Enrolling in subjects - Section contents
Subject selection is an important step in your enrolment process that requires careful planning and consideration.
You must have a clear understanding of your course requirements when you enrol in subjects before the start of each semester. Refer to the course specific resources and use the Handbook to identify subjects that adhere to these requirements and align with your academic goals.
When building a subject list, make note of the following details and cross-check them with your course plan:
- subject code
- credit points and level
- subject availability
- subject key dates (eg the subject census date in case you choose to withdraw later)
- subject type (eg core subject, breadth subjects, elective subject, prerequisite or corequisite)
- quota restrictions (eg additional requirements or enrolment cut-off dates)
Your Study Plan
Your Study Plan is a tree diagram that displays your course according to the different types of subjects you will study (ie majors, minors, specialisations, core subjects and elective options).
Enrolling in your chosen subjects via the Study Plan ensures you are officially admitted to study that subject.
To access your Study Plan, log in to my.unimelb and select the ‘My study plan’ button from the ‘Student admin’ tile.
How to enrol using the Study Plan
Enrol in your subjects for the next academic year by ticking 'Enrol' to the right of each subject for both semesters.
Watch the video to find out how to use the Study Plan to select and enrol in subjects.
If you’re having trouble, find out how to resolve subject enrolment issues.
Changing subjects in your Study Plan
If you change your mind and want to add or remove subjects in your Study Plan, you can do this yourself.
Changing subjects is the process of swapping your subject selections while they are still ‘Planned’ in your Study Plan. Learn more on how to change subjects.
Swapping subjects is where you can replace one enrolled subject for another using the Swap Subjects tool in my.unimelb. Learn more about how to swap subjects.
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 want to either change subjects or reduce your study load. There are three critical dates you must keep in mind to manage your study program.You can review these dates by checking the subject entry in the Handbook.
- The last date to self-enrol is important to know if you are withdrawing from a subject to change into another subject. After the last date to self-enrol, you will need to submit a subject change request via the Enrolment Variation form. Depending on when your request is submitted, there may be consequences for your academic record and/or fee liability.
- The subject census date is the last date you can withdraw from a subject without incurring the subject’s fee. Census dates are different for each subject.
- The last date to withdraw without fail is important to know because if you withdraw from a subject after this date, you will receive a fail grade on your academic transcript for the subject.
Learn how to withdraw from a subject.
There are three critical dates to keep in mind when managing your Study Plan:
- The last date to self-enrol is the last date you can enrol or swap into a subject. After this date you will need to get approval from the subject coordinator and submit a subject change request via the Enrolment Variation form. Depending on when your request is submitted, there may be consequences for your academic record and/or fee liability.
- The subject census date is the last date you can withdraw from a subject without incurring the full fee. Census dates are different for each subject so always refer to the Handbook.
- The last date to withdraw without fail is important to know because if you withdraw from a subject after this date, you’ll receive a fail grade on your academic transcript for the subject.
Review these dates by checking the subject entry in the Handbook.
Helpful resources to help you solve common enrolment issues:
- Empty Study Plan
- Requisite waivers
- General enrolment troubleshooting
- Credit for prior learning (Advanced Standing)
Further enrolment advice
If you are a graduate researcher, please refer to information on adding or dropping coursework subjects.
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. Any changes to this approved list must be submitted to the University of Melbourne via Stop 1. If after arriving at the University you decide to amend your study plan by enrolling into different subjects, you will have until each subject’s census date to make amendments.
Course and subject resources
- Faculty or graduate school resources for useful course information.
- The University Handbook is your definitive source of course requirements and subject information.
- Course maps can help you to map out your course subjects and ensure you are completing the correct subject combination for your major of choice.
If you need advice about enrolment changes or course planning, support is available. Book an appointment with a course adviser to discuss your options.