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Diploma in General Studies

1 year full time/2 years part time
Dookie campus
Available to Domestic students

Available to domestic students, the Diploma in General Studies is a sampler of the Melbourne Bachelor Degrees that provides you with the opportunity to study Science, Commerce, Environments or Agriculture.

This gives you the breathing space of a year to decide what you really want to do next and provides a structured stepping stone to a meaningful outcome – whether that is employment, or further study in a University of Melbourne degree or TAFE program.

You will have the chance to try new subjects, pursue an interest, or undertake prerequisite subjects that you missed out on at secondary school, and will be given support and advice to select subjects that are the best fit with your goals. You will experience study in a supportive environment that takes you through what university is all about. Better yet, the program’s location in the Hume region means you can ease into starting your tertiary studies by being based close to home, family and friends. The course is flexible, in that it allows you to make your own living arrangements. If you prefer, low-cost accommodation is available at Dookie campus.

The University of Melbourne is developing the program in partnership with Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE (GOTAFE) and Wodonga Institute of TAFE. This partnership gives you access to our shared strengths including local campuses (Dookie, Benalla, Shepparton, Wangaratta and Wodonga), industry engagement, and optional subjects and electives in applied learning.

All students must complete the compulsory subject Academic Writing and Communication in their first semester.

Subjects available (varies according to semester)*:

  • Academic Writing and Communication
  • Animal Systems
  • Climate Change and Impacts
  • Foundation Studies in Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Land Resources and Management
  • Landscape Information Systems
  • Organisation and Management
  • Plant Systems
  • Systems Biology

*Subjects are 12.5 credit points each; the course is 100 credit points total.

Information on how to apply is available on the course website.


Entry requirements for the Diploma in General Studies

Clearly-in Rank 2014
NA Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2014. i

The Clearly-in Rank should be used as a guide for entry. It is not set in advance and may vary from year to year. The Clearly-in Rank is determined by the number of places available, the number of applicants listing the course as a preference and the academic achievement of those applicants.

Minimum ATAR 2014
50.00 Guide only i

You must achieve the minimum ATAR (if indicated) to be considered for entry to this degree. The Clearly-in Rank may be above the Minimum ATAR, depending on the demand for the course and the number of places available.


Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in ESL.

Not available to international students or domestic students studying outside Australia. Applicants may be required to attend an interview, complete a test, or supply referee reports or employer references as part of the selection process.