How to Apply

UNSW is one of Australia’s most respected universities, with an international reputation for outstanding academic programs and world-class research. UNSW is one of the ‘Group of Eight’ leading universities in Australia. UNSW Canberra at ADFA offers the best student-to-teacher ratio in the country and some of the best academic staff in their respective fields. So you can be sure that the degree you study for will be of the highest standing.

The Department of Defence is offering sponsorships to aspiring university students who wish to pursue a degree through the UNSW Canberra at ADFA as a civilian student. More information is available here.

1. DCUS Process

Students must:

a) be recommended and approved by the Department of Defence by successful completion of an application process

b) have met the minimum entry requirements for UNSW Canberra as outlined in Point 2 below.

 

2. Entrance Requirements

Lowest selection ranks for Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship (DCUS) Applicants for UNSW Canberra 2020

The following scores are the lowest selection ranks required for entry to UNSW Canberra programs for 2019. The requirements only apply to Defence Civilian Undergraduate Sponsorship (DCUS) Applicants.

UAC Code

Program

Program Code

Years

ATAR

OP*

IB 

450030

B Computing and Cyber Security

4427

3

80

10

28

450040

B Aero Engineering (Honours)

4472

4

85

8

31

450050

B Civil Engineering (Honours)

4473

4

85

8

31

450060

B Electrical Engineering (Honours)

4471

4

85

8

31

450070

B Mechanical Engineering (Honours)

4474

4

85

8

31

ATAR = Australian Tertiary Admission Rank - All States and Territories except QLD

OP* = Overall Position (QLD only). Please note these minimum OP's should be used as a general guide only as the conversion can vary from year to year.

IB = International Baccalaureate. Candidates must have met the requirements of an IB Diploma.

 

3. Assumed Subject Knowledge Requirements

It is assumed that students will have achieved a level of subject knowledge (as listed below) that is considered desirable for successful university level study.

If you do not have the minimum level of assumed subject knowledge, you are NOT prevented from applying for admission or enrolling in any courses, but you will be placed at a considerable disadvantage.

Program

Assumed subject knowledge

B Computing and Cyber Security

Mathematics

B Engineering (Aero, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical) Honours

B Technology (Aero, Aviation)

Mathematics, Physics

 

4. Application via UAC

If you are approved by your Service for a transfer to ADFA and you meet the University's entrance requirements, you must lodge an application through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).  Applications open early August and close at the end of September of the year before the commencement of study. Late applications after the end of September will incur late fees. A formal offer of admission will then be made to you through UAC in January of the year you plan to commence your studies.

If requested by UAC to forward any academic qualifications or transcripts, you MUST do so. Because of the Privacy Act, Student Administrative Services cannot forward your documentation to UAC on your behalf.

UAC offers are released via email in the first week of January. You will normally have up to one week to accept the offer. If you meet the entrance rank and been informed by UNSW Canberra that you are eligible for admission, but have not heard anything by the end of the first week in January, you should contact Student Administrative Services on (02) 6268 6000 or at sas@adfa.edu.au.