Redefine your potential

Develop your general education in science, business, agriculture and environments; and take your first step toward building a career with lasting impact. The Diploma in General Studies provides a pathway to select undergraduate degrees at Melbourne.

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Where can the Diploma in General Studies take you?

The Diploma in General Studies is your chance to explore your options, meet our undergraduate course prerequisites, up-skill with a Certificate III, or gain credit towards a University of Melbourne degree.

This one-year program offers a range of subjects in science, business, agriculture and the environments. You’ll explore how businesses make decisions, what makes animals and plants grow and thrive, how a good manager works, ways we can make our lives more sustainable, and more.

This Diploma may be used as a pathway to the Bachelor of Agriculture, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design or Science. If you’re eligible for Access Melbourne, you may also be eligible for guaranteed entry to one of these undergraduate degrees based on your academic achievement upon graduating from your Diploma.

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Entry requirements


These are the subjects (with minimum scores) you must have completed to be eligible for entry to this course. For most applicants this will be done by with the relevant Australian Year 12 subject.

Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 20 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 25 in EAL.

Not available to International students or Domestic students studying outside Australia. Applicants may be required to attend an interview, complete a test, or supply referee reports or employer references as part of the selection process.

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Minimum ATAR 2021


Lowest selection rank 2020


Lowest ATAR selected 2020

Explore your campus

The Diploma in General Studies is taught at our Dookie campus. A living laboratory, at Dookie campus you'll benefit from a real-world research farm, a working winery, brewery, orchid, natural bush reserve and more.

Destination Australia Scholarships

The Destination Australia Program is designed to support students to study in regional Australia, and to offer students a high-quality learning experience in regional environments.

In 2020, we offered 15 Destination Australia Scholarships to Diploma in General Studies students.

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Meet Diploma in General Studies student and Destination Australia Scholarship awardee, Alex Lovel

When Alex discovered he would be taking his Diploma in General Studies classes from home due to social distancing, he was worried he’d find it hard to stay on top of study. But a few weeks into the University’s, ‘virtual campus’ model, Alex says he and his classmates are finding benefits to this new way of learning.
“The lecturers made the transition incredibly easy, ensuring we get notifications of when our online sessions are, and keeping us updated on assignments and tasks we have to complete.”

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