Overloading and Over-enrolment - Section contents

If you wish to undertake more than a standard study load during any given half year period, you must apply to overload. If you’re nearing the end of your course and need to complete additional subject to fulfill your course requirements, you may be eligible to over-enrol.


Overloading refers to enrolment in more subjects during a given study period than your course usually allows (for example, completing 62.5 points of full-time study during a half-year period instead of 50, or more than 25 points of study during Summer Term). Overloading is normally restricted to students who have consistently obtained good results. You may wish to overload one semester so that you can complete less subjects during the following semester.


To be eligible to be considered for an overload and take more than 50 points in a standard semester, you must have satisfied all of the following requirements during your previous half year period of study:

  • Have successfully completed a full-time enrolment (at least 37.5 points).
  • Received no ’Fail’ grades.
  • Achieved a weighted average of at least 70% (H2B) or more.
  • Have demonstrated that the subjects you are planning to take (in the case for overloading in Summer Semester) have been timetabled without clashes.

Note: If you were studying overseas (for example, on Exchange) or taking a Leave of Absence during the previous half-year period, consideration of your request to overload will be based on your most recent half-year period of study at the University of Melbourne (using the conditions listed above).

Applications for overloading will only be considered for the forthcoming semester after results have been finalised for the current semester.


The above conditions may be waived in the following circumstances:

  • You need to overload by 12.5 points to finish your course at the end of a given semester.
  • You are admitted into an accelerated program. If a course can be taken as an accelerated program, then this will be noted on the Course Page of the Handbook.


If you want to take extra subjects that will take you beyond the maximum points for your course, this is called 'over-enrolling'. This is different to 'overloading', which is undertaking extra points during a specific study period.

The University will permit students to complete additional study beyond the usual number of credit points required for a course only where the student cannot meet the requirements of their course without completing additional study. In some cases, this may include where a student decides to change their preferred major or specialisation, where completion of a major or specialisation is a compulsory requirement of their course  In this case, commonwealth supported students will continue to study on a commonwealth-supported basis, and FEE-HELP students may continue on a deferred fee basis provided they have not exceeded their FEE-HELP limit.

Over-enrolling cannot be approved for these reasons:

  • To complete an additional elective subject that you are interested in.
  • To complete a subject in order to meet the entry requirements for another course.
  • To meet accreditation requirements that are not also needed to meet course requirements.
  • To complete a major, minor or specialisation that is not a requirement of your course.

Students who wish to take extra subjects but are not eligible to over-enrol, may take other study through non-award programs such as Community Access Program. Students who have received advanced standing may be able to rescind credit to make room in their course for subjects they wish to take.

How do I apply to overload or over-enrol?

If you are confident that you meet the eligibility requirements to overload or over-enrol, you can apply via the Enrolment Variation Form. Students applying to over-enrol should also complete the request to over-enrol form explaining why they must study further subjects to meet the requirements of their course. The completed form should then be attached to an Enrolment Variation request. All applications are assessed on an individual basis.