Faculty of Engineering Postgraduate Admissions Scheme (EPAS)

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If you have applied to UNSW Engineering for the Masters (Coursework) program and didn’t quite make the cut-off WAM, UNSW Admissions may have encouraged you to apply for the Faculty of Engineering Postgraduate Admissions Scheme.

This Scheme is an alternative pathway for students considering postgraduate coursework study and applies to all UNSW Engineering schools. Successful students can receive up to 5 additional marks to top-up their WAM for their chosen program.

EPAS is currently only available for Masters (Coursework) programs, not UNSW Engineering Graduate Certificates or Diplomas.

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How to apply
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Step 1 - Submit a UNSW Admissions Application

Before you can apply via the EPAS, you must have applied for your chosen program via UNSW Admissions

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Step 2 - Book an interview time

If you are identified as eligible for EPAS you will receive a booking link via email with instructions on how to book an interview.

Booking an interview

A few points to note:

  • If you are identified as being eligible to apply for EPAS you will be notified via email with a link to an interview booking tool
  • When selecting an Interview type, you should select for the School that you are applying to. If there are no suitable booking times available for this school, choose another School with a suitable time slot
  • Booking times are Australian Eastern Standard Time
Eligibility criteria

Before applying, make sure you meet the criteria below:

  • UNSW Admissions Criteria for your chosen degree
  • Are within 5 marks of the cut-off WAM of your chosen Masters (Coursework) program
About the interview

  • Usually, the online interview runs for 10-15 minutes
  • You’ll be asked questions such as why you are interested in Engineering and the relevance of your past degree
  • The interviews are held with one of the academics from UNSW Engineering, not necessarily the school you are applying to study with
  • The meetings are held online via Zoom. If you haven't used Zoom before, it might be useful to watch a tutorial

Preparing for the interview

We know that interviews can be a bit nerve-wracking, but they don’t have to be. Being prepared is a great way to put your nerves at ease. Here are a few tips:

Do your homework

It seems obvious, but you might like to think about the sort of questions you could be asked –  such as what’s the relevance of your past degree or how you will transition to postgraduate studies. Being ready to answer questions like these will make you feel more relaxed with the situation.


Be organised

Have you arranged a quiet space to do your online interview? Do you know who you’ll be interviewed by? Have you done an online interview before?

It might be worth doing a practice run - interviewing online can be a bit different to one in person - and making sure you're familiar with Zoom by watching a tutorial. Also, make sure you are ready to go 10 minutes before the interview starts - feeling organised, and calm, goes a long way!


Confidence is key

Put your best foot forward. Talking about yourself might be something you’re not so comfortable with, but remember this is your opportunity to talk about your achievements and what you want to do with your career.

There’s more useful information in the FAQs.

Next steps

Following the interview, our Admissions team will be in touch with you within 2 weeks to notify you of the outcome. If you are successful, an offer will be made by the UNSW Admissions Team.

More information

For more information, please contact the Faculty of Engineering

Email: epas@unsw.edu.au 

What am I being marked on in the interview?

The interviewer will be assessing criteria such as:

  • your motivation for studying your chosen degree
  • what completing this degree will give you
  • that you have good communication skills
  • how you might have worked through a difficult or challenging situation in the past
  • a good sense of what engineering studies involves
Do I have to book an interview with an academic from the school I am applying to study with?

No, you can be interviewed by an academic from any school. Just pick an interview time that suits you.

Can I apply for a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma while applying via EPAS?

Yes, you can apply for both simultaneously. If you are made an offer for both, you can choose which program you enrol in.

If I am successful and admitted to the program, will I be on probation initially?

Once you’ve been made an offer, your enrolment is no different, and you will be treated the same as any other student.

Which programs can I apply for via EPAS?

EPAS is currently only available for UNSW Engineering Masters (Coursework) programs, not UNSW Engineering Graduate Certificates or Graduate Diplomas.

I booked an interview and now I can't make that time. What should I do?

Please let us know that you can't make the interview by emailing eng.education@unsw.edu.au as soon as possible.