Credit and recognition of prior learning

Credit towards a course for previous learning may include credit transfer and recognition of prior learning.

Credit transfer – Granting of credit towards a course, on the basis of a course or unit(s) previously completed at a recognised tertiary institution.

Recognition of prior learning – Granting of credit towards a course, on the basis of non-accredited formal study such as professional development, on-the-job training or work experience or similar informal learning.

The faculty will grant credit for previous learning where this learning is assessed as equivalent to Monash University study, subject to the conditions and limits stated below:

  • no more than 50 per cent of the course's required credit points will be given through credit transfer
  • no more than 25 per cent of the course's required credit points will be given as recognition of prior learning
  • no credit will be granted for work completed more than 5 years prior to admission

Note:

  • Some units may require a specific minimum mark to be achieved for credit to be granted. For example, credit for units PGC5001 Evidence based practice and MPH5020 Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics can only be given towards the 3454 - Master of Clinical Pharmacy or the 2985 Master of Wound Care if the student achieved a minimum mark of 65%. Pease refer to the Handbook for additional information.

Monash University Credit Policy

How to apply

1. Complete a credit application form (PDF, 0.26 MB).
2. For units not completed at Monash University, attach a copy of your academic results and unit syllabus (unit synopsis, assessment, number of hours, textbooks used).
3. If applying for recognition of prior learning, attach your learning portfolio – see our portfolio preparation guidelines (PDF, 0.05 MB).
4. Lodge your credit application with your online course application.

We usually take 10 working days to assess credit transfer requests and 20 working days for recognition-of-prior-learning requests, but we might require more time during peak admission and enrolment times.

You'll be notified of your credit assessment in your course offer letter.