“As a postgraduate coursework student, you are central to UWA’s aspiration to become a world top 50 university by 2050. You engage at the very highest levels of your discipline, ask challenging questions and bring unexpected perspectives to the classroom.”
Professor Grady Venville, Dean of Coursework Studies
UWA offers a range of services to all postgraduate coursework students to help you settle in and have a great start to your university experience. UniStart Orientation is a great time to connect with your faculty, find your way around and meet fellow students. You can also get to know your University Library online or with a tour. The Postgrad UniMentor program (for all new postgrads) and the ConnectMe@UWA program (for students new to Perth) can match you with an experienced UWA mentor to guide you through your first few weeks. Once you begin, more advice and activities are on hand in Link Week, which is held in the second week of each semester. Plus at any time, postgraduate coursework students can contact the Student Transition Adviser who understands the issues you may face as a new student and can link you to a range of services and support to help you connect to the UWA community.
University administration has been streamlined thanks to the newly-built Student Central located between the Guild Village, Social Sciences, James Oval and Oak Lawn, open 8.30am to 5pm weekdays. There are tailored services for domestic and international students with plenty more information available online about enrolling and re-enrolling, fees, exams, assessments and forms and about succeeding as an international student at UWA. Also check out the Online Services at the top of this page.
The Honours and Masters Hub provides UWA Honours and Coursework Masters students with resources to assist learning and support their research journey. STUDYSmarter offers a comprehensive program to help you develop your communication, studying, researching, planning, numeracy, English language and writing skills. The team provide specialist services for Honours and Postgraduate students as well as English language support. Sign up to the GETSmart newsletter for study advice, tips from students and reminders about events. Support and advice is also available from the Guild Student Assist team for those with academic concerns (for example appeals or special consideration issues) or for postgraduate students who require advocacy and assistance. For more information about services offered by your Faculty, relevant workshops, seminars and other events, see your course coordinator or supervisor.
The University Library provides resources, spaces, research assistance and IT support as you navigate essays, group projects, reports, evening and weekend study sessions and research at UWA. You can visit the information desk in any subject library for advice and assistance on finding and referencing information, using the University’s online systems and accessing the specialist software (such as NVivo and SPSS) available on some library PCs. There are many computers available to you in subject libraries, plus Wi-Fi, and postgraduate students have access to the Get It document delivery and inter-library loan service. Send documents to your print queue from any student PC or your own device and then use your campus card to print at any student printer on campus.
The Crawley campus offers a wide variety of services for postgraduate coursework students with the Guild Village at the heart of many activities. For textbooks, unit readers stationery and gifts, visit the Co-op bookshop and you may also be able to find your textbooks in the Second-hand Bookshop or through Texchange (the Guild’s online exchange service). UniPrint offer colour printing, design and dissertation binding services. The Guild Village also features a chemist, hairdresser, optometrist, travel agency, banking outlets, ATMs, shoe repair and key cutting and is the location of the weekly Guild Markets. Postgraduate students are eligible to join the University Club and there are Guild-operated food outlets on campus plus Rocket Fuel coffee and nearby shops at Broadway and Hampden Road open during evenings and weekends. Student Central is right next door to the Guild Village.
UWA has facilities, services and community programs to support study-life balance during study. Students with young families can access campus child-care services and child-friendly spaces for care, changing and breastfeeding, including the Parents Room in the Barry J Marshall Library. Advice relating to finance for education expenses, help with emergency finance, budgeting and accessing income support, are available via the Student Finance team. You may also be eligible for government assistance. The Housing Office runs a housing database plus information and advice on housing issues, including leases, tenants’ rights and responsibilities and household costs. There are also scholarships available to postgraduate students. UWA Sports has a fully-equipped gym, a wide range of group fitness classes and indoor and outdoor sports courts with a variety competitions and recreation courses. The UWA Counselling and Psychological Services provide free, confidential counselling as well as resources and group sessions to UWA students, the UniAccess team supports students with a disability or medical condition (short-term or long-term) that impacts upon their ability to study or participate in University life and the UWA Medical Centre provides comprehensive medical care (including alcohol and drug counselling, travel advice and vaccinations).
The Careers Centre provides online resources to help you develop and manage your career, plus events throughout the year including a Careers Fair, seminars and workshops. Make an appointment with a careers adviser to discuss your pathway in more detail, and use Career Mentor Link for access to professionals with industry knowledge and career experience. There are also volunteering opportunities on- and off-campus to fit your interests. To further your public speaking and leadership skills, consider joining the UWA Toastmasters Club.