If you have previously completed postgraduate studies (either single subjects or a full degree program), it may count as credit towards your University of Newcastle postgraduate program. Read more about the credit process and types of credit available before starting your application.

You will need to prepare the required supporting documentation before starting the credit application process. Make sure you have scanned colour copies (or certified black and white copies) of the following:

  • Your official transcripts. This needs to be an official transcript as we are not able to accept unofficial transcripts or screenshots of online results notifications.
  • Official copies of the course/subject syllabus. These need to include:
    • total hours for the whole course, assessment weighting scheduled (e.g. 25% mid semester exam, 75% final exam etc)
    • weekly topic schedule
    • textbook materials used

You should also consider the age of your prior qualifications. Credit is typically not awarded for studies completed more than 10 years ago. In some instances, the allowable timeframe is less than 10 years. Full details are outlined in Section 5 of our Program Management and Procedure Manual.

Apply early!

It can take up to three weeks for a full assessment of your credit application. To guarantee that you receive an outcome prior to the census date of your first term of study, please ensure that you submit your credit application at least three weeks before the start of term.

Once you have prepared any required supporting documentation, you can submit your credit application.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL)

If you have additional qualifications or experience above what is required for admission, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL). This means you can complete your program faster with less courses to complete. Different pathways are outlined on each degree page.

Access a list of postgraduate degrees

The University will determine if you are eligible for RPL as part of your admission application, so make sure that you outline all your prior studies and experience. Please note that not all degrees accept RPL and only degrees that mention RPL under 'Admission requirements' are eligible.


Contact our Postgraduate Support Team, Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.

Ph: 1800 882 121
For calls outside Australia: +61 2 4921 8856

Alternatively, speak with one of our team members via web chat Monday to Friday between 9am and 4:30pm (NSW time).

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