Changing your undergraduate course

A course transfer allows you to change from your current undergraduate degree to a different undergraduate degree at Macquarie.

Course transfer application dates

Applications for Session 1, 2021 open on 15 December 2020 and close on 12 February 2021.

Applications for Session 2, 2021 open on 13 February 2021 and close on 19 July 2021.

Important: Applications submitted on or prior to the closing date will be assessed for that commencing session. Any applications received after the closing date will only be assessed for the next commencing session.

Before you apply

Fees

Domestic students

Legislation changes have impacted the student contribution rates from 2021. Even if you commenced at Macquarie prior to 2021 you may be charged new student contribution amounts for your new course. Different types of transfers will have different contribution rate impacts. The following categories will be classified as a new student for the new course and will be charged 2021 student contribution amounts:

  • Students adding a course to make a double degree,
  • Students dropping a course from a double degree, or
  • Students changing to a different course

Further information on how your course transfer may affect your fees can be found on the Commonwealth Supported Places page.

International students

If you are an international student, your fees may change depending on the degree you choose to transfer to.

Internal offering only

By completing the Course Transfer form, you are requesting an internal course transfer (ie. you will be transferred to the internal offering of your new degree). If you wish to study the external availability you will need to apply via UAC.

Internal students can still enrol in individual units externally.

Current curriculum

You will be transferred to the curriculum of the year you are applying to transfer your degree. For example, if you apply for Course Transfer for Session 1 2021 you will be following the 2021 Course Handbook.

This includes students who are adding a second degree to their current single degree, or students who are dropping from a double degree to a single degree ie a Bachelor of Science student requesting to add a Bachelor of Information Technology. Both courses will be updated to the 2021 curriculum. Or a Bachelor of Commerce with Bachelor of Law student wanting to drop their Bachelor of Commerce and just study the single degree Bachelor of Law. The Bachelor of Law will be updated to the 2021 curriculum.

Enrolment

As part of a successful course transfer application, all future enrolment under your old course will be withdrawn.

It is your responsibility to re-enrol in units and re-register in classes in your new degree once the transfer is processed.

If you do not re-enrol in the first session of study after your transfer and record a grade, your admission will be discontinued. You will need to re-apply as a new applicant to the university if you wish to continue your studies in the future.

Deferment of a course transfer

Students cannot defer their course transfer offer.

You should only apply for Course Transfer if you plan to undertake studies in the session you are applying to transfer. For example, you should only apply for Course Transfer in December or January if you plan to begin your studies in the following Session 1.

Failure to enrol into units in your first session of study after transferring will result in your admission being discontinued and if you wish to continue your studies you will need re-apply to the university as a new applicant.

Academic standing

Your Academic Standing from your old degree will be applied towards the new degree upon commencement of the Session you are transferring into.

Students with an Academic Standing of 'Conditional Enrolment' or 'Probation' must seek academic advice prior to submitting a transfer request.

Students with an Academic Standing of 'Suspension' or 'Exclusion' are not eligible to apply for course transfer.

For further information on Academic Standing, visit the Academic Progression page.

Double degrees

Getting advice

For most double degrees, students will study the core zones of the combined two single degrees. This may mean that you have no flexible zone in your new degree. Therefore, it is recommended that you seek academic advice about the impact of your transfer prior to making an application.

Note: Education degrees must be studied as a double degree, and can only be combined with certain other degrees, and offer a restricted set of majors to meet accreditation requirements. For more information, review the 'Overview' information in the Course Handbook for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) or Bachelor of Education (Secondary).

Meeting criteria

When applying for a double degree you must meet the entry criteria for any component of the course you are not admitted to.

For example,

  • if you are currently studying a Bachelor of Science and you want to transfer to a Bachelor of Marine Science with a Bachelor of Economics you would need to meet the criteria for both courses.
  • If you are studying a Bachelor of Commerce and wish to transfer to a Bachelor of Commerce with Bachelor of Laws, you would just need to meet entry requirements for the Bachelor of Laws.

Not all degree combinations are permitted, the combination you choose will be assessed for eligibility after you submit your application.

Transfer conditions

When you transfer you will be admitted to the new curriculum for the course you are entering. This includes students who are adding a second degree to their current degree.

For example, for a Bachelor of Archaeology student who started that course in 2018 requesting to add a Bachelor of Information Technology, both courses would be updated to the 2021 curriculum.

Transferring to a teaching degree

Students transferring into any of the teacher education degrees listed below must be aware of the following information:

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary) and Bachelor of Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Primary) with the Early Childhood Teaching major
    • Successful completion of this degree meets accreditation requirements for both Early Childhood and Primary Teaching, Birth to 12.
    • Note: this program replaces the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) (Birth - 12))
  • Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
    • Successful completion of this degree meets accreditation requirements for Early Childhood, Birth to 5.
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

As a part of the New South Wales Education Standards Authority (NESA) accreditation requirements, all students completing an initial teaching degree need to demonstrate suitability for teaching. If you wish to transfer to a teaching degree, you will be required to complete a short survey that asks you some questions about your learning approaches and dispositions as a future teacher. This survey will be emailed to you as part of the Course Transfer process.

The data collected from this survey also helps to provide relevant and effective learning experiences for Teacher Education students enrolled in Macquarie University’s courses and is reported annually to NESA as part of our accreditation requirements. You may be required to meet with an academic from the Department of Educational Studies regarding your responses. Contact AskMQ for more information regarding the survey.

Additional information

The Department of Educational Studies is introducing new teacher education courses in 2021 and course transfer requirements are changing. Students seeking to transfer into a 2021 teacher education courses are strongly advised to seek advice from a course adviser.

Note that education degrees must be studied as a double degree, and can only be combined with certain other degrees, and offer a restricted set of majors to meet accreditation requirements. For more information, review the 'Overview' information for the Bachelor of Education (Primary) or Bachelor of Education (Secondary) in the Course Handbook.

Special category visa New Zealand citizen

If you have been previously approved for HELP eligibility as a Special Category Visa New Zealand citizen and your course transfer has been approved and finalised, you will need to advise us through ecaf@mq.edu.au so we can re-apply your eligibility to defer your fees to a HELP loan to your new course.

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