Academic progression is the progress you make towards completion of your program.

Progression requirements apply to all UNSW coursework programs. They define minimum and maximum study loads, program leave etc., and are used to alert you and your program authority to any issues that may negatively impact your progress or prevent you from completing your program within the maximum time frame allowed.

Monitoring your academic progression also provides you with an opportunity to receive the support you need.


Important things to note:

  • Your academic progression is reviewed at the end of Terms 1, 2, 3 and Summer Term for UNSW Sydney, and Semesters 1, 2 and Summer Semester for UNSW Canberra.
  • Academic progression is assessed at a program level i.e. the program in which you are currently enrolled.
  • Academic progression applies to coursework programs only; it does not apply to coursework elements of higher degree research programs.
  • You must also meet any program specific progression requirements as specified in the rules of your program.

Maximum time to complete

You must complete your program of study no later than the published maximum time to complete for your program.

This rule came into effect from Summer Semester 2018.

For more information, see Maximum time to complete.

Maximum repeat fails

If you repeatedly and unsuccessfully attempt the same course or course rule, it is important that you seek academic advice at the earliest opportunity.

The consequences differ depending on the number of times you have failed the same course or course rule.

These rules came into effect from Summer Semester 2018.

For more information, see Maximum Repeat Fails.

Support and how to appeal

Find out how to appeal, if your enrolment in your program is terminated.

A number of support services are available, if you need advice or assistance with your academic progression.

For all general enquiries regarding academic progression, please contact [email protected].


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