University of Technology Sydney

Postgraduate course information

TD School offers a range of master's degrees, graduate diplomas and graduate certificates by coursework. In addition, doctoral and research master's (by thesis) programs are also offered.

Further information and general inquiries on postgraduate course information is available from the UTS Student Centre.

Responsible Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) may be granted on the basis of previous studies at another university or other recognised tertiary educational institution or relervant work experience.

RPL is not granted for subjects taken more than five years prior to the first session of study in the relevant TD School course, unless there is evidence through work experience that the knowledge has remained current.

Students are to apply for RPL at enrolment in their first session of study. RPL is only granted in exceptional circumstances after this time.

Students should note that RPL given in one course at UTS are not necessarily transferred to another course at UTS after a successful internal course transfer has occurred.

Graduate certificates

RPL are not permitted.

Graduate diplomas and master's degrees

RPL are granted on the basis of prior postgraduate study at an Australian university, or at a recognised overseas institution deemed to be equivalent to an Australian university or relervant work experience. The maximum amount of credit allowed by TD School for RPL is one half of the total course credit point requirement for a postgraduate course.

For applicants who wish to seek recognition of prior learning on the basis of previous work experience, supporting documents need to be provided with the application for recognition of prior learning. A maximum of 12cp of exemptions may be considered on the basis of relevant work experience. Any further amount of exemptions must be considered by the Responsible Academic Officer.


Postgraduate students may be excluded from further study at the university if they fail more than 50 per cent of the total number of enrolled credit points from the commencement of the course.

Postgraduate students may also be excluded from a course if they exceed the maximum time allowed for completion of the course. (see rule 10.5)


Students are not permitted to take an elective subject that covers substantially the same material as a required subject or a subject already undertaken. Postgraduate students may undertake a maximum of one approved undergraduate subject as an elective.