check the entry requirements tab in your course information for details.

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. You can do this by providing results of an English language test that QUT recognises, such as IELTS (Academic). For the required test results, check our list of English language requirements by study area.

How to work out 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    • administrative failures, such as 'withdrawn' or 'did not sit'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: Check course fees and see if you're eligible for financial support

Course fees

To get an idea of how much your course will cost, check the costs and scholarships tab in your course information.

Your actual fees will vary depending on which units you enrol in. You can check specific costs for units in the units tab in your course information.

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.

Financial support

You may be eligible for:

  • FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP loans to help you pay your course fees
  • SA-HELP to pay for the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)
  • Centrelink payments to help with living expenses, including income support for masters students
  • scholarships to help with course fees and living expenses.

If you study at QUT, you'll also have access to services including financial counselling, employment advice and short-term loans.

Step 5: See if you're eligible for advanced standing

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.

If you want to claim advanced standing based on work experience or for studies completed at another institution you'll need to apply separately. Make sure you check the application requirements and closing dates.

Step 6: Collect supporting documents

International students

This information is for domestic students.

Your course application form and course information will tell you what supporting documents you need to supply.

Step 7: Submit your application to QUT

To apply, complete the application for postgraduate course admission form, and email it to us at the address on the form.

If you're applying for more than one course, order them according to your preference.

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

Returning to study or changing your course

Find out more about returning to study if:

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

Special cases: Teaching and Social Work graduate entry courses

Apply through QTAC for:

Make sure you select the correct QTAC code from the course information.

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 two weeks to process your application. Some courses may take longer and this will be published under the entry requirement for your nominated course. If you've filled in your application incorrectly or haven't provided all your supporting documents, it may take longer.

To let you know if your application is successful, we'll email you at the address you give us on your application form.



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