Learn what a concurrent diploma is, how it will impact your degree and how much it will cost.
A concurrent diploma:
- Is a diploma-level qualification that enables you to develop detailed knowledge in an area outside of your main study discipline, and can enhance your employability options
- Consists of 100 credit points and usually involves an additional one year of full-time study – although part-time options are available
- Is 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.
Graduation from either the diploma or bachelor will not be possible until both courses have been successfully completed.
When to apply
You can apply for a concurrent diploma at any time prior to the last semester of study in your main degree.
If you are interested in undertaking a concurrent diploma, seek advice from Stop 1 as soon as possible – 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 your commencement of the diploma, or to apply for a leave of absence in the first semester of your diploma. If you cannot commence your diploma in the semester you are offered a place, you must re-apply and go through the application process again when you are ready to do so.
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Important information for international students
As an international student, it is strongly recommended that you start your concurrent diploma early in your degree to avoid visa complications, as Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) extensions cannot be issued to complete a concurrent diploma. This means you will need to complete the requirements of your main degree and concurrent diploma within the CoE duration for your main degree. This will normally involve careful planning with intensive subjects.
You must enrol in at least one subject from your main degree (for example, the Bachelor of Arts) each semester, because your CoE and student visa are attached to this degree. This means that you cannot complete all the subjects in your main degree before completing your concurrent diploma.
You must always be enrolled in a full-time study load (usually 50 points per semester) unless a Reduced Study Load is approved.
Student visa extensions
A CoE, and therefore your student visa, cannot be extended in order for you to complete. If you are offered a place in a concurrent diploma, your CoE can only be extended if you have subjects remaining in your main degree. Additional time will not be given for the purpose of completing your concurrent diploma.
Your student visa study load for your main 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 main degree if you wish to remain enrolled in your concurrent diploma.
Cross-crediting is available to undergraduate students only. It enables you to credit a subject toward your undergraduate degree (e.g. Bachelor of Arts) and your concurrent diploma simultaneously. Cross-crediting needs to be completed before the census date of the semester following the completion of the subject.
When a subject is cross-credited:
- It counts toward the points requirements for each course
- It is listed under both your degree and your diploma on your academic transcript
- The numeric marks obtained for the cross-credited subjects (e.g. 74%) will count toward the separate Weighted Average Mark (WAM) for each course. For example: if you cross-credit GERM10006 German 5 from your degree to your diploma, the mark for GERM10006 German 5 will contribute to your degree WAM and to your diploma WAM.
Students must submit an Enrolment Variation Form at the end of each study period when they have passed the subjects that you would like to cross-credit (you cannot cross-credit subjects that you have failed or subjects with pending results). To be eligible for HECS exemptions, this must be completed by the last date to self-enroll of the following semester.
The same rules regarding overloading in your main degree must still be adhered to when overloading in your concurrent diploma. If you intend to study more than 50 points in a semester, regardless of whether it is in your main degree or diploma, you must still apply to overload via the Enrolment Variation Form.
If you are currently enrolled in an undergraduate Commonwealth Supported Place and plan to undertake the Diploma in Languages or Diploma In Mathematical Sciences, you may be entitled to complete the final 50 points of your diploma without incurring a HECS debt for those subjects.
- The HECS exemption is limited to a maximum of 50 points.
- HECS exemptions cannot be applied retrospectively to any subjects for which the census date has passed.
If you are awarded any advanced standing credit during your diploma, this will reduce the total amount of points you are exempt from paying HECS for.
For example: If you receive advanced standing for 12.5 points, you will only be entitled to complete the final 37.5 points without incurring a HECS debt for those subjects.
Advanced standing may include any:
- Credit you receive for prior study in courses external to the University
- Non-award study completed at the University of Melbourne, including the Community Access Program (CAP) and the University of Melbourne Extension Program (UMEP)
- Cross-credited subjects
- Non-partner overseas study
- Cross-institutional studies.
Advanced standing does not include any credit received from an Exchange enrolment – the credit points earned from Exchange can still contribute to your 50 point HECS exception provided the subjects were undertaken in the final 50 points of your Diploma studies.
To ensure the maximum amount of eligible subjects is HECS exempted, please cross-credit any completed subjects via an Enrolment Variation Form by the last date to self-enrol of the following semester.
Thinking of studying overseas?
You can still undertake overseas study during your concurrent diploma. In fact, subjects which have been credited from a University of Melbourne overseas study program towards your bachelor degree may also be cross-credited towards your concurrent diploma.