Some Typical Patterns for Obtaining a Degree or Other Award

Before explaining in detail the concept of advanced standing and related themes I now briefly describe some patterns by which German students have already obtained degrees or other awards with my assistance.

Awards which are Possible without Obtaining Advanced Standing

There are some awards in which you can enrol without needing to obtain advanced standing, even if you plan only one or two semesters of study in Australia. I mention these first. If one of these suits your purposes then you will not need to concern yourself with advanced standing issues. However, since all of these awards are post-bachelor courses, they all require that you have the equivalent of an Australian bachelor degree. In such cases you should establish whether you have (or can soon gain) Australian bachelor equivalence. (This applies equally to students enrolled in German Diplom courses and in German bachelor degrees, because the latter are not all automatically equivalent to Australian bachelor degrees.)

Two Semester Bachelor Degrees with Honours

To enrol in a two semester honours degree you will need to have a bachelor degree or equivalent in the same area of study, and you will need to have obtained good marks in this degree. Remember however that not all honours degrees are separate two semester courses. If your field of study falls within the ambit of a "professional" qualification (e.g. Engineering, Architecture) then the likelihood is that the honours degree in question cannot be studied as a separate degree in two semesters, as was explained in chapter 4, sections 3.2 and 3.3.

Two Semester Master Degrees

There are a few master degrees which are designed to be completed in two semesters. The admission requirement for these may be a bachelor degree or equivalent either in the same field or in any field, depending whether they are designed as advanced or a conversion degrees (see Chapter 4, sections 5.2 and 5.3).

Graduate or Postgraduate Diploma Awards

As was explained in Chapter 4, these are usually awards which require two semesters of study. The admission requirement is again a bachelor degree or equivalent. For postgraduate diplomas your bachelor level studies will usually (but not always) have to be in the same area as that of the Australian diploma, but there are some graduate diplomas which may accept a bachelor degree or equivalent in a different field.

Hint: It may be possible to obtain a diploma award in one semester with advanced standing (see section 4.4).

Graduate or Postgraduate Certificate Awards

These awards usually require only one semester of study. The normal admission requirement is again a bachelor degree or equivalent.

Patterns for Awards in 2 Semesters with Advanced Standing

If none of the above is available to you or fits your personal aims, then you can consider applying for admission to a degree with advanced standing. Here are the basic patterns which I have successfully used in the past.

  • In Australia: Enrolment in semesters 5 and 6 of the Australian Bachelor Degree
  • In Germany: Four semesters from a German Bachelor Degree
    OR
  • a 4 semester Vordiplom
    OR
  • a 5 semester Vordiplom
    OR
  • a 3 semester Vordiplom plus one semester from the Hauptstudium

Figure 5.1 Obtaining a Six Semester Bachelor Degree in 2 Semesters

  • In Australia: Semesters 2 and 3 of the Australian Master Degree
  • In Germany: Six Semesters from a German Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Equivalence
    PLUS
  • One Semester from a German Master Degree or from the Hauptstudium or from the seventh Semester of a German Bachelor degree

Figure 5.2 Obtaining a Three Semester Master Degree in 2 Semesters

  • In Germany: Six Semesters from a German Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Equivalence
    PLUS
  • One Semester from a German Master Degree or from the Hauptstudium or from the seventh Semester of a German Bachelor degree.

Figure 5.3 Obtaining a Two Semester Diploma in 1 Semester