Enrolling in subjects - Section contents

Your Study Plan allows you to plan and enrol in the subjects that make up your course. You must enrol in subjects every semester to maintain your enrolment.

The Handbook

The University's Handbook is a definitive source of information, setting out what you must do to complete the requirements of your course (degree). Each course has its own page displaying the subjects that make up the course. You can also find specific information on majors, minors, and specialisations in the Handbook.

Each subject offered by the University also has its own page in the Handbook where you can learn more about:

  • When and where the subject is taught
  • Whether the subject is available as part of your course
  • Prerequisites you may need in order to take the subject
  • Any special requirements to be able to take the subject
  • Whether the subject is available to take as a breadth subject
  • Who teaches the subject and how it is taught
  • When and where the subject is taught.

Plan your subjects

You are advised to look through the handbook and plan out which subjects you must take (core subjects) and which subjects you can choose (elective, breadth or optional), before heading over to your Study Plan to finalise the enrolment process. To learn more about subject types, see our helpful FAQ.

Using your Study Plan

To access your online Study Plan log in to my.unimelb, navigate to the ‘Student admin’ tab, and select the ‘My study plan’ button.

Your Study Plan has a number of sections that are separated into the different types of subjects you will undertake as part of your course. When using your study plan for the first time you should be able to see the structure of your course, including majors, minors, specialisations, core subjects, and subject options available for you to choose from.

If you can only see a line with your course title and nothing else, your Study Plan needs to be expanded. Submit your request via the Enrolment Variation Form.

Planned subjects

Within your Study Plan, select 'Plan' to access the study planner. Your Study Planner already contains your course’s core subjects. These are marked with a C. The Study Planner allows you to search and select optional subjects, marked with an O, to add as 'Planned' to your Study Plan. You can use the Study Planner to select all your subjects for the year.

You are not enrolled in ‘Planned’ subjects in your Study Planner. If you change your mind and want to add or remove subjects from your Study Planner, you can do that without assistance.

After you have ‘planned’ the subjects you intend to take, you will need to enrol in them before registering for classes and accessing the Learning Management System (LMS) information.

Enrol in subjects

Enrolling in a subject means that you are officially enrolled to undertake the subject. Once enrolled you will be able to register in specific classes and access the LMS.

Be sure to enrol in all planned subjects before each semester by ticking 'Enrol' to the right of each planned subject.

If you see a subject in the Handbook that should be available in your course but can’t find it in your Study Plan, please contact your Course Coordinator or Program Director to check if it is available to you, then submit an Enrolment Variation Form, attaching Course Coordinator/Program Director approval. It will then be added to your Study Plan.

For detailed instructions on how to enrol in subjects see our helpful FAQ.

Swapping subjects

Swapping subjects is the way you make changes to your subject selections while they are still ‘Planned’. You can change your optional subject selections by using the ‘Swap’ function in your Study Plan.

For detailed instructions on how to swap subjects see our FAQ.

Withdrawing from a subject

If you have already enrolled in subjects for the upcoming semester, withdrawing from a subject will un-enrol you from it. You may choose to withdraw from a subject if you would like to either swap subjects or reduce your study load.

There are two critical dates you must keep in mind to manage your study program.

  • The first is the subject census date. This is the last date by which you can withdraw from a subject without incurring the subject’s fee. Census dates are different for each subject.
  • The second is the Last Date to Withdraw without Fail. If you withdraw from a subject after this date, you will receive a fail grade on your academic transcript for the subject. You can review these dates by checking the subject entry in the Handbook.

For instructions on how to withdraw from subjects see our FAQ.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Entry into many subjects requires the successful completion of prior subjects (prerequisites) or enrolment in concurrent subjects (corequisites). It is your responsibility to ensure that you have satisfied any necessary pre-requisites and co-requisites before enrolling in a subject. You can check each subject's pre-requisite and co-requisites via the Handbook.

If you believe you may be eligible to have pre-requisite or co-requisite requirements waived – for instance, on the basis of previous study – you can make this request via the Enrolment Variation Form.

If you are a first year undergraduate student additional information is available on our FAQ.

Changing your study plan

If you choose to change your subjects, major option or major specialisation, you will be making an amendment to your Study Plan.

Enrolling after the subject change period
If you would like to enrol into a subject after the subject change period, you will need to submit any subject change requests via the Enrolment Variation Form. Depending on when your request is submitted, there may be consequences for your academic record and/or fee liability.

Graduate Researchers
If you are a graduate researcher you can request a change to your coursework subject enrolments using the online form to apply to add or drop subjects.

Study Abroad and Exchange Students
If you are an incoming exchange or study abroad student, you will choose and confirm your subjects during the application process at your home university, and any changes to this approved list must be submitted to Stop 1. If after arriving at the University of Melbourne you decide to amend your Study Plan by enrolling into different subjects, you will have up to the subject’s census date to replace one enrolled subject with another within your Study Plan.