Bridging and enabling studies

If you don't meet subject prerequisites or entry requirements for Melbourne degrees there are bridging and enabling programs you can study to qualify for entry.

Bridging programs

University of Melbourne English Language Bridging Program

If you're an International student and need to develop your English language and study skills before starting a degree at Melbourne, Hawthorn Melbourne offer a 10 week bridging program to prepare you for tertiary study.

See Hawthorn Melbourne – UMELBP

Bridging program for overseas-trained professionals

If you're an overseas-trained professional and need to undertake some study in order to meet the entry requirements to practise your profession in Australia, you may be eligible to enrol in a bridging program.

Students doing an approved bridging study for overseas-trained professionals with an Assessment Statement may be eligible for FEE-HELP.

See Bridging study – Study Assist

Enabling studies

If deemed eligible, you can undertake a subject in assessed mode through the Community Access Program (CAP) to qualify for initial entry to a Melbourne degree.

To do this you need to apply for single subject study and clearly indicate in your application that you're applying for an enabling offer (in the section "Purpose for Study"). There are a wide range of single subjects you can choose from, both at an undergraduate and graduate level. You can find these in the University of Melbourne Handbook.

Being accepted into an enabling single subject does not guarantee entry into Melbourne degrees.

Apply for single subjects

Enabling study eligibility and fees

To be considered for enabling studies, you need to be a domestic student and have evidence such as a conditional offer that requires you to complete a specific subject to satisfy course prerequisites.

For undergraduate degrees, you may be eligible for enabling study if:

Apply for single subject studies

For graduate degrees, you may be eligible for enabling study if:

  • you've included a conditional offer, in your single subject/CAP application, that clearly states you need to complete a specific single subject in order to qualify for entry into an award course, or
  • you provide a link to a website, in your single subject/CAP application, that clearly identifies the single subject you are applying for is a pre-requisite for an award course, or
  • you've included an official letter or email, in your CAP application, from the faculty or graduate school that clearly states the single subject/s you are applying for is a pre-requisite for an award course
  • you're applying for one of the eligible single subjects in the table below.

Subject name

Subject code

Course for which it may satisfy a prerequisite

Advanced Chemistry for BioSciences

CHEM10009

Doctor of Dental Surgery
Doctor of Medicine

Architecture Design Studio: Earth

ABPL20027

Master of Architecture

Architecture Design Studio: Water

ABPL20028

Master of Architecture

Architecture as Political History

ABPL30066

Master of Architecture

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

BCMB20002

Doctor of Dental Surgery
Doctor of Medicine

Biology of Cells and Organisms

BIOL10004

Doctor of Dental Surgery
Doctor of Medicine
Doctor of Physiotherapy

Chemistry 1

CHEM10003

Doctor of Dental Surgery
Doctor of Medicine

Chemistry 2

CHEM10004

Doctor of Dental Surgery
Doctor of Medicine

Formative Ideas in Architecture

ABPL30053

Master of Architecture

Foundations of Design: Representation

ARCH10001

Master of Architecture

Genetics and the Evolution of Life

BIOL10005

Doctor of Dental Surgery
Doctor of Medicine
Doctor of Physiotherapy

Global Foundations of Design

ABPL10004

Master of Architecture

Human Physiology

PHYS20008

Doctor of Dental Surgery
Doctor of Medicine
Doctor of Physiotherapy

Introduction to Architectural Design

ABPL30065

Master of Architecture

Modern Architecture: MoMo to PoMo

ABPL30050

Master of Architecture

Principles of Human Structure

ANAT20006

Doctor of Dental Surgery
Doctor of Medicine
Doctor of Physiotherapy

Apply for single subject studies

The following table illustrates the differences between standard CAP and Enabling study.

Enabling study

Community Access Program (CAP)

Available to

Australian citizens, humanitarian visa holders, some New Zealand citizens

All

Mode taken

Assessed

Assessed or non-assessed

Tuition fee

Same

Same

Payment of tuition fee

Eligible for FEE-HELP

Must be paid up-front

Tuition fee discounts (for University of Melbourne staff and their immediate families or for University of Melbourne alumni)

Not eligible

Eligible

Eligible for credit?

Not eligible (except in some instances for students who gained entry via the non-school leaver entry pathway)

Eligible in some instances. Please refer to Gaining credit for single subject study/CAP

To find out about more about fees, see Single subjects – fees and payments