Quota subjects

Quota subjects are subjects that limit the number of students that can enrol. These are usually laboratory, fieldwork, travel, or studio subjects where capacity is limited by facilities or resources such as laboratories, accommodation or studio space.

What are quota subjects?

Quota subjects or ‘quota restricted subjects’ have a limited number of places. The Handbook will confirm if a subject is quota restricted. When searching the Handbook, ‘quotas apply’ will appear next to subjects if applicable.

To register your interest in a quota subject you must check the Handbook to confirm the quota application process and deadline as it varies between subjects. For more information see the Handbook subject entry and/or the faculty websites.

Find out more about different types of subjects

How are places allocated?

Your enrolment in a quota subject is not confirmed until the selection process has been finalised by the relevant Academic Division. The selection process will commence after the application deadline, which is listed in the subject's Handbook entry or on the faculty website.

Some quota subjects select students on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. For these subjects, enrolment is possible if there is space available. If you can enrol into the subject, you have secured a place and no further application is required.

Other quota subjects select students on other bases such as:

  • academic merit
  • academic merit with additional application criteria (a written statement, interview etc)audition or performance
  • ballot/random selection
Remember it is important for you to check the Handbook and/or faculty website to confirm the quota subject’s application process and deadline as it varies between subjects.

Community Access Program, Cross-Institutional, or Enabling Students

If you are not a student currently enrolled in a University of Melbourne coursework degree and wish to enrol in a quota subject, you will need to submit your application for the appropriate subject by the application date.

Information for each process is available below:

Faculty and graduate school information

The following faculties have information about specific quota subjects for their courses: