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Dual admission

What is dual admission?

Dual admission means being admitted to more than one award course at the same time. Students require faculty approval to be admitted to more than one award course at a time, except for concurrent diplomas and pre-approved course combinations (see Pre-approved course combinations).

An award course is any certificate, diploma or degree course (including bachelor, master and doctoral degrees).

When is dual admission permitted?

Dual admission is only available to graduate students.

Dual admission is never permitted for two undergraduate courses, except for the combination of a bachelor degree and a concurrent diploma.

Please also see below for a summary of when dual admission is possible:

Preferred (primary) course

Additional (secondary) course

Is dual admission possible?

Graduate award course

Graduate award course

Yes – only with approval from faculties

Graduate award course

Undergraduate award course

Yes – only with approval from faculties

Undergraduate award course

Concurrent diploma

Yes – no additional approval required

Graduate award course

Concurrent diploma

Yes – only with Diploma in Languages (with approval). Please check the eligibility table here.


It is also not possible to be approved for dual admissions if undertaking certain courses in certain faculties:

Preferred (primary) course

Additional (secondary) course

Is dual admission possible?

Undergraduate or graduate award course in the Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate or graduate award course in the Faculty of Arts

The Faculty of Arts does not generally approve dual admission. Students wishing to be dually admitted need to demonstrate exceptional and compelling circumstances.

Juris Doctor

  • Undergraduate award course
  • Graduate award course


  • Undergraduate award course – No, the Law School does not permit dual admission of the Juris Doctor with any undergraduate degree

  • Graduate award course- Students wishing to be need to demonstrate exceptional and compelling circumstances

Graduate award course

The same graduate award course but a different specialisation

No- Unless transferring between courses, students will not normally be permitted to be admitted to two specialisations of the same course


Pre-approved course combinations

Dual admission has been pre-approved for the following course combinations:

  • Doctor of Medicine (MC-DMED) and Master of Public Health (244CW)
  • Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Professional Leadership and Management (GD-VPLMGT) and Graduate Diploma in Agribusiness for Veterinarians (GD-AGRBUSV)
  • Graduate Diploma in Veterinary Professional Leadership and Management (GD-VPLMGT) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (MC-DVETMED)
  • Master of Clinical Optometry (MC-CLINOPT) and nested Specialist Certificates
  • Master of Business Administration (MC-BAPT) and Master of Marketing (294PN)
  • A graduate award course and the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Learning and Leadership
  • A graduate science award course and the Graduate Certificate in Professional Skills for Scientists (GC-PROFSC)
  • An award course and Professional Certificate in University Teaching (697AA)
  • An award course and Professional Certificate in Introductory Academic Programs (PR-IAP)

Dual admission approval is not required for concurrent diplomas. Applications are managed through a separate process. Please refer to the concurrent diplomas FAQ for more information.
You also do not need additional approval to take Community Access Program (CAP) subjects alongside an award course. For information about applying to take CAP subjects, please refer to the single subject study website.

How do I request dual admission approval?

To request permission, please use the Dual Admission Application form.

You will be asked for your preferred (primary) course, which is the course you will remain admitted to if your request is not approved. You should also outline reasons for requesting dual admission.

Stop 1 will request faculty approval on your behalf based on the information you provide in your application. You do not need to seek approval yourself. If you believe you have already received approval for dual admission, please attach this documentation to your request. Note that lecturers, supervisors and heads of school cannot approve dual admission. Only representatives of the Dean can approve dual admission.

I’m intending to take a leave of absence from one course to study another course. Do I still need to apply for dual admission approval?

Yes. While you are on a leave of absence you are still considered admitted to your course and need appropriate approval to study another award course. You must still apply for dual admission approval.

style="line-height:107%">Students admitted to a concurrent diploma do not need dual admission approval but may have other requirements regarding their leave. Please refer to the concurrent diplomas page for more information.

I’m not sure if I need to apply for dual admission. Who should I contact?

If you are unsure whether you need dual admission approval, please submit a Dual Admission Application form. Stop 1 staff will advise you whether you need approval, and if faculty approval is required, Stop 1 staff will seek approval on your behalf.

Are there any additional requirements I must fulfil if I’m approved for dual admission?

Yes. You must meet the enrolment requirements for each course individually. This means you must be enrolled in at least one subject in each course in each half-year period, or apply for a leave of absence for any half-year period where you do not intend to enrol in subjects.

Additionally, If you intend to study more than 50 points in any semester (or more than 25 points in Summer or Winter term) across both of your courses, you must apply to overload via the enrolment variation form.

If I’m not approved for dual admission, will I be withdrawn from the additional course?

If you are not approved for dual admission you will be withdrawn from your non-primary course. You will receive a notification with a date that your course will be withdrawn. Any subjects you are enrolled in for that course will also be withdrawn.

What alternatives are there to dual admission?

The University offers a number of course planning resources that can help you get the most out of your course. Use these resources to plan out your next steps. We recommend speaking to a course adviser before applying for admission to an additional course.