Step 1. Ensure you meet the entry requirements

Qualification specific entry requirements

You need to check you meet any additional entry requirements for each qualification you plan to study.

See the relevant qualification for more information or use the "Check what you need" tool

Course entry requirements

You also need to check each individual course your plan on studying to make sure you also meet pre-requisite or co-requisite requirements.

Search Qualifications and courses for more information.

If you do not meet the course prerequisite or co-requisite entry requirements you may be eligible for an exemption.

Find out more about getting an Exemption from a prerequisite or co-requisite.

English language entry requirements

You must be competent in the use and understanding of written and spoken English. Check you also meet the minimum English language requirements.

Help with qualification planning

It’s recommended that you also talk to a Student Advisor or directly with the relevant college, school, department or research centre to discuss your study options and any additional entry requirements.

Research based qualifications

If you undertake a research-based qualification, it is important not only that you work in an area of interest to you, but also that you identify and meet your supervisor prior to any commitment to the qualification.

Your supervisor is an individual who will work closely with you for the period of your research (two to four years), so it is worthwhile finding out if you will feel comfortable working with them.

Identify supervisors share your research interests

The research interests of UC’s academic staff are listed on the web pages of the relevant academic programmes and departments. A good place to start your search subjects. You can also search the UC SPARK Research Profiles for current research projects at UC. Senior supervisors are usually a continuing academic staff and must have appropriate doctorial qualification or research experience to support you.

Look into their record of completing students

One of the questions that you might like to ask your potential supervisor is how many students have they had in the past? How long did those students take to complete? Were there any problems in completion? While this may not be relevant for all supervisors, it is worth getting a feel for their previous experience and success rate.

Find out what their current students say about them

Current students are a great benchmark to get some real information about your potential supervisor. Make a point of meeting with them if possible.

Find out about your potential supervisor’s expectations

It’s important to clarify your potential supervisors expectations are of you as a student. What workload are they expecting from you? What important milestones do they expect you to be meeting and how do they expect the supervisor-student relationship to work? A clear understanding on both sides at the start of the relationship can help it work more smoothly, rather than unclear expectations which have a potential for someone to be let down.

Consider what you need from a supervisor

Once you have gathered some of the information above, it is important that you consider what is important and necessary to you. Do you want to be left to work primarily independently, or do you require someone who will meet with you regularly to keep you on track? How do you like to be managed?

Meet your supervisor if possible

It’s important to get a sense of how well you and your proposed supervisor will be able to work together. The supervisory relationship is a important determinant of a successful and enjoyable research experience, and so it is important that both parties feel they will be able to have a productive relationship. If possible, it’s recommend that you meet with your proposed supervisor. If there are any concerns about the ability to work together, these should be addressed before you start your research, or consider alternative supervisory arrangements.

More information

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