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Planning your course involves understanding your course requirements, choosing the right subjects, and reviewing your plans each semester to ensure you are on track to graduate.

At the start of each semester it can get busy on campus, so if you need to speak with a course adviser we recommend you book ahead. In-person, online and phone appointments are available to help get your enrolment sorted before classes start.

How to plan your course

Careful planning will help you maximise the unique course options and pathways that the Melbourne Model provides you. It is your responsibility to be aware of course requirements and to manage your enrolment in a timely way:

Each course has certain requirements that need to be met, so start by checking the Handbook entry of your course for the year you started. Your Faculty or School website will also have useful resources to explore.

  • Does your course have core, compulsory or foundation subjects?
  • Are there prerequisites for subjects?
  • Is the subject offered when you want to take it?
  • Are there specific requirements to meet your major of choice?
  • What number of credit points do you need to pass each year to progress to the next level?

Alongside your specific course requirements, you can select a range of electives to help you make your majors, or complement your areas of study. Some options include undertaking subjects complementary to your area of study, completing another major or meeting entry requirements for graduate study.

For undergraduate students, using your breadth subjects to explore entirely different areas may open new opportunities for you. Your course entry in the Handbook will advise you which subjects can be taken as an elective, or as breadth.

The Melbourne Model offers you many opportunities to take advantage of – overseas study, concurrent diplomas, internship subjects, volunteering opportunities and more.

Once you’ve explored steps 1 and 2, see what else you can fit in to your time at the University.

For students undertaking an undergraduate degree, you may already be considering continuing on to graduate study. The subjects you take now, including majors or a concurrent diploma, may open pathways for you to take a Masters, Graduate Certificate or Diploma, or a Higher Degree by Research.

Getting your course plan back on track

Over the length of your degree, things can change for you personally or academically which may have an impact on your course plans. Whatever your circumstances are, Stop 1 can offer you advice and support, however it is important to consider what it might mean for your course.

It is quite common for students to discover new interests, and pursue a change of major or course:

  • Change your major: First check that you have met the prerequisites for the new major of interest. You may need to submit an Enrolment Variation request to action the change.
  • Change your course: This will require an application for admission to the preferred course. Your previous studies will be taken into consideration, so it’s important to continue to study well, even if you have decided to change. Explore entry requirements, the application process, and intakes.

From time to time you may feel you need to either increase or reduce your study load, depending on your capacity.

If you’d like to increase your subjects during a semester so that you don’t need to take as many subjects next semester – and you meet the requirements – you might like to consider Overloading.

Alternatively, there are options to reduce your study load, however if you are an international student, you will be required to receive approval before you can make that decision. Be sure to check your eligibility.

You can apply for a leave of absence for up to 12 months across the length of your course. When you are ready to return to study, ensure you carefully plan your subjects for your return. This is particularly important if you request leave for one semester, as some subjects are sequential and only offered in one semester each year. Check the Handbook for subject availabilities.

If you fail a subject the University has several processes and services to support you to get back on track. Failing a subject can be considered as an opportunity to review whether you’re enrolled in subjects that engage and motivate you, or whether you need to reduce your study load to manage your studies.

If you have failed a subject, there may be implications to your course planning if you have failed a prerequisite subject or need to repeat subjects. Make sure you seek course planning advice from Stop 1 if you are unsure how to get your course plan back on track.

Enrolling in subjects

Once you have worked out your course structure and requirements, it is time to enrol in subjects.

Are you a new student?

If you are course planning for the first time, Get Started at Melbourne provides in depth advice and resources to help you learn how to plan your course and enrol in your subjects using the Study Plan.