Breadth - Section contents

A breadth subject is a subject from a different area of study to the degree that you are enrolled in. It allows you to expand your knowledge, meet other students, and prepare for graduate or career pathways. Breadth subjects are only available to undergraduate students.

Please note: Breadth subjects are only available in selected undergraduate degrees.

General breadth requirements

The following requirements for breadth study in each of the undergraduate degrees are common to all:

  • At least 50 points (four subjects) of your course must be breadth.
  • No more than 37.5 points of breadth (three subjects) can be taken at level 1 and a minimum of 12.5 points taken at level 2 or 3.
  • You can complete 1 or 2 breadth tracks comprising 37.5 points (three subjects) if you wish.

Breadth tracks

A breadth track is a set of three or more subjects that develop knowledge and skills within a particular theme, topic or issue. The University has developed a comprehensive range of approved breadth tracks.

You can search for breadth tracks in the Handbook in the same way you search for subjects or courses -- simply select Breadth Tracks from the Quicksearch options on the Handbook homepage and enter the relevant keywords.

Breadth information for your course

  • Bachelor of Arts students complete a breadth component of 50 points (four subjects), with another 25 points (two subjects) available for the student to select either breadth or Arts electives as free subjects.
  • At least 12.5 points of breadth must be taken at Level 1.
  • Students who undertake a major in Psychology will complete 125 points, with 100 points taken as Arts elective subjects and 25 points taken as breadth.
  • Students who undertake a major in Economics will complete 112.5 points with 37.5 points taken as Arts elective subjects, 50 points taken as breadth and 25 points taken as free subjects.
  • Students who undertake a major in Chinese at Entry Point 1 will complete 125 points with 100 points taken as arts electives and 25 points as free subjects, leaving 50 points of of breadth to complete.
  • Bachelor of Arts students are able to enrol in selected Asian language subjects (Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese) as breadth. See the full list here. Please note that students wishing to complete a major in these languages cannot enrol in them as breadth.
  • Bachelor of Arts students have the choice of taking MULT10001 Aboriginalities as breadth. As this is normally an Arts Foundation subject, students taking this subject as part of the Australian Indigenous Studies major cannot count this towards breadth.
  • Please refer to the Handbook for available breadth subjects for the Bachelor of Arts.
  • Bachelor of Biomedicine students complete a breadth component of 50 points (four subjects), with another 25 points (two subjects) available for the student to select either breadth or Biomedicine electives as free subjects.
  • Not all subjects offered in Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Environments, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Commerce are available as breadth to students in the Bachelor of Biomedicine.
  • Subjects from Science or Environments that are considered to have similar or overlapping content may not be available as breadth to Bachelor of Biomedicine students.
  • Please refer to the Handbook for available breadth subjects for the Bachelor of Biomedicine.
  • Bachelor of Commerce students complete a breadth component of 50 points (four subjects), with another 25 points (two subjects) available for the student to select either breadth or Commerce electives as free subjects.
  • Students pursuing accreditation in Actuarial Studies will take 75 to 87.5 points of breadth and free subjects, including two breadth subjects that are not Mathematics.
  • Students can choose to complete Mathematics subjects as breadth to meet the Quantitative Requirement for the course. Please refer to the Handbook for further information.
  • Please refer to the Handbook for available breadth subjects for the Bachelor of Commerce.
  • Bachelor of Design students complete a breadth component of 50 points (four subjects), with another 25 points (two subjects) available for the student to select either breadth or Design electives as free subjects.
  • The breadth options for Bachelor of Design students are restricted depending on the major that has been selected. Please refer to the Handbook.
  • Bachelor of Environments students complete a breadth component of 50 points (four subjects), with another 25 points (two subjects) available for the student to select either breadth or Environments electives as free subjects.
  • The breadth options for Bachelor of Environments students are restricted depending on the major that has been selected. Please refer to the Handbook.
  • Please note that double majors are available to students who commence the Bachelor of Environments from 2015 onwards. The subjects that comprise the second major may be enrolled as breadth, free points and elective subjects. This means that a student undertaking a double major may enrol in less than the required 50 points of breadth. Students should seek further advice from Stop 1 regarding their subject choice.
  • Please refer to the Handbook for available breadth subjects for Bachelor of Environments.
  • Bachelor of Music students complete a breadth component of 50 points (four subjects), with another 25 points (two subjects) available for the student to select either breadth or Music electives as free subjects.
  • Please refer to the Handbook for available breadth subjects for Bachelor of Music.
  • Bachelor of Science students complete a breadth component of 50 points (four subjects), with another 25 points (two subjects) available for the student to select either breadth or Science electives as free subjects.
  • Not all subjects offered in Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Environments and Bachelor of Commerce are available as breadth to students in the Bachelor of Science.
  • Subjects from Biomedicine or Environments that are considered to have similar or overlapping content may not be available as breadth to Bachelor of Science students.
  • Please refer to the Handbook for available breadth subjects for Bachelor of Science.