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Study load

Most courses at UTS are offered on a full time basis and some are also offered on a part time basis. Depending on whether you are a local or international student, there are different options available when it comes to your study load.

Local students

Full-time students typically undertake 24 credit points a session. Part-time students have a reduced session load. Students are not normally permitted to take more than 30 credit points a session, but there is no lower limit apart from those dictated by the maximum time and leave of absence rules.

Some courses are offered in such a way as to support part-time attendance through the scheduling of classes in the evening. Others are primarily designed for full-time students. Information on modes of study is provided in the detailed entry for each course in the online handbook.

The standard course duration is also listed within the detailed entry for each course in the online handbook. Course duration may vary depending on attendance pattern, study load and the timetabling of chosen elective subjects.

For research degrees:

  • Master's degrees by research take a maximum of two years of full-time (four years part-time) research and writing to complete.
  • Doctorates take a maximum of four years of full-time (eight years part-time) research and writing to complete.

For more information about research degrees contact UTS: Graduate Research School.

International students

International students studying on student visas are are required to undertake full-time study as a condition of their visa, under the Australian Government's Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (opens an external site). These requirements do not apply to international students studying on other kinds of visa.

Further information on student visas is available from UTS International.

International students studying on student visas must ensure that their credit point load puts them in a position to complete their course within the standard duration. This normally requires the completion of 48 credit points a year. Hence, by default, international students must enrol in a 100% study load each session. The exceptions are:

  • if they have made up, or intend to make up, credit points by overloading or enrolling in non-standard sessions, or
  • if they have formal faculty approval to reduce their load.

Australian Government legislation prevents UTS from granting extensions to international students' courses except in limited circumstances. Failure to follow the above requirements may therefore mean that an international student is unable to extend their student visa to complete their course.

Further information on study loads is available from UTS International.

A credit point is the unit of measure of workload for individual subjects.

Calculating full time study load

For coursework students, a full time study load is defined as:

  • Minimum 36 credit points across the entire academic calendar year, or
  • Minimum 18 credit points in ½ year.

Full Time in 1st Half Year is defined every year as those sessions whose census date fall within

  • 1 January to 30 June
  • February, March, Autumn, Calendar B Autumn, May sessions.
  • NOTE: Academic Calender 2016 includes Summer 2015/16 session as the census date is 8 January 2016.

Full Time in 2nd half year is defined every year as those sessions whose census date fall within

  • 1 July to 31 December
  • July, Spring, Calendar B Spring, August, October, Summer, December sessions.