Full Time vs. Part Time
Most degree programs at the university can be studied either full time or part time*, however there may be some facts about full and part time study that you may not be aware of. Firstly, let’s look at the difference between the two:
- Part time study includes 10 to 20 units per semester or trimester
- Full time study involves a minimum of 30 units or above per semester or trimester
It is important to remember that if you are a domestic student, most programs will allow you to switch between full and part time* as you need to. Often, dropping your workload is an effective way to handle your study if you didn't do too well the semester before. Lowering the number of units you are studying allows you the chance to get back on top of your studies. Remember, thirty units is still a full time load. If you are having trouble with your studies but do not want to drop to part time (in order to continue receiving Centrelink benefits, for example), 30 units is a good alternative. If your program offers part time enrolment*, it is worthwhile speaking with your Program Officer as they will be able to assist you with subject selection. Courses often have assumed knowledge and requisites and your Program Officer can advise you of your best choices.
Many students feel pressure to finish their degree within a certain amount of time, and as such they can often attempt 50 units- especially if they have received a fail the semester before and feel the need to 'catch up'. In the vast majority of cases, attempting 50 units after receiving a fail in the last semester is rarely successful. It is strongly recommended that anyone considering 50 units speak to their program convenor or a student advisor beforehand.
If you are an international student, it is important that you enrol in the correct amount of units per semester as detailed by your VISA requirements**. If you are unsure about your responsibilities regarding your enrolment, visit the ESOS website.
* Please speak with your Program Officer before enrolling part-time in your degree as some programs do have full-time restrictions.
** You must speak with ESOS before changing your study load.