Subject withdrawal - Section contents

Understand the consequences of withdrawing from a subject, the importance of subject key dates and the support available to help you manage your studies.

Before withdrawing from a subject, we recommend that you consider your options carefully, read through the advice below and seek support as required.

Subject key dates and withdrawal penalties

Depending on when you withdraw from your subject, there may be financial and academic penalties.

Before the subject's census date
  • Subject is fully removed from your academic transcript
  • The subject fee is removed
After the subject's census date and before the subject's Last Date to Withdraw Without Fail
  • 'WD' (i.e. 'Withdrawn') will be recorded on your academic transcript
  • You remain liable for the subject cost
After the subject's Last Date to Withdraw Without Fail
  • Withdrawal is no longer permitted
  • 'Fail' will be recorded on your academic transcript
  • You remain liable for the subject cost

The census date and Last Date to Withdraw Without Fail are published for each subject in the Handbook.

You can withdraw from subjects online via my.unimelb:

  1. Log into my.unimelb and navigate to the Student admin section on the homepage.
  2. Select the My study plan button.
  3. Click Subject Withdrawal in the side menu.
  4. Select the tick box next to the subject that you plan to withdraw from.
  5. Click Withdraw.
  6. You will be taken to a Potential Withdrawal List confirmation screen. Check that your planned subject withdrawals are correct.
  7. Click Confirm.
  8. You will be taken to the Withdrawal Confirmation screen. Click Close to complete the process, or View to see the details of your withdrawal.

If you withdraw from a subject which reduces your study load, you must apply for a Reduced Study Load. Only students with an approved study load can study less than 50 points and be entitled to extend their Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) beyond its current duration.

If you withdraw from all your subjects before the census date and wish to remain enrolled at the University, you need to apply for leave or deferral depending on when you started your course:

Failure to do so will result in being cancelled from your course for incomplete enrolment. If you are an international student visa holder, this will result in your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) being cancelled.

If you don’t intend to continue your course, apply to withdraw from your course.

The University provides advice and services to help you with your studies:

Explore what other support services are available to assist you.

If you did not withdraw before your census date and you need support managing your studies, you can still apply for Special Consideration.

Applications for Special Consideration may be submitted for unexpected circumstances that:

  • are beyond your control
  • significantly impact your ability to meet your subject requirements during the period in which you undertook, or were to undertake the subject
  • did not have a full impact on you until on or after the census date.

Outcomes for Special Consideration may include extensions to assignments or a Special Exam. If you still do not successfully complete the subject because of special circumstances, you may be eligible to apply for Fee Remission.

If you need support due to ongoing conditions or official commitments, you should consider registering for Special Consideration (ongoing support).