Entry requirements tell you what qualifications or experience qualify you for a place in a postgraduate course.

Postgraduate entry requirements are specific to each course. Details are provided in the course descriptions in course search.

Because entry requirements vary between courses, being eligible to apply for one postgraduate course does not automatically make you eligible to apply for another. Check the requirements of the course before you apply.

If a course states that you need a Bachelor degree or equivalent for entry, you must either:

  • have undertaken higher education level study at an Australian institution, or
  • have undertaken study overseas at a level recognised as equivalent to Australian higher education level study
Some courses also state a required level of academic achievement, such as a credit average or similar.

Additional requirements

Some courses have additional requirements. You must fulfil these requirements as well as the standard entry requirements. Additional requirements can include:

  • submitting a portfolio
  • attending an interview
  • submitting a clinical placement form
Complete any additional entry requirements before the deadlines. You might not receive equal consideration for selection if you miss a deadline.

Some courses also include a statement under alternative entry. This explains the university’s policy on applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for the course.

Overseas higher education study

SATAC will assess higher education study completed overseas using the guidelines agreed to by our participating institutions. These guidelines determine your eligibility to apply with the results from your overseas study.

Your chances of selection

Your chances of selection depend on whether your qualification(s) meet the entry requirements. For some high-demand or competitive courses your chances will also depend on:

  • how many places the course has available
  • how many other applicants have applied, and
  • how competitive your qualification is relative to the other eligible applicants who are also applying

Eligibility and rank

Many courses will make offers to all eligible applicants. For competitive courses, SATAC will rank eligible applicants to determine a merit order for selection.

Ranking is usually based on academic merit. To rank applicants, SATAC must calculate a Grade Point Average (GPA). We do this for each higher education level course you have studied at an Australian higher education institution (or overseas equivalent) for at least one full-time semester or longer. Selection is usually based on your best GPA.

Some courses may rank on other criteria such as an audition or interview score, or a combination of academic and other criteria.