Credit for courses completed in another program or tertiary institution may be granted for a specified UQ course, where the content and standard is deemed to be substantially the same. Unspecified credit (eg. for elective courses) may also be granted for other completed courses of an appropriate standard.

The following guidelines will apply:

  • The total number of units required to satisfy program requirements (for example 48 units for the BA) is reduced by the unit value of the credit granted.
  • Credit may also be used to satisfy some program requirements –for example, the completion of a compulsory course for which specified credit has been granted.
  • You will only be granted credit for studies completed within 10 years for Bachelor, 7 years for Masters, 5 years for Graduate Diploma, and 3 years for Graduate Certificate, of the time at which you apply for the credit towards your current program.
  • You may claim credit at any stage during your studies although it is preferable to do so in the early stages of your program of study so you know what courses you need to complete.
  • Credit will not be granted for courses undertaken at this or another university that are graded at the level of a conceded pass (3).
  • Credit will not normally be granted for work undertaken in an Associate Diploma or Diploma program at an Australian university or other institutions.
  • Credit transfer is usually only undertaken when requested by you, whether the study was completed at UQ or at another institution.
  • Students who change programs at UQ to one of the component degrees or if they change from a single program to a dual program involving that component degree are obliged to retain credit for courses they have completed in the relevant component. Example: if a student is enrolled in a BA/LLB dual degree, and requests to program change to the single BA, the student must retain credit for courses completed towards the BA component of the dual.
  • There is no provision to rescind credit once it has been transferred, unless there is administrative error.
 

Credit Limits

For external credit (i.e. from Universities other than UQ)

For all Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Postgraduate Coursework programs and Undergraduate Bachelor programs the maximum credit available for students for an incomplete or completed award, is 50% of the total program requirements for the single or dual component (eg. in the single Bachelor of Arts program of 48 units, the maximum credit available is 24 units). Where appropriate specified credit is granted you may claim up to a maximum of 16 units towards a major or extended major or up to #8 towards a minor in a given field.

The maximum external credit for a completed award that can be applied to the Diploma in Arts, the concurrent Diploma in Languages, the concurrent Diploma in Music Performance, and the concurrent Diploma of Global Issues is 4 units. The maximum external credit for an incomplete award is as defined in the General Award Rules.

For internal credit (i.e. from UQ to UQ)

For all Postgraduate Coursework programs and Undergraduate Bachelor programs the maximum credit available for students for a completed award, is 50% of the total program requirements for the single or dual component. For an incomplete UQ award, decisions about the amount of credit to be granted will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Associate Dean, Academic.

The maximum internal credit for a completed award that can be applied to the Diploma in Arts, the concurrent Diploma in Languages, the concurrent Diploma in Music Performance, and the concurrent Diploma of Global Issues, is 4 units. The maximum internal credit for an incomplete award that can be applied to the Diploma in Arts, the concurrent Diploma in Languages, the concurrent Diploma in Music Performance, and the concurrent Diploma of Global Issues, is 14 units. Please note that in relation to concurrent Diplomas, as per General Award Rule 1.6.3A, if a student applies for credit for a course that the student has already completed the Associate Dean, Academic may grant credit for the completed course towards only one of the programs in which the student is enrolled (i.e. either the parent program or the concurrent Diploma, not both).

 

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Baptist University UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Completed Associate Degree
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives**

32 units (2 years)

Hong Kong Baptist University of International Education

UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Associate Degree of Arts- Concentration Studies: Creative Communication
  • Bachelor of Communication

The 16 units is comprised of:

  • 4 units towards COMU1999 and COMU1030 (core courses)
  • 12 units towards electives

32 units (2 years)

City University of Hong Kong (Community College of City University)

UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Completed Associate Degree
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Journalism
  • Bachelor of Social Science

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)

The University of Hong Kong (School of Professional & Continuing Education, HKU SPACE Community College) UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Completed Associate Degree or Higher Diploma
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)
The Open University of Hong Kong UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Completed Associate Degree
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)
Lingnan University UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Completed Associate Degree
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)
Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong Community College) UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Completed Associate Degree or Higher Diploma
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (School of Continuing and Professional Studies, CUHKSCS) UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Completed Associate Degree or Higher Diploma
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)
Yew Chung Community College of International Studies UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Completed Associate Degree in Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)
Caritas Francis Hsu College UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Completed Associate Degree or Higher Diploma
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)


Please Note: The credit does note apply for the extended major in Psychology. Only 12 Units may be awarded if students elect an extended major is Psychology.   ** Please Note: Further credit may be awarded towards the extended major in Music. 

Malaysia

International Education Centre (INTEC) - University of Techology MARA (UITM) UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
American Credit Transfer Program (ACTP)/
American Degree Foundation Program (ADFP)
  • Bachelor of Arts

The 16 units is comprised of:

  • 4 units towards ECON1010 and ECON1020
  • 2 units towards SOCY1050
  • 2 units towards an unspecified advanced SOCY course
  • 4 units of introductory electives
  • 4 units of advanced electives
32 units (2 years)
University of Technology MARA (UITM) UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Any completed three-year Diploma.
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

 

32 units (2 years)

 

Kolej Professional MARA (KPM) UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Diploma in English Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives 

 

32 units (2 years)
Kolej-Poly-Tech MARA (KPTM) UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Diploma in Corporate Communication
  • Bachelor of Communication

16 units comprising of:

  • COMU1052

  • COMU1120

  • COMU1140

  • 6 units of Introductory electives

  • 4 units of Advanced Electives

32 units (2 years)

 Diploma in TESL (3 years)

  •  Bachelor of Arts

 16 units elective credit comprising of :

  • 8 units introductory level
  • 8 units advanced level
32 units (2 years)
Taylor's University UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Completed American Degree Program/ Completed French Higher Diploma Program Bachelor of Arts**

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)

American Degree Transfer Program (60 credit hours)

Bachelor of Social Science

Up to 16 units (including SOSC1001 and SOSC1011)

32 units (2 years)

American Degree Transfer Program (60 credit hours)

Bachelor of Journalism*

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)

American Degree Transfer Program Liberal Arts Major (56 credit hours - total hours calculated)

Bachelor of Communication

Up to 16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)

HELP University UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Completed American Degree Program/ Completed Diploma Program (more than 2 years) Bachelor of Arts*

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)

Bachelor of Communication (1 year) (10 subjects)

Bachelor of Arts

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)

Bachelor of Communication (Hons) (1 year)

Stream: Media Studies, PR, Marketing Communication

(Must incl. MCH102, MCH101, MCH100, MCH152, MCH106)

Bachelor of Communication

16 units comprising 6 units of core courses for COMU1052 COMU1120 and COMU1140 plus either 2 units for MSTU1001 towards the Digital Media major/minor and 8 units of introductory level electives or 10 units of introductory level electives which includes 2 units for MSTU1001

32 units (2 years)

Bachelor of Psychology (Hons) (10 subjects)

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

16 units including PSYC1020, PSYC1030, PSYC1040 + #10 non-PSYC intro level electives

32 units (2 years)

American Degree Program (15 subjects)

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)

Up to 16 units (PSYC1020, PSYC1030)

PSYC1040 + #10 electives)

32 units (2 years)

American Degree Program -Mass Communication (16 subjects)

Bachelor of Communication

Up to 16 units (up to 4 core units and 12 units of electives)

32 units (2 years)
University College Sedaya International (UCSI) UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Completed American Degree Program/ Completed Diploma Program (more than 2 years)
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)
Prime College UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Completed American Degree Program
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)
KDU College UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Completed Diploma in Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)
Sunway College UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Completed American Degree Program
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)
INTI College UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Completed American Degree Program/ Completed Diploma Program (more than 2 years)/ Completed Diploma in Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)

Please Note: Bachelor of Journalism – credit may be reduced if applying to complete a major in the program

Please Note: The credit does note apply for the extended major in Psychology. Only 12 Units may be awarded if students elect an extended major is Psychology.

** Please Note: Taylor's College Diplomas that are 2 years or fewer in duration are not eligible for any credit toward the BA.

Singapore

Singapore Polytechnic UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
3 Year Diploma Course in any area/ 3 Year Diploma in Music and Audio Technology Bachelor of Arts* 16 units (1 year) of elective credit** 32 units (2 years)

Any completed Diploma

Bachelor of Communication

Bachelor of Social Science

Bachelor of Journalism***

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

 
Ngee Ann Polytechnic UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
3 Year Diploma Course
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)

Any completed Diploma

  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism***

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

 

Diploma in Mass Communication

  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Journalism***

24 units, comprising:

  • 14 units towards core courses: COMU1052, COMU1120, COMU1130, COMU1140, WRIT1200, COMU2030 and WRIT2000
  • 2 units towards PR major: COMU1152
  • 8 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 2 units advanced level 2 electives
 
Nanyang Polytechnic UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
3 Year Diploma Course
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)

Any completed Diploma

  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism***

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

 
Nanyang Technological University (NIE) UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Diploma in Education
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
3 Year Diploma Course
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)
Republic Polytechnic UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
3 Year Diploma Course
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)
Diploma in Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Communication

24 units is comprised of:

  • 10 units towards PART A: COMU1130, COMU1052, WRIT1200, COMU1120 and COMU1140
  • 2 units towards PART B: COMU1152
  • 12 units; comprising of 6 units at introductory level, 4 units advanced level 2 electives and 2 units towards JOUR1112

Remaining study at UQ 24 units. Students will need to complete:

  • Option 1 (10 units of core courses, 10 units towards PR Major and 4 units of free electives)
  • Option 2 (10 units of Part A core courses, 12 units towards DM Major and 2 units free electives)
Diploma in Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Journalism

24 units is comprised of:

  • 8 units towards PART A: COMU1130, COMU1120, COMU1140 and JOUR1112
  • 2 units towards PART C PR minor: COMU1152
  • 2 units towards PR minor: COMU1152
  • 14 units of electives

Remaining study at UQ 24 units. Students will need to complete:

  • 16 units towards core courses Part A
  • 8 units towards Part B
Temasek Polytechnic UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
3 Year Diploma Course/ 3 Year Diploma in Gerontological Management Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)

Any completed Diploma

  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism***

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

 
Thames Management Centre (Informatics) UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Advanced Diploma Course
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)
International Business & Management Education Centre (IBMEC) UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Higher Diploma in Mass Communication
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)
Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS)/Oklahoma UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
Advanced Diploma Course
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)
Lasalle - SIA College of the Arts, Singapore UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
3 Year Diploma Course
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)
Singapore Raffles Music College UQ Program Credit Awarded Credit Remaining
3 Year Advanced Diploma
  • Bachelor of Arts*
  • Bachelor of Communication
  • Bachelor of Social Science
  • Bachelor of Journalism

16 units comprising of 6 units at introductory level and 10 units advanced level 2 electives

32 units (2 years)

Please Note: The credit does note apply for the extended major in Psychology. Only 12 Units may be awarded if students elect an extended major is Psychology.

**Please Note: 2 semesters including specific credit for MUS3010 and MUSC3020 #16

***Please Note: Bachelor of Journalism – credit may be reduced if applying to complete a major in the program.

How to apply for credit

  • Submit the following Credit or Exemption for Previous Studies form and allow two to four weeks for it to be processed.
  • If you are applying for credit for courses that will impact upon your enrolment you must submit the application at least 4 weeks prior to the commencement of the relevant semester.
  • You must provide an original certificate copy of your official academic transcript ( note - the documentation you provided to QTAC is not available to the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Office)
  • You must also provide full course descriptions (including a description of assessment) for each course for which you wish to be awarded specified credit.

In preparing your application for credit you may wish to use the Credit Precedents Database. This search tool can help you by looking at the precedents established for courses and programs previously assessed for credit by UQ.