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Points and Courses
What are credit points and how do they relate to my course requirements?
The University of Melbourne operates on a common points system.
|Load type||Standard credit points||Standard number of subjects|
|Single subject||12.5 points||1 subject|
|Single Semester||50 points||4 subjects|
|Full year||100 points||8 subjects|
Please note: some subjects have non-standard credit point weightings (anywhere between 6.25 and 100 credit points).
Not only do courses require you to complete an overall amount of credit points to graduate (see section below on different degree types). They usually also have rules about completing certain amounts of credit points from particular categories or lists of subjects. For example, stipulating minimum and/or maximum points from:
- core or compulsory subjects
- certain areas of study
- certain levels of study
Such course rules are found in the University Handbook under relevant entries for your course (and any majors, minors or specialisations you may be taking).
Why are subjects worth different credit points?
Standard subjects are worth 12.5 credit points, however there are some subjects worth anywhere between 6.25 and 100 credit points. Generally speaking, the number of credit points that a subject is worth is related to the workload involved in taking the subject. The expected workload involved for a 25 point subject would be roughly double that of a 12.5 point subject. A 6.25 point subject would equate to half the workload of a standard subject.
Points Required for different degree types
|Degree Type||Points Required|
|3-year Bachelor Degree||300 points|
|4-year Bachelor Degree||400 points|
|Honours Degree||100 points (above Bachelor requirements)|
|Graduate Certificate||50 points|
|Graduate Diploma||100/150 points (depending on the course)|
|Masters by coursework||100/150/200 points (depending on the course)|
Consult the University Handbook to see the point structure requirements for your course.