Future Students

Undergraduate - your first degree

How do I apply for Semester Two, 2016?

Domestic students

Mid-year applications are due to open in late April 2016

For mid-year entry to UWA, applications are handled directly by the University through our Online Application System (OASYS) if you:

  • are a recent school leaver (under 20 years of age)
  • are a mature-aged applicant who has sat (or intends to sit) the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT), or
  • are using results from previous study to gain entry (including secondary school results, completed diploma, or other tertiary-level study)

Mature-aged applicants with little or no previous tertiary-level study may wish to consider sitting the STAT, or applying via our Mature-age Access Program (MAP). MAP applications are due to open in early May.

Students with a previously deferred offer

If you are ready to take up your previously deferred offer and commence studies in Semester Two, 2016, follow the instructions on your Confirmation of Deferral notification or refer to the information provided online. Note: the re-application system will be available from early May, 2016.

International students

Tell me what UWA students think

Why study at UWA?

Improve your job prospects.

Did you know that UWA graduates consistently gain full-time employment at a higher rate than graduates from other Western Australian universities? You can be sure that your UWA degree will be an investment in your future.

Earn a higher salary when you graduate.

Did you know that our graduates start their careers with salaries that exceed the national average? Make the right choice now, and reap the benefits in the future.

Graduate with a globally recognised education.

UWA’s course structure is internationally recognised for providing both depth and breadth in education. The same course structure is used at many leading universities around the world.

We’re in the top 1% globally.

UWA is the only Western Australian university to rank in the top 100 in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s internationally recognised Academic Ranking of World Universities. With more than 10,000 universities in the world, this ranking means we are in the top 1% of universities globally.

Access state-of-the-art facilities.

UWA’s Engineering Zone initiative will result in a $400 million multidisciplinary education and research facility that will represent the largest investment in engineering education in WA’s history.

Equity and access.

Alternative entry schemes allow you to be considered for entry to UWA if your results in one of our standard entry pathways are not sufficient for you to gain admission to a course.

Join the UWA community.

There are more than 25,000 students enrolled at UWA from all around the world. Our campus is a multi-cultural and multi-faith community which includes students from 90 different countries. There are many on-campus opportunities to meet new friends, including a shared common lunch hour from 1-2pm on Tuesday and Friday and regular market days. And on campus there is everything you need from cafes and sporting facilities to a pharmacy, bank, bookstore and hairdresser.

Be supported.

UWA’s extensive range of student services will help you with the various challenges involved with settling into university life. By supporting you both academically and personally, Student Services aims to help you study smarter, not harder.

What scholarships are available?

Apply for a scholarship

UWA is proud to offer more than $42 million in scholarships (undergraduate and postgraduate) annually to support students from all walks of life, both within Western Australia and internationally. As well as academic and merit scholarships, there are scholarships for students from rural and remote areas, students with a disability and for those experiencing financial hardship or other education disadvantages. Learn about our full range of scholarships.

Who can I talk to?

Future Students Office

Our Future Students team can provide helpful advice regarding UWA courses, admission requirements, entry pathways and how to apply.

Telephone
(+61 8) 6488 3939
Online enquiries
future-students@uwa.edu.au
FAQs: askUWA
Opening hours
8.30am to 5:00pm (WST) Monday to Friday
Admissions

Once you have submitted an application, our Admissions team can assist with any enquiries regarding the status of your application, supporting documents and offer details.

Telephone
(+61 8) 6488 2477
Online enquiries
admissions@uwa.edu.au
FAQs: askUWA
Opening hours
9:00am to 5:00pm (WST) Monday to Friday

Is student accommodation available?

Live on campus

College life gives you an immediate sense of belonging and an instant circle of friends from across Australia and around the world. College Row is one of the most vibrant dimensions of the UWA experience, and each of our colleges is committed to providing a warm and welcoming academic and social environment.

Student insights on our majors


UWA offers over 70 majors across our four undergraduate degrees (Arts, Commerce, Design and Science). Find out what our current students say about a small selection of these. For the full list of available majors, refer to the ‘Find a course’ information on the main page below.

Accounting
Amanda Lim

Studying Accounting has ultimately equipped me with ample skills and knowledge, in terms of both breadth and depth, to strive in my career and in life in general.

Amanda Lim

Agricultural Science
Sophie Hooper

I combined Agricultural Science with Accounting to gain a comprehensive understanding of the two vital components in agricultural production. Coming from a farming background in the WA wheatbelt has driven my interest in studying Agricultural Science, which has been further stimulated throughout my three years at UWA.

Sophie Hooper

Business Law
Jessica Vu

Studying Business Law has allowed me to learn about commercial businesses such as how they run, how they're structured and more importantly how the laws affect them, both within Australia and internationally.

Jessica Vu

Data Science
Tyler Smith

Data Science challenges people at any level and provides endless opportunities such as computing clubs, hackathons and developing apple apps. It has given me an extra edge over other students in my second major and has made my day to day interactions with technology more productive and efficient.

Tyler Smith

English and Cultural Studies
Charlotte Guest

One of my units in the English and Cultural Studies major enabled me to participate in the Arts Practicum program which allowed me to gain experience in publishing at Westerly and work alongside literati from across Australia.

Charlotte Guest

Finance
Mark Rudrum

Studying Finance at UWA has helped me to understand the corporate and investment decision making process. This major provides a range of practical experiences, such as conducting financial analysis and competing on a simulated stock exchange.

Mark Rudrum

Fine Arts
Famida Rahman

Studying Fine Arts has really enriched my student experience at UWA. The tutors provide great guidance and inspiration, and I’ve learnt how to better express what I think, feel and love. Developing ideas and executing them creatively has been a really interesting and rewarding challenge.

Famida Rahman

Geography
Zara Kolatowicz

I’ve made wonderful memories in the classroom and on countless field trips; The best of which led me to the states Midwest where I undertook a research project on the Chapman River and shared great times with students and staff alike.

Zara Kolatowicz

History of Art
Danielle Betty

Several fieldtrips to galleries around the city have given me the chance to study physical art works located within Perth, and an appreciation for local art collections and exhibitions. Talks from curators and other successful individuals have offered first-hand accounts of curatorial and conservational roles as further employment options.

Danielle Betty

Human Geography and Planning
Nicholas William Breadsell

Through examining how developments occur in both urban and regional areas, we can see where Western Australia has come from and in which direction it is heading.

Nicholas William Breadsell

Human Resource Management
Ashleigh Kotula

Human Resource Management has helped me to gain insight into the workings of the private and public sectors of HR. The UWA Business School and its faculty society, ECOMS, of which I am currently the Education Vice-President provide opportunities for students studying this discipline to network with industry professionals.

Ashleigh Kotula

Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage
Scott Wilson

The Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage major provides the opportunity to learn about the history, culture and worldview of Aboriginal peoples in Australia and other countries, and gives you the cultural awareness needed in the workforce when interacting with indigenous people.

Scott Wilson

Korean Studies
Cameron Gilchrist

Taking Korean Studies at UWA has been an awesome experience that has given me an understanding of the country that goes far beyond simply learning the language. It has opened my eyes to possibilities outside of Australia, and I look forward to being able to work or study there in the future.

Cameron Gilchrist

Landscape Architecture
Maisa Mazzini

I decided to study Landscape Architecture because I wanted to design open spaces in order to benefit a greater number of people. I also had the oportunity to study visual art units, which helped me to express myself artistically.

Maisa Mazzini

Music – Music Studies
Joel Hodgson

My degree has enabled me to thrive amongst an inspiring group of enthusiastic musicians and educators, equipping me with all the necessary skills and experiences required in order to take my career to where I want it to be. I’ve also been able to study astronomy as a broadening unit as well as choose Exercise and Health as a second major.

Joel Hodgson

Pharmacology
Massimo Berneri

Pharmacology is where biochemistry, physiology and pathology collide. It has provided me with a wealth of theoretical knowledge in addition to a variety of practical skills fostered in facilities of the highest quality.

Massimo Berneri

Population Health
Ginny Hoi

The best aspect of the Population Health major is the close relationship that is formed between academic staff and students, and the interactive nature of the classes.

Ginny Hoi

Sport Science
Nicholas Chia Loon Loo

The Sport Science major has further developed my passion for sport and has provided me with the scientific knowledge of human movement and the body's physiology in our daily lives as well as performance in sport.

Nicholas Chia Loon Loo

Zoology
Ben Barrett

The Zoology major provides the opportunity to work with prominent researchers, exposing you to world-class research, and underlying methodology.

Ben Barrett

What is first year like?

Advice from our current students

What clubs can I join?

UWA Student Guild

The UWA Student Guild has more than 80 affiliated clubs and societies, covering everything from disco dancing to medieval culture. If you can’t find one that takes your fancy, who not start your own? Browse our endless list of clubs now.

Or if you have ever wanted to make a difference, get involved in the wider uni community or take on a cause, then consider becoming a volunteer.

Guild Volunteering provides students with the opportunity to get off campus and make a difference in the real world. We aim to give you the opportunity to do good things for people and the planet in ways that broaden your mind, introduce you to new people, and provide you with skills you just can't get in the classroom.

Guild Volunteering also provides a number of volunteering opportunities that are eligible for display on your supplementary academic transcript. We can even help you kick-start your own transcript-recognised volunteering program with our Internship. visit Guild Volunteering or like us on Facebook for the latest details.

Beyond my first degree


After completing your undergraduate degree, you will have the option of seeking employment, or continuing your study pathway at Honours or postgraduate level.

What are the benefits of postgrad study?

Enhanced career prospects and earning potential

Postgraduate qualifications are increasingly becoming an expectation in a global workforce. With a high-performance culture and a globally connected outlook, postgraduate degrees at UWA are designed to educate the future leaders of industry.

Be qualified to enter specialised professions and high-level roles

For some specialised and senior roles in fields such as business and law, a postgraduate qualification is essential as an entry-level requirement.

Links with industry and future networks

Develop your future professional networks through engagement with UWA's strategic industry partnerships and your high-achieving peers

What research is happening?

Design Matters
Francesca Perugia

Postgraduate research student from the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts Francesca Perugia is currently completing a thesis on targeting appropriate design in affordable housing for culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) migrant groups.

This research aims to introduce architectural design into existing affordable housing provision as the crucial component able to give form to different housing needs.

Singapore Dreaming
Charmaine Fernandez

Postgraduate research candidate from the Faculty of Arts, Charmaine Fernandez, is currently completing a thesis that considers contemporary Singaporean fringe theatre as a vehicle for socio-political activism and expression, focusing on the portrayal of the marginalised figure in contemporary Singapore. The research hopes to discover whether the plays do in fact encourage social critique, and how this is achieved through specific stagecraft and performance methods.

Electronic Fraud Detection
Mohammad Behdad

Postgraduate researcher from the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics Mohammad Behdad is currently completing a thesis on the adaptive approaches of electronic fraud detection in highly dynamic environments.

This research is focusing on Learning Classifier Systems (LCS), which is an adaptive machine learning technique that combines reinforcement learning and evolutionary computing. It has been successfully applied in areas such as modelling, robotics and data mining, but it has not yet been used extensively in fraud detection.

Cancer in the Classroom
Anne-Marie Christie

Postgraduate researcher from the Faculty of Education Anne-Marie Christie is currently completing a thesis on how teachers deal with students in their mainstream classrooms who are in remission from cancer after surviving chemotherapy or radiotherapy protocols involving the central nervous system, leukaemia survivors, or students who have received radiotherapy to the head.

Many of these cancer survivors will require special help for learning difficulties which may appear when they are in treatment, during remission or much later in their lives. This research aims to shed light on the current situation in Western Australian schools.

Australia’s Response to Human Trafficking
Peta-Jane Hogg

Postgraduate researcher from the Faculty of Law Peta-Jane Hogg is currently completing a thesis on understanding how diverging stakeholder perspectives on human trafficking affect the implementation of Australia’s laws and policy.

This research will identify issues in the implementation of Australia’s human trafficking laws and policies and their causes.

Investigating the Management of Anaphylaxis in Pharmacy
Sandra Salter

Postgraduate researcher from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Sandra Salter is completing a thesis on the growing need for pharmacist-driven community competence in the preparedness and care of patients at risk of anaphylaxsis.

The purpose of this research is to measure and identify the current knowledge, preparedness and accuracy in this area, and to help develop the role of the pharmacist in managing anaphylaxis, as part of urgent community care.

Selected career profiles

Accountant

Analyse, report and give advice on the financial dealings of a company or client to maximise economic efficiency and profitability.

As an accountant, you can work in partnership with other accountants or be self-employed.

Employment opportunities for accountants can vary from year-to-year for many reasons, such as changes in taxation and other commercial laws, changes in the demand for financial advice and planning services, industry restructuring and the general level of activity in all sectors of business. The financial viability of firms and advances in technology also have an effect on employment.

Architect

Combine your creative and practical elements to develop concepts, plans, specifications and detailed drawings for buildings and other structures.

As an architect, you would most likely work in an architectural firm or in a business that has large construction programs. Many architects start their own practice after a few years of experience.

Architectural training includes the ability to combine arts, science and technology. As a result, architects increasingly find work in areas outside of architecture such as urban planning and design, property development, construction management, interior design, industrial design, teaching, research and journalism.

Dentist

Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries and abnormalities of teeth and gums, with preventive procedures, surgery and other specialist techniques.

Most dentists work in private practice and your career would involve doing things like examining patients’ teeth and gums using dental equipment and x-rays, diagnosing dental conditions and performing routine surgical procedures.

You could also find positions with state or territory governments or the Australian Defence Force.

Doctor

Diagnose illnesses, disorders, injuries, and prescribe treatment.

As a medical practitioner, you could work in private practice on your own; in partnership with another medical practitioner; in a group practice; in community health centres and in public hospitals. There are opportunities for you to work in cities, suburbs and rural townships.

You will have the opportunity help people in all stages of life, all over the world.

Engineering

Engineers develop the technologies and design the systems that change our world.

To ‘engineer’ literally means to ‘make things happen’. Engineers use science, mathematics and creativity to develop solutions and products for real-world technical problems. They plan, build, invent and project manage.

Engineers work in every field, including disciplines like software, mining, chemical, civil, mechanical, environmental and electrical engineering. The demand for engineers can see you working anywhere in the world on innovative projects across a wide range of industries.

Forensic scientist

Apply scientific procedures and techniques to the examination of potential evidence that may assist in legal investigations.

Forensic scientists may have a wide variety of responsibilities including identifying illicit drugs; analysing drugs and poisons in human tissue and body fluids; examining and comparing materials such as fibres, paints, cosmetics, oils, fuels, plastics, glass, metals, soils and gunshot residues; and examining human and animal biological material to be compared with victims and suspects using DNA profiling.

Geologist

Study the composition and structure of the earth to locate minerals and materials and advise on their extraction, and the environmental protection and rehabilitation of land after mining.

As a geologist, you could work for mining and petroleum companies; engineering and environmental consultancy firms; geological survey organisations; and state, territory and federal government departments. You could also be employed as an industry analyst and/or advise on the economic viability of particular mining projects. Geologists may progress to exploration managers and even company managers or directors.

Journalist

Write and edit news reports, commentaries and features for newspapers, magazines, electronic media and radio or television stations.

If you wish to be a journalist, there are many fields you could explore. Most journalists work on newspapers or in radio and television, press agencies or magazines. Others move into publicity roles in government departments or work as press secretaries for government ministers or in related fields such as advertising, marketing and public relations.

Technological changes have increased the speed of exchange of information, leading to a more interpretative role for journalists. This has increased the demand for journalists with expertise in specialist fields such as economics and political science.

Lawyer

Negotiate legal matters by providing advice, writing documents, representing clients or presiding over civil and criminal law court proceedings.

As a lawyer or other legal professional, your career could include conducting trials and hearings, deciding penalties and sentences within statutory limits, providing advice and written opinions on points of law, and much more.

Marine biologist

Examine structures, functions, behaviours, interactions and environmental affects of organisms that live in the sea.

If you want to be a marine biologist, there are positions with state, territory and federal government departments such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), universities and museums. There are also positions in the aquaculture and fisheries industries or with environmental consulting firms.

During your career you may do such things as estimating the numbers of marine organisms and analysing their population features, observing communities of marine organisms and working out the factors influencing their structure or managing fisheries.

Obstetrician and gynaecologist

Diagnose, treat and prevent disorders of female genitalia, urinary, rectal and reproductive organs, and care for women during pregnancy and childbirth.

As an obstetrician or gynaecologist you are a medical specialist who will examine patients to determine medical problems, using physical findings, diagnostic images, laboratory test results and patients' statements as diagnostic aids.

Pathologist

Identify and diagnose the presence and stages of diseases and possible sources of infection in body tissues, fluids and other scientific specimens.

As a pathologist you would be employed primarily in private pathology practices, hospital laboratories or government health laboratories. You may work in private practice on your own, in partnership with another pathologist or in a group practice. Opportunities for general pathologists exist in community hospitals, large country towns and non-metropolitan centres.

Pharmacist

Supply, dispense, manufacture and advise on the appropriate usage of medicines and drugs in hospitals; chemist shops and dispensaries; and community centres.

Your career as a pharmacist is likely to begin in a community pharmacy, opportunities to own your own practice or partnership coming with experience. You may also work in hospital pharmacies providing services to both in and out patients. There are also opportunities with pharmaceutical companies in drug research, marketing and design, or in universities and TAFE institutes.

Psychiatrist

Diagnose, treat and prevent human mental, emotional and behavioural disorders with medical knowledge.

As a psychiatrist you will be medically qualified to assess the mental and physical status of patients to determine the nature and extent of mental, emotional and behavioural disorders.

As part of this, your career may include examining patients, ordering laboratory tests or prescribing and administering medication.

Psychologist

Examine human behaviour, treat and counsel people to reduce behavioural and psychological problems for improved quality of life.

Psychologists are employed by government and privately run community welfare organisations and by hospitals, industry and the Australian Defence Force. They are also employed in private practice and in private health clinics.

Many psychology graduates do not find work as psychology specialists but are employed in positions where they can use the skills learned through their psychology training.

Secondary school teacher

Inspire and teach secondary school students in a variety of subject areas.

As a secondary school teacher you can work in government and non-government schools and colleges. You could also work in private practice, offering tutorial and subject-coaching services to students.

As part of this, your career may include preparing daily lessons, using digital and information technology to assist in lesson preparation, teaching using a variety of methods and carrying out relative administrative duties.

Social worker

Help people manage personal and social problems, either directly or through programs that benefit groups or communities.

As a social worker you could be employed in a variety of health fields and also in state, territory and federal government departments, in hospitals, community health centres, local government authorities or non-government welfare agencies.

With broad academic and practical training, qualified social workers may also work in non-social work areas as project officers, policy makers or administrators.

Sports scientist

Apply techniques and understandings of medicine, physiology, motor control, biomechanics and psychology to enhance sporting performance.

If you want to be a sports scientist you will find opportunities at sports institutes, sporting clinics, health studios and sporting associations.

Many professionals working in sports medicine are self-employed and may sub-contract their services.

University lecturer

Inspire and teach tertiary students; lecture and conduct research projects on your area of passion.

After graduation you may consider becoming a university lecturer or tutor. You will already have a good idea of what such a position entails. Tertiary institutions, such as universities, offer lectureships and other tertiary teaching positions. Lecturers may also be self-employed, working as consultants or in a professional practice. Competition for available positions is very strong.

Zoologist

Examine animal characteristics, functions, ecology and environments for wildlife management, conservation, agricultural and medical applications.

As a zoology graduate, there are positions in applied, biomedical and pure research projects in universities and scientific organisations. You may also be employed by state museums, zoos, state departments of agriculture, and organisations concerned with conservation, wildlife management, environmental control, fisheries and national parks. In addition, there are positions in the animal breeding and genetics industry.

Hear from one of our graduates

1 Find a course

UWA's five undergraduate degrees allow you to explore a variety of interests, with more than 70 majors to choose from. In most cases you have the flexibility to combine two of these majors in order to create your ideal degree.

If you are a graduate, you can further your qualifications with an honours degree or graduate-entry diploma. We also offer a wide range of postgraduate degrees.

Scroll up

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Commerce

Bachelor of Design

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will give you the freedom to choose a major from any field of study within Arts, Commerce, Design or Science.

The course features an intensive research focus, extensive teamwork and communication skills development and support for an overseas study experience and on-campus residency.

Honours

Courses requiring the equivalent of two semesters of full-time study for students who have successfully completed a bachelor's degree and who wish to undertake independent supervised research.

Graduate-entry diplomas

Graduate-entry diplomas, requiring the equivalent of two semesters of full-time study, for students who have successfully completed a bachelor's degree and current students who wish to undertake an additional major.

Advanced diplomas

For mature-aged Indigenous students wishing to undertake legal studies or medical and health sciences.

Scroll down

2 Admission requirements

Once you’ve chosen a course, the following information will help you identify whether you meet our standard admission requirements and select the entry pathway that applies to you.

UWA welcomes applications to our undergraduate courses from high school students from Western Australia, interstate and overseas; mature-age applicants (aged 20 years or more); and those with previous tertiary study.

We also provide a number of alternative entry pathways for domestic students who do not meet our standard admission requirements.

3 Apply now

How and when you apply for your chosen course will depend on whether you are an Australian or International applicant, and if you intend to begin your studies in Semester One or Semester Two (mid-year).

Some of our alternative entry pathways may also have separate application requirements.

Find out more about how to apply.

Events

Future Students events.