Concurrent diploma

Diploma in Languages (GSHSS)

  • CRICOS code: 065143C

Course overview

  • 2 years part time / 1 year full time
  • On Campus (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • Summer intake – January, start year intake – February and mid-year intake - July


The Diploma in Languages is one of five concurrent diplomas offered to students enrolled in a bachelor degree at the University of Melbourne. There are 12 languages available to study. In your graduate course, the Diploma in Languages is the only concurrent diploma that you can apply for.

Learn a language by studying the Diploma in Languages alongside your degree at the University of Melbourne. The Diploma in Languages can be taken by students without previous language training, or by those seeking to develop existing language skills.

Studying a language through the Diploma in Languages enables you to focus on your desired field of study without missing out on the opportunity to improve your competitiveness in the international career market with a language qualification.

Domestic students enrolled in a Graduate Coursework or Research Higher Degree (RHD) program will have access to Commonwealth Supported Places in the Diploma in Languages. International Graduate Coursework and RHD students will attract international undergraduate fees for the Diploma in Languages.

Specialisations include Ancient Greek, Arabic Studies, Chinese Studies, French Studies, German Studies, Hebrew, Indonesian Studies, Italian Studies, Japanese Studies, Latin, Russian Studies and Spanish and Latin American Studies.

What is a Concurrent Diploma?

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification that enables you to develop detailed knowledge in an area outside your main study discipline and can enhance your employability options. A concurrent diploma consists of 100 credit points and usually involves an additional one year of full-time study. Concurrent diplomas are undertaken at the same time as your degree. If you complete a concurrent diploma, you will graduate with two separate qualifications: your degree and your diploma.

Please note: Graduate students may only apply to study the Diploma in Languages concurrently with a graduate course. Not all Masters by Coursework degrees allow for concurrent diplomas. For graduate students from a Faculty other than Arts, the Diploma of Languages application must be accompanied with the approval of your course coordinator. Faculty of Arts graduate students do not need to provide the approval from the course coordinator.