Frequently Asked Questions
1. Change of preference
In order to change any of your course or university application preferences simply head to the VTAC website, login and amend your application. You will not have to pay any additional fees.
You are only able to change your preferences during the VTAC change of preference timeframe. Deadlines are dependent on the type of application you have submitted including whether you are a domestic, international or International Baccalaureate (IB) student.
Avoid missing out by amending your application prior to the cut-off dates outlined on the VTAC website.
There are many factors to consider when updating your undergraduate course or university preferences. You may find you have a few questions – perhaps surrounding course specific details, the Melbourne curriculum, scholarships, equity programs, University Accommodation or guaranteed graduate study pathways. Our team at Stop 1 are easily contactable and ready to answer these questions, and more.
2. The Melbourne curriculum
At Melbourne our degree structure works a little differently to many other Australian universities. In fact, our program structure is closely aligned to some of the world’s leading tertiary institutions. You will begin your studies with an undergraduate degree and upon graduation you may choose to hone your skillset with a professional graduate degree. Ranked 7th globally for graduate employability, our program structures mean you could leave with two tertiary qualifications and a coveted mix of in-depth technical skill, industry experience and soft skills heavily sought after by prospective employers.
The University of Melbourne offers undergraduate students the opportunity to complement their learning by taking subjects from a different area of study to the degree that they are enrolled in. Breadth study will allow you to either take individual subjects that interest you or build upon your passions – why not consolidate your music performance skills or learn a language?
3. Guaranteed undergraduate to graduate study pathways
Yes, the University offers the following entry guarantees and packages for students applying for 2020 entry to Melbourne undergraduate degrees:
Our Graduate Degree Packages for school leavers bundle an undergraduate degree offer with an offer for a place in one of our specialised, professional entry graduate school programs. This means you have secured your undergraduate and graduate place at the University of Melbourne from day one.
You may select your preferred Graduate Degree Package based on the career outcome you are working toward. For example, students could enrol in the Bachelor of Science and lock in their spot in the Master of Engineering.
See our full list of Graduate Degree Packages.
Applications for Graduate Degree Packages must be made through VTAC. Each Graduate Degree Package has a unique VTAC code. Domestic students are eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place for both their undergraduate and graduate studies, while international students may receive a full fee‐paying place in one of our programs.
Check out our full list of available Graduate Degree Packages along with further entry requirements.
You do not have to complete your chosen graduate degree to receive your undergraduate qualification when you accept a Graduate Degree Package offer.
You may conclude your studies with a bachelor’s qualification or pursue another career by applying for a different graduate degree. Please note however that your guaranteed place in graduate study will only apply to the course listed in the Graduate Degree Package.
No, you will not automatically be offered a place in the single undergraduate degree that corresponds to your chosen Graduate Degree Package. It is important to ensure you have included the single degree VTAC code on your preference list if you wish to be considered for the single degree.
For example, if you apply for the Bachelor of Science / Master of Engineering Graduate Degree Package (entry ATAR 96.00+) and you achieve an ATAR of 95.50, you will not automatically be made an offer for the Bachelor of Science undergraduate degree (entry ATAR 85.00). If you would like to be considered for the single undergraduate degree, you will need to include this separate VTAC code on your preference list.
Graduate Degree Packages are open to domestic and international school leavers applying for study at Melbourne in 2020. Applicants need to complete an Australian Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia to be eligible for a Graduate Degree Package. Australian citizens who complete the above qualifications outside of Australia are also eligible.
Domestic students are eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place for both their undergraduate and graduate studies, while international students may receive a full fee‐paying place in of our programs.
Access Melbourne and special entry access schemes will not apply for Graduate Degree Package applicants. Such applicants will need to ensure they meet the ATAR requirement for their desired package.
Applicants who are eligible for Access Melbourne and a Graduate Degree Package will still be considered for a Melbourne Access Scholarship.
4. Scholarships and equity programs at Melbourne
Yes, the University of Melbourne is proud to have a comprehensive scholarship and equity program. Our offering includes awards, bursaries, grants and full scholarships. Each of these may be awarded to applicant based on a broad spectrum of criteria ranging from academic merit to residential location or financial hardship. Find out more about our scholarships on our scholarships website; or head here to learn more about our special entry access scheme, Access Melbourne.
Access Melbourne is the University of Melbourne’s Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS). Access Melbourne ensures that a student’s unique personal circumstances, including financial hardship, medical conditions, or location, are considered when their undergraduate course application is assessed. Mature‐aged students and Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander applicants may also be eligible.
All Access Melbourne applicants are also automatically considered for University of Melbourne Access Scholarships.
The Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship is a comprehensive scholarship awarded to eligible high-achieving students from Australia and overseas.
You will automatically be considered for this scholarship, if you are eligible, when you apply to the University of Melbourne via VTAC.
The Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship provides recipients with numerous benefits including aguaranteed Commonwealth Supported Place in one of the University’s professional master’s degrees, for students who meet all course pre-requisites and entry requirements.
5. Alternative entry pathways
The Diploma in General Studies (DiGS) offers a pathway to study an undergraduate degree in Agriculture, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design and Science at the University of Melbourne. DiGS can help you to develop the academic skills required for success at university. Upon completion you may receive guaranteed entry* into one of the above undergraduate degrees.
*Guaranteed entry applies only to those eligible for Access Melbourne and upon meeting the required guaranteed scores on completion of the DiGS.
The Minimum ATAR 2020 is 50.00. This program is only available for domestic students.
The Bachelor of Arts (Extended) and the Bachelor of Science (Extended) are four‐year degrees for Australian Indigenous students. Each degree is designed for motivated and aspiring Indigenous students who have not obtained the results for direct entry into the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science programs and aims to build a strong foundation for success among a range of disciplines.
During your additional year of study, you may access specialised academic support through foundation studies in key areas such as: academic literacy, communication and performance, literature, philosophy and environmental studies. In addition, you will also receive support through the Murrup Barak centre and will live in one of the colleges affiliated with the University of Melbourne.
Eligible students who receive an ATAR score of more than 50 are encouraged to apply.