Change of major, minor or specialisation

Change of major, minor or specialisation

Change of Major Application Dates

Student Cohort
Applications Open Date

Students commencing in 2020

Opening 18 November 2019

Existing Postgraduate students

Opening 25 November 2019

Existing Undergraduate students

Opening ahead of enrolment for Session 1 2020

Students who are intending to complete their course in 2019 and require a change to a major, minor, or specialisation on their Study Plan can submit a request via AskMQ with the subject line “2019 completing student – Change of Major required”.

These requests must be received by 5pm on 6 December 2019.

Information

The Change of major, minor, or specialisation form allows students admitted into a course at Macquarie University to request a change to one or more of the following:

  • Majors (Qualifying majors and/or Further majors)
  • Specialisations (Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees)
  • Minors
  • Streams (MUIC Intensive and Standard Foundation Programs)

Your course requirements can be found in the Handbook . The Handbook will provide you with details on your admitted course, including whether there are any major, minor, specialisation, and/or concentration requirements.

Information about course requirements and the Curriculum Architecture can also be found on the Curriculum Architecture Policy page.

Generalist Degrees

The core zone of all generalist degrees will require a major – this will be your qualifying major. A major consists of 80 credit points, of which 30 credit points must be at 3000 level. The list of eligible qualifying majors for a generalist degree are included in the course’s “major schedule” in the Handbook .

The core zone of a generalist degree may also allow you to complete a minor (e.g. in a Bachelor of Arts). A minor is a sequence of undergraduate units drawn from a major or specialisation but with a smaller volume of learning requirement. A minor must be 40 credit points, of which 20 credit points must be completed at 2000 level or above.

Your generalist degree may also allow you to complete a further major or a minor in your flexible zone.

Further majors must be from the course’s “major schedule”.

Specialist Degrees

A specialist degree may require completion of a specialisation. Undergraduate specialist degree specialisations are at least 120 credit points, of which at least 40 credit points must be completed at 3000 level or above. The list of eligible specialisations for a specialist degree are included in the course’s “specialisation schedule” in the Handbook .

You are only able to undertake one specialisation in an undergraduate specialist degree.

Your specialist degree may also allow the completion of a minor in the core zone and/or the flexible zone. A minor is a sequence of undergraduate units drawn from a major or specialisation but with a smaller volume of learning requirement. A minor must be 40 credit points of which 20 credit points must be completed at 2000 level or above.

Your specialist degree may also allow you to complete a concentration in your flexible zone. A concentration is a sequence of study within a specialisation and is a minimum of 40cp.

Undergraduate Double Degrees

If you are admitted into a double degree, you will need to complete the core zone of each component single degree. Your major, minor, and specialisation requirements will be determined by the requirements of the individual single degrees.

There are unit sharing restrictions within double degree:

For the purpose of double degrees, students are unable to complete a specialisation or major where it is possible to choose a combination of units which share more than 50% of credit points in common above 1000 level with:

  • a major or specialisation from the other course, or
  • the core zone of the other course (outside any major or specialisation)

Combined Bachelor Master Degrees

If you are admitted into a Combined Bachelor and Master Degree, you may request a change to the major, minor, or specialisation in your Bachelor Course, subject to the course requirements outlined in your Handbook . Students admitted into the Bachelor of Information Technology or Bachelor of Security Studies with a combined Master degree are also able to request a change to their intended Master.

Masters Degrees

Masters and Extended Masters may require completion of a specialisation in the core zone. In postgraduate specialist courses, Specialisations will constitute 50 per cent of a course’s core zone. Where applicable, the list of eligible specialisations for a Masters degree are included in the course’s “specialisation schedule” in the Handbook .

A student completing a Masters degree can only complete one specialisation. However, Extended Masters may permit students to complete more than one specialisation.

Graduate Certificates cannot have specialisations recognised.

Graduate Diplomas may require a specialisation.

Macquarie University International College (MUIC)

If you are studying either the Standard Foundation or Intensive program at the Macquarie University International College (MUIC), you may request to change your stream between Arts, Business, and Science.

Open Universities Australia (OUA)

If you are studying a Bachelor of Arts through OUA, you are required to complete a qualifying major. This form can be used to add or change a qualifying major as well as add, change, or remove a further major or minor.

Before Applying

Course Advice

If you are intending to make a change to your major, minor or specialisation it is recommended that to do this as early as possible in your studies in order to have enough space available in your study plan to facilitate this change. Due to a number of factors, any change that you make to your study plan may extend the time required to complete your degree.

It is strongly recommended that you discuss your intention to make any changes to your study plan with an Academic Advisor in your Faculty prior to submitting an application. An Academic Advisor will be able to assist if you are unsure about any aspect of your study plan including the major, minor, specialisation, and/or concentration requirements.

You may also consult the Handbook for specific course requirements.

International Students

Seeking support from your Faculty prior to submitting an application is crucial to determine if your requested change to your study plan will result in an extension to the duration of your course.

If your course duration is extended, this may impact your visa and you must seek advice from Student Advocacy and Support Services.

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 .

Further majors

If you are admitted into a degree that allows completion of a further major, it is important to be aware of the unit sharing limitations between majors. Two majors which share a possible combination of more than 50% of units in common above 1000 level cannot be taken together.

Minors

If you have completed units in your Core Zone towards a minor and would like to complete a different minor, please submit a request to either change or remove your minor. The completed units will be moved into your Flexible Zone, provided you have sufficient space remaining for these units.

Please note that minors completed within a course’s Flexible Zone minors will not be displayed as a separate structure in eStudent. Any completed minor should be nominated on your Expect to Complete form. The "Expect to Complete" form (IETC) informs the University that you expect to meet the requirements of your award. It ensures your record will be checked once results are released, to see if you qualify to graduate. You should submit this form at the beginning of your final year of study.

Apply

Students who commenced their studies with Macquarie prior to 2020 are currently unable to change, add, or remove any qualifying or further majors on their study plan while transition into the MQ2020 curriculum is underway.

Students intending to complete their course in 2019 and require a change to a major, minor, or specialisation on their Study Plan can submit an enquiry via AskMQ with the subject line “2019 completing student – Change of Major required”.

Students who are on track to complete in 2019 should also to submit an Expect to Complete form prior to submitting a change of major request.

The "Expect to Complete" form (IETC) informs the University that you expect to meet the requirements of your award. It ensures your record will be checked to see if you qualify to graduate once results are released, . You should submit this form at the beginning of your final year of study.

APPLY

 

After submitting your application, a confirmation email will be sent to your student email address with your case reference number. If you don't receive this confirmation email, please contact Student Connect.

If a student’s currently admitted course does not have enough space to allow the requested change to be made, the request may not be processed.

Please check your student email regularly as you may be contacted to provide more information about your requested change/s.

Students who are enrolled in units under their current major or specialisation that will no longer contribute to their intended study plan may be asked to withdraw from these units before their application can be processed

If you wish to cancel your application, add a File Note to your open Change of Major request via AskMQ . You can refer to your confirmation email for a link to your application.

 

For questions regarding your degree requirements, please contact your Faculty Student Centre

For questions regarding the Change of Major process, please contact Student Connect via one of the following methods:

Chat :  Available during business hours and can be found in the far right corner of this page.

 

AskMQ enquiry

 

Phone:  +61 2 9850 6410

 

In person:  18 Wally’s Walk, Level 2 MUSE

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