The University of Western Australia Information

  • Introduction

    The UWA difference
    As WA's only top 100 university (QS 2020), our experience-rich curriculum and global network prepares you for the ever-changing world outside your degree. Kick-start a successful career and join our accomplished graduates in becoming golbal professionals, driving change and shaping the future.

    We'll provide you with the environment to build technical skills and valuable connections through hands-on learning, internships, work integrated learning, volunteering for credit and more.

    Gain industry connections even before you graduate, helping you get a head start in your chosen industry. Connect with professionals in your field for one-on-one advice through our mentoring program and access local, national and global networks inside and outside the classroom.

    Work alongside world-leading academics who are passionate and engaged. Our academics are at the cutting-edge of knowledge, meaning you'll be across live projects and will uncover new discoveries in your field of interest before others.

    At UWA you join a community, not just a university. Make lifelong personal connections with more than 140 clubs and societies to choose from. Enjoy an unrivalled student lifestyle and socialise with people who value the same things you do.
  • UWA courses

    We're focused on education that helps you achieve your career goals, which is why there is a range of ways you can undertake study with us. Our dedicated team will work with you to develop the best option to set you p for long-term success.

    Undergraduate Study (Your first degree)
    We now offer nine three-year undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and Bachelor of Science and two four-year undergraduate degree: Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours)(BACS) and the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)(BPhil).

    Each undergraduate degree has a defined list of degree specific majors and double majors available within it. Your chosen degree specific major or double major will determine your undergraduate degree. You may also be able to choose a second major offered within the same, or another, undergraduate degree to create a unique and broad combination of disciplines.

    Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)
    The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) is an inspiring and unique course where you can choose any undergraduate major (and a second major, if you wish) from any field of study. The degree comprises a three-year bachelor’s course and a fourth year of honours. Your study is integrated into a research-intensive course that includes innovative interdisciplinary project work, a scholarship-supported study abroad experience and intensive academic mentoring – all at the highest standards of excellence.

    Diploma in Modern Languages
    The Diploma in Modern Languages provides you with the opportunity to study language units concurrently with a UWA undergraduate degree. Languages available include Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese and Korean. There are no prerequisites for entry to this course, as all languages can be taken at introductory or intermediate level, and some languages can be studied at the near-native speaker level. Apply for the diploma at the time of enrolling in your degree or after a semester or two of study. A diploma normally adds one year (two semesters) to the duration of your degree.

  • Direct pathways

    There are two types of Direct Pathway options available: the standard Direct Pathway via separate bachelor's and master's degrees, and the Accelerated Direct Pathway via the combined bachelor's and master's degrees. A standard Direct Pathway often allows you some choice in which majors you complete, while the Accelerated Driect Pathway consists of a defined double major.

    The new Accelerated Direct Pathway via the Combined Bachelor's and Master's degrees (CMB) is a four-year accelerated program for high-performing students. Over your first three years, you'll complete a double major in your chosen discipline and a semester of more advanced study leading into a final full year at postgraduate level. On completion, you are awarded both a bachelor's and master's degree. You can also choose to exit the CBM after three years with an advanced bachelor's degree in the study area of your double major.

    There is a limited number of places available in each Direct Pathway and there are separate codes to be used if you wish to apply for a Direct Pathway place. If you don't secure a place, don't worry; places in these postgraduate courses will still be available for you to apply for towards the end of your undergraduate degree.
  • Postgraduate pathways

    Postgraduate study (Your second degree)
    After completing your undergraduate degree, you can choose to enter the workforce or undertake a second degree to achieve further specialisation. By continuing to postgraduate studies, you could complete a higher-level qualification with international recognition in less time than a double degree at other universities.

    Professional Courses
    Outside of our Direct Pathways, we offer a number of routes to careers which can be taken up as a postgraduate degree after completing your bachelor degree. For a full list of courses available visit Professional pathways.

    Graduate Pathways
    You can also choose from almost 200 postgraduate courses once you complete your bachelor degree. To explore our full range visit postgraduate courses.
  • Scholarships and awards

    UWA awards scholarships to help students succeed in their academic journeys and achieve their full potential while at university. Check our scholarships website for details: scholarships.uwa.edu.au.
  • Admission requirements

    We offer many entry pathways for applicants with varying qualifications. A number of factors are taken into consideration within these pathways, such as Year 12 studies, vocational education and training qualifications, tertiary studies, and work experience.

    Applying to UWA
    1. Read the information on this website and the summary of our admission requirements. Take note of the important dates so you don't miss a deadline. If we don't hear from you by a particular date, this may cause some problems but we'll always work with you to find a solution. Be sure to get in touch with us if this occurs.
    2. Consult our Undergraduate Course Guide for more information about our globally recognised courses. Also, check our website for the latest information at uwa.edu.au/study.
    3. Check you have met the prerequisites or recommended courses for your intended area of study (see individual course entries on Course Search), and that you satisfy the University's English language competence requirement.
    4. If you have any questions at all, contact UWA Admissions at admissions@uwa.edu.au or on 131 UWA (131 892).
    Apply through TISC if you:
    • Are currently completing a secondary education qualification as either a school leaver or as a mature age student;
    • Are applying for one of UWA's Direct Pathway Programs;
    • Are applying for Medical Sciences (Major).
    All other applicants may apply directly to UWA.

  • English language competence

    Successful university study requires a certain level of English language skills. Many applicants will be able to demonstrate English language competence through satisfactory performance in the required English subjects at school (final scaled score of 50 or above in an ATAR English subject). If you're not able to demonstrate English language competence in this way, you'll need satisfactory performance in an alternative UWA-approved test of English. A list of approved tests is available at study.uwa.edu.au/elc.
  • Admission Pathways

    At UWA you can choose from a range of admission pathways. Visit admission-entry-pathways for more information.

    Early offers and new 2021 entry pathways
    We have introduced new pathways for current Year 12 school leavers to apply for admissions to UWA. We made this change so that, during this challenging time, you are porvided with more support and options should you wish to pursue a UWA degree. The new pathways with unconditional offers have replaced the 2020 Early Offer Program.
    1. ATAR-based entry
      This is the same pathway as previous years, where Year 12s can enter via their fianl ATAR, direct to UWA or via TISC.
    2. Predicted ATAR entry
      We'll be providing offers based on your predcited ATAR from the end of Year 11 or Year 12 if available.
    3. Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)
      Even if you don't end up taking enough ATAR subjects for university entry (or not taking ATAR at all), you can still apply using this pathway. Year 12 students completing VET qualifications are eligible for this pathway.
    Students may use the Predicted ATAR entry pathway to apply for admisison to any of our undergraduate degrees, as well as our Direct Pathways to Engineering, Law, Teaching, Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Translation Studies. The Predicted ATAR entry pathway is not applicable for Direct Pathways to Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Podiatry, or our undergraduate Medical Sciences majors.

    Broadway UWA
    The Broadway scheme allows eligible students from Broadway-identified Western Australian schools to receive an automated ATAR adjustment. Eligible students with an ATAR below 80 may receive an adjusted selection rank that could allow them to receive an offer into UWA courses.

    Eligible students with an ATAR of 80 or above will also receive a positively adjusted selection rank. If you're an eligible student, you'll be advised of this in your Universities Admission Advice Letter, which you'll see when you check your WACE results at the end of the year.

    UWay
    Students who have been adversely affected by certain disadvantages can apply for entry through UWay. This applies to Western Australian Certificate of Education (or equivalent qualification) students, including mature-age WACE students or students with previous tertiary study. Also refer to the Educational Access Scheme (EAS).

    Fairway
    Fairway UWA is an entry pathway and comprehensive support program for students completing Year 12 under challenging circumstances. The program provides academic, financial and personal support, and it is responsive to individual students' needs, throughout their final year of secondary school and during their university studies. Students apply for the Fairway program during Year 11.

    UWA First in Family program
    Students who receive an ATAR of 75-79.95 and will be the first in your family to attend university, may still be eligible for a place at UWA.

    Mature-age access program
    We offer mature-aged people aged 20 years old or more as at 1 March (for Semester 1 entry) or 1 August (for Semester 2 entry), with little or no previous background in tertiary study, the opportunity to commence study on a trial basis. Successful completion of a provisional enrolment program, and satisfaction of course requirements, will enable full enrolment in your degree course with credit for units already passed.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants
    UWA's School of Indigenous Studies offers a Provisional Entry Scheme to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who do not meet the University's entrance requirements. Places are available for undergraduate courses through the Mature-age Access Program and other pathways, as well as by completing the University's Aboriginal Orientation Course. The Aboriginal Orientation Course is a six- to 12-month bridging course available for applicants who require additional preparation for university studies. Further details and application forms are available from the School of Indigenous Studies at sis@uwa.edu.au.
  • General Information

    Albany Centre
    UWA Albany delivers selected majors in the Bachelor of Arts, Biomedical Science, Commerce and Science degrees. Postgraduate programs are also available, including Diploma courses and a Master of Ecotourism by coursework. Postgraduate research opportunities are also available.

    UWA Albany is located at 35 Stirling Terrace close to Albany's CBD. Student accommodation is available opposite the campus. Email by Albany Centre or visit the website.

    Deferred entry
    If you deferred a place at UWA in 2019 and you're now ready to commence your studies, simply re-apply directly to UWA and you’ll be offered a place. If you wish to apply for other courses as well as your deferred course, you can do this also except for Direct Pathways and the Medical Science major where you apply through TISC.

    If you're considering taking a gap year, you'll find details of the deferral process included with your offer. If you're offered a place and choose to defer, notify the Admissions team of this by the deadline specified on your offer.

    Credit transfer/advanced standing
    UWA awards credit on a case-by-case basis. See Advanced standing/credit transfer.

    External studies
    The University of Western Australia doesn't offer external studies.

    Fees and charges
    See Paying for university study.

    Part-time study
    Part-time study is available for most courses. Please be aware, however, that most classes are conducted during normal business hours.

    Permanent residency
    If you're applying for Direct Pathways to Medicine or a Direct Pathway to Dental Medicine, you must be granted permanent residency by 30 September 2020, the closing date for application to these courses. Applicants for all other courses must be granted Australian permanent resident status by the final closing date for TISC applications, 24 January 2021.

    If you haven't achieved permanent residency by this date, you should apply as an international student for a full-fee place through UWA Admissions.

  • Accomodation

    Guaranteed accomodation offer
    All new UWA students studying full-time receive a guaranteed accommodation offer to live on campus at a UWA residential college, or off campus. Normal fees and costs apply.

    Residential Colleges
    College life is all about living and learning together. UWA's five residential colleges are opposite the Perth campus and offer valuable dimensions to your study through academic, cultural and sporting activities, networks of support and great social activities. Find out more at uwa.edu.au/colleges.

    Live off campus
    Postgraduate and mature-age students might prefer living in the UWA-owned housing, known as Crawley Village, in the streets neighbouring the University.

    In 2019, two new student housing options opened in Perth's CBD and both have been endorsed by UWA.
  • Further information

    Further information on courses at The University of Western Australia is contained in the UWA 2021 Undergraduate Course Guide, available from the University's Admissions Office or Future Students Centre. Additional information can be found in the Undergraduate Handbook.

    Contaact us:

    Admissions
    Telephone: 131 892 (131 UWA) *Select option 3
    Country residents: 1800 653 050
    Website: uwa.edu.au/study
    Online queries: ask.uwa.edu.au
    Email: admissions@uwa.edu.au

    Future Students
    131 UWA (131 892) *Please select option 2 for AU/NZ students or option 1 for International Students
    Email: future-students@uwa.edu.au
    Book a virtual consult: uwa.edu.au/appointments

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