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If you are currently studying at the University of Melbourne, you may be interested in undertaking a concurrent diploma.

What is a Concurrent Diploma?

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification that enables you to develop detailed knowledge in an area outside your main study discipline and can enhance your employability options. A concurrent diploma consists of 100 credit points and usually involves an additional one year of full-time study. Concurrent diplomas are undertaken at the same time as your degree. If you complete a concurrent diploma, you will graduate with two separate qualifications: your degree and your diploma.

Types of Concurrent Diplomas

Different types of concurrent diplomas are available depending on your level of study:

  • Undergraduate students: you can apply to study one of the four concurrent diplomas.
  • Graduate students: you may only apply to study the Diploma in Languages concurrently with your graduate course. Not all masters by coursework degrees allow for concurrent diplomas. If you are a graduate student, your concurrent diploma application must be accompanied with the approval of your course coordinator.

Diploma in Informatics

Learn how to solve information-related problems. Develop skills in programming, designing online solutions, and developing web applications.

Diploma in Informatics (Course map)

Diploma in Languages

In-depth language study in conjunction with your degree. The diploma can be taken without previous language training or if you’re seeking to develop existing language skills. Graduate students (e.g. masters by coursework students) may only apply to undertake the Diploma in Languages concurrently with their graduate course.

Diploma in Languages (Course map)

Diploma in Mathematical Sciences

Complete additional studies equivalent to completing a major sequence in mathematics and statistics within the Bachelor of Science.

Diploma in Mathematical Sciences (Course map)

Diploma in Music

This three-year sequence of practical, ensemble and elective subjects. Study areas include music performance, ensemble studies and a basic understanding of the historical and theoretical knowledge that forms part of advanced musical training.

Auditions are required for many Diploma in Music subjects, which run before each semester.

Diploma in Music (Course map)


  • Students enrolled in Bachelor of Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design, Music and Science are eligible to apply.
  • Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science majoring in Mathematics and Statistics, Data Science or Mathematical Physics are not permitted to complete a Diploma in Mathematical Sciences.
  • Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science majoring in any of: Computing and Software Systems, Data Science or Informatics, or students enrolled in the Bachelor of Design majoring in Computing are not permitted to complete a Diploma in Informatics.

Can I cross-credit between qualifications?

You may be able to cross-credit some of your subjects between your bachelor degree and diploma. Cross-crediting is not possible if you are enrolled in a graduate degree (e.g. Masters) and a concurrent diploma.

Important information for student visa holders

Start early

Start your concurrent diploma early in your degree to avoid visa complications. You cannot complete your primary degree before you enrol into your concurrent diploma.

Student visa extensions

A Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) cannot be issued for your diploma to extend your student visa. If you are offered a place in a concurrent diploma, your CoE for your degree can only be extended for your concurrent diploma if you have a subject remaining in your bachelor degree.

Study load

Your student visa study load for your primary degree must be maintained until the concurrent diploma is completed. Student visa holders are permitted to take Leave of Absence from their concurrent diploma only. You are not eligible to take Leave of Absence from your degree if you wish to remain enrolled in your concurrent diploma in any study period.

When to apply

If you are interested in undertaking a concurrent diploma, seek advice from Stop 1 as soon as you start your degree (especially if you are a student visa holder). Planning early helps to maximise your subject choices and increases your chances of completing your degree and diploma at the same time.

It is not possible to defer commencement of the diploma, or apply for a leave of absence in the first semester. If you cannot commence your Diploma, you must re-apply and go through the application process again.

You are encouraged to apply for concurrent diplomas as early as possible within the following windows:

  • Semester 2, 2018 – apply between 10 April and 29 July 2018*

Before you apply

  1. Fill out a course map for the Diploma you wish to apply for and submit this with your application. The course map must be up to date and completed after the census date of the semester before your commencement. Example: for Summer and Start Year 2018 the course map must be completed and approved from 1 September 2017. For Semester 2 2018 the course map must be completed and approved from 1 April 2018. It outlines when you plan to undertake subjects towards your degree and diploma, and which subjects you intend to cross credit. This will help you work out the best time to apply for admission to your diploma. Stop 1 is available to assist you with completing our course map.
  2. If you are applying for a Diploma in Languages and have not undertaken any study in your chosen language at the University of Melbourne, you are required to take a mandatory Language Placement Test for the following languages:

    You will need to provide the Language Placement Test result with your course map for approval. Please note there are no tests for Hebrew, Ancient Greek and Latin.

  3. Get your course map approved by a course advisor. You can either attend a course planning appointment or alternatively submit it via ask.unimelb.

How to apply

Once you have completed the steps above, please submit your application:

  1. Log into my.unimelb and navigate to the Student admin tab.
  2. Click Enrolment at the top of the page.
  3. Under New course applications and offers, select Apply for another University of Melbourne Course.
  4. Attach your completed and approved course map to your application. If you are a graduate student, you must also submit your written confirmation from your course Program Director.

Application outcomes

  • Diploma in Languages and the Diploma in Music: we aim to notify you within five working days. Diploma in Music students who have also auditioned for access to specialised subjects (for example, Practical Music 1), notification for admission to the subject is sent five working days after the subject deadline.
  • Diploma in Informatics and the Diploma in Mathematical Sciences: we aim to notify you within five working days. If you 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 9 July 2018 (for Semester 2, 2018 applications).

How to accept your offer

* Important note about the application closing dates:

Semester 2, 2018 begins on 23 July 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.

HECS exemption

If you're enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place and plan to undertake the Diploma in Mathematical Sciences or the Diploma in Languages you are entitled to complete the final 50 points of your diploma without incurring the HECS debt for those subjects.