Enrolling in subjects

Subject selection is an important step in your enrolment process that requires careful planning and consideration.

You must have a clear understanding of your course requirements and subject delivery mode options when you enrol in subjects. See the how to plan your course page if you need help on planning your course or subjects before enrolling.

Your Study Plan

Your Study Plan is a tree diagram that displays your course according to the course requirements and the different types of subjects you will study in order to meet these requirements (i.e. majors, minors, specialisations, core subjects and elective options).

Enrolling in your chosen subjects via the Study Plan ensures you are permitted to study that subject as per the course requirements.

To access your Study Plan, visit the Study Plans page in my.unimelb.

How to enrol using the Study Plan

Enrol in your subjects for the next academic year by ticking 'Enrol' to the right of each subject for both semesters. You can tell when you have successfully enrolled in a subject as it will appear as green on your Study Plan.

Watch the video to find out how to use the Study Plan to select and enrol in subjects.

If you’re having trouble, find out how to resolve subject enrolment issues.

Changing subjects in your Study Plan

If you change your mind or your circumstances change and you need to add or remove subjects in your Study Plan, you can do this yourself.

  • Changing or swapping subjects

    Changing subjects is the process of swapping your subject selections while they are still ‘Planned’ in your Study Plan. Learn more on how to change subjects.

    If you wish to swap two subjects, follow the instructions given on this page to first withdraw from the subject you no longer wish to take, before enrolling in the new subject.

  • Withdrawing from a subject

    If you have already enrolled in subjects for the upcoming semester, withdrawing from a subject will un-enrol you from it. You may choose to withdraw from a subject if you want to either change subjects or reduce your study load. There are four critical dates you must keep in mind to manage your study program. You can review these dates by checking the subject entry in the Handbook.

    • The teaching period will indicate when teaching occurs. Aim to be enrolled by the start of the teaching period so you can create your timetable and be ready to attend classes.
    • The last date to self-enrol is important to know if you are withdrawing from a subject to change into another subject. After the last date to self-enrol, you will need to submit a subject change request via the Enrolment Variation form. Depending on when your request is submitted, there may be consequences for your academic record and/or fee liability.
    • The subject census date is the last date you can withdraw from a subject without incurring the subject’s fee. Census dates are different for each subject and should be checked carefully in the Handbook entry for each subject.
    • The last date to withdraw without fail is important to know because if you withdraw from a subject after this date, you will receive a fail grade on your academic transcript for the subject. After this date, it is not possible to formally withdraw from subjects through your Study Plan, and if you stop attending classes and submitting assessments for subject(s) you will be awarded the grade for the assessment piece(s) already submitted.

    Learn how to withdraw from a subject.

Key dates

There are four critical dates to keep in mind when managing your Study Plan:

  1. The teaching period will indicate when teaching occurs. Aim to be enrolled by the start of the teaching period so you can create your timetable and be ready to attend classes.
  2. The last date to self-enrol is the last date you can enrol or swap into a subject. After this date you will need to get approval from the subject coordinator and submit a subject change request via the Enrolment Variation form. Depending on when your request is submitted, there may be consequences for your academic record and/or fee liability.
  3. The subject census date is the last date you can withdraw from a subject without incurring the full subject fee. Census dates are different for each subject so always refer to the Handbook entry for each subject.
  4. The last date to withdraw without fail is important to know because if you withdraw from a subject after this date, you’ll receive a fail grade on your academic transcript for the subject. After this date, it is not possible to formally withdraw from subjects through your Study Plan, and if you stop attending classes and submitting assessments for subject(s) you will be awarded the grade for the assessment piece(s) already submitted.

Review these dates by checking the subject entry in the Handbook.

Creating your timetable

Once you’ve enrolled in your subjects and class timetabling is open, you can select your preferred class times for each study period using MyTimetable. Check timetable dates here.

Troubleshooting

Helpful resources to help you solve common enrolment issues:

Further enrolment advice

  • Graduate Researchers

    If you are a graduate researcher, please refer to information on adding or dropping coursework subjects.

  • Study Abroad and Exchange Students

    If you are an incoming Exchange or Study Abroad student, you will choose and confirm your subjects during the application process at your home university. Any changes to this approved list must be submitted to the University of Melbourne via Stop 1. If after arriving at the University you decide to amend your study plan by enrolling into different subjects, you will have until each subject’s census date to make amendments.

  • Faculty or graduate school resources

    Faculty or graduate school resources, such as course maps, can help you to map out your course subjects and ensure you are completing the correct subject combination for your major of choice.

Need help?

If you need advice about enrolment changes or course planning, support is available. Book an appointment with a course adviser to discuss your options.