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A course, whether it is for a degree or diploma, is made up of a number of units of study. Each unit is worth 10 credit points.
Full-time domestic undergraduate and postgraduate students at Macquarie University study between 30 to 40 credit points per session:
30 credit points are accepted as the minimum full-time load per session and 40 credit points are the maximum that domestic students can study per session.
Credit overload refers to the possibility for students to study more than the standard number of credit points per study period. You will need academic approval if you wish to enrol in more than the standard number of credit points.
For more information or to apply, visit the credit overload page.
International students are required to take four units (40 credit points) in each compulsory study period. This is because student visa holders are required to complete their course within a set period of time, indicated by your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). The course duration is based on a full-time study load.
If you experience academic difficulties or situations which are considered to be compassionate or compelling, then you may be eligible to reduce your study load.
If you wish to request to reduce your study load submit a form via AskMQ.
Generally, our unit levels are:
Visit the Course Handbook to view the full list of units.
Consider the following when choosing units: