Selection process

Each application will be assessed on a number of selection criteria based on the entry requirement of the course.

1. Selection criteria

The School will publicise entry and course criteria and ensure that every candidate has a reasonable likelihood of completing the course and gaining the award. Candidates’ likelihood of success depends on, amongst other things:

  • Practical knowledge about the subject matter of the course
  • Understanding of the disciplinary discourse surrounding the subject matter of the course
  • The demonstration of written and analytical skills relevant for postgraduate study
  • Opportunity to study
  • Desire and capacity to study
  • Prior knowledge of the subject matter

Admission to the course will be subject to meeting these criteria.

2. Recognition of professional experience

Applicants seeking entry to graduate courses who do not have an undergraduate degree must provide information that demonstrates their capacity to undertake and be successful in a graduate course.

In instances where an applicant does not have an undergraduate degree, entry may be granted on the basis of professional work experience. In such cases the relevance of their professional experience, and in particular the capacity to demonstrate written and analytical skills appropriate for postgraduate study, will be assessed to determine the applicants likelihood of success in the course.

Professional experience must be reliably documented so that the Selection Committee can be confident about its relevance to the proposed course and to the development of the generic skills needed for postgraduate study.

Length of professional experience

Extensive professional experience is required normally as follows:

* Professional and Graduate Certificates and Graduate Diplomas: at least five years

* Postgraduate Certificates and Diplomas: at least seven years

* Master: at least ten years

These minimum requirements refer to full-time professional experience. Applicants whose professional experience is part-time will need an appropriately extended period.

Continual advancement

Applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have advanced constantly in their career. They will normally hold a position that requires the kind of skills the School would expect a graduate to have.


Applicants should demonstrate that their professional experience has some close connection with the award being applied for. The relevant practical experience will thus compensate for any lack of familiarity in dealing with abstract conceptualisation.

Continual learning

Applicants will have shown their interest in continual self-improvement by undertaking professional development courses to expand their knowledge and skills. They will have been successful in these courses, particularly where there is graded assessment.

High-level competence in producing documents

Applicants will have demonstrated competence in producing complex analytical reports, papers or other documents, using their literacy, numeracy and computing skills as required. These documents may be produced in the course of their professional work, or in assignments produced while undertaking courses.