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Majors, minors and specialisations

A minor sequence, major sequence or specialisation is an approved group of related units, which when successfully completed to satisfy your course requirements, is listed on your academic transcript.

Not all courses include major or minor sequences or specialisations. Some courses have a prescribed set of units that must be completed to satisfy course requirements and structure.

To find out if your course has a major or minor sequence or specialisation, please see the University Handbook for the year you commenced your course.

If you have questions about your course requirements and structure, you can contact Student Central and speak with a student adviser.

Minor sequence

A minor sequence is a group of related units approved by a Faculty Board and listed on your course entry in the University Handbook. Minor sequences are taken over two levels and amount to a minimum of four credit points. A minor sequence will not appear on your testamur, but will appear on your academic transcript.

Major sequence

A major sequence is a group of related units (a unit set) in a particular area or academic discipline at the undergraduate level. It is approved by an Academic Board and listed on your course entry in the University Handbook. A major sequence may comprise either 6 or 8 units. A successfully completed major sequence will be listed on your testamur and academic transcript.

Some courses allow more than one major sequence and it depends on your course rules as to how many you can do and whether you can use a unit towards more than one major. It’s always best to speak with a student adviser in Student Central to discuss the rules for your course and your options.

Specialisation

A specialisation is a group of related units, which are usually a further study within a particular area or field of study at postgraduate level. Where offered, specialisations are listed on your course entry in the University Handbook. A successfully completed specialisation will appear on your testamur and academic transcript.

You can change your specialisation, but it may mean you need to study additional units to complete your course. This will have an impact on your fees, especially if you have a Commonwealth supported place. You should contact a student adviser in Student Central to discuss this.

How to add a major, minor or specialisation in StudentConnect

To add, modify or withdraw a minor sequence, major sequence or specialisation, go to StudentConnect and click 'enrol in unit/course'. Follow the steps to access your minors, majors and specialisations. You can view your progress under the 'course and unit details'.

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