Course and subject delivery information

Find out how we’re transitioning back to campus for all of our programs and students

Teaching and learning in Semester 1, 2023

From Semester 1, 2023, our undergraduate programs will be delivered on campus. Our graduate programs will mainly be delivered on campus. Dual delivery and online modes may continue to be available in some graduate programs. You can find the final subject delivery modes published in the Handbook.

Check the FAQs at the bottom of this page to learn more. International students may visit the International Student Support page for further information.

Subject delivery modes

Delivery modes for subjects are published in the subject listing of the Handbook – the best location to find your course and subject information.

  • Dual-Delivery

    Dual-Delivery subjects are taught in a flexible format – on campus for students who can attend campus, and online for students who cannot attend campus.

    How to build your class timetable with dual delivery subjects

    • Select your timetable preferences: When you enter your class timetable preferences in MyTimetable, you will be able to choose classes (tutorials, lectures, seminars, etc) in the delivery mode (blended or online) that suits you best. Online classes will be prioritised for students outside Australia.
    • Review your allocated timetable: When the MyTimetable review and adjust period is open, you will be able to review your allocated mode of delivery. During this period, you will be able to change your allocation, including from online to on campus (or vice versa).
    • Attending classes: Once class allocations are finalised, you are expected to continue in your allocated mode of delivery for the whole semester. If you are returning to Melbourne from overseas during semester, you will be able to request a swap from online to on campus classes where these are available by submitting a Timetable Assistance Form.

    Find out more about class types and delivery modes in MyTimetable.

  • On campus

    On Campus subjects have essential, required activities that can only be taught in person, on campus or in another physical location. These subjects may also include online activities and support materials on the LMS. To enrol in On Campus subjects, you must be able to attend campus or a physical location.

  • Online

    These subjects are taught entirely online with no campus-based activities. All students can enrol in online subjects. Please check the Handbook or MyTimetable for detailed information on subject delivery specific to you, as you may be required to attend some mandatory activities at set times, such as live Zoom sessions and online exams.

Teaching and learning in Summer Term

Teaching and learning in Summer Term (i.e. those subjects commencing in January or February where the teaching ends prior to the commencement of Semester 1, 2023) will include subjects taught on campus with some subjects offered in dual-delivery and online modes.

We strongly encourage you to take your classes on campus if you can, to engage with other students and staff, and make the most of University of Melbourne campus life. If you are currently overseas, we expect you to return to Melbourne for the start of Semester 1 if you are able to do so. However, we understand it will not yet be possible for all students to travel to Melbourne, so we are continuing to make flexible subject delivery options available in Summer Term 2023 to enable all students to progress in their studies as part of our transition back to campus.

You can find out the delivery mode for your subjects by checking the Handbook’s subject pages and visiting MyTimetable to view your class options.

COVID-19 requirements for studying on campus

The University strongly encourages individuals to remain up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations but no longer requires evidence of vaccination in order to access campus. To support a COVIDSafe campus, the University has implemented a comprehensive public health response. More information about these measures is available on our dedicated COVID-19 website.

Participation and attendance requirements

Participation and attendance requirements are mandatory. These requirements are published in the Handbook and depend on the subject’s mode of delivery.

Privacy when learning online

Tutorials and other classes may be recorded and uploaded to the LMS. We record your classes so that you can use the recordings to revise your subject material for assessments and exams. We don’t use the recordings for any other purpose. If you do not want your image to be recorded during one of these classes, you should let your lecturer or tutor know and you can turn off your video camera. However, as it is expected that you will actively participate in your classes, it is not possible to exclude your voice from any recording.

For further information, please see:

Teaching and Learning delivery in 2023

  • Why has the University decided not to continue offering dual-delivery for all subjects?

    The University is really pleased to be able to confirm that Teaching & Learning activities will return to campus in 2023.  We will be teaching all of our undergraduate courses, that is our Bachelor courses, on campus.

    Our graduate programs, that is our Masters level courses, will also mainly be delivered on campus, although dual delivery and online subject modes may continue to be available in some graduate programs.

    The University’s emphasis of campus-based Teaching & Learning activities is for a range of reasons.  We believe it incredibly valuable for you to be able to connect and engage with your fellow students, tutors, lecturers and other University staff in person, to join our University community in person and enjoy building your networks through those interactions. Classroom discussions and debates in a face-to-face environment with your fellow students and with your teachers are what makes your education an enriching experience.  While campus life is about your classes, your seminars, your studios and labs it is also much more than that - what goes on outside of class is incredibly important to the education and experience we offer at the University of Melbourne. We strive to create for you a learning environment that is vibrant, one that you can really immerse yourself in and one that compels you to want to keep coming back for new challenges and experiences.  Alongside the campus-based experience, we continue to support you and your study on the University campuses with great digital tools and technologies. We have learnt much over the last couple of years and these innovations and learning will continue to be incorporated into the delivery of our subjects and academic programs.

  • I am a domestic student and I would like to continue my studies online or via dual-delivery. What are my options?

    If you are enrolled in an Undergraduate program, you are expected to be on campus so that you can make the most of in person teaching and learning, engage with your teachers, fellow students and participate in all that campus life has to offer. If you are enrolled in a Graduate program, you are also expected to be on campus, noting that in some Graduate programs dual-delivery or online subjects may be available. Check the Handbook for your course as there may be dual-delivery or online subjects available as part of your course structure.

    If you do not return to on campus study your options include:

    • Enrol in at least one online or dual-delivery subject in the first half year period should any be available in your course. Please check the 2023 Handbook to identify the delivery modes of the subjects available in your program of study.
    • Apply for a Leave of Absence for any half year period with no subject enrolment
    • Withdraw from your course and reapply at a later stage
  • How do I find out which subjects are offered on campus, online, or via dual delivery?

    You can filter subjects by delivery mode in the Handbook, using the following instructions:

    1. Open the current version of the Handbook, and select 'subjects':

    2. On the right-hand side filters, click 'Campuses', and then choose the option(s) you are looking for:

    3. You can also filter by subject levels, study periods, areas of study, and more.

  • What is an Off Campus subject and can I enrol in an Off Campus subject if I can’t attend campus?

    Some subjects are listed in the Handbook as being delivered Off Campus as they are delivered at a site which is not on one of the campuses of the University of Melbourne (for example, industry placement or internship).

    Off Campus subjects are the same as Campus-based subjects in that they are delivered in person and you are required to attend a physical location. The attendance will be offsite (not Campus-based) but will still have in person requirements (for example, internship, industry placement etc based on an off-site physical location). Therefore, you can only enrol in one of these subjects if you will be able to attend the physical location.

  • Are the delivery modes in the Handbook accurate? Will there still be changes to the Handbook and the delivery modes that are currently published?

    The 2023 Handbook was published on 14 November 2022 and the delivery modes for subjects are correct at the time of publication.

  • A graduate course has dual-delivery in the Handbook but the timetable doesn’t show any online options, what can I do?

    If a subject is listed as dual-delivery in the Handbook, when class preferences open you will be able to preference online activities.  Class preferences for Semester 1 subjects will open on 10 January 2023.  For further information, see Create your class timetable : The University of Melbourne (unimelb.edu.au).

  • What support can you offer me as a student studying online?

    No matter where you are in the world, the University wants you to engage in an inclusive study environment. You can make the most of being a student while studying at home with resources and programs that can be accessed online. Visit Support services for remote study to access the support you need.

    You are also invited to access University of Melbourne Study Hubs, including the China Study Hubs, and Study Melbourne Hubs established by the Victorian Government. Check out all the locations and find a Study Hub near you.

  • Who can I contact for course and subject assistance?

    Book a virtual or phone appointment with specialist course advisers to get your questions answered about course planning and enrolment.

    Alternatively, you can contact Stop 1 to get connected with a full range of support services.

  • I want to enrol in a Dual-Delivery and/or an Online subject but my internet access is unreliable. What can I do?

    You will need a stable internet connection to undertake Dual-Delivery or Online subjects.

    If you are enrolled in Dual-Delivery subjects and can attend campus in person, you are strongly encouraged to choose On Campus, in-person delivery modes for classes in your Dual-Delivery subjects.

    If you are enrolled in Online subjects and can attend campus in person, you should make use of the University’s internet access. For more information check out our Student IT services as well as our bookable or drop-in study spaces on campus, which you can use to attend online classes.

    If you can’t attend campus in-person, and can’t upgrade your internet access for financial reasons, you can contact Financial Aid to discuss available assistance to help you access the internet more reliably.

  • I want to enrol in a subject based on the delivery mode it says in the Handbook, but in my Study Plan it’s saying a different delivery mode – have I enrolled correctly?

    Yes, you are enrolled correctly. The Handbook is the source of truth and once published on has the most current information on subject delivery modes. Specific subject delivery information for 2023 will be published in the 2023 Handbook on 14 November 2022. Don’t worry if you see a different delivery mode in your Study Plan, what matters is which delivery mode it says in the subject’s Handbook entry. For example, a subject that is published in the Handbook as ‘Dual-Delivery’ or ‘Online’ may reflect as ‘On Campus’ in the Study Plan – but that’s okay, it’s definitely the mode that the Handbook says is it is.

Key dates

  • Regarding census date, can we switch subjects up until the subject census date? What about after?

    Students can enrol in subjects themselves up until the last date to enrol, which is usually the end of week 2 of semester for a standard semester subject. In special circumstances, students may be able to enrol in subjects up until the Census date (31 March 2023 for Semester 1) with the permission of the subject coordinator.

    Any changes to enrolment after the census date could result in a financial and/or academic penalty.  For further information regarding the key enrolment dates and what they mean, see Check your subject census dates : The University of Melbourne (unimelb.edu.au).

    Check the key dates for your subjects in the Handbook carefully and if need be contact Stop 1 for advice regarding your enrolment decisions.

  • When is Orientation?

    Semester 1 Orientation runs from Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February, 2023.

  • Are there any other key dates throughout the semester?
  • When should I aim to arrive in Melbourne?

    If you are enrolling in standard Semester 1 2023 subjects, aim to arrive by Sunday 19 February 2023.  This will enable you to:

    • Make the most of the orientation activities that will be scheduled from Monday 20 February
    • Get settled before the start of Semester 1 on Monday 27 February
    • Attend classes from the start of Semester 1.

    If you are enrolling in on campus Summer Term 2023 or non-standard subjects (e.g., a February intensive), aim to arrive before the teaching period for your subjects starts. Please note that Summer Term 2023 starts on Tuesday 3 January.

    Always check the teaching start date for your subjects in the subject entry in the Handbook.

Travelling to Melbourne

  • What happens if I arrive in Melbourne from overseas or interstate after the start of semester?

    Students can enrol in subjects themselves up until the last date to enrol, which is usually the end of week 2 of semester for a standard semester subject. In special circumstances, students may be able to enrol in subjects up until the Census date (31 March 2023 for Semester 1) with the permission of the subject coordinator.   

    Check the key dates for your subjects in the Handbook carefully and contact Stop 1 if you need advice regarding your enrolment decisions.

  • What can I do if my classes are on campus, and I can’t travel to Melbourne?

    Students enrolled in on campus subjects are expected to be on campus. If you are unable to travel, please make an appointment with a Stop 1 course adviser to discuss your situation and options.

    If you are unable to progress your studies, you may need to consider applying to defer commencement (new students) or for leave of absence (continuing students).

  • What happens if I have planned to travel to Melbourne to attend on campus classes and my city goes into lockdown?

    If you are unable to travel because your city has gone into lockdown, the University will work with you to determine what alternative arrangements can be made with respect to your studies.  This may include looking at opportunities to take subjects online.

    If you are unable to progress your studies, you may need to consider reducing your study load, applying to defer commencement (new students) or taking a leave of absence (continuing students).

    We strongly encourage students traveling to Melbourne to book a flexible ticket that allows rescheduling should you be unable to make your flight.

For more information on travelling to Melbourne, view our dedicated International Students FAQs page.

International Students FAQs

Special Circumstances

  • What happens if my circumstances change and I can no longer attend my classes?

    If your circumstances change and you can no longer attend your allocated classes, your options will depend on the delivery modes available for your subject.

    You can make changes to your timetable directly up until the last day of the timetable adjustment period for your subject; changes after this time can be requested via the Timetabling Assistance Form.

    Dual-Delivery subjects

    You may have the ability to change your class allocations from On Campus (in-person) classes to Online classes during the MyTimetable review and adjust period. If your circumstances change after this point and you can no longer attend On Campus (in-person) classes, changes to your classes’ attendance mode can be requested via the Timetabling Assistance Form.

    Campus-based (in-person) subjects

    On Campus (in-person) subjects have essential activities which need to be delivered in-person and cannot be delivered online. Hence, if you can no longer attend the On Campus in-person activities for these subjects, you will need to discuss your options with your Subject Coordinator or book at Course Planning appointment with Stop 1.

  • I am a student with an ongoing medical condition (e.g. immunocompromised) and I am concerned about attending classes on campus. What are my options?

    Please visit our Covid Safe campus information page to find out what measures the University has put in place to support your safety and wellbeing to enable you to study on campus.

    If you are enrolled in an Undergraduate program, you are expected to be on campus to make the most of in person teaching and learning and engagement with your teachers, fellow students and all that campus life has to offer.  If you are enrolled in a Graduate program, you are also expected to be on campus noting there are some subjects in some programs where dual-delivery or online may be available.

    While most courses and subjects are offered on campus from 2023, dual-delivery or online subjects may be available as part of your course and you can check the Handbook to see if this is the case. 

    If you are not able to find appropriate subjects to take online, and your medical condition is appropriately documented via a Health Professional Report which includes restrictions for on campus activity, contact SEDS for advice regarding ongoing support and reasonable adjustments. If your condition is not documented and you remain anxious about attending campus, you may wish to contact Counselling and Psychological Services, the University Health Service, or your local GP for further advice.

  • I am a student with a disability and would like flexible options for study, will online or dual delivery subjects be available to me in Semester 2, 2023?

    Please visit our Covid Safe campus information page to find out what measures the University has put in place to support your safety and wellbeing to enable you to study on campus.

    If you are enrolled in an Undergraduate program, you are expected to be on campus so that you can make the most of in person teaching and learning, engage with your teachers, fellow students and participate in all that campus life has to offer.  If you are enrolled in a Graduate program, you are also expected to be on campus , noting that in some Graduate programs dual-delivery or online subjects may be available.

    While most courses and subjects are offered on campus from 2023, dual-delivery or online subjects may be available as part of your course and you can check the Handbook to see if this is the case.

    If you are not able to find subjects to take online, contact SEDS for advice regarding ongoing support and reasonable adjustments in line with each subject’s delivery mode.

  • How will the University accommodate students with short-term illnesses when they will not be able to switch to online tutorials and workshops as they have been able to do so in 2022?

    In the first instance, speak to your subject coordinator as it may be possible to be provided with online material such as lectures recordings to support you in your study for the period you are away. Extensions of up to ten days can be granted by your Faculty when absences impact assessment.  Beyond ten days, or if you are ineligible for an extension, existing Special Consideration provisions will continue to apply for students who experience ill health or other challenges impacting their studies.

  • Covid has financially impacted my family and I cannot afford to travel to Melbourne and study on campus. What are my options?

    If you are enrolled in an Undergraduate program, you are expected to be on campus so that you can make the most of in person teaching and learning, engage with your teachers, fellow students and participate in all that campus life has to offer.  If you are enrolled in a Graduate program, you are also expected to be on campus, noting that in some Graduate programs dual-delivery or online subjects may be available.

    While most courses and subjects are offered on campus from 2023, dual-delivery or online subjects may be available as part of your course and you can check the Handbook to see if this is the case.

    If you are not able to find the appropriate subjects to take a full study load, you may be able to apply for a Reduced Study Load or Leave of Absence for a period of time for Compassionate or Compelling Circumstances which will not impact your student visa.

    Students who may be struggling financially are advised to contact Financial Aid and/or  the Fees team to discuss their situation.

Further support

The University has a range of support services available to you. If you require further assistance, you can also submit an enquiry to Stop 1 for advice, or get in touch with UMSU or the GSA.