Points for Specialist Educational Qualifications
For the general skilled migration points test, you can obtain 10 points if you have met the requirements for the award of a “specialist educational qualification”.
You would need to have completed either a:
- Master’s degree by research (as opposed to a Master’s by coursework); or
- Doctoral degree (PhD)
The qualification must have included study of at least 2 academic years in Australia and be awarded by an Australian educational institution.
The qualification must be in a field specified by the Department of Immigration. This currently covers “STEM” specialisations (ie Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The “specialist education” fields are defined follows:
|Broad Field of Education||Narrow Field of Education|
|Natural and Physical Sciences||Biological Sciences|
|Natural and Physical Sciences|
|Other Natural and Physical Sciences|
|Physics and Astronomy|
|Information Technology||Computer Science|
|Other Information Technology|
|Engineering and Related Technologies||Aerospace Engineering and Technology|
|Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology|
|Engineering and Related Technologies|
|Manufacturing Engineering and Technology|
|Maritime Engineering and Technology|
|Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Technology|
|Other Engineering and Related Technologies|
|Process and Resources Engineering|
If you would like assistance in applying for General Skilled Migration, you may wish to book an appointment with one of our advisors. They can assess your likely eligibility and give you advice in writing about the migration pathways which may be appropriate to your situation.