Choosing units to study
While it may make more sense to study subjects (units) in line with your majors and minors back home, you're actually allowed to choose from any Monash faculty as long as you meet the individual unit requirements.
At Monash, we have 10 faculties to choose from:
The Monash handbook contains everything you'll need to know about every unit offered at Monash, including:
- unit code
- credit points
- study hours
- semester(s) offered
- campus(es) where the units are taught
- any prerequisites
- a description of what you'll study
- assessment requirements
You can find units to study in the handbook through browsing by faculty, or using the search function to find certain keywords in courses (degrees or programs), areas of study (majors or minors), or units at Monash. More information on what you can study at Monash is also available at our study options page.
We have also provided a list of pre-approved units, which are a collection of Monash units which you are automatically permitted to study as they have no or limited pre-requisites and other restrictions.
Each campus has their own strengths (for example, Parkville is all about pharmacy studies), and not everything is offered at every campus, so it's a good idea to check that the subjects you'd like to study are offered at the campus you want to attend.
Monash Course Finder may also be helpful when finding units. It's an online database of every degree offered by us, which you can use to navigate to individual unit details. You should be aware that the fee and application information in Course Finder does not apply to exchange and study abroad students.
Some units have restrictions that apply to exchange and study abroad students. Find out more at our page on academic considerations.
We highly recommend consulting the information on our academic considerations page when selecting units for your study plan.
The specifics about study at Monash
Under Australian visa rules, exchange or study abroad students must be enrolled in a full-time study load throughout their stay.
A normal full-time study load at Monash is 24 credit points (usually four units/subjects), but 18 credit points (usually three units/subjects) is permitted. You can't enrol in more than 24 credit points per semester.
The hours you'll spend in class and in self-directed study vary depending on the type of class you're taking (check the unit's handbook entry for specific details), but generally:
|Type of class||Contact hours per week|
All faculties at all Monash campuses use a common grading scale for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework units. When you complete your studies at Monash you will receive an official Monash transcript that will display the grades you earned in each unit.
|Grade||Percentage score||GPA value|
|High distinction (HD)||80 – 100%||4|
|Distinction (D)||70 – 79%||3|
|Credit (C)||60 – 69%||2|
|Pass (P)||50 – 59%||1|
The Monash University Grading Scale Policy gives you more detailed information about grade conversions, although your home university might convert grades using a different measure.
The Monash campus you attend may use different terminology to universities in your home country. Understanding these terms will help you when completing your study plan. For example "course" in your country may refer to single classes/units, while "course" at Monash refers to a whole degree or program (for example, a Bachelor of Arts).