At UTS Business School we’ve discovered that many people are uncertain about different aspects of postgraduate study, so we’ve put together this list of tips to help.
Do I need a bachelor degree to do a master degree?
The traditional path to postgraduate study is via a completed bachelors degree, but if you have professional experience (around 8 years) you may be eligible to enter a graduate certificate. Graduate Certificates give you a taste of postgraduate study, and you finish with a respected qualification after only 4 subjects (or 3 for the Graduate Certificate in Executive Business Administration).
Graduate Certificates also make up the first 4 subjects of a master degree, so if you successfully finish this, you may be able to go straight on to complete the master's degree.
For example, if you have been working in marketing since high school and over the past 10 years have progressed to a marketing coordinator role, and want a formal qualification to cement your on-the-job learning and give you the confidence to go for managerial positions, you can commence a Graduate Certificate in Marketing. If you complete this with a credit average (65% or higher for your weighted average mark) you can articulate into the Master of Marketing. Similar arrangements exist for Accounting, Human Resources, Finance and a range of Management courses.
What if I can’t afford to study right now?
Postgraduate study is a big investment in your future, not just financially, but in time as well. While nothing can defer the time you need to put in, you may be able to defer your fees using the same sort of system as HECS, but for Postgraduate study it’s called FEE HELP.
FEE HELP is a government loan scheme for Australian students. It allows you to defer some or all of your fees depending on your income. You repay the loan through your tax, so the amount you pay per year depends on how much you earn.
Alternatively, if what you are studying is directly related to your current job and you pay your fees up front, you may also be able to claim your fees and other study related expenses as a tax deduction. See the ATO website for more details.
Will I need to quit my job to study?
Not at all. Most of our local students study part time, at night, or sometimes at weekend classes. Class times are designed for busy professionals, so most start at 6pm and end at 9pm. The majority of classes take place in the innovative Frank Gehry designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building, just minutes from Central Station. You can use the Timetable Planner as a guide – just enter the subject number into the ‘code’ field (you can find these by selecting your course in the online handbook), select which session (AUT or SPR) and click ‘show timetable’ to preview your selection.
In addition to contact class time, you will probably spend double that in individual or group study and project work. Many of our buildings are open 24/7, with award-winning spaces that makes this much easier to manage.
UTS is renowned as being a university with a practical focus. What you learn today you can apply at work tomorrow.
How long will it take to complete the course part time?
Even studying part time, you can complete a graduate certificate in business in under one year, and some of our full master degrees in as little as 2 years part time, especially if you receive recognition of prior learning. It really depends on how many subjects you take on each session.
There are 2 main sessions per year (Autumn and Spring sessions), and most part-time students do 2 subjects per session; if you have other commitments, or you know work is going to be really busy, then try 1 subject per session - this is flexible and easy to change.
I’ve forgotten all the stuff I used to know- how do I know if I am ready for more study?
If it's been a while since you last went to university (or school) and you haven’t done much mathematics, library searching or report writing since then, we have plenty of support options to bring you up to speed.
Support comes from academic and support staff as well as your fellow students and includes free classes, workshops and online services all designed to help you survive your assignments.
Will I just relearn what I did in my previous studies?
We believe that when you study you should learn something new and we recognise the value of your prior learning.
So if you have a recent bachelor degree in a business or a related field, you may be eligible for up to 4 subject exemptions that cover the basics you already know. If you have already undertaken a master degree you may be eligible for even more subject exemptions.
Browse through all our postgraduate options here.
When you are ready to apply, you can do so online here. It takes about 30 minutes to complete an online application.