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Aboriginal UTAS Pathways

The University of Tasmania has flexible pathways for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. There are a variety of pathways students can take depending on their goals and educational aspirations.

Subject to the degree requirements, these pathways include on-campus and off-campus delivery methods. For further information regarding the murina Program, University Preparation Pathways, Bachelor Degrees, Honour Degrees and Postgraduate Coursework Degrees please contact Riawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education. For further information regarding Higher Degree by Research (HDR) please contact the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Research and Leadership.

Description: The murina Preparation Program is an enabling program designed for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to gain skills to commence university studies and strengthen communication and vocation skills to enhance community engagement, whilst providing a tailored approach to assist students in reaching their goals. The program offers units covering culture, history, storytelling, creative arts, academic and study skills via in-class activities and 'On Country' field trips all within a Tasmanian Aboriginal framework.

murina Program participants are eligible for Abstudy. For further information, please visit the murina Program webpage

Description: The University Preparation Pathways (UPP) is a mainstream university preparation program. UPP helps all students develop the foundational skills needed for student success. For further information please visit the University Preparation Program webpage

Duration: 6 months to 2 years full-time

Delivery Methodmurina Program on-campus, UPP on-campus and off-campus

Entry Requirements: Nil

ContactRiawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education

Description: Associate Degrees are a new flexible study option for students. They provide pathways to further education or a formal qualification to progress or begin a career. An associate degree can count towards a Bachelor Degree. For further information please visit the Associate Degrees webpage.

Duration: Duration 2 years full-time

Entry Requirements: Nil

ContactRiawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education or University College

Description: A Bachelor Degree is your standard undergraduate qualification. These degrees form the foundation of a traditional university education. There are a wide variety of Bachelor Degrees options at the University of Tasmania, these areas include Arts, Business, Education, Health, Law, Music & Science. For a complete list of the available Bachelor Degrees at the University of Tasmania please visit the Bachelor Degrees webpage.

Duration: 3 to 4 years full-time

Entry Requirements: Entry requirements vary depending on the type of Bachelor Degree. Please visit the relevant Bachelor Degree webpage for specific requirements or contact the Riawunna Centre for assistance.

ContactRiawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education

Description: An Honours Degree is an additional 1 year on top of your Bachelor Degree. Undertaking an Honors Degree provides Aboriginal students with a competitive edge when entering the workforce. Further, Honours provides Aboriginal students with the opportunity to engage in research at an appropriate level as preparation for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) study. A lot of degrees at the University of Tasmania have an optional honours year built into them. For further information please visit the Postgraduate Studies webpage.

Duration: 1 year full-time

Entry Requirements: Bachelor Degree

ContactRiawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education

Description: Postgraduate Coursework programs vary in their length and type. They include a variety of professional qualifications such as Social Work, Teaching and Business Administration. They require a Bachelor Degree in a relevant field to gain entry. Postgraduate coursework programs fall into one or more of the following formats:

  • Graduate Certificate - 6 months full-time
  • Graduate Diploma - 1 year full-time
  • Masters - 2 years full-time

For further information regarding a Postgraduate Coursework please visit the Postgraduate Courses webpage.

Duration: From 6 months to 2 years full-time

Entry Requirements: Bachelor Degree

ContactRiawunna Centre for Aboriginal Education

Description: A Master of Research is an internationally recognised postgraduate research degree that involves undertaking a significant research project. The program aims to train students in analysing their thesis topic at an advanced level; research methodology and techniques; and the application of such methodology by conducting a specified program of research under appropriate supervision. Many MRes students choose to continue with their research in order to obtain a PhD. There is a variety of support available for Aboriginal students considering undertaking a Higher Degree by Research. Please visit the HDR for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Students webpage or the HDR Research webpage.

Duration: Master of Research: 2 years full-time

Entry Requirements: Bachelor Degree and Honours Degree. There may be capacity for a high achieving student beginning in an Honours Degree to upgrade.

Contact: The Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Research and Leadership

Description: A Higher Degree by Research (HDR) - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the highest qualification obtainable from a university. A PhD is an advanced academic qualification and is often considered a requirement for the majority of academic and research positions in a wide range of fields and industries. There is a variety of support available for Aboriginal students considering undertaking a Higher Degree by Research. Please visit the HDR for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Students webpage or the HDR Research webpage.

Duration: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): 3-4 years full-time

Entry Requirements: Bachelor Degree, plus an Honours Degree, and/or Master of Research Degree. There may be capacity for a high achieving students beginning in a Master of Research Degree to upgrade to a Ph.D/Doctorate. Please read the Transfer from Masters to Ph.D. Policy (DOC 108KB).

Contact: The Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Aboriginal Research and Leadership