Is University really for me?
University is for everyone. Students of all ages and from very diverse backgrounds choose to study at the University of Tasmania for many different reasons:
- achieving a lifelong goal
- improving career prospects,
- consolidating a current career
- preparing for a career change
- the joy of learning
Many people who return to study have other demands like family and work. The good news is you can plan your course to suit your life. Most courses can be studied part-time, and some courses include options for off-campus study, such as print or online distance education.
Will I be the only one?
You won’t be alone! Around 40% of our students are over the age of 25, and 19% are over the age of 35. Our experience shows that mature age students are often more successful than younger students. Your wealth of experience and life skills will be invaluable for time management, motivation and commitment – all very important qualities for university study.
What courses can I choose?
A complete list of courses on offer at UTAS, as well as information about prerequisites and entry requirements, is available online in the Courses and Units Handbook. If you would like a copy of our Course Guide please contact the Uni Info Centre on 1300 363 864.
How do I qualify for study at UTAS?
A supporting statement can be completed as part of your online application or submitted separately. There are four essential selection criteria to address:
- Academic background
- Employment background
- Knowledge and skills
- Demonstrated interest in the course
if relevant to your personal situation, a further criterion can be addressed:
- Equity or other special considerations
Please remember, there are no "right answers" and your response only needs to be brief (the statement should not exceed two A4 pages in total).
We have put together some tips on how to write a successful supporting statement (Word 326.0KB) to help you to complete your application. Further information is available on the Admissions section of the UTAS website.
How much work is involved?
Required attendance at lectures and tutorials (called “contact hours”) can be as little as 12 hours a week for a full-time enrolment, but the timetabling may be scattered throughout the week. You should think of full-time study as equivalent to a full-time job – that is, about 36 hours a week, or 8-9 hours per subject. Included in this study time is reading for tutorials, assignment preparation, and study for any end-of-semester exams.
Can I fit university into my life?
Many people who return to study have other demands, like family and jobs. The good news is that you can plan your course to suit your life.
Part-time and off-campus study
Most courses can be studied part-time, and some courses include options for off-campus study, such as print- or web-based distance education. This means that you can continue to work or care for young children while you are a student. You can also vary the amount of study from year to year, according to your circumstances.
Access to facilities
Many of the University’s facilities can be accessed out of normal working hours. A number of computer labs have 24-hour access, and the University Library is open most evenings during the week. Computer facilities and UTAS support materials are also available at your local Online Access Centre and State Library branch.
For students with children, reliable childcare is a necessity for peace of mind. In addition to listed childcare providers across the State, the University has on-campus childcare centres in Hobart and Launceston. At times, these facilities can experience periods of high demand, and thus bookings are essential and waiting lists often apply.
Can I get recognition for my previous study?
If you have undertaken studies at another institution, you may be entitled to credit. The faculty responsible for your course gives advice about what documentation to provide and makes the final decision on the credit.
There are articulation and credit arrangements between Tasmania Polytechnic, Tasmanian Skills Institute and the University of Tasmania.
What support is available?
We understand that starting at university can be quite daunting, especially if it has been a number of years since you last did any formal study. UTAS has a number of support programs to assist you in the transition to university. For detailed information, including how to apply, a list of transition and enabling programs are available from the home page of the Future Students website. To find out what programs are available, please follow this link to the Preparation programs.
What are the costs?
For detailed information of all costs relating to studying at UTAS go to Course Costs.
HECS scholarships for those in the Tasmanian education sector
Whether you are just beginning your career in education, are an experienced teacher or work in an administrative capacity supporting Tasmania's education system, professional and personal development opportunities are an ideal way of keeping your knowledge and skills updated, as well as improving your career prospects.
UTAS has formed agreements with the Tasmanian Department of Education (DoE), Tasmanian Catholic Education Office (TCEO), Tasmanian Academy, Tasmanian Polytechnic, Tasmanian Skills Institute or one of many Independent schools throughout the state, which offers HECS scholarships for university study to teaching, administrative and general staff.
For further information including eligibility and application details of this scholarship follow the link to the Tasmanian Education sector professional development page on this website.
HECS scholarships for employees of the Tasmanian Department of Health & Human Services
The University of Tasmania has recently formed an agreement with the Tasmanian Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) to deliver professional development units and courses in a wide range of subject areas. This commitment is a collaboration to prepare and provide ongoing support and learning opportunities for all DHHS staff throughout Tasmania.
For further information and details of how to apply follow follow the link to the HECS scholarships for DHHS employees page on the website.
HECS scholarships for those made redundant due to the global financial crisis
The University of Tasmania is making available HECS Scholarships* for the equivalent of one academic year of full-time study to any permanent employees or long-term casual staff made redundant since the beginning of December 2008, as a direct result of the global financial crisis. Applicants must commence study at UTAS after semester 1, 2009 and within six months of being made redundant. For information, eligibility and application details about this scholarship go to HECS Scholarship* Conditions apply
Who can I contact for further information?
For information about courses at UTAS and the application process, contact the Uni Info Centre:
- by telephone on 1300 363 864
- or by email to Course.Info@utas.edu.au
For information about the range of services provided to UTAS students go to the First Year website.
Much of the information on this page is available in our Return to Learn (PDF 314.7KB) brochure.