Study areas

At Melbourne, we offer single subject study in a huge variety of areas. Whether it's early childhood education, music theatre or bushfire management, you're sure to find a single subject that suits your goals and interests.

First check if the study area that you are interested in is included in the list below. Next identify individual subjects within that area in which you are interested, by referring to the University’s Handbook.

Then contact the University to confirm if individual subjects from the Handbook are available for CAP/single subject study enrolments in 2016.


  • Architecture, Design and Built Environments

    Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning

    CAP enrolments are welcome in most of the Bachelor of Environments' subjects, enabling students to turn theory into practice by applying the skills they have learnt to real-world problems. The diversity of specialisations and opportunities within the degree allows a wide range of connections with industry and community and incorporates a variety of learning experiences including lectures and tutorial classes, design studios, field camps, laboratory sessions, site visits, workshops and community projects.

    Subjects can be taken for general interest, to enhance your career development or to prepare for the Bachelor of Environments. Single subjects are also popular with professionals wishing to update their skills for new or future roles.

    Study areas:

    • Constructing Environments
    • Designing Environments
    • Governing Environments
    • Mapping Environments
    • Natural Environments
    • Reshaping Environments
    • Urban Environments
    • Virtual Environments

    Year level:Undergraduate

    Website: benvs.unimelb.edu.au


    Melbourne School of Design

    CAP enrolments are welcome in most of the Melbourne School of Design's subjects, which are popular with those seeking a better understanding of cities and spaces, buildings and communities, and the systems that support and construct them.

    Subjects can be taken for general interest, to enhance your career development or to prepare for the Master of Architecture. Single subjects are also popular with professionals wishing to update their skills for new or future roles.

    Study areas:

    • Architectural History
    • Architectural Design
    • Architectural Heritage and Conservation
    • Architectural Theory
    • Construction Management
    • Construction Technology
    • Landscape Architecture Design, History and Theory
    • Project Management
    • Property Studies
    • Urban Planning, Design and Theory

    Year level: Graduate

    Website: msd.unimelb.edu.au

  • Arts

    Faculty of Arts

    The Faculty of Arts is committed to enhancing the intellectual and cultural life of the community through continuing education. Arts study encourages original and informed opinions, and enables the development of valuable skills in research, analysis and communication across an extensive range of subjects at both beginner and advanced levels.

    Arts education is open and inclusive. The majority of first-year subjects have no prerequisites, and many open the door to higher-level study. Graduate subjects are also available for those who have completed previous tertiary study.

    Study areas:

    • Humanities
    • Languages
    • Social Sciences

    Year level: Undergraduate

    Note: Final approval in all language subjects will take place after the completion of proficiency tests by the relevant teaching department.

    Website: ba.unimelb.edu.au/pathways/single-subject


    Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

    The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences is a specialised graduate school designed to provide you with the ability to interpret and deal with real-world situations, and skills to make a positive impact on the world.

    Our graduates secure careers in a diverse range of industries in the private and public sectors.

    Study areas:

    • Humanities
    • Languages
    • Social Sciences

    Year level: Graduate

    Website: graduate.arts.unimelb.edu.au


    Melbourne School of Government

    The new Melbourne School of Government is designed to inspire and equip individuals to make a difference on a global scale. Through rigorous research, teaching and debate, we convert shared knowledge into collective wisdom influencing politics and decision-making to improve future outcomes.

    Year level: Graduate

    Website: government.unimelb.edu.au

  • Business and Economics

    Faculty of Business and Economics

    The Faculty of Business and Economics offers a diverse range of subjects as single subject enrolments. These may be undertaken to meet specific professional body requirements (e.g. accounting or actuarial studies) or to enhance your knowledge in a particular area of interest.

    Study areas:

    • Accounting
    • Actuarial Studies
    • Business Analysis and Systems
    • E-commerce
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Management
    • Marketing

    Year level: Undergraduate

    Website: fbe.unimelb.edu.au


    Melbourne Business School

    The Melbourne Business School is an internationally leading centre of business education, research and innovation. Our graduates are highly employable, with strong technical capabilities and the capacity to create apply their knowledge to real-world challenges.

    Please note, subjects in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) are not available as single subject enrolments.

    Study areas:

    • Accounting
    • Actuarial Studies
    • Business Analysis and Systems
    • E-commerce
    • Economics
    • Finance
    • Management
    • Marketing

    Year level: Graduate

    Website: http://mbs.unimelb.edu.au/study/single-subject

  • Education

    Melbourne Graduate School of Education

    Single subject enrolment enables you to access the latest educational research and knowledge in a particular subject area without enrolling in a full degree program.

    You don't need to be a teacher to benefit – our subjects span education policy to gender studies, sports coaching to child development. If you're considering a career in education and training, studying a single subject can give you a taste for teaching and learning. Alternatively, if you're already an established educator, you may use single subjects to engage in lifelong learning and fulfil professional development obligations.

    Study areas:

    • Arts education
    • Curriculum and pedagogy
    • Digital technologies in education
    • Early childhood education
    • Equity, youth and identity
    • Language and literacy education
    • Mathematics education
    • Science and environmental education
    • Thinking, knowledge and creativity
    • Gifted education

    Note: Master of Teaching subjects are not available as single subjects through CAP.

    Year level: Graduate

    Note: Master of Teaching subjects are not available as single subjects through CAP. in 2016.

    Website: education.unimelb.edu.au/futurestudents

  • Engineering and IT

    Melbourne School of Engineering

    The Melbourne School of Engineering is a graduate school providing world leadership in engineering and information technology education. We foster and develop creativity through design, innovation, and collaboration with industry and the wider community. Whether you would like to try an introductory engineering or information technology subject, build up the prerequisites to undertake studies in engineering or information technology at undergraduate or postgraduate level, or expand your expertise, Melbourne School of Engineering has something for you.

    Study areas:

    • Biomedical engineering
    • Chemical and biochemical engineering
    • Civil and structural engineering
    • Computer science and software engineering
    • Electrical engineering
    • Environmental engineering
    • Spatial information
    • Information systems and informatics
    • Mechanical and mechatronic engineering

    Year level:

    • Undergraduate (limited undergraduate subjects are available)
    • Graduate

    Website: eng.unimelb.edu.au/study/single-subjects.html


    Melbourne School of Information

    The Melbourne School of Information is your gateway to IT study at Melbourne.

    Year level:

    • Undergraduate (limited undergraduate subjects are available)
    • Graduate

    Website: msi.unimelb.edu.au

  • Environment, Agriculture and Primary Industries

    Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

    Studying agricultural science at the University of Melbourne gives you the skills and knowledge to apply science to significant real-world issues such as climate change and food sustainability.

    Study areas:

    • Agricultural science and agribusiness
    • Animal science and welfare
    • Bushfire management
    • Climate change politics and policy
    • Forest ecology and management
    • Food science, safety, quality and regulation
    • Human and physical geography
    • Horticulture and landscape design
    • Hydrology
    • Viticulture and winemaking

    Year levels:

    • Undergraduate
    • Graduate

    Website: fvas.unimelb.edu.au

  • Health Sciences

    Undergraduate Biomedical Sciences

    Study areas:

    • Anatomy
    • Biochemistry
    • Microbiology and Immunology
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology

    Year level:

    • Undergraduate

    Note: Some subjects are quota limited and have very strict application deadlines, as outlined on the MDHS website.

    Website: mdhs.unimelb.edu.au


    Medicine

    The prestigious Melbourne Medical School has a striking record of achievement. The School, established in 1862, is the oldest medical school in Australia and our graduates include Nobel Prize winners. It is situated in the 'Parkville precinct', in close proximity to eight major hospitals and 12 research institutions where students have access to the latest information in medical science, world-renowned clinicians and practitioners.

    Study areas:

    • Anatomy
    • Biochemistry and molecular biology
    • Microbiology and immunology
    • Pathology
    • Pharmacology
    • Physiology

    Year levels:

    • Graduate

    Available subjects: Please contact the Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Student Centre for more information about the single subjects that are available to CAP students in 2014.

    For individual subject information, please visit the University Handbook.

    Contact details:


    Nursing

    The Department of Nursing was established in 1996 with a focus on postgraduate and specialist clinical education. Nursing at the Melbourne School of Health Sciences offers registered nurses the opportunity to advance professional knowledge by undertaking a single subject before committing to enrolling in the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice. A select number of single subjects can be undertaken which, when successfully completed, will be credited to the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.

    Study areas:

    • Applications of clinical pharmacology
    • Pharmacology and therapeutics
    • Preceptorship for nurses

    Year level: Graduate

    Website: nursing.unimelb.edu.au


    Physiotherapy

    Physiotherapy in the Melbourne School of Health Sciences offers qualified physiotherapists the opportunity to advance professional knowledge and skills under the guidance of leading academics and practitioners in a range of specialist areas of physiotherapy.

    We are renowned within Australia and internationally for the quality of our teaching and our contribution to the profession through research and knowledge transfer and exchange. Our outstanding academic programs are informed by current best evidence, and you will benefit from a friendly and supportive learning environment.

    Study areas:

    • Academic writing and ethics
    • Dry needling for physiotherapists
    • Musculoskeletal and sports theory
    • Musculoskeletal disorders in women (may run every second year only)
    • Radiology and pharmacology for physiotherapists
    • Research methods

    Year level:Graduate

    Website: physioth.unimelb.edu.au


    Population Health

    The School of Population and Global Health offers expertise in traditional public health sciences, social sciences, ethics and medical humanities, as well as in newer molecular and genetic epidemiologic disciplines.

    Our diverse range of subjects allow you to explore different approaches to contemporary population health issues, as well as traditional public health areas of communicable and chronic diseases.

    Study areas:

    • Biostatistics
    • Epidemiology
    • Gender and women's health
    • Global health
    • Health promotion
    • Health economics/economic evaluation
    • Health program evaluation
    • Indigenous health
    • Public health policy
    • Public health leadership and management
    • Reproductive and sexual health

    Year level: Graduate

    Website: sph.unimelb.edu.au


    Psychology

    Psychology as a discipline embraces a wide range of perspectives and approaches that contribute to the scientific study and understanding of behaviour, especially human behaviour. Studying psychology opens up a variety of opportunities – you will gain a strong foundation for your career or for further professional training or studies. In addition, you will be equipped with a range of transferable skills that can be applied within diverse employment settings and educational opportunities.

    Study areas:

    • Clinical science (clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology)
    • Cognitive and behavioural neuroscience (perception, development of speech, psychology of language, decision making, attention, motor control, psychophysiology)
    • Quantitative psychology
    • Social psychology (attitudes and social cognition, self, group processes, social identity, conflict resolution and applications in industrial/organisational contexts)

    Year levels:

    • Undergraduate
    • Graduate

    Available subjects: Please refer to the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences website for more information about the single subjects that are available to CAP students: psych.unimelb.edu.au/study/community-access-program

    Please note that fourth year Psychology subjects are not available to CAP students, with the exception of applicants who have a written recommendation from the Australian Psychological Society indicating that they need to complete fourth year subjects for registration purposes. Contact the fourth year Psychology Coordinator for further information: psych.unimelb.edu.au/contact.

    Website: psych.unimelb.edu.au/study/community-access-program


    Social Work

    Social work education at the University of Melbourne has a long and distinguished history. Established in 1941, the department trains social workers to be strong ethically, professionally and academically. Many of our alumni have gone on to assume leadership positions across the broader community.

    Our current students continue to demonstrate leadership, further enhancing our reputation within the discipline. Social work at Melbourne links you with well-qualified, experienced, research active and accessible teachers, with strong ties to the profession and community services. You may undertake selected single subjects in social work for various reasons – to get an insight into a career in social work or to gain specialised professional development.

    Year level:Graduate

    Website: socialwork.unimelb.edu.au

  • Law

    Melbourne Law School

    Melbourne Law School is an international leader in legal education. We have a rich tradition of excellence and an outstanding reputation for quality teaching and research. In 2015, Melbourne Law School was ranked 1 in Australia and 8 in the world according to the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

    Study areas:
    The Melbourne Law Masters offers approximately 160 subjects each year of the highest quality across 23 areas of specialisation. Most subjects are taught intensively, over five business days, for the convenience of students from across Australia. Melbourne Law Masters subjects are also available as single subjects and offer insights into developments at the cutting-edge of law. They may also meet continuing professional development requirements. Subjects can be taken with or without assessment and are an ideal opportunity for students to experience the program and our outstanding teaching staff - the Melbourne Law Masters has an outstanding cohort of teachers including almost 100 leading practitioners and judges; more than 60 visiting international experts and Melbourne Law School’s own highly skilled faculty.

    Note: Melbourne Juris Doctor subjects are not available as single subjects through CAP.

    Year level: Graduate

    Available subjects:

    For a list of Melbourne Law Masters subjects and individual subject information visit: law.unimelb.edu.au/masters/courses-and-subjects/subjects/.

    For individual Breadth subject information, please consult the University Handbook.

    Contact details:

  • Music, Visual and Performing Arts

    Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

    The Faculty of the VCA and MCM offers students the opportunity to study in a diverse range of artistic disciplines through the Community Access Program. Subjects are available at both undergraduate and graduate levels at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at Parkville and the Victorian College of the Arts at Southbank.

    Study areas:

    • Art
    • Community cultural development
    • Film and television
    • Music (classical and contemporary)
    • Music theatre

    Year levels:

    • Undergraduate
    • Graduate (coursework)

    Victorian College of the Arts website: vca-mcm.unimelb.edu.au/singlesubject


    Melbourne Conservatorium of Music website: conservatorium.unimelb.edu.au/future_students/cap

  • Science

    Faculty of Science

    The Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne is one of the oldest science faculties in Australia. We provide a range of teaching and graduate training programs and community services, based on a solid foundation of research in the pure and applied sciences. Through the quality of our research and teaching, the Faculty of Science enjoys a strong reputation both nationally and internationally.

    The high academic standards of the Faculty ensure students develop the strong quantitative, problem solving and numerical skills sought by employers in a range of industries and research fields.

    Study areas:

    • Biology
    • Botany
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Sciences
    • Genetics
    • Mathematics and statistics
    • Optometry and vision sciences
    • Physics
    • Zoology

    Year level: Undergraduate

    Website: bsc.unimelb.edu.au


    Melbourne Graduate School of Science

    The Melbourne Graduate School of Science is part of a world class, internationally recognised institution which offers a wide range of both coursework and research programs.

    In an increasingly competitive world graduates need a competitive advantage. Students have a range of choices at the coursework level which include Graduate Certificates through to Master of Science by coursework programs. A graduate research degree allows you to engage in sustained independent enquiry, carried out under the direction of a supervising academic.

    Study areas:

    • Applied Science
    • Biology
    • Botany
    • Chemistry
    • Earth sciences
    • Genetics
    • Mathematics and statistics
    • Optometry and vision sciences
    • Physics
    • Pure Science
    • Zoology

    Year level: Graduate

    Website: graduate.science.unimelb.edu.au

  • Veterinary Science

    Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

    The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Melbourne was the first veterinary science school in Australia, with 100 years of experience and a ground-breaking, internationally-accredited veterinary science program. Our Faculty also conducts important research projects and offers world-class research degrees. We boast a state of the art Veterinary Hospital, dedicated and experienced staff, national and international links in veterinary medicine and research, and a passionate and diverse student body.

    Study areas:

    • Veterinary Clinical Skills
    • Wildlife Management
    • Avian Health
    • Veterinary Public Health
    • Animals in Production Systems

    Year levels:

    • Undergraduate
    • Graduate

    Website: fvas.unimelb.edu.au

Contact the University

We encourage prospective single subject study/CAP applicants to first consult the University Handbook to find subjects in their field of interest.

The Handbook will also indicate if individual subjects have prerequisites or are quota subjects (with a restricted number of places available) – it is important to note that prerequisite and quota details, if relevant, are applicable to single subject study/CAP applicants.

Prospective single subject study/CAP applicants should also refer to the Faculty and Graduate School websites that are listed above.

After you have identified and researched individual subjects, please contact the University to confirm if those individual subjects are available for CAP/single subject study enrolments:

Student Services Centre

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352) International: +61 3 9035 5511

Email: via ask.unimelb.edu.au/app/contact

Or visit the relevant Student Centre in person: studentcentre.unimelb.edu.au