Change of major, minor or specialisation

Change of major, minor or specialisation

Introduction

Most degrees at MQ require at least one major. This is known as your qualifying major and is necessary to successfully complete your degree. Any additional major/s you nominate are referred to as a further major.

A double degree may require two qualifying majors. Please note that not all degrees require completion of a major/minor and you will not be able to include a major/minor if your degree does not permit this. To check whether you need to complete a major/minor/stream/specialisation for your degree, please refer to the handbook for the year you commenced your degree or seek Program Advice.

What is a qualifying major?

A qualifying major is a structured sequence of units that focuses on an area of study that you want to achieve within your Bachelor degree in order to provide you with specialised knowledge in a particular subject area. The major you choose should represent your main interest, provided this is available within the degree you are admitted into.

For degrees that allow the completion of a major, you usually need to complete at least 24 credit points (or 8 units). Some majors will require further units to be completed.

If your degree requires completion of a qualifying major, this should be chosen from the available list of qualifying majors listed in the handbook for the year you commenced your degree. For example, if you commenced your degree in 2016, please refer to the 2016 online handbook.

* Please note: Only one qualifying major is permitted (with the exception of double degrees). If you wish to complete an additional major/s, please request this as a further major via the Change of Major form.

What is a further major?

A further major (or secondary major) is not essential for your degree however may be beneficial if you have additional interests outside your admitted degree. If you wish to change a further major you can do this at any time by submitting a Change of Major form.

* Please note: A further major can be any major currently offered at Macquarie University and listed in the Schedule of Majors

What is a minor?

A minor is similar to a major except that it is half the requirement of a major. A minor can be completed in addition to your major/s and should represent a secondary interest.

Your completed minor will be recorded on your academic transcript but not on your testamur when you graduate.

*Please note: Minors will not be displayed as its own separate structure in eStudent. Instead, you will need to enrol into the units that contribute to the minor by using your elective space. If you are unsure on what units to complete for the minor, please seek Program Advice from the relevant Faculty.

What is a stream?

A stream is a specific way to specialise in fields of engineering under the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) double degrees. This is an accreditation requirement from Engineers Australia for course admission from 2016 onward.

Students admitted to a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree from 2016 onwards are only permitted to undertake one stream within their degree. If you wish to change your stream please submit an AskMQ enquiry with Subject Line: Change of Stream for Bachelor of Engineering (Honours).

Additionally, students are not permitted to take secondary majors or minors within their elective space if they are admitted to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) single degree. Students in a double degree may continue to add secondary majors or minors within their double degree.

*Please note: There are no accreditation changes applicable to course commencements in the Bachelor of Engineering and associated double degrees from 2015 and prior. You may continue to follow the qualifying majors outlined in the handbook from your year of admission.

What is a specialisation?

A specialisation is an area of study for Postgraduate students wishing to study under their postgraduate program in order to gain expertise in a particular area. The specialisation chosen should represent your main interest.

Information

Choosing a major, minor or stream

Students who commenced their degree from 2015 can only graduate with the degree that they are admitted into. It is therefore important that you complete the correct version of the major/specialisation required for your program, corresponding to the year that you started your current degree. Not all degrees require completion of a major/minor and you will not be able to complete a major/minor if your degree does not permit this. To check whether your degree requires a major/minor for completion, please refer to the handbook or seek Program Advice.

Important Information:

  • All the majors you wish to qualify with must be added to your study plan and nominated on your 'Expect to Complete' form upon completion of your degree.
  • Your completed major(s) will be recorded on your transcript and testamur when you graduate.
  • Minors will not be displayed in eStudent. Instead, you will need to enrol into the units that contribute to the minor by following the units listed in the Schedule of Minors using your elective space.

Changing your qualifying major

If the qualifying major you wish to change to is offered in a year after you began your degree, you will be required to apply for Course Transfer.

For example, if you began the Bachelor of Arts in 2016 and you wish to change your qualifying major to Radio, Digital Audio and Broadcast Production, which was only offered from 2017, you will need to apply for Course Transfer

If you are a pre-2017 student in a generic degree and the qualifying major you wish to change to is from a different faculty to the one you are currently admitted to, you will need to apply for Course Transfer during the course transfer application period. For more information, please visit the Course Transfer webpage.

Generic degrees are the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and any double degree that has BA or BSC as the first degree in the double degree name. Qualifying majors in these generic degrees can come from any one of the four main faculties: Arts (ART), Science and Engineering (SCI), Human Sciences (HUS) or Business and Economics (BUS). The faculty designation indicates which faculty owns your particular degree, and this is determined by the qualifying major you select in the BA/BSc part of your degree.  (The major in the second degree of your double degree combination does not determine which faculty owns your degree).

* Please Note: If a course transfer is required, your degree will be moved to the newest curriculum of your degree and you will have a new admission. From 1 January 2017 or students who apply to course transfer into a 2017 or later degree, your GPA will be calculated out of 7.00. Further information regarding GPAs can be found on the website.

If you are unsure whether your request requires a Course Transfer, please seek further advice from Student Connect.

Adding or changing a further major

This process is only available for students who were admitted into their bachelor degree from 2015 or after.

A further major is not essential for the completion of your degree and can be any major currently offered at Macquarie University and listed in the Schedule of Majors

If you wish to change a further major you can do this at any time by submitting a Change of Major form.

Adding or changing a minor

Students should be advised that minors will no longer be displayed in eStudent as a separate structure on your study plan. The effect of these changes for the following cohorts is outlined below:

Students in pre-2015 degrees - if you are admitted to a pre-2015 degree you cannot add a minor onto your study plan. You can however study toward a minor by using elective space on your study plan. You must then nominate the minor in your Expect to Complete form for it to be assessed for completion.

Students in 2015/2016 degrees with existing minors - if you are admitted to a 2015/2016 degree with existing minors these can remain on your study plan. If you wish to change your minor the old minor structure will be removed and you will need to enrol into units that contribute to the new minor by using your elective space. This minor will then need to be nominated in your Expect to Complete form. Please note that if you change your qualifying major any minors that you have may be removed from your study plan. You can still complete these under your elective space and they will then need to be nominated in your Expect to Complete form.

Students in 2015/2016 degrees are still able to complete a minor however, eStudent will not show this minor as a separate structure. You will need to enrol into units that contribute to the minor by using your elective space. If you have run out of elective space, please submit a Change of Major/Minor/Specialisation form so an assessment can be made on whether extra elective space is required. Please nominate the minor/s you have completed on your Expect to Complete form.

Students in 2017 or later degrees - You will need to enrol into units that contribute to the minor by using your elective space. If you have run out of elective space, please submit a Change of Major/Minor/Specialisation form so an assessment can be made on whether extra elective space is required. Please nominate the minor/s you have completed on your Expect to Complete form.

Changes to minor requirements from 2018

The requirements for minors have changed from 2018 onwards. Students who wish to complete a 2018 minor will need to ensure that they meet all the requirements for the minor as listed in the handbook.

Due to these change, there may be a number of minors that cannot be completed with another major or another minor. It is important that your check the Schedule of Minors to make sure that the minor that you wish to undertake does not clash with your major and/or other minor.

It is also strongly recommended that you seek Program Advice if you are unsure whether you can complete your nominated minor.

Important Information:

  • All students can request to remove a minor structure from their study plan using the Change of Major/Minor/Specialisation form.
  • If you have requested to add or change a minor and additional elective space has been added to your study plan, this allocated space should only be used for units that contribute towards the minor.

Information for International students

As an international student, it is important you are aware of your Student Visa and Confirmation of Enrolment conditions. Student visa holders are required to complete their course within a set period of time, indicated by your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

Please ensure your request fits within your current CoE. If your request results in an extension to your current course duration, it is recommended you seek advice from Student Advocacy and Support Services.

Information for Sponsored students

If you are an international sponsored student (ie a non-Australian government sponsor pays your tuition fees) you MUST get permission from your sponsor to make the change you are requesting before submitting your application. If you need further assistance, please contact Student Advocacy and Support Services.

Specialisations

Specialisations are applicable to Postgraduate students only. A specialisation is an area of study that you want to complete under your postgraduate program in order to give you expertise in a particular area. The specialisation you choose should represent your main interest.

Your specialisation(s) will be recorded on your transcript and testamur when you graduate.

The following degrees cannot change specialisations through the online form. You will need to submit a new application for the course, listing the new specialisation. Information about how to apply can be found under our Postgraduate courses information.

Master of Accounting

  1. CPA Program (BUP11S)
  2. International Practice (INP11S)
  3. Professional Practice (PPR11S)

Master of Commerce*

  1. Accounting (ACC12S)
  2. Business Management and Organisations (BMO12S)
  3. Corporate Governance (COR12S)
  4. Economics (ECO12S)
  5. Financial Crime and Governance (FCG12S)
  6. Finance (FIN12S)
  7. Human Resource Management (HRM12S)
  8. Marketing (MKT12S)

Master of Education*

  1. Advanced Practices in Learning and Teaching (ADP11S)
  2. Educational Leadership (EDL11S)
  3. ICT in Education (ICT12S)

Master of Educational Leadership*

  1. Early Childhood (ECH13S)
  2. School Education (SCH13S)

Graduate Certificate of Education Studies*

  1. Advanced Practices in Learning and Teaching (ADP31S)
  2. Educational Leadership (EDL31S)
  3. ICT in Education (ICT32S)
  4. Leading Teaching (LET31S)

* Please note: If your course or specialisation is not listed as an option in the online form, please submit an enquiry via AskMQ outlining your current degree details and the changes you would like to request.

Apply

Before applying

  1. Check that the major/minor combination you are requesting is valid.
    It is recommended that you check your request details against the handbook for the year you commenced your degree.
  2. You should seek Program Advice regarding your change to see what implications this may have on your studies.
  3. If at the time of your request you are enrolled in units that do not contribute to your new study plan, you may be requested to withdraw from these units before your request can be processed.
  4. If you are on a Student Visa and your request results in an extension to your current course duration, it is recommended you seek advice from Student Advocacy and Support Services regarding your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and visa implications.
  5. If you are an international sponsored student (ie a non-Australian government sponsor pays your tuition fees) you MUST get permission from your sponsor to make the change you are requesting before submitting your application. If you need further assistance, please contact Student Advocacy and Support Services.

How do I apply

  1. If you wish to change your major for session 2 2018, you must submit your request by 5pm Friday, 3 August 2018 in order for your request to be processed in time to add unit(s) to your program.

    You can still submit a request after this date however there is no guarantee your request will be processed by the last day to enrol/add units(s) to your program.
  2. Please ensure that you check any prerequisite requirements in advance for the units you intend to enrol into for Session 2, 2018 to prevent any further delays upon finalisation of your Change of Major request.

  3. Apply by submitting a Change of Major/Minor/Specialisation form
  4. If your degree or major combination is not listed as an option in the online form, please submit an enquiry via AskMQ outlining your current degree details and the changes you would like to request.
  5. Check your student email account for a confirmation email with your case reference number. If you don't receive this confirmation email, please contact Student Connect to follow up.
  6. If you wish to cancel your application, please submit an enquiry via AskMQ within 3 days of your original submission. Please include in the subject line "Change of Major/Minor/Specialisation - cancel application". Make sure you include the case reference number you received with your original application.

After my application has been processed

  1. Check your student email account regularly for updates in case the University requires more information regarding your request.
  2. Log into your eStudent account to view the changes made to your study plan. If you notice any discrepancies as a result of your request, please submit an enquiry via AskMQ with an explanation of the issue and include the case number of your Change of Major request.
  3. Depending on your request and the available amount of elective space in the study plan, some units may have been moved around or moved off-plan. Units that have been moved off-plan will be noted with a student comment on your unofficial transcript.
  4. Seek Program Advice to ensure that degree requirements are still being met as a result of your study plan change.
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