Before applying for credit or exemption please check policy and procedure 3.50.03 - Credit for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning. You will also need to review the program rules for your program.


If you have previously completed some study at a University level you may be entitled to credit. 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.

All credit assessments are made on the basis of academic content, and credit is applied on the basis of the rules and requirements of individual programs within the EAIT Faculty. If you have received credit towards your program you will not need to study these courses. As you enrol into courses you will need to ensure that you have still met the pre-requisites for the courses you wish to study.

If you have any queries with how to plan your program because you have received credit, please seek academic advice from your school

The following guidelines apply when assessing eligibility for credit:

  • The total number of units required to satisfy program requirements is reduced by the unit value of the credit granted.
  • You will only be granted credit for studies completed within 10 years for Bachelor, Masters, Graduate Diploma, and 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 is graded at the level of a pass (4). 
  • Credit will not normally be granted for work undertaken in an Associate Diploma or Diploma program at an Australian university or other institutions.
  • Credit is valid towards the BInfTech(Hons) and BCompSc(Hons) programs for studies completed within 2 years.
  • 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 from a single program to a dual program, involving one component degree, or visa vera, are obliged to retain credit for courses they have completed in the relevant component.
    • Example: if a student is enrolled in a BE(Hons)/BInfTech dual degree, and requests to program change to the BE(Hons) single program, the student must retain credit for courses completed towards the BE(Hons) component of the dual degree.
  • There is no provision to rescind credit once it has been transferred unless there is an administrative error.


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Exemptions are different to credit. These are given towards a course when students have completed content in another course that is incompatible.

An exemption means you cannot study the course for which an exemption has been given, but rather you study another course in lieu of this course.

The other course studied must come from the Course List for the program.

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Credit Precedence Database

Credit Precedents are previously decided credit applications that UQ may apply when deciding subsequent applications with similar facts.

Please view the information in the Credit Precedence Database to assist in completing your application for credit or exemption.

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Credit and changing your program at UQ

If you are changing from one UQ program to another, and have lodged your request via Si-net, you will be asked if you wish to receive credit. In this case, you do not need to complete an application for credit via my.UQ.

If you have lodged a request through QTAC to change from one UQ program to another, you will need to submit the credit application form to the faculty.

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How to apply

Please refer to the rules and requirements of your program as well as my.UQ for further information and to access the online application form

  • Review the policy and procedure relating to credit and exemption in the policy and procedures library (PPL)
  • Complete the online application form available in myUQ > MyRequests
  • Your application must be accompanied by documentary evidence of your previous studies.
  • You will be advised of the outcome of your application. Any credit awarded will be noted on your studies report, visible in SI-net.

Please note: applications for credit take up to 4 weeks for processing. Ensure that any applications are submitted as early as possible to avoid effects to your enrolment.

If you have any questions about the application process please contact the EAIT faculty.

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