Frequently Asked Questions
When's the right time for postgraduate study?

It may never feel like the perfect moment, with competing priorities in your life—whether that's moving house, starting a family, or tackling a big project at work.

Life will always throw curveballs, but those who make today their 'day one' don't just talk about 'one day.' See here for more essential factors to consider when determining if now is the right time to embark on postgraduate study.

Remember, we are always just an email or phone call away to help

Where do I find the time to fit study into my week?

The first step is to make the commitment to study 20 hours a week for 7 weeks at a time. Click here for example study schedules, including someone who works full time and shift work.

We're here to assist, providing tools and resources to support you from day one to graduation. Schedule a call at this link

There are so many options for study, how do I know which one is right for me?

We understand that choosing the right course can be a significant decision. At UTS Online, we provide a range of benefits to help you make an informed choice:

  • Learning from leaders: Our courses are designed by experts in tech and innovation, ensuring you receive a top-quality education that equips you with the skills to excel in your field.
  • Flexible learning: We offer 7-week subjects and a user-friendly online learning environment, making it convenient for working professionals like you to balance study with other commitments.
  • Personal support: Our dedicated Student Enrolment Advisors are here to assist you in navigating your course options. They can provide personalised guidance based on your career goals and interests.
  • Networking opportunities: Through our online study platform, you'll have the chance to connect with peers and industry professionals, enhancing your network and potential career opportunities.

So, if you're unsure about which course aligns best with your aspirations, don't hesitate to reach out to our Student Enrolment Advisors. They are here to support you in making the right choice for your future. Schedule a call at this link or reach out to us on live chat.

When are the study period intakes?

UTS Online offers courses with six starting dates each year: January, March, May, July, August, and October.

You can find the 2024 academic calendar here: UTS Academic Calender 2024

Postgraduate study is expensive; how can I afford it?

We understand that the cost of postgraduate study can be a concern. Here are some tips to help you navigate this challenge while considering the long-term benefits:

  • Explore FEE-HELP: Check if you're eligible for FEE-HELP, a government loan scheme that can assist in covering your tuition fees. This financial support can make your postgraduate journey more accessible.
  • Industry research: Research your chosen industry's skill and job demands. Understanding the market can help you make informed decisions about your investment in education.
  • Apply your gained skills: Don't wait until you complete your degree to apply what you've learned. Seek opportunities to apply your new skills in your current job or through internships. This can enhance your career prospects and potentially offset some costs.
  • Consider the non-financial benefits: Remember that the benefits of postgraduate study extend beyond finances. It can lead to fulfilling careers, increased confidence, and improved job satisfaction. These intangible rewards are part of your overall return on investment.

While postgraduate study may require an initial financial investment, the long-term benefits can far outweigh the costs. Additionally, exploring financial assistance options and considering the broader advantages can help make it a more manageable and rewarding experience. For a step-by-step guide to understanding and utilising FEE-HELP effectively, see here.

What are the benefits of postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study provides a wide range of advantages, such as career advancement, specialised knowledge, and personal growth. Click here to read five valuable insights into how pursuing a postgraduate education can significantly impact your professional and personal development.

I have never studied online before, what does it look like?

We prioritise student success and innovate our online learning without sacrificing quality. For many, the online environment is more user-friendly and intuitive than they expected.

Here's an example video showcasing our online learning environment's key features and functionalities, including various tools and resources available to support your studies.

See here for practical tips on managing your time efficiently, staying focused, maintaining motivation and prioritising your health, so you can achieve your career goals.

Remember, we are always just an email or phone call away to help

How is online study different to on campus study?

You can expect equal educational quality online as on campus. UTS Online courses are specifically designed for working professionals, offering quality education no matter your location or work schedule.

For more information, schedule a call at this link or reach out to us on live chat.

It's been a long time since I went to uni or I didn't even graduate. I'm not sure I should apply or if I'll get into the course?

Keep in mind that courses have distinct entry requirements and pathways, such as progressing from a Graduate Certificate to a Master's.

If you're unsure about anything, don't hesitate to reach out to our Student Enrolment Advisors. They are here to support you in making the right choice for your future. Schedule a call at this link or reach out to us on live chat.

Will I be eligible for a student concession once I enrol?

You will need to apply for a Transport Concession Entitlement Card (TCEC) via the Opal website to prove your eligibility to travel on a concession fare. To see if you're eligible, visit the Transport NSW website.

Are there any resources available to assist students with finding job opportunities after graduation?

Yes, you will have access to the UTS CareerHub to search for available industry internships and work experience opportunities. Students are also encouraged to seek guidance from academics and their professional networks as part of the UTS Online experience.

Can I defer my studies? How long can I defer my studies?

Yes, you can defer your studies, but only within the same intake year. If you wish to defer your studies to the following year, simply reapply to UTS Online when you are ready to commence your studies. Students are encouraged to speak with their Student Success Advisor for personalized advice and support.

If you're unsure about anything, don't hesitate to reach out to our Student Enrolment Advisors. They are here to support you in making the right choice for your future. Schedule a call at this link or reach out to us on live chat.

Are there Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for UTS Online courses?

The UTS Online courses are not Commonwealth supported. However, you may be eligible for the FEE-HELP loan scheme to assist paying tuition fee for your online course.

Is full-time study an option?

No, the UTS Online courses are structured so that students study one course per study period, which is considered part-time.

Will I get any breaks from study?

Yes, generally there is a two and a half week break between each study period. You may also be able to take breaks between study periods if needed. However, please keep in mind that study plans and completion times might vary depending on the commencement date, elective choice, leave and subject availability. For more information, schedule a call at this link or reach out to us on live chat.

Do I have to attend classes or lectures?

No, the UTS Online courses are delivered 100% online.

Am I eligible for a FEE-HELP study loan to assist with my tuition fees?

FEE-HELP is a government loan scheme assisting Australian Citizens, current or previous Humanitarian visa holder and eligible New Zealand citizen to pay their tuition fees. Students can apply with their tax file number and unique student identifier (USI) during the acceptance and will automatically eligible for FEE-HELP if they have sufficient HELP balance. You will begin to repay a percentage of your loan, which will be determined based on your income and circumstances. Learn more about the FEE HELP on the Australian Government Study Assist website .

How is UTS ranked nationally and globally?

In a remarkable triumph, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has soared to the top echelons of academic excellence. Just days after breaking into the esteemed list of the Top 100 Universities Worldwide, UTS has again secured a prestigious position. This time, it has clinched the ninth spot for young universities globally and emerged as Australia's leading institution in the 2023 Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings, a compilation of universities under 50 years old.

How do I connect with other students in my course?

You will have many opportunities to collaborate and interact with other students while studying online. There are 3-5 zoom sessions per week for each subject to replicate the on-campus tutorials. You will also be part of an interactive student discussion board where students collaborate with the course academic and peers, sharing course- and industry-related ideas. UTS Online also offers various social clubs that all students are welcome to join.

For more information, schedule a call at this link or reach out to us on live chat.

Do I need to provide evidence of my English language proficiency?

Yes, all applicants are required to meet the University’s English language requirements by completion of one of the following:

  • an assessable qualification undertaken in English in one of the listed countries
  • an assessable course taught in English (senior secondary studies comparable with the NSW HSC; one full year of Australian or comparable tertiary studies, Australian or comparable non-award studies; tertiary preparation courses)
  • an English Language test:
    • Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or
    • TOEFL: paper-based: 550—583 overall with TWE of 4.5; or
    • Internet based: 79—93 overall with a writing score of 21; or
    • AE5: Pass; or
    • PTE: 58—64; or
    • CAE: 176—184.

Note that some courses have additional English language requirements.

If you do not meet the English language requirements and have a combined 5 years of education and/or work in one of the listed English speaking countries, you must submit a personal statement in your application for consideration. For courses with higher English language requirements, applicants will need to meet English language requirements the traditional way.

For more information on the UTS Online English language requirements, see the website .

Can I study a master's course if I haven't completed a bachelor's degree?

In some cases, applicants might be eligible for admission to the Graduate Certificate based on relevant work experience, which may articulate into the master's upon completion. However, each course has its own entry requirements. Please view the relevant course page for entry requirements or speak with a Student Enrolment Advisor at this link to discuss your options.