International students

Credit and exemptions for previous study

When applying to study at Murdoch University you may be eligible for credit, exemption or preclusion on the basis of previous studies (Formal Learning) or work experience (Informal/Non-Formal Learning).

At Murdoch we call this Advanced Standing, but it may also be referred to as Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit.

Definitions

Term Definition

Formal Learning

The recognition of prior learning that takes place through a structured program which leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially accredited qualification.

In essence, this is advanced standing based on the completion of studies at accredited institutions, such as:

  • Secondary Institutions (i.e. High Schools, Colleges, etc.)
  • Post-Secondary Institutions (i.e. Recognised Training Organisation (RTO), TAFEs and etc.)
  • Tertiary Intuitions (i.e. Universities)

Informal Learning

or

Non-Formal Learning

Formally known as Recognised Prior Learning (RPL), this is the recognition of structured or non-structured learning through extensive professional or work experience in a particular field.

Credit

The recognition of prior learning that is applied towards non-specific units within a Murdoch course. Credit is commonly applied towards the General Electives within a course structure.

Exemptions

The recognition of prior learning that has a sufficient match towards specific Murdoch units within your course structure and was completed within a recognised institution at the sufficient qualification level. The Murdoch Academic Chair is responsible for determining the match between a student’s previous studies to a Murdoch unit.

Exemptions are commonly applied towards Breadth Units, Core Units, Research Skills Units, Specified Electives and Transition Units.

Preclusions

The recognition of prior learning that has a sufficient match towards specific Murdoch units within your course structure and was not completed within a recognised institution and/or with the sufficient qualification level. The Murdoch Academic Chair is responsible for determining the match between a student's previous studies to a Murdoch unit.

Preclusions are commonly applied towards Major Prerequisites, but can be applied to some Core Units or Specified Electives.

Am I eligible for Advanced Standing?

Formal Learning – Secondary Education

Secondary education can only be used to preclude specific Major Prerequisites within your course structure. These preclusions are commonly dependent on your studying a specific level in a specific subject with a grade of 60% or higher, however the criteria may change from course structure to course structure. The Online Handbook will list the Major Prerequisites in your Course Structure (above the Part I unit list) or within the Unit Description. You can send a quick email to the Accreditation and Advanced Standing Team if you believe you should receive these preclusions.

Formal Learning – Post-Secondary and Tertiary Education

If you have completed a Diploma, or a completed/incomplete Advanced Diploma or higher level qualification then you may be eligible for advanced standing towards your Murdoch University course. An Accreditation and Advanced Standing Officer will need to determine your eligible credit based on your previous qualifications, this assessment will commence after you have been made an offer to study at Murdoch.

Qualification from outside of Australia will need to be assessed for an AQF Level equivalence. This assessment can be conducted by the Overseas Qualification Unit or by a Murdoch University Accreditation and Advanced Standing Officer. Once assessed, the Accreditation and Advanced Standing Officer will be able to determine your eligible credit.

Informal and Non-Formal Learning – Professional and/or Work Experience

We may recognise prior learning for one or more units based on professional or work experience. Students seeking exemptions from core or specified electives should follow the instructions in the Request for Advanced Standing (Informal/Non-Formal) Form located on the Useful Forms website. Applicants requesting exemptions from general electives will not be considered.

How much credit will my previous qualification provide me?

Formal Learning – Secondary Education

You cannot receive credit towards your Murdoch University degree from secondary institution qualifications. However, you may apply for preclusions for certain units, such as Major Prerequisites.

Formal Learning – Post-Secondary and Tertiary Education

Unless we have an active articulation agreement with your previous education provider, the Accreditation and Advanced Standing Officer will need to assess your qualification after you have been made an offer to study at Murdoch University.

Informal and Non-Formal Learning – Professional and/or Work Experience

Eligible credit for Core Units and/or Specified Electives will be determined through case-by-case assessments. You will not be eligible for credit towards general electives.

How do I apply for Advanced Standing?

All students should submit one of the Request for Advanced Standing Forms, which are located on the Useful Forms website, to the Accreditation and Advanced Standing Team.

How long will it take to assess my Advanced Standing?

The timeframe for an advanced standing assessment may vary from student to student, due to the complexity of your previous qualification or the need for further documents. However, we aim to contact you regarding your assessment with two weeks of you receiving your offer. We urge you to check your spam and junk inbox regularly. Please email us at AdvancedStanding@murdoch.edu.au if you do not hear from us within 2 weeks of your offer.

How will I be notified of my Advanced Standing?

The Accreditation and Advanced Standing Team will send your advanced standing outcome to the International Admissions Team, who will forward your outcome to you or your agent with your revised offer.  You should return a signed copy of your advanced standing assessment to the International Admissions Team.

Frequently asked questions

  • What documents should I supply?

    Formal Learning

    The Accreditations and Advanced Standing Team will require the following documents in order to accurately assess your advanced standing:

    A completed Request for Advanced Standing (Formal Learning) Form

    Official Academic Transcripts/Statement of Attainment

    Detailed Unit Outlines/Course Syllabus, containing:

    unit contact/learning hours

    detailed topics of each topic/learning guide

    list of textbooks used

    activities and assessments

    unit objectives

    Informal/Non-Formal Learning

    You will need to provide the following documents in order to accurately assess your advanced standing:

    A completed Request for Advanced Standing (Informal/Non-Formal Learning) Form

    A Cover Letter

    A Statement of Criteria

    An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae

  • Is there a limit to how much credit I can receive?

    Yes. Murdoch University’s Coursework Regulations (effective January 01 2014) states, under section 1.11 (1), that:

    “a student must complete at least 50% of the Murdoch University Part II Credit Points from the requirements of their Course and Major or Minor in which the student is graduating, or from the related Units as determined by the Academic Chair which have not been used to fulfil the requirements of another completed Course of the same level or are not being credited concurrently towards another Course”.

    Essentially, this means that you must complete at least half of the Part II units listed in your course structure in order to be eligible to graduate with that specific course structure . You can view your course structure in the Online Handbook.

  • Will the professional body in my industry recognise the advanced standing awarded in my transcript?

    We strongly encourage students to consult the relevant professional bodies to confirm that any advanced standing granted will be accepted upon registration. Certain professional bodies, such as the Certified Practising Accountants (CPA), may not accept or recognise advanced standing granted within a degree. Contacting them now may make the difference between having to study an additional semester or two towards the end of your degree.

    The professional bodies for your industry should be listed in the Online Handbook. Just search for your course and see if it has a Professional Recognition section in the Course Outline.

  • Where can I locate my advanced standing?

    If you have accepted your offer, then you will be able to view your advanced standing outcome in MyInfo, which can be accessed via the Current Students Portal.

    Once logged into MyInfo, you will need to proceed to the Course and Unit Details tab, and then click View More. This section will allow you to view your course progression throughout your entire degree. The Advanced Standing link will display the advanced standing that has been awarded to you.

  • I’m a Murdoch Student who changed course; will my previous credit be transferred over?

    Yes, we will always honour your previous study at Murdoch University. If you have applied for a course transfer by submitting a course transfer form via the useful forms website then your previous credit should have been automatically transferred into your new course. The Student Records (Enrolment and Fees) Team will check with the Accreditation and Advanced Standing Team to ensure that your previous studies are reassessed for your new course.

    If you applied for a new course, then you will not be eligible for the automatic transfer of credit. You will need to request for advanced standing during the application process (before you received an offer), or send a quick email to AdvancedStanding@murdoch.edu.au to have your credit transferred over.

    You may not be able to use all of your credit from your previous study as your new course may have different or additional core units when compared your previous course, or you may be required to complete the transition unit for the new Bachelor degree you transferred into. We recommend that you consult your Student Advisors if you are contemplating a course transfer.

  • My previous qualification is not recent; will I still be able to receive advanced standing?

    The Accreditation and Advanced Standing Officers will consult your Academic Chair to determine if you are eligible for advanced standing.

    Some industries require your qualification, including advanced standing, to have been completed within a particular timeframe. This restriction is commonly associated with courses that require professional registration upon your graduation (i.e. Chiropractic, Nursing and etc.).

    Students with qualifications that are not recent and would like to seek specific exemptions or credit should be prepared to demonstrate their competencies and/or knowledge and/or skills to the Academic Chair.

  • When is the deadline for requesting an advanced standing assessment?

    There is no official deadline for an advanced standing request. You may request an assessment at the beginning of your admissions application to your final semester at Murdoch University. Please be  aware that assessments conducted after you commence your studies may affect your enrolment, and/or Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), and/or VISA.

  • Does my previous institution have an agreement for credit and exemptions with Murdoch University?

    Murdoch University has articulations agreements with post-secondary and tertiary institutions within Australia and Internationally.

    For more information on articulation pathways and frequently asked questions please view here.