Frequently asked questions
Applying to Melbourne for 2021? Your top questions answered.
I haven't received an offer/I've changed my preferences, when is the next offer round?
Some offers have been made to domestic student applicants in the January offer round 1 domestic.
We will be participating in the VTAC February offer round 1 domestic on 1 February 2021. The list of courses available and entry standards will be published here soon.
For consideration for this offer round, the VTAC change of preference period for domestic applicants closes at 12pm 21 January.
How can I secure my place at Melbourne?
In response to the disruptions of the 2019-2020 bushfires and the impacts of COVID-19 on Year 12 secondary school leavers throughout 2020, we're offering guaranteed places in select degrees in 2021, so you can have certainty about your future as soon as you receive your results.
DOMESTIC SCHOOL LEAVERS
Domestic school-leaver applicants who complete an Australian Year 12 qualification or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in 2020, apply for their preferred undergraduate course in VTAC, satisfy course prerequisites, achieve the Guaranteed ATAR (or notional ATAR) and preference appropriately to receive an offer will be certain of a place in their chosen degree.
|2021 MINIMUM ATAR|
|2021 GUARANTEED ATAR|
|Bachelor of Agriculture||70.00||72.00|
|Bachelor of Arts||85.00||88.00|
|Bachelor of Biomedicine||94.00||95.00|
|Bachelor of Commerce||93.00||95.00|
|Bachelor of Design||85.00||88.00|
|Bachelor of Science||85.00||88.00|
Note: Domestic school-leaver applicants who satisfy course prerequisites and achieve the 2021 minimum ATAR will still be considered for a place but are not guaranteed.
Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements for disadvantaged financial background and/ or resident of a rural or isolated area categories for Access Melbourne may be considered for guaranteed entry.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL LEAVERS
International school-leavers who apply with an Australian Year 12 qualification or the IB Diploma, satisfy course prerequisites and achieve the new Minimum ATAR or IB score will be considered for a place and those that achieve the Guaranteed ATAR or IB score will be certain of a place.
What happens if there are travel restrictions and I can’t get to Melbourne?
The University of Melbourne continues to strongly support our student community during the current COVID-19 pandemic and the associated travel restrictions. Throughout 2020 our students have mostly been attending class through a virtual campus, and we're planning a gradual, phased and safe return to our physical campus. All face to face teaching and on-campus activities will comply with strict public health and physical distancing measures.
When the time comes for you to join us in person on our physical campus, we will do everything we can to support you.
You can check our current student advice and support page for regular updates or find out more about how COVID-19 may affect future study at the University of Melbourne.
We acknowledge that international travel restrictions mean that students who are currently overseas may be unable to arrive in time for the commencement of Semester 1, 2021. Online teaching and assessment will continue as long as necessary for students who are overseas or otherwise unable to attend campus. We are committed to supporting students to progress through their degrees.
University Accommodation offers you the ability to suspend your agreement if travel restrictions make it impossible for you to travel to Melbourne. Secure your room now without the stress of lock-in contracts. Conditions apply.
My studies have been affected by COVID-19 and the 2019-2020 bushfires, will this be taken into consideration?
For domestic applicants, personal circumstances regarding impacts of the 2019-2020 bushfires and/or COVID-19 disruptions during 2020 will be considered by referencing your SEAS application under category 4, difficult circumstances and/or category 3, disability or medical condition.
Other frequently asked questions
In order to change any of your course or university application preferences simply head to the VTAC website, log in and update your application. You will not have to pay any additional fees.
You’re only able to change your preferences during the VTAC change of preference timeframes. Deadlines are dependent on the type of application you have submitted including whether you are a domestic, international or International Baccalaureate (IB) student.
Year 12 students have until 12pm, Thursday 21 January to amend their course preference for consideration for the February offer round 1 domestic.
Throughout December our student advisers and academic staff are available for phone consultations and will be presenting online course information sessions. See our events program for more details.
There are many factors to consider when updating your course preferences. You may find you have a few questions before and after you receive your final results. Our team at Stop 1 are available via phone, email and live chat to answer your questions about specific course details, the Melbourne curriculum, scholarships, equity programs, University Accommodation or guaranteed graduate study pathways and more.
Stop 1 extended hours
- Wednesday 30 December 2020, 9am – 5pm AEDT
- Thursday 31 December 2020, 9am – 5pm AEDT
- Friday 1 January 2021 (CLOSED)
- Saturday 2 January 2021, 10am – 5pm AEDT
- Sunday 3 January 2021 (CLOSED)
We’re looking forward to increasing our campus-based in-person teaching and learning, study and social activities throughout 2021, and most importantly, welcoming you back to our campuses across Victoria. Find out about our plans for a phased and COVIDSafe return to campus.
Unique to the Melbourne curriculum, you'll explore subjects outside your core study area – we call this breadth. Tailor your course to fit your individual passions and career ambitions. You may choose to take a single subject in something you’ve always been curious about; or take a sequence of three or more subjects called a breadth track.
Breadth can help you develop knowledge and skills that will compliment your career goals. For example, if you're studying science, communications and media breadth subjects will help you to write for journals and reports. Alternatively, learn a language, tap into your musical side or deep-dive into cultural studies. The choice is yours.
Yes, the University offers the following entry guarantees and packages for students applying for 2021 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 an International Fee Place in both their undergraduate and graduate programs.
Check out our full list of available Graduate Degree Packages along with further entry requirements.
Who can apply for a Graduate Degree Package?
Graduate Degree Packages are open to domestic and international school leavers applying for study at Melbourne in 2021. 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 an International Fee Place place in both their undergraduate and graduate programs.
Will Access Melbourne and other special entry access schemes be taken into consideration for my Graduate Degree Package application?
Access Melbourne and other 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.
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 bachelors 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. If you would like to be considered for the single undergraduate degree, you'll need to include this separate VTAC code in your list of preferences.
Yes, we are 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 an 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 (SEAS), Access Melbourne.
What is Access Melbourne?
Access Melbourne is the University of Melbourne’s Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) for domestic applicants. SEAS applications for 2021 entry closed in VTAC in October 2020.
Access Melbourne ensures that a student’s unique personal circumstances, such as financial hardship, medical conditions, or location, are considered when your course application is assessed. Mature‐aged students and Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander applicants may also be eligible. If you have applied for Access Melbourne, depending on what categories you apply under, you could benefit from guaranteed entry to one of our participating bachelors degrees or you may be offered a place at Melbourne even if your ATAR is below the published minimum (subject to meeting course prerequisites).
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 Year 12 school leavers in Australia.
You’ll 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 a guaranteed Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) in one of the University’s professional masters degrees, for students who meet all course prerequisites and entry requirements. Domestic and international school leavers are eligible for this scholarship.
Most Melbourne scholarships are considered automatically as part of your application, but some can require a separate application.
Check your faculty website and search on the scholarships website to discover all scholarships you could be eligible for.
What is the Diploma in General Studies?
The Diploma in General Studies (DiGS) is taught at our Dookie campus in regional Victoria and offers a pathway to enter the Bachelor of Arts, Agriculture, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design or Science at the University of Melbourne. DiGS willhelp 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 for 2021 is 50.00. This program is only available for domestic students.
What are the Bachelor of Arts (Extended) and the Bachelor of Science (Extended) degrees?
Designed for motivated and aspiring Australian Indigenous students who have not obtained the results for direct entry into the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science. These courses aim to build a strong foundation for future 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’ll also receive support through the Murrup Barak centre and will live in one of the residential colleges affiliated with the University of Melbourne. Eligible students who receive an ATAR score of 50.00+ are encouraged to apply.