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Change your course

Internal course application

If your transfer is not an allowable course transfer visible in Sydney Student you will need to make an internal course application directly to the University (not through UAC).

You will need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen course. Find out more about these requirements in Find a course.


This option is only available to currently enrolled, undergraduate award course students, as well as international higher degree by reseach students.

If you are a non-award or cross-institutional student and wish to change your course you will need to apply through UAC.

If you are a postgraduate student and want to change to a course that is not an allowable course transfer, you will need to make a new application through Find a course.

If you want to change to the new curriculum version of your current course, you can only do so if you can complete the course without extending your stay in Australia. The University is unable to authorise an extension of your current electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE). When we assess your application, we will determine if the new course will extend your stay. If it does, we will contact you with advice to withdraw your application and continue your studies in your current course.

If you’re currently enrolled in a three-year course and want to change to a combined Bachelor of Advanced Studies, we will issue a new electronic Confirmation of Enrolment with your change of course and course duration. It will also result in a change to your student visa and you will be responsible for any associated costs.

International students who want to change their course need to submit an internal course application.

You should speak to your supervisor first about changing your course.

If you are completing a master’s degree by research and would like to change to a doctorate, you will need to:

  • have met key milestones in your current progress plan
  • demonstrate that your research meets the requirements of a doctorate
  • demonstrate your ability to complete the requirements of a doctorate in your remaining period of candidature.

If you are completing a doctorate and would like to change to a masters by research, you should discuss this with your supervisor. You can also contact the Higher Degree by Research Administration Centre for further information.

If you are a domestic student, you need to submit an allowable course transfer application.

When to apply

Applications for Semester 2 2020

Applications for Semester 2 2020 are now closed.

Applications for Semester 1 2021

Applications will open on 1 October 2020 and close 31 January 2021.

We encourage you to apply early, as internal course applications may close earlier due to strict quota restrictions.

Applications for the following courses close on 20 November 2020:

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (513970)*

*You will be required to submit a commitment form at the time of application. For more information please visit the course page.

Applications for the following courses close on 30 November 2020:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) (513625)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise Physiology) (513630)

Applications for the following courses close on 31 December 2020:

  • Bachelor of Design in Architecture (513115)
  • Bachelor of Design in Architecture (Honours)/Master of Architecture (513120)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Diagnostic Radiography) (513620)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) (513635)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) (513640)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) (513645)

How to apply

Log in to Sydney Student and go to ‘My studies’, ’Course details’ then ‘Internal course application’.

Here you will select the new course name and indicate whether you would like to apply for credit.

Once you have submitted your application we will email you with instructions on how to apply for credit.

Make sure you're aware of any course-specific admission requirements that you need to complete as part of your internal transfer application, such as a commitment statement, Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA) or interview. Additional requirements can be found in Find a course.

You will only be able to submit up to two internal course applications at one time.

Assessing your application

The way we assess your application depends on the study you have undertaken so far.

If you have completed less than 48 credit points of tertiary study, we will use the qualification you used to gain entry to your current course, usually your ATAR or equivalent.

When you have completed 48 credit points or more, if your performance is better than your results used to gain entry, we will use this to assess your application instead.

If you entered your undergraduate degree under one of our admission pathways, any benefit you gained in addition to your ATAR does not carry across to your new application.

What happens next

You can view the status or cancel your application in Sydney Student (go to ‘Applications’ then ‘My application’).

In most cases, we will need to wait for your current semester results to be released before making you a new offer. For Semester 1, offers are usually made after semester results are released in early December up to the closing date. For Semester 2 entry, offers will be made in early July. For both semesters, if your new course has a guaranteed ATAR and you achieve this, you may receive an offer earlier.

If you have applied for credit, you will need to wait until we've assessed your credit application before you receive an offer for your new course.

If successful, the duration of your new course may be shortened, depending on the amount of transferable credit you are granted from your previous studies.

If you decide to take up your new offer you will need to wait until you've received your results for the current semester and then discontinue from your current course. Only when you've received your results and discontinued from your current course can you then enrol in your new course.

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Last updated: 19 November 2020

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