FAQs

Over the next three years, we’re updating all our courses at the University of Tasmania to give you greater flexibility and choice in your undergraduate studies and give you more real world learning in every course. If you’re interested in understanding more about what’s changed, check out the FAQs below or contact us.

We’ve designed our courses so that you can progress seamlessly from a two-year associate degree into a three-year bachelor degree, and from a three-year bachelor degree to a four-year bachelor degree with integrated honours. This gives you the ultimate flexibility to choose the path that suits you.

The new two-year associate degrees offered by our University College are innovative, industry relevant courses that provide you with a more hands-on experience than a traditional university degree.

Associate degrees are valuable formal qualification in their own right for people looking to build their skills. They also provide a pathway into further study for those who want progress into a bachelor degree.

Read more about the associate degrees we offer here.

Over the next three years, the University of Tasmania is updating all undergraduate courses to introduce greater flexibility and choice and to embed more real-world learning.

The flexible nature of our bachelor degree allows you to try a range of subjects before specialising, and our new curriculum means there will be more opportunities to choose minors across a range of study areas.

A single degree usually takes three years full time to finish and requires successful completion of 24 units. Under the new curriculum model you will:

  • develop expertise in a particular area by completing a minimum of eight units in your major area of study. These are known as ‘discipline knowledge’ units;
  • establish the core skills and knowledge you need for your degree by undertaking up to eight ‘degree core knowledge’ units;
  • choose up to eight ‘experience and engagement’ units from across your discipline or from a range of other area offered by the University to broaden your learning experience . This can also include studying abroad, completing leadership skills units and being recognised for volunteering activities.

Every course includes embedded real world learning and provides you with opportunities to use your knowledge in a range of ways including industry case studies, problem based projects, mentoring, simulations, work placements and internships.

When you graduate, you can be confident that the skills and knowledge you’ve gained throughout your degree will offer you a clear advantage for success in your chosen field.

If at any point in your three-year degree you decide you’d like to make a longer-term commitment to study, you can choose to opt-in to the four-year program and undertake an honours year. We will fully support you in making that transition.

Integrated honours means that from the moment you enrol, you know you’re on a path to honours. It provides an opportunity to commit upfront to a four-year degree, knowing that throughout your studies there will be a high level of flexibility and choice.

A four-year degree allows you to study additional subjects and add breadth to your education. If you already have a clear idea of your interests, it provides you with scope to dig even deeper into your area of expertise.

Each four-year bachelor degree incorporates a final honours year, with a choice of research, applied, professional or clinical honours, depending on your course of study.

Research, professional or clinical honours are a transition to postgraduate research or professional recognition, and there are threshold entry requirements for these forms of honours.

Our new applied honours year is open to any student who successfully completes their bachelor course, creating a work focused year of study to facilitate the transition to employment.

For any student who enters a four-year degree program but finds that their circumstances change along the way, there will be an option to exit the program after three years and graduate with a bachelor degree.

Our new applied honours year has been designed to provide the networks and experiences that will help you after graduation, along with a range of transferable skills that are valued by employers.

A key component of the applied honours year is a focus on experiential learning – learning by doing and reflecting. For some students, it will make sense for this to be in the form of internships or work placements. For others, it may be through mentorships, simulation, or the use of industry case studies.

Whatever your area of study, there will be opportunities in the applied honours year to develop relationships with external partners and to collaborate with students from other disciplines.

A minimum of 50 percent of your honours year will be undertaken as research or a project, ensuring that you develop a sense of independence but still benefit from the support and guidance of staff and fellow students.

Think of applied honours as a test run for working life: an opportunity to experiment and while still taking advantage of the nurturing environment of a university. When you graduate at the end of your fourth year, you will be ready to make a start in your chosen career.

If you really want to challenge yourself, a combined degree is an ideal way to get the most from your time at university.

A combined degree merges the core requirements of two different degrees, enabling you to graduate faster than you would if you took two degrees separately.

You can also choose to include honours in your combined degree course from the outset to give your combined degree a further boost.

At the University of Tasmania, we feel it’s important to recognise and reward our high achievers, so we have a range of scholarships and programs to help you achieve your goals.

We have a number of prestigious scholarships available, including the Chancellor’s Scholarship, the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, and the Dean’s Merit Scholarship which are awarded to those students who are the top performers in Year 12. You can read more about them on our dedicated scholarships page

During your time at the University of Tasmania, you can participate in the Vice-Chancellor’s Leadership Program which gives you the opportunity to have your leadership and service experiences formally recognised. It also allows you access to additional educational experiences, including peer mentoring and support, community and industry engagement, and entrepreneurship.

We offer a Bachelor of Philosophy program, which provides for companion study across research, leadership and service, cultural understanding and multi-disciplinary perspectives.

Our study abroad program offers many exciting possibilities to expand your horizons by studying at one of over 150 institutions around the world.

And, of course, we award University Medals and entry to the Dean’s Rolls of Excellence for our highest achievers.

Our new education model