Recognition of prior learning
This page provides information specific to recognition of prior learning (RPL) towards UTS Engineering courses.
What you need to know
This information is designed to be read in conjunction with the University's recognition of prior learning page.
Please note the following important points:
- Subjects completed over ten years prior to your first session of study in a UTS Engineering course will not be considered for RPL.
- The following deadlines apply for the submission of applications for RPL:
- Domestic applicants: applications must be submitted at the time of receiving an offer of admission to a UTS Engineering course and prior to formal enrolment.
- International applicants: where possible, applications should be submitted at the time of applying to UTS, but no later than the time of formal enrolment in a UTS Engineering course.
Relevant prior study at one of the following institutions may be recognised for credit:
If you have undertaken relevant study at another recognised university, you may be eligible for RPL. This may exempt you from specific core subjects or reduce the number of elective subjects you need to complete. The Faculty assesses such applications for RPL on a case-by-case basis.
If you have successfully completed the UTS Insearch Diploma of Engineering, you may be eligible to receive up to 48 credit points (one full-time year) of RPL, depending on your academic performance in the Diploma and the UTS Engineering major selected. Consult the recognition of prior learning tool for details on the specific credit granted for each major.
If you have completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in an engineering sub-discipline, you may be eligible for RPL. Between one and two semesters of advanced standing may be awarded depending on your TAFE NSW grade point average.
RPL for undergraduate study
Subjects undertaken as part of an undergraduate degree, irrespective of the level of study, cannot be considered for RPL.
Students admitted to the following courses who meet the eligibility requirement stated may be granted up to 24 credit points of 'unspecified' credit in recognition of their undergraduate studies.
|C04271 ME and C04277 ME (Ext)||UTS-recognised bachelor's degree in engineering (minimum 4 years FTE*)|
|C04275 MEM||UTS-recognised bachelor's degree (minimum 3 years FTE*)|
|C04272 MEnvEM||UTS-recognised bachelor's degree in engineering or the natural and physical sciences (minimum 4 years FTE*)|
|C04309 MProfE||UTS-recognised bachelor's degree in engineering (minimum 4 years FTE*)|
*FTE: full-time equivalent
- Domestic applicants should complete the RPL application form and attach it to their application for admission to the course.
- International applicants for C04277 ME (Ext) and C04309 MProfE should complete the RPL application form and attach it to their application for admission to the course. Applicants for C04271 ME, C04275 MEM and C04272 MEnvEM: RPL is automatically granted to eligible applicants at the time of admission. No additional application for RPL is required.
RPL for postgraduate study
You may be eligible for RPL if you have undertaken relevant postgraduate-level study at another recognised university. The Faculty assesses such applications on a case-by-case basis.
RPL for work experience
Unfortunately, RPL is not granted on the basis of work experience or in-house industry courses.
Students completing the Master of Professional Engineering may be eligible for RPL in relation to the subject 41028 Engineering Work Experience if:
- 12 weeks or more work experience has been completed after finishing an undergraduate degree; and
- the work experience relates to their major.
If you believe you meet the requirements for RPL, you need to complete the Application for recognition of prior learning and submit the form with the below supporting documentation to the Student Centre, either before completing 41035 or while undertaking 41035.
Supporting documentation consists of:
- Company letter, which:
- is presented on official company letterhead with company address and ABN for an Australian company, or certified with the official ‘company seal’ for international companies
- states student's full name as per their enrolment
- states the start and finish dates of their work experience
- states the number of hours the student completed and any absences
- includes a detailed list of duties undertaken during the work experience
- states the name and contact details of the supervisor/manager; and
- is signed and dated by the supervisor/manager.
Further information, including application procedures, can be found on the University's recognition of prior learning page