Selection process master's

Students who apply for a course or programme - and meet the general and specific entry requirements - compete with one another for available places.

Places are offered based on eligible applicants' merit ratings (also known as grade tariffs). After admissions selection, you'll either be accepted, placed on a waiting list, or deleted from the course or programme you've applied for.

Merit rating (grade tariff)

University Admissions calculates a merit rating for each applicant. Based on this merit rating, students are placed in a ranked order, from the highest merit rating to the lowest. The higher the merit rating you have, the better chance you have of being offered a place in the course or programme you've applied to.

Master's applicants

For master's admission, universities decide what the criteria are when assigning a merit rating. Examples of what may be considered are:

  • number of previous university credits
  • previous grades
  • other requested documentation, such as essays, motivation letters, etc.

For information about what the criteria are for the programme you've applied for, see the course description page on the university's website. You can find a link from your 'Application'.

University Admissions can't answer questions about how merit ratings are calculated for specific university programmes.

Where can I find my merit rating and selection groups?

You can find out what your merit rating is - and what selection groups you're competing in - in the 'Application' section of your account. 

What merit rating do I need to be accepted?

There are often more eligible applicants than places available. As the number of applicants for each course and programme - and the merit rating of these applicants - changes from semester to semester, it's impossible to say what merit rating is required for a place in specific courses and programmes.

Selection groups

Depending on the type of documentation you've submitted and how each university selects its applicants, your application will be placed in a suitable selection group. Applicants with the same type of documents will compete for a place with the other applicants in this group.

Separate selection groups for fee-paying students

Some universities have exercised the option of creating selection groups specifically for fee-paying students. If you have questions about these selection groups, please check the homepage of the university you’ve applied to for further information.

Last updated: 06 September 2020