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If you’re about to undertake an undergraduate (bachelors) degree at the University, you may also choose to study a concurrent diploma. A concurrent diploma can enhance your employability and allow you to develop detailed knowledge in an area outside your main area of study.
What is a Concurrent Diploma?
A Concurrent Diploma is a diploma qualification (100 points), taken at the same time as your undergraduate degree. While it usually adds a year onto your study, you may be able to cross-credit some of the study in your undergraduate degree to your diploma and take a 'fast track' to completion, potentially completing the diploma in the same time it takes to complete your undergraduate degree.
Types of Concurrent Diplomas
The Diploma in Informatics equips you with the tools and technologies to solve information-related problems. It offers skills in programming, designing online solutions, and developing web applications, and gives you the skills necessary to work effectively with people in other disciplines.
The Diploma in Languages offers an in-depth language study in conjunction with your degree. The diploma can be taken by students without previous language training, or by those seeking to develop existing language skills. Visit the Handbook for a full list of languages available in the diploma.
If you have an interest in mathematics, this diploma offers you the chance to complete additional studies equivalent to completing a major sequence in mathematics and statistics within the Bachelor of Science.
This diploma comprises a three-year sequence of practical, ensemble and elective subjects, studied alongside Bachelor of Music students. Study areas cover music performance, ensemble studies and a basic understanding of the historical and theoretical knowledge that forms part of advanced musical training.
Applying for a concurrent diploma
Languages, Music, Informatics or Mathematical Sciences
Prior to applying, you must:
- Fill out a course map for the Diploma you wish to apply for. The course map must be up to date (completed after the census date of the semester prior to when you want to start your Diploma).
- Attend a course planning appointment to discuss your course map and have it approved by a course advisor.
- Log into my.unimelb and navigate to the Student admin tab.
- Click Enrolment at the top of the page.
- Under the New course applications and offers heading, select 'Apply for another University of Melbourne Course'.
- Attach your completed and approved course map to your application.
- If you are applying for a Diploma of Languages, you must also specify which language you wish to study, and upload your result from the Language Placement Test (if relevant).
Students enrolled in Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design, Music and Science (unless majoring in Computing and Software Systems or Informatics) are eligible to apply.
Students are encouraged to apply for concurrent diplomas as early as possible within the following windows:
- Summer term 2018 – apply between 1 September 2017 and 17 December 2017 (for the Diploma in Languages and Mathematical Sciences only)
- Semester 1 2018 – apply between 1 September 2017 and 4 March 2018*
For applications for the Diploma in Languages and the Diploma in Music – we aim to notify you of the outcome of your application within five working days. However, for applicants for Diploma in Music who have also auditioned for access to specialised subjects (for example, Practical Music 1), notification for admission to the subject are sent five working days after the subject deadline.
For applications for the Diploma in Informatics and the Diploma in Mathematical Sciences – we aim to notify you of the outcome of your application within five working days. However for applicants who are currently enrolled at the University of Melbourne we require the current semester’s results before we can assess your application. This means we aim to notify you of the outcome of your application within five working days beginning 8 December (for summer term 2018 and Semester 1 2018 applications).
* Important note about the application closing dates:
Semester 1 2018 begins on 26 February 2018. While it is possible to apply for a concurrent diploma up until the end of the first week of semester and receive an outcome by the end of the second week of semester there may be implications to applying late that you should consider:
- Before applying you will need to create a course map and attend a course planning appointment to discuss the map with a course planner. The first week of semester is one of the busiest times for Stop 1 and the wait time to see a course planner may be long.
- Depending on when an offer for the concurrent diploma can be made you may miss the first one or two weeks of teaching. It is possible to attend classes in the first two weeks of semester without being enrolled however you may not have access to critical subject information in the Learning Management System (LMS) during this time.
- As part of enrolling in the concurrent diploma you will need to register for classes. The class registration system typically opens a number of weeks before the start of semester so enrolling late may mean class availability may be limited.
If you have already enrolled in a subject related to the concurrent diploma as part of your main degree and then receive an offer for the concurrent diploma you may need to withdraw from the subject under your main degree and then re-enrol in it under the diploma. This means you will lose your original class registration and will need to register for classes again (at a time when class availability may be limited).
- For students of the Diploma in Music – while entry to the concurrent diploma does not require an audition, enrolment in some subjects included in the Diploma may and these will have separate audition deadlines. You should check the details in the Handbook to ensure you will still be able to enrol in your chosen subjects.
If you're enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place and plan to undertake the Diploma in Mathematical Sciences, you are entitled to complete the final 50 points of your diploma without incurring the HECS debt for those subjects. HECS exemptions are also available in the Diploma in Languages.