Online study

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Wherever you are, we're here for you

In 2022, we are continuing to offer the flexibility of online or a combination of online and on campus learning to students. When you’re ready, we look forward to welcoming you to our vibrant campus in Perth.

Benefits of studying online at UWA

Study from wherever you are in the world – all you need is a laptop and stable internet connection

Increased flexibility and access to academic skills support

One-on-one support: Chat online with our staff, meet and collaborate with your peers

Start online and graduate on time

Access virtual health and wellbeing support

Access virtual internships, work placements and LinkedIn Learning professional development

Why choose UWA?

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World top 100 university

(QS, 2023)


Member of the Group of Eight, Australia’s best research-intensive universities

Eleven 11

Subjects in the world’s Top 50

(QS, 2020)

#1 University in Western Australia for graduate employability

(QS, 2020)


5-star rating for teaching quality

(ARWU, 2020)


5-star rating for student:teacher ratio and student demand

(Good Universities Guide, 2021)

Successful online learning – your next steps


You should have received an email offering you a place at UWA. It’s now time to respond!

Accept your offer to start learning more about your course.

  • Accept your offer here.
    • For UWA agents or partners wanting to help a student accept their offer, log in to UWA Apply with your agent login details by clicking the login button on the top right of this screen. If you have not yet set up an account in this new system or are having difficulty accessing, contact our International Agent Management team.
  • For students with a UWA Apply account, visit your application dashboard where you can take action on your offer.
  • For students accepting their own offer without a UWA Apply account, please follow these steps:
    1. Go the Pheme Activation website
    2. Activate your Pheme using your student details
    3. Go to our Apply portal
    4. Log in with your UWA student number (available on your offer) and the Pheme password you created in Step 2
    5. Click Accept, Defer or Decline for your offer on your dashboard

Frequently asked questions on how to apply


Get ready to enrol.

In this step you can:

  • discover the majors and units in your course
  • get familiar with the course rules
  • work out a study plan

Enrol is where you can:

  • elect the units you want to study
  • plan your timetable

Orientation, or O-Week, runs from Monday 15 to Friday 19 February 2021. In the Orientation planner you can schedule your day and learn about:

  • commencement ceremonies
  • sports and Guild activities
  • assessments
  • off-campus excursions

Are the units in my course available to study online?

UWA has hundreds of units available for online learning in 2022.

To check if your course will be offered online in 2022, search through the units listed, or visit the UWA Handbook website, type in your course major and explore the units in your degree. If your unit is listed as either of the following modes of study, you can accept your offer and commence your online study journey with UWA in 2022!

  • Online TT = Online Timetabled (synchronous); 100% Online Unit – No campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
  • Online = 100% Online Unit; no campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit, with no requirement for students to participate online at specific times.

Courses which cannot be studied online in 2022

Arts, Business, Law and Education
  • BP008 Bachelor of Music
  • BH001 / HON-PSYCH Bachelor of Arts (Honours) specialising in Psychology
  • 20820 Juris Doctor
  • 31520 Master of Teaching (Primary)
  • 32550 Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • BH004 / HON-PSYCH Bachelor of Science (Honours) specialising in Psychology
  • 53390 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology
  • 53370 Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology
  • 54570 Master of Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy
  • 54590 Master of Clinical Neuropsychology and Doctor of Philosophy
  • 90540 Master of Clinical Audiology
  • 73520 Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • 53580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • 54580 Master of Industrial and Organisational Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy
Health and Medical Sciences
  • 10370 Graduate Diploma in Advanced Social Work
  • 91350 Graduate Diploma in Forensic Odontology
  • 90840 Doctor of Clinical Dentistry
  • 92510 Master of Clinical Pathology
  • 90850 Doctor of Medicine
  • 91850 Doctor of Medicine
  • 91590 Doctor of Optometry
  • 90870 Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
  • 90830 Doctor of Podiatric Surgery
  • 52530 Master of Infectious Diseases
  • 51500 Master of Pharmacy
  • 11550 Master of Social Work

Online learning tools - student tech requirements

To succeed in online learning, you will need a computer and a stable internet connection. Once you have these essentials sorted, you’ll then be using Blackboard, our learning management system which contains links to recorded lectures, webinars, tutorials, online drop sessions for your unit/s and more.

For each unit, your Unit Coordinator will advise what applications you’ll need to set up from the following list.

Learn more at Learning Online.

Multi-factor authentication (MFA)

MFA adds an extra layer of security to your UWA identity and data, and requires you to respond to an MFA “challenge” when accessing UWA services.

In a typical MFA setup, you’ll use an app on your smartphone to respond to this “challenge”, which will pop up with an alert notification when you try to log in to certain systems.

To get MFA set up for your account, please follow this guide, and further UWA-specific information is also available on the University’s MFA page.

Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate builds on what the LMS already does, and allows for group video conferencing, file collaboration and more; no extra software or setup is required – if your unit is using this, then it’ll appear in Blackboard along with the unit’s other activities.


Zoom is a video conferencing platform that allows groups to meet up and discuss topics, in the same way many tutorial-type classes are currently run.

You can download the software from the Zoom site, and it’s also available for mobile devices and tablets – just check the app store. If you’re just joining a meeting, then no sign-up is required.

Watch the suggested videos and read the materials below to familiarise yourself with functions and features offered by Zoom.

If your personal laptop or desktop computer is not equipped with a webcam, various apps are available which allow you to use your smartphone’s camera and microphone instead.  Follow our guide.

Office 365

Sign into the Microsoft Portal with and get access to online versions of the Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.), and download the free Microsoft Office software for your personal devices.

Microsoft Teams

Teams have been created for all units, and allow for group discussion, file collaboration, and more.

Teams is available in a browser (you’ll need to log in with, which also gives you the option to download the software. As with Zoom, an app is also available for smartphones and tablets.

If your personal laptop or desktop computer is not equipped with a webcam, various apps are available which allow you to use your smartphone’s camera and microphone instead.  Follow our guide.

Azure Labs

Azure Labs allows you to connect directly to a virtual machine using your own PC, which is set up the same way as a workstation in one of the labs on campus. You’ll typically need a laptop or desktop for this, as most programs won’t run correctly using a smartphone or tablet.

If your unit is using Azure Labs, you’ll receive a link via your UWA student email advising you to activate your Lab – follow the instructions in the email, along with this guide. If you’re new to Azure Labs, an introductory video walkthrough is also available.

Remote access

Visit the Library’s Student email and collaboration tools page for information on connecting your student email with the essential UWA systems.

  • To access your UWA files on personal devices: UniDrive

  • To access systems restricted to the UWA network: UniConnect

Adobe Creative Cloud

While the free access period for Adobe Creative Cloud has ended, all students can still access Adobe applications via the UniDesk service. Details on how to access UniDesk are listed in the section below.


Create a Mathworks account using your UWA student email address and get free access to the MATLAB and Simulink software for your personal devices. Follow the setup guide below to get started:

MATLAB and Simulink Setup Guide [Students]


The UniDesk service allows you to remotely connect to laboratory and library computers from a personal device, in order to continue lab work and other general learning activities. This means you won’t need to install unit-specific software on your personal device – instead, you can connect remotely to one of the computers on campus, and everything’s ready to go.

Follow the setup guide below to get started.

UniDesk setup guide [Students]

Services to support you

We have a range of online support to help you make the most of your online learning.


Further information

Library staff can assist with troubleshooting Uni-ID issues which are so important to accessing the UWA systems via askUWA or email:

UWA Access Management System, where you can set a password for your central university account.

IT Service Desk
UWA IT provides and supports a range of services for students.

Contact IT help

Student success stories

Hear from more of our current students about their online learning experiences - whether you're in your first degree or second degree, we want you to make the most of your bright future ahead – studying online at UWA in 2022.

Mengying, Chinese student currently studying in Perth (in Mandarin)


Sean, Singapore student currently studying from Singapore

One of the advantages about studying online is that all the lectures are recorded and we can watch them again. The online exams feel more stress-free when attending at home.

As long as you have a stable internet connection, online learning is an excellent option to continue your studies in the comfort of your home, without any delay.Nethumi Yapa Abeywardana

More Helpful Resources

Online learning tools - getting set up

Visit our learning online page for tips on setting up your virtual classroom.

Are you currently in China?

Click here to read more about our Chinese Learning Centres.

Check out our Virtual Campus

If you're looking for study advice, have questions about your course or need a helping hand, a range of support is available through our virtual campus.

Chat to a Unibuddy

Our Unibuddy program gives you the opportunity to talk to current international students or staff and have your questions answered about studying from your home country 

Virtual internship opportunities

Virtual work experience enables you to complete an internship without needing to follow any distancing guidelines

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