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UTAS has introduced a number of new courses, including the
bachelor of musical arts, the bachelor of biotechnology and
medical research, the bachelor of general studies and the
bachelor of international logistics (freight forwarding). In addition,
the university is introducing a new biomedical engineering
specialisation within the bachelor of engineering.
A number of new developments are underway at UTAS,
including the construction of the purpose-built Academy of
Creative and Performing Arts (ACIPA), which will be located in
Hobart’s CBD beside the historic Theatre Royal. The university
has also announced plans to build nearly 800 new apartments for
student accommodation in the next two years, providing
additional housing for students in both Hobart and Launceston.
Construction has continued on the Medical Science Precinct
in Hobart’s CBD, which will provide a medical research and
education centre for students in the Faculty of Health Science.
Construction has almost been completed at the Institute for
Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) on Hobart’s waterfront
alongside Salamanca Place.
See ‘Getting in’ ratings above and in the Section 3 field of study
profiles. Note that applications go directly to the university.
In addition to entry on the basis of Year 12 tertiary entrance
scores, there are a range of alternative pathways to the
university, including TAFE and polytechnic articulation. The
bachelor of general studies foundation year provides a pathway
for applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for their
preferred course as well as those who require structured support
wishing to study in the faculties of arts, education or science,
engineering and technology. The University Preparation Program
assists mature age students and those who did not complete
Years 11 and 12 to develop the capabilities, confidence and skills
to study a university degree. In addition, the Murina Preparation
Pathway offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students an
introduction to university studies, including familiarisation with
course and subject options and an opportunity to develop the
required academic skills.
The university also offers short foundation units for students
who have not completed the necessary prerequisite subjects in
chemistry, life sciences, maths and physics, in addition to other
preparatory and bridging studies.
The UTAS College Program and the High Achiever Program
enable eligible Year 11 and 12 students to complete tertiary study
while still in high school. Results may contribute to their ATAR,
and successful studies may result in credit towards relevant
Costs and scholarships
UTAS offers Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) to
domestic students. In addition to government scholarships (see
page 40 for more details), the following are just some of the
prizes, bursaries and scholarships that are awarded to
undergraduate students. To find out more about eligibility criteria,
contact UTAS directly.
Tasmania National Undergraduate Scholarship: This
scholarship provides up to $12,500 per year for four years. It is
awarded to commencing students entering degrees other than
the bachelor of medicine/bachelor of surgery who have
demonstrated academic excellence in their school studies and
achieved a high tertiary entrance score.
Tasmania University Scholarship: This scholarship covers
student contribution fees for up to four years (interstate students
may also receive help with relocation expenses). It is awarded to
commencing students who achieve a high tertiary entrance score
or have performed very well at TAFE or another university.
Tasmania Access Bursary: This bursary provides a one-off
payment of $1000. It is awarded to students who have to relocate
in order to attend university, travel a significant distance to attend
university or demonstrate financial need, with preference given to
students who are members of the university’s equity groups.
UTAS has several specialised library branches at the Hobart
campus, as well as branches at the Launceston and Cradle
Coast campuses. Hobart’s main Morris Miller Library has made
electronic resources a priority and has worked to improve student
access to online journals and databases. A strong inter-campus
loan system supports distance students and students with print
disabilities. The library offers library tours and workshops, as well
as online resources. Learning hubs have been installed in most
branch libraries, and each campus offers 24/7 access to
computer labs and study facilities. Wireless internet access is
also offered at all campuses.
Learning support services include orientation, counselling,
careers advice, assistance for students with disabilities,
academic advisers, English language services and support for
Indigenous students and those from culturally and linguistically
diverse (CALD) backgrounds. Orientation programs run twice a
year, and a transition support team works with first-year students.
Student Learning provides drop-in academic support and
workshops, while the Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)
program provides peer-led study groups. In addition, Student
Learning runs UniStart, a week-long program that helps
commencing students develop the skills required for independent
The Riawunna Centre provides academic, cultural and social
support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
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