FAQs- Admission & Scholarships

What is a census date?

For Higher Degree Research candidates, there are two teaching periods for the year. Each Teaching Period has its own census date, set by the University in accordance with Commonwealth legislation (HESA 2003). The critical dates for HDR candidates are March 31 (Semester 1 enrolment) and August 31 (Semester 2 enrolment). The census date of each teaching period is the last day you can enrol in a research higher degree program for that semester. It is also the last date you can submit your thesis for examination without having to enrol in the next semester.

 

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Am I a Domestic or International candidate?
  • Domestic candidates are: Australian Permanent Residents or Citizens, or New Zealand Citizens

  • International candidates are: New Zealand Permanent Residents, or Citizens or Permanent Residents of all other countries

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I am in the process of applying for Permanent Residency, should I apply as a Domestic or International candidate?

Please complete the application using your current residential status. This can be updated when your residency status changes.

If you are applying for a scholarship and are unsure what your status will be at the time the results are announced, you can apply for both a domestic and an international scholarship to maximise your chances. Please contact the Admissions and Scholarships team should you wish to submit a second scholarship application.

Please note that if you are offered a scholarship based on a residency status that is not correct at census date, you will be unable to take up that scholarship.

 
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I am an International applicant but I don’t have my IELTS result yet. Will my application still be processed?

All applicants to the University must provide evidence of English ability that meets the UNSW English language requirements.

If you are applying for a UNSW scholarship you must submit your satisfactory proof of English prior to the scholarship application deadline, which can be found on Submit an Application.

If you are applying for admission only (no scholarship), you can provide evidence of your English language proficiency after you submit your application. If you are recommended for admission but you have not yet submitted your evidence of English language proficiency, you may receive a conditional offer.

 
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I am an international applicant and I have a strong command of the English language, but no IELTS result. How can I prove my English ability?

There are a number of ways to meet the English language proficiency requirements for admission to a research higher degree at UNSW. These include completion of an approved English test and gaining scores that meet the UNSW English language requirements, and completing a recognised qualification at an institution where the language that courses are taught in is English. For a detailed list of approved ways to meet these requirements, visit UNSW English language requirements.

 
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How do I apply for a scholarship?

You can apply for a UNSW scholarship when you complete your application for admission. 

For more on UNSW Scholarship information, visit Scholarships. For information on how to submit an application, visit How to Apply

UNSW Sydney Postgraduate Research Scholarships are assessed in 4 Rounds throughout the year. These rounds, named Round 1-4, will be open to both International and Domestic applicants.

Please check Key Dates for the application dates. Late applications will not be accepted.

 

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How do I determine my position in a cohort?

You should ask your university. However, not all universities are able to provide this information. If you are able to obtain it, it may assist with your application but, it is not compulsory for you to do so.

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How do I submit my documents?

You need to submit scanned copies of your supporting documents with your application for admission, so it’s a good idea to prepare these documents before completing the online application form. All documents must be in English or include a certified English translation.

It is possible to submit supporting documents after you’ve submitted your online application form, however some documents are compulsory for your application to be processed. For further information, visit Submit an Application.

 

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What are my chances of getting a scholarship?

You can get an indication of the likelihood of receiving admission and/or a scholarship by using the UNSW HDR Self- Assessment Tool.

For further information on eligibility, please visit Scholarships.

 

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How will my referees be contacted?

Schools and supervisors may contact your referees to gauge an impression of your abilities. If this assessment is required, they will contact your referees directly.

 

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How do I track the status of my application and check all documents are received?

After you have submitted your application, within 2-4 working days you will be emailed an application receipt letter containing your UNSW student ID and outstanding documentation.

From this point you can provide your outstanding documentation and/or track your application by logging in to your UNSW Apply Online account. If you have not received your application receipt letter after one week, please contact the Admissions and Scholarships team at the Graduate Research School domestic.grs@unsw.edu.au international.grs@unsw.edu.au or for Canberra applicants the Admin Research Student Unit: rsu@adfa.edu.au. If you applied through a UNSW agent, please provide all the outstanding documentation to your agent.

 

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When do I find out if my scholarship application is successful?

All scholarship applicants are sent an email with the outcome of their application once the scholarship ranking process is finalised. Outcomes and offers are sent from the expected scholarship offer release date, which is published at Key Dates, and it may take some weeks for all results to be released. The outcome of your application may be delayed if your academic results or required documentation has not been received.

Results cannot be released prior to the release date as applicants are assessed against all other applicants. 

 

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What is a conditional offer?

This means that you are offered admission to a research higher degree on the condition that you meet the requirements listed in your offer letter. Once you submit this evidence, you will receive an unconditional offer along with instructions on how to enrol. 

If you do not meet the required conditions, you will not be able to enrol in the program. Once the acceptance deadline passes, your offer of admission will no longer be valid. If you still wish to enrol in a UNSW research higher degree, you will need to re-apply during a future application round.

 

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Why did I get an offer but no notification of scholarship success?

Scholarship selection is a competitive process. All scholarship applications are considered at the same time, as each applicant is considered against all other applicants. 

If you have received an offer of admission to the course but you have not been notified of the outcome of your scholarship outcome, this is because the scholarship selection process is still taking place. 

All scholarship outcomes are sent from the release date outlined in Key Dates

 

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I have applied for a scholarship - why does my admission letter state I am 'Full Fee-Paying'?

All International candidates are admitted to their research higher degree as Full-Fee Paying students.

If you have been granted a tuition fee scholarship or sponsorship, your tuition fees will be paid by your scholarship or sponsor for the duration of the award.

 

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I have been awarded a scholarship. How do I accept my admission offer online without paying the tuition fee deposit?

International scholarship recipients cannot accept online. Please print, complete and email your acceptance form and attach proof that you have been awarded a scholarship that will cover your tuition fees.  If you are a recipient of a UNSW scholarship, this proof should be your scholarship reply form.

Your acceptance will then be processed manually and you will not need to pay the deposit.

 

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What is a deferral?

If you receive an offer to enrol in a research higher degree at UNSW but you cannot start straight away, you can defer or delay starting your degree on the acceptance section of your offer letter. Typically candidates can only defer a course offer for up to 12 months, however if you are experiencing extenuating circumstances you may be permitted to defer your offer beyond this date.

 

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I submitted my Commencement of Study Form to activate my scholarship payments, but when I log onto MyUNSW it asks me to pay the tuition fee. What should I do?

Commencement Forms may take some time to process. Once your form has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email. If tuition fees are still outstanding after you have received this confirmation, you can discuss payment with us by responding to this email.

 

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Why did I receive more/less money in my first pay?

For scholarship payment details, please see refer to the Pay Advice information sheet available at Scholarships.

 

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I am currently on a scholarship. What is the scholarship expiry date?

You can view your scholarship expiry date through the Graduate Research Information System (GRIS). Log in using your zID and password.

Details of your current scholarship/s will be in the "My Details" section, including the expiry date.

 

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