Applicants submit supporting documentation as part of the online application. Therefore it is important to prepare your documents before starting the application. All documents must be in English or include a certified English translation (see below). If you are unable to include some of your documentation with your online application you can submit them once they are available through the myUNSW Application Tracking system. More information will be included with your application receipt letter after you apply.
Scanned copies of documents are sufficient for the application process. All applicants will need to be prepared to present original documents (including English translations) to UNSW for inspection after enrolment as requested. UNSW will verify documents via back-to-source (BTS) checks with applicants’ home institutions. Where we are unable to verify documents with your home institution, applicants will be required to bring their originals to the Graduate Research School for verification. If documents are found to be misleading, consequences may include withdrawal of any offer or enrolment, loss of fees already paid, and reporting to Police, Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) and Immigration.
Below is a short description of documents required by every applicant. Those marked with an asterix (*) are required in order for your application to be assessed. Those without can be sent at a later date. Further documentation specific to your case may be required beyond the below, and we will contact you in the event these are required.
- Electronic transcripts*: Applicants need to provide a scanned or electronic copy of transcripts for all tertiary degrees completed or attempted, including current degrees. For those students undertaking a research degree which does not have specific scores, an enrolment summary will be required to show which semesters the applicant was enrolled. BTS checking may be undertaken at any time.
- Grading systems*: These are explanations of what specific scores/grades mean at a specific University/Institution. These must be provided for each University the applicant has attended.
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)*: This must include details of previous research, such as a summary of all research outputs and experience, including publications, conference presentations, etc. Work samples such as abstracts may be attached as appendices to the CV.
- Research Proposal*: Please see Step 2
- Supervisor contact*: Please see Step 2 for full information. Some Faculties have specific requirements for this:
Students from Built Environment or Law Faculties are not required to submit proof of contact. UNSW Business School and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences applicants need to submit their successful EOI outcome as proof. Please note that agreement from an academic does not guarantee admission, as your application will still be required to meet the UNSW Higher Degree Research Supervision Policy.
- Testamurs: These are certificates of completion for prior degrees. If you are currently studying, the testamur for this degree can be submitted at a later date. Your application can be provisionally assessed without these. BTS checking may be undertaken at any time.
- Proof of Australian/New Zealand citizenship, or Australian Permanent Residency (PR): For Australian/New Zealand citizens or Australian PRs only. BTS checking may be undertaken at any time.
- Proof of English*: All applicants, domestic and international, must meet the English language entry requirements for the University before they can be offered unconditional admission. Applicants do not need to have met the English requirements before applying for admission, however satisfactory English proof is required in order to be considered for a scholarship (please see Key Dates for the deadline). BTS checking may be undertaken at any time.
- Current semester results: This is only required for any students still undertaking a tertiary degree. These are not required until you have completed all requirements of your current degree. Once you have completed, you will need to submit your final transcript and any examiners reports (if applicable).
Please note, Referee Reports are no longer required. However, your Referees may be contacted directly by your School or Supervisor. Please ensure you supply the details of 2 Referees during the online application.
Translation of Documents:
Documents that are in a language other than English must be translated by an accredited translator before they are submitted to UNSW.
- Translations performed in Australia - These should be performed by a translator accredited by NAATI (the National Standards and Accreditation body for Translators and Interpreters) - www.naati.com.au .
- Translations performed outside of Australia – These can be performed by
- a translator accredited by NAATI (the National Standards and Accreditation body for Translators and Interpreters) who is based outside of Australia www.naati.com.au, or
- an acceptable registered translator in the overseas country. You should contact the Australian mission in the country in which the translation will be conducted for advice on acceptable registered translators.
Each translation must be accompanied by a statement which states “The translated text in this document is an accurate and complete translation of the original document” and should then also contain the translator’s signature, printed name, membership of the relevant accredited translation body (and membership number if applicable) and the date the statement is made.