Diploma of General Studies

The University of Melbourne

Available to domestic students only, the Diploma in General Studies is a sampler of the Melbourne bachelors degrees and provides the opportunity to study Agriculture, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design or Science. This gives students the breathing space of a year to decide what they 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. Students will have the chance to try new subjects, pursue an interest, or undertake prerequisite subjects that they missed out on at secondary school, and will be given support and advice to select subjects that are the best fit with their goals.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 25 in EAL. Applicants may be required to attend an interview, complete a test, or supply referee reports or employer references as part of the selection process.


The Diploma in General Studies consists of specialist streams in Agriculture, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design and Science. Full-time students undertake four subjects per semester for two semesters; part-time students undertake two subjects per semester for four semesters. Subjects are 12.5 credit points each; the course is 100 credit points total. All students must complete the compulsory subject Academic Writing and Communication in their first semester.

Subjects you can Study:

General Studies.

Study Pathways:

Graduates of the Diploma in General Studies who are eligible for Access Melbourne may receive guaranteed entry into a University of Melbourne degree in Agriculture, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design or Science, if they satisfy the prerequisites for the relevant course.

Further information:

Dookie campus is a state-of-the-art agricultural facility set on the tranquil rolling hills between Shepparton and Benalla in Victoria, Australia. Situated on 2440 hectares, the campus includes a small community which houses students and teaching staff, merino sheep, an orchard, robotic dairy, winery and a natural bush reserve.

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Dookie 26.35 Yes Part time 2 years
Dookie 26.35 Yes Full time 1 year
Numbers aren’t always important. But when you graduate from a university that's ranked one of the world’s best, you’ll share that reputation. Not just after graduation but long after you leave.


Why study with us 

With a 160-year history of leadership in learning, teaching and research, the University of Melbourne has grown to be an internationally respected institution, consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities – number one in Australia and number 32 in the world*. 

The value of a Melbourne education is backed up by the fact we’re ranked sixth in the world for graduate employability by the well-regarded QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.


Facilities and services 

The Parkville campus, with new, state-of-the-art facilities springing up beside our heritage buildings, connects Australia’s leading health and biomedical precinct with our faculties and schools, while the Southbank campus – home to studies in fine arts, performance and music – is on the doorstep of the best museums, galleries, theatres and concert halls in Australia. 

Our regional campuses provide immersive experiences in specialty areas like veterinary medicine, agriculture, and forestry.

Alongside our industry-focused academics, there are internships and volunteering opportunities to give you real-world work experience and develop leadership qualities, while giving you the chance to contribute to the community.


Admission and Selection

The University of Melbourne’s Study website is a ready resource for everything you need to know about studying at Australia’s leading university. From eligibility requirements for domestic and international students and submitting an application through VTAC to applying for special entry schemes and scholarships, you’re set up for success from the get-go.


Study options 

Our approach means you can create your own study path based on your interests and abilities, but with flexibility to explore new options along the way. In a world where careers are changing fast and employers want analytical and adaptable thinking, this flexibility has never been more important. 

Our bachelor degrees are offered in: Agriculture, Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design, Fine Arts, Music, Oral Health, and Science and cover more than 100 areas of study. Our professional graduate programs include architecture, criminology, education, engineering, finance, law, medicine, nursing, optometry, psychology, urban planning, veterinary medicine and many, many more. 

We’ve also introduced a new suite of courses that bundle your undergraduate degree with your graduate study. These Graduate Degree Packages mean you’ll have the assurance of a guaranteed graduate place at the time you receive your offer. 

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019


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