Edit: they did accept this degree as equivalent to an Australian Masters.

I am considering applying for an Australian skilled immigration Visa as a software engineer.

I have a BA in History and an MSc in Computer Science (specifically http://www.bristol.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/2017/eng/msc-computer-science/, but from 2007-2008), plus 7ish years of experience as a software engineer.

However, I am concerned that my degree might not count towards the requirements (in which case I think I need to fill out an annoying recognition of prior learning form and won't get as many points).

The part which is confusing me is in the Guidelines for Applications. It states:

A post graduate qualification (Graduate Diploma or Masters) that do not require a Bachelor with an ICT major for entry into the course, must have:

A minimum of 3 semesters or at least 1.5 years of full-time study

My MSc was 180 credit points, where in the UK students normally take 120 credits worth of units a year, but it was only a 12 month course. I have no idea how many semesters you would call it.

So my question is: how do I find out whether my degree is likely to be accepted? Paying $500 Australian and filling out all the forms only to be rejected would be quite annoying. And I presume somewhere the ACS must maintain a list of degrees which they accept for this purpose.

Any help greatly appreciated.

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    If it was 12 months, then it should count as 3 semesters (fall, spring, summer) but I am not a lawyer nor an immigration official.
    – mkennedy
    Commented Jul 5, 2017 at 17:57
  • Note that all the assessments of the degree if not qualified at a particular level just mean that you have to have your work experience evaluated instead.
    – mkennedy
    Commented Jul 5, 2017 at 18:02

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Obviously I can only go by my own experience and I am not an immigration consultant


I was in this exact situation - I have a 1 year conversion from Sheffield University MSc Information Systems. ACS assessed it as being an relevant degree with a Major component of ICT. It was the highest level of qualification. As the comment says - because it is 12 months it counts as 3 semesters so you fit in with that description.

All the best - hope it works out for you


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