The University of Newcastle, Australia

Domestic Undergraduate

Applications to change your program are usually opened twice a year – in May and October – but check the key dates for specifics.

Applications for Semester 1 2021 open from 1pm Friday 23 October 2020. Applicants that successfully lodged an application by  midnight Sunday 13 December to change degrees should have their outcomes released from Monday 21 December 2020.

LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED

Outcomes will be sent to your preferred e-mail address - please keep an eye on your inbox, clutter and junk folders. Your preferred email address is the one you have nominated as “preferred” in MyHub.

Please read the detailed information below before proceeding with your application.

Eligibility for an internal transfer

Current students can apply for an internal transfer to:

  • change from one undergraduate program to another* at the University
  • add a Diploma in Languages to your studies (concurrently study the Diploma in Languages with your bachelors degree)
* Except for the Bachelor of Midwifery and Bachelor of Medical Science/Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program). These programs are NOT available via this direct admission application. Please see below information for further details.

If you are eligible to submit an internal transfer application, then there is no need to also apply via UAC.

Semester 1, 2021 application dates

Applications will open from 1pm Friday 23 October 2020

Applications will close at midnight Sunday 13 December 2020

Transfer outcome notifications will be provided to students from Monday 21 December 2020

Note: If you apply for a transfer and meet all requirements, there is no offer/accept process. You will be transferred directly into your new chosen degree program for Semester 1, 2021 and discontinued from your current program of study. Please do not apply simply to test if you will be eligible.

Any course enrolment in place for Semester 1, 2021 will be withdrawn at the time of processing your transfer, if approved. It is then your responsibility to review the program plan of your new degree and complete enrolment after you receive confirmation of the transfer being processed. For courses with multiple class options you will need to register your preferences in MyTimetable. Further details on enrolment dates can be found on our website.

Additional information

Students applying for B Music and B Music / B Arts are also required to complete the additional entry requirements before we can assess their eligibility for a place in these programs. Applicants should complete the Music Selection Process as early as possible, and by the specified audition closing dates. This will help ensure that the results from the additional selection criteria can be assessed, and we can determine a final outcome on your application.

The following scenarios for transfer will automatically be recognised as successful, with no further academic assessment required:

UON program currently enrolled in

Transfer to

Combined undergraduate degree

Single degree within the existing combination. For combined Law programs, students can only drop the Law component

Combined undergraduate degree

Another combined degree where one of the named degrees remains the same (excluding combined Law programs)

Combined Engineering (Honours) degree

Another combined Engineering (Honours) degree

Combined Law (Honours) degree

Another combined Law (Honours) degree

B Engineering (Honours) or B Engineering (Honours) combined (any discipline)

B Engineering (Honours) (any discipline) excluding B Aerospace Systems Engineering (Honours) and B Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours)

B Engineering (Honours) (any discipline)

B Surveying (Honours) excluding B Aerospace Systems Engineering (Honours) and B Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours)

B Engineering (Honours) or B Engineering (Honours)  combined (any discipline)

B Computer Science or B Engineering (Mining Transfer Program)

B Engineering (Mining Transfer Program)

B Engineering (Honours) (any discipline) excluding B Aerospace Systems Engineering (Honours) and B Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours), or B Surveying (Honours) or B Computer Science

B Computer Science

B Engineering (Honours) (any discipline) excluding B Aerospace Systems Engineering (Honours) and B Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours)

B Computer ScienceB Information Technology or B Surveying (Honours) or B Engineering (Mining Transfer Program)
B Design (Architecture)B Construction Management (Building) (Honours)

B Surveying (Honours)

B Engineering (Honours) (any discipline) excluding B Aerospace Systems Engineering (Honours) and B Renewable Energy Engineering (Honours), or B Engineering (Mining Transfer Program) or B Computer Science

Any UON undergraduate degree

B Arts

Any UON undergraduate degree

B Business

Any UON undergraduate degree

B Commerce

Any UON undergraduate degree

B Science

Any UON B Education degree

Any UON B Education degree

If your program transfer application requires assessment, this will be based on your educational qualifications and the program’s admission requirements. Your educational qualifications may include UON studies (at least 20 units completed from two different courses to calculate a Grade Point Average), completed qualifications submitted to UAC that we can access, or any other eligible studies you include in your application.

Eligible qualifications that are assessed as part of your application will have a selection rank allocated. This must be equivalent to, or higher than, the selection rank cut-off that applies to your preferred transfer program, based on the year of admission.

You must also meet any additional admission criteria for the transfer program. For example: students applying to transfer to a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Arts will be required to complete the Music Selection Process as early as possible.

The University supports students who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage and recognises nine broad categories as outlined on the UAC website.

If your current studies have been affected then please refer to the information available on UAC about EAS categories of disadvantage and required documents. A paper application form is available in the UON change degree application. Please complete this and upload, along with supporting documentation, as part of your internal transfer application.

If you identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you can indicate that you would also like to be considered under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry Scheme.

The Student Engagement team at The Wollotuka Institute can provide advice and assist with your application to change programs.

The Bachelor of Midwifery program and Bachelor of Medical Science/ Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program) is NOT available via this direct admission application. If you wish to be considered for admission to either of these programs, you must submit an application to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC).

For further information regarding Midwifery, please refer to the Bachelor of Midwifery Application Process, and apply to UAC  before Saturday 31 October 2020.

For further information regarding the Joint Medical Program, please refer to How to Apply for the Joint Medical Program

New programs for 2021


The University of Newcastle will be offering a range of new programs in 2021. The following programs will be opened for admission on October 30 2020. If you have applied before this date, the new programs can be added to your application any time before midnight December 13 2020.


Need help figuring out your options?

The University has a number of careers services and resources designed specifically for helping you reach your career goals. If you are thinking of changing degrees but are not sure what you want to study, or would just like to check out your options, visit our careers website.

Don’t forget, for any kind of advice about your studies you can drop in to Student Central. Our team can put you on the right track and in touch with people who can help.