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Diploma in General Studies

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

If you want a year to decide what to do next, and you want it to count, choose the Diploma in General Studies.

Completion of the Diploma in General Studies gives you guaranteed entry into degree courses at the University of Melbourne and improves your employment prospects. The program is a sampler of the Melbourne bachelors degrees, and provides you with the opportunity to study science, commerce or agriculture.

A Diploma in General Studies gives you a year of breathing space 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 at the
University of Melbourne. Through our collaboration with TAFE providers, you will have access to exciting optional subjects and electives that will help you apply your learning in the real world.

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.

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.


Completion of the Diploma in General Studies gives students guaranteed entry into the Bachelors of Agriculture, Science, Design*, Commerce and Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne based on graded average scores. Find out more about the required scores.

* Pending approval by Academic Board

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


Entry requirements for the Diploma in General Studies

Clearly-in Rank 2016
53.40 Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2016. 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 2016
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 EAL.

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.