Course Transfer - Undergraduate
Course Transfer Application Dates
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Course Transfer for Session 1 2020 will open in January 2020. Dates are yet to be confirmed.
What is a Course Transfer?
A Course Transfer is the process where a student requests to change from their currently admitted undergraduate degree to a different undergraduate degree.
Other reasons why you may request a Course Transfer are:
- To change to the newest curriculum for your current degree, eg. from Bachelor of Medical Science in the 2013 curriculum to Bachelor of Medical Science in the 2019 curriculum.
- To change the qualifying major in your pre-2017 current degree to a qualifying major in a different faculty - eg. from Bachelor of Arts majoring in Modern History (Faculty of Arts) to Bachelor of Arts majoring in Economics (Macquarie Business School). This change will result in you being placed into the newest curriculum. If you are unsure whether you need to submit a Course Transfer or Change of Major request, please see the Change of Major website.
- Change the qualifying major in your pre-2019 degree to a major that is new in 2019, eg. from Electronics Engineering in your 2015 Bachelor of Engineering to Electrical Engineering in a 2019 Bachelor of Engineering. If you are unsure whether you need to submit a Course Transfer or Change of Major request, please see the Change of Major website.
Important points to note before you apply for course transfer.
About your new course:
- 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).
- You cannot use Course Transfer to change from internal availability to external availability. If you wish to transfer into the external availability for your new degree (if applicable) you will need to apply via UAC.
- You will be transferred to the curriculum of the Session and Year you are applying to transfer your degree. For example, if you apply for Course Transfer for Session 2 2019 you will be following the 2019 Handbook.
- You will receive a new admission into the degree you are requesting to transfer into.
- Your new admission will have its own GPA.
- Your Academic Standing will carry over from your previous degree.
Course transfer and deferments
Students who do not intend to enrol into units under the new degree they have been transferred into 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 July if you plan to begin your studies in the following Session 2.
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.
From Session 1 2017, Macquarie University introduced an Academic Progression Policy governing the academic progress of students towards the successful completion of their award.
Following the results release dates at the end of Sessions 1 and 2, students will be assigned an Academic Standing, describing the status of their academic progress towards meeting the requirements of their award. Academic Standing is calculated automatically following ratification of results and you will be advised of your status in your notification of results email. It is calculated at the end of each Study Period in calculation, and finalised by the Census Date of the following study period in calculation.
Your Academic Standing from your old degree will be applied towards the new degree upon commencement of the Session you are transferring into.
For further information on Academic Standing, please visit the Academic Progression Website.
Information on how your course transfer may affect your fees can be found on the Commonwealth Supported Places page.
If you are an International Student, your fees may change depending on the degree you choose to transfer to.
Students transferring into a teaching degree
Students transferring into any of the teacher education degrees listed below must be aware of the following information:
- Bachelor of Arts - Psychology with the degree of Bachelor of Education (Primary)
- Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Education (Primary)
- Bachelor of Arts with the degree of Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
- Bachelor of Arts with the degree of 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 with the degree of Bachelor of Education (Secondary)
- Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)
- Successful completion of this degree meets accreditation requirements for Early Childhood, Birth to 5.
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. The data collected from this survey also helps to provide relevant and effective learning experiences for Teacher Education students enrolled in Macquarie University’s programs 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. Please contact AskMQ or more information regarding the survey.
Additional information for students planning to transfer into a teaching degree commencing S2 2019:
The Department of Educational Studies is introducing new teacher education programs in 2019 and course transfer requirements are changing. Students seeking to transfer into a 2019 teacher education program are strongly advised to seek advice from the Faculty of Human Sciences Student Centre or an appropriate academic adviser.
The role of GPA and credit point totals
Some internal degree transfer requirements will require that you successfully complete a certain number of credit points and/or that you meet a specified overall GPA before being able to transfer. Degrees which require a certain amount of credit points to be completed prior to transferring may not allow for unspecified credit to be counted towards this total. More information regarding this can be found under the Course Transfer Degree Requirements.
The credit points to meet transfer requirements must have been accumulated prior to applying for Course Transfer from units completed in your current degree and/or from units listed as designated credit or exemptions on your transcript.
The GPA to meet transfer requirements is generated from Macquarie units undertaken as part of the currently admitted degree program only (ie specified credit is not considered in the calculation of overall GPA).
If you have transferred degrees previously, we will only be taking into account the GPA for your most recent admission.
If you are transferring into a different course, each degree will have its own GPA. Students who do not record a grade under the new degree they have transferred into will not have a GPA for this degree.
Changes to the GPA
From 1 January 2017, students who commence a new degree at Macquarie University or students who apply to course transfer into a new degree, will have a GPA calculated on a 7-point scale as detailed below:
More information about GPA and how it is calculated can be found on the GPA Information page.
People and Planet Units
If you are an undergraduate student and you successfully transfer into a new course or the current version of your existing course, and that transfer occurs at the start of 2019 or later, then you will no longer be required to complete people and planet electives.
If you have already completed a people and planet elective, that unit may count as a general elective in your new course.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org so we can re-apply your eligibility to defer your fees to a HELP loan to your new course.
WHAT IS THE CURRENT PROCESS?
Applications will begin to be assessed once official results have been released for the current session.
During the Course Transfer process, you may notice changes to your eStudent account. To facilitate the processing of your Course Transfer, your access to a number of functions in eStudent will be removed.
If you meet all criteria and are successful, once your Course Transfer is complete, you will receive an email notification advising that your eStudent access has been restored to enable unit enrolment and registration in classes.
Course Transfer outcomes will only start to be released progressively after applications have closed.
If successful the current Course Transfer process consists of the following four stages:
- Your current admitted course will be discontinued.
- Any future enrolment 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.
- A new admission will be made in the newest curriculum for your chosen course.
- Where applicable, previously passed units within in your old degree, will be transferred to your new course. Failed or withdrawn units will not be transferred, but they will remain on your transcript under your previous admission.
- Any pre-existing RPL will be reassessed and if applicable will be added to your new degree.
If unsuccessful, you will be notified by email of the outcome. This email will include the specific eligibility or requirement criteria that has not been met. If you have any questions you will need to submit an AskMQ enquiry.
The Academic Standing from your old degree will be applied to your new degree shortly after your course transfer has been completed.
Students with an Academic Standing of Conditional Enrolment 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.
THE PREVIOUS COURSE TRANSFER PROCESS
The Course Transfer process has evolved following a review of the process and changes to the student system.
All Course Transfer requests prior to Session 2, 2015 transferred students to the newest curriculum and the GPA continued.
If you applied to change to the newest curriculum of your degree, a new major in a different faculty, or a new major between Session 2, 2015 and Session 2, 2016, your course will have been updated to the newest curriculum and your GPA will have continued.
If you applied to change to a different degree (eg from BA to BCom) during or after Session 2, 2015, a new process was implemented. This is described above as the Current Process.
To be eligible to Course Transfer, you must meet the conditions of both Step One and Step Two, which are listed below:
Step 1 : Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to Course Transfer, you must meet all three parts (A-C) of the eligibility criteria:
PART A – STUDENT STATUS
- Be admitted into an undergraduate Bachelor Degree at North Ryde
- If you are an international sponsored student, you MUST receive permission from your sponsor to change your major or course before submitting your application. Please contact your sponsor for approval before submitting this request. If you need further assistance, please contact Student Advocacy and Support Services.
- Not be a postgraduate student. Please see information about changing your course at Course transfer - postgraduate
- Not be studying via Next Step or Non-Award
- Not be studying via Open Universities Australia (OUA)
- Not be completing Concurrent Degrees. Please visit the Concurrent Degrees website for further information.
- Not use the Course Transfer Process if you have completed and have been qualified for your current degree.
PART B – ENROLMENT STATUS
- Have an 'Admitted' status for your current degree.
- Have recorded at least one pass or fail grade in the two years prior to applying for Course Transfer, ie. for a S2 2019 course transfer you must have recorded a pass or fail grade in any session from Session 2 2017 onward.
- Not have any enrolment for Winter Vacation, short-term Exchange (July) or Full Year units for a Session 2 transfer.
- Not have any enrolment for Session 3 or short-term Exchange (January) units for a Session 1 transfer.
- Not be on exchange, or have an incomplete exchange grade.
- Not be in your final session of study at Macquarie University. This means that you must have studies remaining under your current degree when you apply to transfer.
- Have studies to complete under your new degree. This means that you cannot transfer if you already meet all the requirements for your new degree.
PART C – ACADEMIC STATUS
- Not be currently excluded from the University
- Not have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion.
- Seek academic advice prior to submitting a Course Transfer Request if you have an Academic Standing of Conditional Enrolment or Probation.
Step 2 : Course Transfer Degree Requirements
Please note that the table below refers to entry requirements for Session 2 2019 only. Course Transfer requirements have changed for Session 2 2019 to align with the opportunities available in the 2020 curriculum. To facilitate this, some courses are not available for internal transfer, some courses will have restricted majors available, and most double degrees will not be available for internal transfer.
If the course you wish to transfer to is not listed in the Course Transfer Requirement Table, you can apply through UAC , however it is strongly recommended that you discuss your plans with an academic advisor to find out about the opportunities on offer in the new 2020 curriculum.
To course transfer you must meet degree entry requirements as listed in the below table. Not all transfers are automatic so check the table carefully for requirements. If you do not meet the requirements, consider applying for a different degree or applying through UAC.
If you are requesting to transfer into the newest curriculum for the same degree that you are currently studying this is considered an automatic transfer, provided you meet eligibility criteria as listed above.
- If you plan to use specified credit (RPL) to meet the Course Transfer degree requirements, the RPL must be granted and applied to your study plan before you apply for Course Transfer. If your RPL has not been granted and you do not meet the transfer criteria, your application will be cancelled. Not all requirements allow for RPL to be used toward entry. Please check the requirement table carefully and submit an AskMQ enquiry if you are unsure.
Note: If the correct information is not provided in your application upon submission, this will delay the assessing of your application and may lead to your application being cancelled.
Before I apply
- Read the Course Transfer Policy.
- Check you meet the eligibility criteria.
- Check you meet the requirements for the degree you wish to transfer into.
- Receive Program Advice from the Faculty before submitting a Course Transfer application. As Macquarie’s curriculum is changing in 2020, it is strongly recommended you seek advice about your new degree and the 2020 curriculum.
- If you are an international sponsored student (ie a non-Australian government sponsor pays your tuition fees), you MUST receive permission from your sponsor to make the change you are requesting before submitting your application.
- If you are an international student, requesting a course transfer may cause a change in your fees.
How do I apply
- Submit a Course Transfer application during the key application dates.
- You can submit one application per session only.
- Select your current degree and major - please ensure that this is entered correctly or it could result in cancellation or delays to your application being processed. You can view what degree and major you are studying in your eStudent account. If you need support, please contact Student Connect.
- Select the degree that you wish to transfer into and a qualifying major or specialisation if applicable.
- You will not be able to select a further major. To assist with the transition into the 2020 curriculum, you will not be able to add a further major to your course after your transfer has been processed. Please seek advice from your faculty regarding any second majors you wish to study.
- Once you have submitted your application, check your student email account to ensure you have received a confirmation email with your application case number. If you do not receive this confirmation email, please contact Student Connect to follow up.
- Once submitted, you cannot request to cancel your Course Transfer application.
Please note: applications will start being assessed once official results from the current session have been released and course transfer outcomes will only start being advised once applications have closed.
After my application has been processed
- Course Transfer applications cannot be reversed once processed.
- Domestic students must complete a new HECS-HELP form online via eStudent before you are able to enrol into your units. You will also need to submit a new separate SA-HELP form if you are eligible and wish to defer your Student Amenities Fee for your new degree.
- If you are an International Student Visa Holder, a new Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) will be issued by the University and sent to you via your student email account.
- Re-enrol in units and re-register in classes via eStudent if necessary.
- Please note that you may not be able to register into the classes of your choice.
- If your classes are full, you will need to contact the Faculty Student Centre.
- 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.
- Make an appointment with a Program Adviser to ensure that the unit/s which you previously completed are applicable to your new degree and satisfy the requirements of your new degree.
- If you have an Academic Standing of Conditional Enrolment or Probation you may be required to seek academic advice prior to enrolling under your new course.
Terms and Conditions
Below are the Terms and Conditions you agree to when submitting your Course Transfer application:
- I have checked the Eligibility Criteria and I am confident that I meet these requirements to be eligible to transfer
- I have checked the Course Transfer Requirements Table and I am confident that I will meet the transfer requirements for my new degree
- I have consulted with a Program Advisor or Course Convenor regarding the implications of this transfer on my ability to graduate with the new course
- I understand that if successful this transfer will be made to the newest curriculum
- I understand that my transfer into the new degree will be made into the internal version of the course
- I understand that my new degree will have a GPA calculated out of 7.00
- I understand that my Academic Standing will be applied to my new degree
- I understand that it is my responsibility to check my enrolment status for all units after I receive the final outcome of this request by email
- I understand that if I am an international student there might be an increase to my tuition fees due to the changes in my degree and it is my responsibility to check this before applying to transfer
- I understand that if I do not enrol in the first session of study after transferring and record a grade, I will be discontinued from my course and must re-apply as a new applicant to the University if I wish to continue my studies.
- I understand that my previously completed units may not be applicable to my new degree and it is my responsibility to seek program advice after my course transfer is processed to ensure I am satisfying requirements of the new degree
- I understand that it is my responsibility to regularly check my official University email account for updates to my Course Transfer application