2. Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate coursework study are flexible and vary from program to program.

Some programs don't require any previous study, while others may require a four-year honours degree or more.

All applicants have to meet the relevant entry requirements for admission to their preferred program.

These requirements might include:

  • a previous degree or qualification
  • a minimum GPA
  • relevant professional experience
  • compliance with any special entry requirements.

Specific entry requirements for postgraduate coursework programs are listed under 'Program Details' on each program page.

If you are from a non-English speaking background, you must also demonstrate English language proficiency for admission. For more information, see our policy and procedures on English Language Proficiency Admission and Concurrent Support


Some disciplines are offered in program suites, which begin at graduate certificate level and progress to master's level (or beyond). As a general rule:

  • a graduate certificate is the equivalent of one semester of full-time study
  • a graduate diploma is the equivalent of one year of full-time study
  • a master's by coursework may take between one year and two years of full-time study and usually (although not always) includes a research component.

Some disciplines also offer master's programs of varying lengths – usually either 16 units, 24 units, or 32 units. For example, the following programs are available:

  • Master of Biotechnology (16 unit)
  • Master of Biotechnology (24 unit)
  • Master of Biotechnology (32 unit).

The number of units reflects how many courses need to be completed to satisfy the program's requirements. At UQ, most courses are 2 units each.

If you are trying to choose between different programs in a suite, pay careful attention to entry requirements.

The difference between a 16-unit master's program and a 24-unit master's program isn't always just length. The programs may also have different entry requirements.

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Applying to UQ

To apply directly to UQ, create an applicant account and complete all details requested in the application form, attaching all required documentation as per the program entry requirements and any other additional information requests.

Apply directly to UQ

QTAC applications

To apply for the Diploma in Arts, Diploma in Science, Graduate Diploma in Education, Master of Teaching (Primary) or Master of Nursing Studies, submit your application online through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

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