How to Apply

Application Process for Postgraduate Coursework Students

All applicants wishing to gain entry to a postgraduate coursework program must apply online. This online application will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. There is no application fee for UNSW Canberra programs. To apply online go to myUNSW apply online.

Closing dates for online applications for admission to postgraduate programs at UNSW Canberra are available at Important Dates.

Non-Award Enrolments at UNSW Canberra

Non-award enrolment refers to all enrolments in courses or a sequence of courses which do not lead to or count towards a formal award (e.g. degree or diploma) of the University of New South Wales. Non-award study at UNSW Canberra is only available at the postgraduate level.

Non-award enrolments fall into two categories, voluntary and cross-institutional.

A voluntary course enrolment is where the student enrols in a postgraduate course either out of interest, or to develop professional competence in an area of specialisation.

A cross-institutional enrolment is where the student enrols in a course another Australian tertiary institution to be credited towards the UNSW Canberra award.

1. Rules and Guidelines

Non-award enrolment in a UNSW Canberra course, taken either voluntarily or cross institutionally, will need to be approved by the relevant UNSW Canberra School.

2. What Fees Will Apply?

Tuition fees are charged according to the classification of the course. View further fee information.  

Defence military and civilian personnel may be eligible to apply for Defence Funding.

3. How Do I Apply?

Application to enrol as a non-award student must be made on the Non-Award Enrolment application form.

4. What are the Application Closing Dates?

Closing Dates for applications to commence Non-Award or Cross-Institutional Enrolment at UNSW are available at Important Dates. Please refer to the Application Deadlines for Postgraduate Study.

5. What Courses are Available?

All postgraduate courses are available for non-award study. See the UNSW Canberra Handbook for further information.

All applicants for admission to UNSW Canberra either in Australia or overseas, whose first language is not English must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the English Language Requirements.

Students who have previously completed courses at a recognised university can apply for credit. Limited credit may be granted for courses which are considered equivalent in standard, level, objectives and relevance to the program in which they are enrolling or enrolled at UNSW Canberra.

The Department of Defence is committed to developing the skills of all Defence personnel which includes the provision of Defence-funded postgraduate places at the UNSW Canberra. 

How Do I Apply?

Applying for a Defence funded placement for postgraduate study at UNSW Canberra requires two separate but concurrent steps:

  1. Apply for admission to UNSW Canberra - All applicants wishing to gain entry to a postgraduate coursework or research program must apply online. This online application will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. There is no application fee.

    *If you are already a student enrolled at UNSW Canberra you only need to complete step two to apply for a Defence funded place.
     
  2. Apply for a Defence funded place - use web form AD481 - Application for Funding for Postgraduate Study at ADFA by 1 November for study in the following study year.

Changes & Withdrawal

Changes to an Approved Study Program: Defence personnel who have been notified of approval for a Defence funded postgraduate place, have up to the beginning of week one of their nominated session to notify their relevant Defence delegate of their intention not to study, take leave, change the program of study, or add/drop a course. Students must also inform both UNSW Canberra at Student Administrative Services.

Withdrawal must be complete by the university Census date. These dates can be found at important dates.

Please Note: If students withdraw after these dates or fail to inform both Defence and UNSW Canberra, Defence will still be financially liable for the approved unit/s of study. Failure to follow the required notification process will impact on that students future applications for a Defence funded postgraduate position at UNSW Canberra. 

Further Information

Detailed information on the ADFA PG program is available from:

Navy: npcma.education@defence.gov.au

Army: dass-adfa.army@defence.gov.au

RAAF & APS Education: education.assistance@defence.gov.au

The Education Assistance website.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic full fee-paying students is available here.

UNSW Canberra postgraduate coursework programs are available to international applicants via distance mode only. Our offerings are not open to holders of overseas student visa holders as our programs are not available on-campus.

These unique advantages of Distance Learning explain how the learning experience can actually be far greater.

  • Anywhere, anytime. Complete your postgraduate program from home, from the office or while travelling. As long as you have a broadband connection, you can study. Courses are offered during standard semester times.
  • Support. UNSW Canberra's low student-to-teacher ratio, combined with communication at your fingertips, means lecturers are accessible when you need them.
  • Range of programs. We offer a diverse range of postgraduate coursework programs; see the Coursework Program Summary
  • Materials. Most learning materials are accessible online, while any hard-copy items are delivered to your doorstep.
  • Classmates. Online forums and blogs provide interaction with your peers.
  • Library Resources. You'll have access to one of the country's best libraries, with many online journals and books available 24/7. 

How Much Does it Cost?

Detailed tuition fee information for International full fee-paying students is available here.

Applications

All applicants wishing to gain entry to a postgraduate coursework program must apply online. This online application will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. There is no application fee for UNSW Canberra programs. To apply online go to myUNSW apply online.

English Language Requirements

All applicants for admission to The University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy, either in Australia or overseas, whose first language is not English must provide evidence that their English language ability meets the English Language Requirements.