Academic Standing for Postgraduates

Academic Standing for Postgraduates

This page outlines academic standing for postgraduate students. Academic standing indicates your current progress toward completion of your program.

Because postgraduate students are already experienced in university study and postgraduate coursework programs are also normally shorter than undergraduate programs, UNSW expects postgraduate students to complete program requirements with very few failures.

How is postgraduate academic standing calculated?

  • If you pass all units of credit attempted in the current semester, you are assigned an academic standing level of GOOD.
  • If you don't pass all units of credit, your academic standing is calculated on the basis of the total number of units failed in all semesters, up to and including the current semester, as outlined below in the levels section.
  • Summer Term results will be included in the calculation of your Semester 1 academic standing.
  • PW (Permitted Withdrawal) and AW (Academic Withdrawal) grades are treated as fail grades when calculating academic standing

Quick reference guide

Here you can find a quick reference guide to the rules for postgraduate academic standing.

If you have difficulty using the tables, please refer to the below 'Guide to your academic standing' or see the PDF version of this page.

Rules for Semester 1

Cumulative UOC failed during studyAcademic standing level assignedImplications
Fewer than 12GoodNone
12 to 18ProbationYou are required to consult your Academic Advisor to discuss your progress, plan for improving results, and seek approval for future enrolment
More than 18Provisional ExclusionYou are permitted to continue in your program but must consult your Academic Advisor to discuss your progress, plan for improving results, and seek approval for future enrolment. Further unsatisfactory progress will result in Exclusion.

Example: If you have failed between 12 and 18 (UOC) units of credit during study, then your academic standing level will be 'Probation'.

Rules for Semester 2

Cumulative UOC failed during studyAcademic standing level assignedImplications
Fewer than 12GoodNone
12 to 18ProbationYou are required to consult your Academic Advisor to discuss your progress, plan for improving results, and seek approval for future enrolment.
More than 18ExclusionUsed for Semester 2 Academic Standing only. You are excluded from the University for two academic years (four standard semesters) and you must re-apply for re-admission.

Example: If you have failed more than 18 (UOC) units of credit during study, then your academic standing level in Semester 2 will be 'Exclusion'.

Guide to your academic standing

Here you can find out what needs to happen if your academic standing level is:

GOOD

You have failed fewer than 12 units of credit during postgraduate study, and UNSW is not concerned about your progress.

PROBATION

You have failed between 12 and 18 units of credit during postgraduate study, and UNSW is very concerned about your progress.

What happens next?

You must consult your Academic Advisor. We also strongly encourage you to contact these support services for advice on ways to enhance your academic performance.

Next semester

Your enrolment next semester is subject to the approval of your Academic Advisor, and you should not finalise your enrolment without contacting them. The courses you are currently enrolled in for the next semester may not be appropriate and you may not be permitted to remain enrolled in some courses.

PROVISIONAL EXCLUSION (Semester 1 only)

You have failed more than 18 units of credit during postgraduate study. UNSW is extremely concerned about your progress and believes that unless you address the issues that are impeding your academic progress you will be excluded next semester. Further unsatisfactory progress will result in EXCLUSION. (UNSW does not formally exclude or suspend students at the end of Semester 1. However, we still need to identify students at risk of failure, so use 'provisional exclusion'.)

What happens next?

You are permitted to continue in your program, but you must consult your Academic Advisor. We also strongly encourage you to contact these support services for advice on ways to enhance your academic performance.

Next semester

Your enrolment next semester is subject to the approval of your Academic Advisor, and you should not finalise your enrolment without contacting them. The courses you are currently enrolled in for the next semester may not be appropriate and you may not be permitted to remain enrolled in some courses.

EXCLUSION (Semester 2 only)

You have failed more than 18 units of credit during postgraduate study, and UNSW has serious concerns about your ability to complete your program.

What happens next?

You are excluded from the University for not less than 2 academic years and you must re-apply for re-admission at the end of the exclusion period. See Admissions information.

Can I study a different program if excluded?

No. Academic standing is determined at the career level (i.e. undergraduate or postgraduate), rather than at the program level. As a result, if you are excluded from one program you cannot apply to study another program during the period of exclusion.

Do you want to appeal?

How to improve your academic performance

These support services can help you improve your academic standing.