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.

The Diploma in General Studies is a sampler of Melbourne bachelors degrees. It supports you in your transition to university or employment and may give you guaranteed entry into a University of Melbourne degree in agriculture, biomedicine, commerce, design or science depending on your academic performance. 

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. You will experience study in a supportive environment that takes you through what university is all about. Choose from a range of interesting subjects, from animal systems and climate change to economics and management.  We will help you choose the subjects that best fit your goals. All students must complete the compulsory subject Academic Writing and Communication in their first semester.

Graduates of the Diploma in General Studies who are eligible for Access Melbourne may receive guaranteed entry into a University of Melbourne degree if they satisfy the prerequisites for the relevant course. They must meet Access Melbourne criteria at the time of entry into the Diploma in General Studies and requisite scores.


Entry requirements for the Diploma in General Studies

Clearly-in Rank 2018
Range of criteria used for selection Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2018. 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 2018
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 20 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 25 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.


All domestic undergraduate students enrol in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), which is subsidised by the Australian Government. Students pay a contribution amount that is determined by the Australian Government, based on the subjects undertaken. More details on fees and student contribution amounts.

Credit/Advanced standing

If you have completed post-secondary study, you may be eligible for credit/advanced standing towards your studies at the University. Find out more