Non-award enrolment refers to all enrolments in courses or a sequence of courses which do not lead to or count towards a formal award (e.g. degree or diploma) of the University of New South Wales. Non-award study at UNSW Canberra is only available at the postgraduate level.

Non-award enrolments fall into two categories, voluntary and cross-institutional.

voluntary course enrolment is where the student enrols in a postgraduate course either out of interest, or to develop professional competence in an area of specialisation.

cross-institutional enrolment is where the student enrols in a course at UNSW for credit towards an award at another Australian tertiary institution in which the student is concurrently enrolled. Before an application for cross-institutional enrolment can be approved, the student must submit both the home institution?s written confirmation that the course applied for will be credited towards award requirements and a certified copy of the student?s complete academic transcript.

Cross-institutional enrolment from another institution into UNSW Canberra undergraduate courses is not possible. Postgraduate cross-institutional students may apply for FEE-HELP if eligible. International students are permitted to enrol on a cross-institutional basis, and are charged tuition fees for their courses.

1. Rules and Guidelines

The following principles and rules govern the acceptance and enrolment by the University of non-award students, and of students enrolled in award programs in courses which are additional to their award requirements.

  1. Non-award enrolment in a postgraduate course, taken either voluntarily or cross institutionally, may be permitted provided that the student has appropriate educational qualifications and in each case the Head of School offering the course considers that the student will benefit from the enrolment, and that the enrolment does not prevent a place in the course being available to a student proceeding to an award.
  2. The University may limit the number of non-award postgraduate courses in which a student may enrol, regardless of the permission to enrol that the student may have received from Heads of Schools offering the courses. In general, enrolment will not be permitted in more than four half-year courses in any one academic year.
  3. A student who is under exclusion from any course of the University may not enrol in that course as a voluntary enrolment.
  4. A student who is under exclusion from any program at the University may not enrol in any course which forms a compulsory component of the program from which the student is excluded.
  5. A student who is subsequently admitted to an award program at UNSW for which the courses completed as a non-award student form a part of this award program, may apply for credit for those courses.
  6. As a general rule the University may decline permission to enrol in a postgraduate course if the student has not completed prerequisites for that course.

2. What Fees Will Apply?

Tuition fees are charged according to the classification of the course. For further fee information go to:

Defence military and civilian personnel are eligible to apply for Defence Funding through the Defence Funded Postgraduate Study at the Australian Defence Force Academy Scheme for Non-Award study. If unsuccessful, the normal DASS or StudyBank arrangements may apply.

3. How Do I Apply?

Application to enrol as a non-award student must be made on the Non-Award Enrolment application form. Permission to enrol as a non-award student is conditional on the permission of the Head of School and authorisation from Manager, Student Administrative Services (Registrars Nominee). 

4. What are the application closing dates?

Closing dates for applications for admission to postgraduate coursework non-award study at UNSW Canberra can be found on our important dates page 


5. What courses are available?

All postgraduate courses are available for non-award study. See the UNSW Canberra Hanbook for further informatio