Postgraduate coursework applications

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

Follow these steps to apply for:

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

For some of our masters degrees (Master of Teaching and Master of Social Work - Qualifying), you must submit your application to QTAC, but the rest of these steps still apply.

For four-year honours degrees, follow the undergraduate application process.

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.

  • Semester 1
    2019

    Applying for postgraduate courses

    Sunday 30 September 2018

    Closing date for all postgraduate psychology courses. Apply as early as possible.

    Applying for postgraduate courses

    Friday 14 December 2018

    Closing date for postgraduate course applications for January start. Apply as early as possible as places can fill before the closing date. Applications received after this date may not be processed until the next available intake.

    Applying for postgraduate courses

    Thursday 31 January 2019

    Closing date for postgraduate course applications for February or March start. Apply as early as possible as places can fill before the closing date. Applications received after this date may not be processed until the next available intake.

  • Semester 2
    2019

    Applying for postgraduate courses

    Friday 14 June 2019

    Closing date for postgraduate course applications for late June start. Apply as early as possible as places can fill before the closing date. Applications received after this date may not be processed until the next available intake.

    Applying for postgraduate courses

    Sunday 30 June 2019

    Closing date for postgraduate course applications for July start. Apply as early as possible as places can fill before the closing date. Applications received after this date may not be processed until the next available intake.

  • SUM
    2019

    Applying for postgraduate courses

    Wednesday 31 October 2018

    Closing date for postgraduate course applications for November (Summer) start. Apply as early as possible as places can fill before the closing date. Applications received after this date may not be processed until the next available intake.

  • SUM1
    2019

    Applying for postgraduate courses

    Wednesday 31 October 2018

    Closing date for postgraduate course applications for November (SUM1). Apply as early as possible as places can fill before the closing date. Applications received after this date may not be processed until the next available intake.

  • SUM2
    2019

    Applying for postgraduate courses

    Friday 14 December 2018

    Closing date for postgraduate course applications for January (SUM2) start. Apply as early as possible as places can fill before the closing date. Applications received after this date may not be processed until the next available intake.

  • 6TP1
    2019

    Applying for postgraduate courses

    Friday 14 December 2018

    Closing date for postgraduate course applications for January start. Apply as early as possible as places can fill before the closing date. Applications received after this date may not be processed until the next available intake.

  • 6TP2
    2019

    Applying for postgraduate courses

    Thursday 14 February 2019

    Closing date for postgraduate course applications for March (6TP2) start. Apply as early as possible as places can fill before the closing date. Applications received after this date may not be processed until the next available intake.

  • 6TP3
    2019

    Applying for postgraduate courses

    Sunday 14 April 2019

    Closing date for postgraduate course applications for May (6TP3) start. Apply as early as possible as places can fill before the closing date. Applications received after this date may not be processed until the next available intake.

  • 6TP4
    2019

    Applying for postgraduate courses

    Friday 14 June 2019

    Closing date for postgraduate course applications for late June (6TP4) start. Apply as early as possible as places can fill before the closing date. Applications received after this date may not be processed until the next available intake.

  • 6TP5
    2019

    Applying for postgraduate courses

    Wednesday 14 August 2019

    Closing date for postgraduate course applications for September (6TP5) start. Apply as early as possible as places can fill before the closing date. Applications received after this date may not be processed until the next available intake.

  • 6TP6
    2019

    Applying for postgraduate courses

    Monday 14 October 2019

    Closing date for postgraduate course applications for October (6TP6) start. Apply as early as possible as places can fill before the closing date. Applications received after this date may not be processed until the next available intake.

  • 13TP1
    2019

    Applying for postgraduate courses

    Friday 14 December 2018

    Closing date for postgraduate course applications for January (13TP1) start. Apply as early as possible as places can fill before the closing date. Applications received after this date may not be processed until the next available intake.

    Applying for postgraduate courses

    Thursday 31 January 2019

    Closing date for postgraduate course applications for February (13TP1) start. Apply as early as possible as places can fill before the closing date. Applications received after this date may not be processed until the next available intake.

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 the requirements of your course online.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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 our postgraduate applications team within 6 months of your original offer.

We'll let you know whether you can postpone your application by emailing you at the address you gave us when you applied or when you requested the postponement.

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 current academic and English language entry requirements, so we can't guarantee you'll receive another offer.

If you were granted credit (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 credit (advanced standing) if relevant.

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