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Flexible study

We understand that you might want to build your degree a little differently. You might be working or have family commitments and not be able to attend every class. You might want to study a single subject, take classes over the summer holidays, or fast-track your degree.

Explore the options that could make uni work for you. As always, check your course information to see if your course has flexible study options.

Part-time study

Studying part-time is a great option if you're already working or have other commitments that take up a lot of your time. You may be able to study 1 or 2 units each semester. Your degree will take you longer to complete, but you can do it at a pace that is more suited to your needs.

International students can't study part-time.

Studying outside of working hours

If you work full-time and can't be on campus during the day, some units may hold classes outside of work hours. To find out if the units you're interested in are offered after hours, you'll be able to check the subject details for timetable information or contact the unit coordinator once you're enrolled.

External study

Some of our courses are offered online, with lecture notes and learning materials available for download. You'll complete assessment and submit it online. Other external courses are offered through correspondence, where your learning materials will be sent through the mail. You'll receive the same education as internal students, without having to be on campus.

Summer semester

The summer semester is a shorter teaching period that usually runs from late November until the last weeks of February. Units are taught in intensive blocks of classes, or in weekly classes. Get a head start on your course, catch up on study you’ve missed or accelerate your learning during the summer semester. It’s also a great time to complete any project work you need to do.

Intensive study

Some courses offer units in an intensive block mode, which lets you complete the unit faster. These units are taught over shorter teaching periods, sometimes over five or six weeks, on several consecutive weekends, or intensively over a week.

Study an individual unit

If you are interested in studying a single subject, but don't want to enrol in an entire degree, you may be able to apply for single-unit study. Studying can be for professional or personal development, or can be a way to see if study suits your personal needs before committing to a whole degree.

Explore our short courses and individual units

Fast-track your study

While students normally study four units each semester, you might choose to study five. This will allow you to complete your course faster. As long as the units you choose are part of your study plan, and you have met all the prerequisites, you can enrol in five units.

It may be possible to study more than five units (or 60 credit points) in one semester, but you'll need to get special permission from your faculty to do this.