University of Technology Sydney

Postgraduate course information

The UTS Business School offers a range of master's degrees, graduate diplomas and graduate certificates by coursework. In addition, doctoral programs are also offered.

Postgraduate coursework

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is based on prior completed undergraduate and completed or partially complete postgraduate studies at a UTS recognised university or institution, and is granted subject to University Rules and UTS Business School guidelines. Applicants are required to provide the information specified and meet the processing deadlines set by UTS in relation to recognition of prior learning applications. Students should lodge an application for subject exemption if they wish to apply for exemptions from subjects within their enrolled course.

Postgraduate subject exemptions are not normally granted where prior studies were undertaken more than 10 years previously. Postgraduate recognition of prior learning is not granted for prior sub-degree TAFE studies and recognition of prior learning for electives is considered based on prior postgraduate studies.

Articulation/Course transfer

While courses are offered as stand-alone qualifications, they are also components of integrated programs of study that enable students who satisfactorily complete a graduate certificate or graduate diploma to apply for entry to a higher-level course within their chosen field of study. Where a student articulates from one level of study to another, only one testamur is issued. Further information is available from the UTS Business School.

Existing postgraduate students can apply for a different award by completing an internal course transfer. Further information is available from the Student Centre.


All UTS postgraduate students are subject to the Student Rules, Section 10 – Academic progression requirements. Students who do not meet these requirements can be excluded from their course. Full details are provided in the rules.

  • Assessment of rate of progress (rule 10.2): UTS Business School postgraduate coursework students will have their enrolment discontinued if they fail:
    • two subjects in a graduate certificate
    • three subjects in a graduate diploma
    • four subjects in a master's degree, or
    • five subjects in the MBA (C04018) and postgraduate extension degrees.
  • Failure to maintain a minimum rate of progress (rule 10.4)
  • Maximum time to complete course requirements (rule 10.5)
  • Repeated failure in a subject (rule 10.6)
  • Academic caution (rule 10.7)

Early intervention

Early intervention applies only to international students and is a requirement of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS). International students who, because of poor results, are identified as being at risk of failing to make satisfactory academic progress if they failed 50 per cent or more of their enrolled subjects in the previous half-year. If students are placed on early intervention following the release of results for a session, they receive a letter by email from UTS to their UTS email account advising them to undertake certain activities to help improve their academic performance.


Postgraduate students are not permitted to undertake undergraduate subjects, including language subjects, as electives in any Business postgraduate program. Students may only choose and enrol in postgraduate subjects as electives.

Majors and sub-majors

To have a major or sub-major noted on a final transcript, students must complete at least 75 per cent of the subjects in that major at UTS, under any approved postgraduate course.

Session load

Full-time study is usually undertaken at the normal load of 24 credit points a session. Part-time study is usually undertaken at the normal load of 12 credit points a session.

UTS Online postgraduate degree students undertake a normal full-time study load of 6 credit points a session.

Students who wish to undertake more than the normal full-time load in one session must submit an eRequest.


The UTS Business School offers both on-campus and online postgraduate degrees.

The usual attendance at on-campus courses for each subject is three hours a week, while subjects offered in block mode usually involve five or six full days of attendance spread over the session. The UTS timetable provides information on the location, day and time that individual subjects are offered.

Most degrees are offered part-time (one or two subjects a session) or full time (three or four subjects a session).

International students studying on student visas are subject to restrictions and requirements that do not apply to other students. Under Australian Government Law, International students must complete their course by the end date specified on their Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

Online postgraduate degrees are delivered 100% online across six study periods a year.

Subject attendance requirements

Students are required to be punctual and regular in attendance for all classes in which they are enrolled. It is the student's responsibility to study all material provided, or required to be accessed, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the subject and to be informed of subject-related activities and administration.

International students in Australia are advised to attend all classes at their campus. Failure to attend may infringe on the conditions of the student visa.

The UTS timetable provides information on the location, day and time that individual subjects are offered.


Relevant forms are available from Student forms, apps and systems.

Postgraduate research

Refer to Why graduate research at UTS? for admission requirements.

To apply for a postgraduate research degree with the UTS Business School, applicants are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) to the UTS Business School Research Office.

Contacts and inquiries

Business Research Office
telephone +61 2 9514 3691

Postgraduate Research (PhD)