This page outlines the admission process for domestic students.
You are a domestic student if you are an Australian or New Zealand citizen (including dual citizens), a permanent resident of Australia or a holder of a permanent Australian humanitarian visa. Otherwise, please find out how to apply as an international student.
Use our course search to browse our wide range of courses. Use the filters to search for postgraduate courses in your area of interest, then click on a course to find out more about:
You might want to bookmark the course page, as you'll be referring back to it as you prepare your application.
Some courses are offered at a graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master's degree level - when choosing a degree, you should consider which level is best for you.
A graduate certificate usually covers some of the core units of a master's degree, and is typically completed within six months of full-time study. A graduate diploma offers more opportunity to upskill, covering more of the master's units and is typically completed within a year of full-time study.
Master's degrees provide you with specialised knowledge and skills, and usually take one to two years of full-time study.
Depending on your course, you may be able to upgrade/downgrade between the course levels - for example, commencing a graduate diploma and then upgrading to the master's version of the course.
When choosing a course, you should see if it has any inherent requirements (this will be noted on the course page). These usually apply for courses that are preparing you for a career where you will be working closely with people or animals.
They aren't assessable admissions criteria, but are required for you to successfully complete the course. Researching the inherent requirements will allow you to make an informed decision about the course/career.
The admissions criteria for your course will be listed on the specific course page (found in step 1).
Depending on the degree, it could include:
English language requirements depends on the course, your country of origin and educational background. Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency.
Before applying, you should understand the fees you will need to pay. These include:
There are a limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available for some postgraduate courses. All eligible students will be automatically considered.
In addition, we have a number of scholarships available for domestic postgraduate degree students.
Select 'Apply' on the course page, and follow the prompts to submit your application. You can save and return at any time.
If your course requires a supplementary application form, it will be listed on the course page.
If you are applying for the Juris Doctor (JD), you must do so through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).
Applications for most courses close on:
However, closing dates differ for some courses (eg Doctor of Medicine and Doctor of Dental Medicine) so you should refer to your course page for confirmation.
We recommend applying well before the closing dates to ensure the best chance of success, as offers are made on a rolling basis.
You may be able to have related study or work experience credited to your degree, meaning you won’t have to repeat similar units and could graduate sooner. This is available for equivalent:
The following types of credit are available:
You may also be eligible to apply for a waiver, if the unit you’ve completed is substantially similar to a University of Sydney unit, but credit cannot be given. Unlike credit and RVL, waivers don’t reduce the duration of your award course and you’ll need to complete another unit in its place.
Accepting credit can change your study load, fees or course duration. This may also affect your government assistance eligibility and full-time concession benefits.
You will receive an email with the outcome of your application.
Successful applicants will receive an unconditional or conditional offer. If you receive a conditional offer, this means that we require further documentation before we can issue an unconditional offer. You can accept an unconditional offer in Sydney Student.