The University of Newcastle, Australia

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

Applications to change degrees for Semester 1, 2020 are now open. The link is located on this page.

The application is free, provided you apply before the application deadline. If you miss the deadline, you may still be able to submit an application via UAC but this will include a processing fee.

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 of Languages to your studies
  • move from a single degree to a combined degree, or vice versa
  • change campuses for a Bachelor of Nursing

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

Students wishing to transfer to our Bachelor of Medical Science/ Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program) or our Bachelor of Midwifery program are required to lodge an application through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Semester 1, 2020 application dates

  • Applications will open from Monday 14 October 2019
  • Applications will close at midnight Monday 9 December 2019
  • Transfer outcome notifications will be provided to students on Monday 23 December 2019

Any student wanting to apply for a Quota Program must submit an application by the closing date. If another round of applications open, we cannot guarantee that all programs will have vacancies.

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Note: If you apply for a transfer and meet all requirements, there is no offer/accept process. You will be admitted and made active in your new chosen degree program for Semester 1, 2020 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Any course enrolment in place for Semester 1, 2020 will be withdrawn at the time of processing your transfer, if approved.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 by January 12, 2020. You will not be disadvantaged by transferring degrees and having any existing enrolment dropped as part of this process. No class registrations will have been allocated to students prior to January 12, 2020. Further details on enrolment dates will be provided.

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) (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) (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

A number of UON degrees have high demand and limited places, with more people applying than the number of places available. These are referred to as 'Quota Programs', and admission to these degrees is closely managed.

The following degrees are Quota Programs, and students must lodge their application by December 9, 2019 to be considered for a place. We are not able to guarantee vacancies if any further applications are taken after this timeframe.

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Diagnostic Radiography)

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Nuclear Medicine)

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Honours) (Radiation Therapy)

Bachelor of Nursing (Callaghan and Ourimbah campus)

Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics (Honours)

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours)

Bachelor of Oral Health Therapy

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours)

Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours)

Bachelor of Podiatry

Bachelor of Public and Community Health

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)

Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours)

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 seven broad categories as outlined in the EAS booklet.

If your current studies have been affected then please complete these forms 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.

Students applying for B Public and Community Health are also required to complete the additional entry requirements before we can assess their eligibility for a place in the program. Applicants should complete the Additional Selection Criteria and follow step 2 for details on the application form and compulsory task, or read the Frequently Asked Questions.

The final date to submit the separate Public and Community Health application form and task is midnight, Sunday 8 December 2019.  Applicants who do not lodge the additional application form and task will not be considered for entry.


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 there can put you on the right track and in touch with people who can help.