Concurrent degrees

Concurrent degrees

Concurrent Degree Application Dates

Commencing session

Opening dates

Closing dates

Session 1 2018

1 October 2017

31 October 2017

Session 2 2018

1 May 2018

31 May 2018

Late applications will not be accepted.

What is a concurrent degree?

A Concurrent degree is a second undergraduate degree that students commence while still studying their currently admitted undergraduate degree. This process allows domestic students to create their own combination of bachelor degrees where the University does not already offer this combination.

Concurrent degrees are not available for international students.

How do concurrent degrees work?

The aim of a concurrent degree is to study as many units as possible required for your second degree as part of your first degree. You can then transfer these units to your second degree according to the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy (subject to limitation).

The units you undertake within your first degree are potentially eligible to be transferred towards your second degree as foundation/ required units (specified credit) or electives (unspecified credits). You can include your People, Planet and PACE units among the units you transfer, as long as they meet the People/Planet/PACE requirements for both degrees. See the handbook for these requirements.

Am I eligible to apply for concurrent degrees?

In order for your concurrent degree application to be considered, you must first satisfy all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must be a domestic undergraduate student.
  • You must be currently admitted into an undergraduate bachelor degree with Macquarie University.
  • You must have completed at least one unit and recorded a grade (i.e. pass) within your currently admitted undergraduate degree. Units with ‘enrolled’ status are not considered as ‘completed’.
  • You must not be enrolled in your final session of your current degree; if you are, apply for consecutive degrees via the Universities Admission Centre.
  • You must not have qualified for your first degree; if you have, apply for consecutive degrees via the Universities Admission Centre.
  • The degree combination you wish to undertake must not exist in the Macquarie University handbook. If your degree is an existing double degree, apply for internal course transfer or via the Universities Admission Centre.
  • You cannot apply for a course transfer and a concurrent degree application for commencement in the same session.
  • You must not be excluded from Macquarie University.
  • You must not have an Academic Progression status of Exclusion, Suspension or Probation.
  • You must not be enrolled into Session 3 2017 if you intend to apply for Session 1, 2018 commencement.
  • You must not be enrolled into winter vacation if you intend to apply for Session 2 2018 commencement.

How will my application be assessed
(Entry Requirements)?

To be offered a concurrent degree:

  1. You must first satisfy the eligibility criteria listed above
  2. Entry into the concurrent (second) degree is assessed against the internal Course Transfer Degree Requirements, listed on the internal course transfer webpage.

NOTE: Please do not submit a course transfer application, as this will result in your current (first) degree being changed to the new degree. You should refer to the internal course transfer requirements as a guideline only to determine your eligibility for entry to your chosen second degree.

If the course you are seeking to start is not listed on the course transfer requirements table, or if you believe you will not meet the transfer criteria, please submit an ask.mq.edu.au enquiry titled ‘Concurrent degrees’ to discuss your options.

Planning your programs of study

How long will it take to complete my concurrent degrees?

It will take  a minimum of  four years to complete both degrees. The duration of both degrees will also depend on unit availability and/or how you plan your studies. You must complete at least the minimum number of credit points within your concurrent (second) degree program, as shown in the table below:

Duration of second degree

Total credit points

Minimum cp to be completed in second degree

Maximum allowable RPL to transfer from first degree (cp) if applicable

3 years full time

69

24 (1 year full time)

45

3 years full time

72

24 (1 year full time)

48

4 years full time

96

36 (1.5 years full time)

60

5 years full time

120

48 (2 years full time)

72

Please note that the maximum amounts of allowable Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) listed in the above table are a guide only. The applicable number of credit points that are transferable from your first degree to your second degree depends on the degree combination you have chosen and how you structure your study plans. Note; the credit transferred to your second degree may include a mixture of specified (required units undertaken within the first program) and unspecified credit (general credit applied to elective space).    

Example 1: A concurrent degree combination of Bachelor of Chiropractic Science and Bachelor of Commerce – Professional Accounting, has very prescribed units with minimal units common to both degrees. In such instances, you may not be eligible for any RPL at all.

Example 2: A concurrent degree combination of a Bachelor of Commerce with a Bachelor of Applied Finance has many units common to both degrees. A Bachelor of Applied Finance has a minimum credit point requirement of 69 credit points. Therefore a maximum of 45 credit points can potentially be transferred from the Bachelor of Commerce to the Bachelor of Applied Finance according to the “Maximum allowable RPL to transfer from first degree (cp) if applicable” (seen in the table above). A 69 credit point degree means that you must complete a minimum of 24 credit points in the second degree.

Credit is usually transferred once you have completed your first degree, but you can request this to be done earlier if you wish. When determining your credit allowance, please remember that only 6cp of the allowable RPL can be granted at 300 level or higher. The majority of the higher level units in the second degree must be completed in that degree program.

IMPORTANT: The above RPL rules only apply to students commencing a concurrent degree from 2015. Students who commenced a concurrent degree in 2014 or earlier are subject to the previous credit for previous studies rules (eligible for a maximum of 18cp at 100 level and 12cp at 200 level if applicable towards the program).

How many units should I be studying per session in both my degrees?

Macquarie University considers a minimum of 9 credit points or a maximum of 12 credit points within one degree to be full time for one session. Most units are made up of 3 credit points each, therefore equating to 3 or 4 units per session. Students enrolled in concurrent degrees should complete a maximum of 4 units (12 cp) across the 2 programs in each Session (ie Session 1 and Session 2 would total a maximum of 24cp).  Students can complete a maximum of 6 credit points total across both programs in Session 3.

Students who attempt more than 12cp in Session 1 or Session 2 within one degree or across both degrees could potentially be at academic risk and will need approval via the credit overload procedure from the relevant faculty. It is strongly recommended that you seek Program Advice prior to enrolling into more than 12cp per session across both degrees for Session 1 and Session 2.

Can I take a break from studies from one or both my degrees?

Whilst you can take a break from your studies in one or both degrees, it is important to note that if you take a break for  a period greater than 24 consecutive months for either degree, your degree(s) will be discontinued. This means that you will not be able to enrol into your (discontinued) degree and will need to submit a new application to continue your studies. If you are in this situation, please submit an AskMQ  enquiry titled ‘Concurrent degree – discontinued’ and we will advise you of your options. Please note: From Session 1, 2018 Domestic students with a course status of ‘Not Continued’ and are seeking to return to their incomplete program of study at Macquarie University must reapply as a new applicant either through UAC or directly to Macquarie. 

Returning to Studies After Absence

Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy

If you are planning to apply for financial assistance, you will need to check the Centrelink requirements for payment of Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy.

Please note: you should ensure your workload each session meets the eligibility criteria for the benefit you are seeking to receive. If you are unsure of your status, please contact your nearest Centrelink office.

Full information about eligibility is available from Centrelink Offices, or from the Centrelink website

You can also telephone to find out more:

  • Youth Allowance and Austudy - 13 24 90
  • ABSTUDY - 1800 13 23 17

You should take particular care to ensure your program of study satisfies Centrelink's requirements, as changes to your program of study may affect your eligibility for benefits. Payment of benefits may be refused, or benefits already paid may need to be refunded if your program does not conform to the specifications laid down by Centrelink.

If you are in any doubt, please check with Centrelink

Terms of application and enrolment

Important information regarding concurrent degrees:

  • You must start your concurrent (second) degree in the Session for which you apply. You cannot defer. Your offer will be rescinded if you do not commence studies for the session in which you apply.
  • You cannot retrospectively transfer units from the second degree back to the first degree. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can only be applied from the first degree to the second degree.
  • You cannot simultaneously apply for course transfer and concurrent degrees in the same session.
  • If you are an existing concurrent degree student and would like to change your course combination, a new concurrent degree application needs to be submitted as opposed to a course transfer application. If a course transfer application is submitted, your application will be rejected.
  • Units currently enrolled into (and for the rest of the year) and completed units will need to be taken into consideration when degree planning for both degrees.
  • Once accepted as a concurrent degree student, your unit selection ability in eStudent will be disabled for both programs. As unit changes can have serious impact upon concurrent degree progression, any amendments to your originally approved study plan may require you to seek Program Advice and resubmission of a new approved study plan. Your eStudent study plan will then be updated accordingly.
  • You may experience difficulties enrolling in units where the prerequisite/corequisite requirements are completed in your other degree. Please submit an enquiry on ASK MQ with the title “ATTN: Current Students Team – Concurrent Degree.
  • Students enrolled into Session 3 2017 will not be able to apply for Session 1, 2018 commencement.
  • Students enrolled into winter vacation units will not be eligible to apply for Session 2, 2018 commencement.
  • You will have a separate Grade Point Average (GPA) for each degree. For students who commenced a concurrent degree from 1 January 2017, your GPA for your concurrent degree will be calculated on a 7.0 point scale. Note; if you commenced your first degree prior to 2017, your GPA for your first degree will still be calculated on a 4.0 point scale.
  • Academic Standing is determined on the basis of the credit load passed in the current study period, together with the Academic Standing at the end of the previous study period. As a concurrent degree student, you will have one Academic Status for both degrees. The Status will be applied across both programs based on you unit enrolment load across both degrees.
  • You will receive a separate testamur for each completed degree.
  • If you are an Australian Permanent Resident (who is not on a Humanitarian visa) or a New Zealand citizen, your eligibility for a Commonwealth-supported place may be affected by recent proposed Commonwealth Government Higher Education reforms. This means that you will be offered a Domestic fee paying place for your course in 2018, subject to the passage of this legislation. You can find more information about the government's Higher Education Reforms on the StudyAssist page. Please see this page for more information on Domestic Student Coursework fees.

How do I apply?

  1. Download the Concurrent Degree Application Form
  2. Ensure you have met the eligibility criteria
  3. Check Macquarie Handbook to ensure your degree combination does not exist
  4. Refer to the internal Course Transfer Degree Requirements  to ensure admission criteria is met for the concurrent (second) degree
  5. Map out the units for your Current (first) degree - Study Plan A.
    1. Refer to the online handbook for your year of admission (year of commencement of your current degree, or year of course transfer if you have changed degrees) for the relevant degree rules and requirements. This includes the overall general requirements such as overall credit points, people, planet and PACE requirements.
      For example, say you commenced your first degree, a Bachelor of Arts in 2014 and would like to apply for a concurrent degree commencing in 2018. As you commenced a Bachelor of Arts in 2014, you will need to search for the corresponding degree in the 2014 Handbook.
      Changing the year (2014) to 201 in the above link will display that year’s list of available degrees. You can also navigate the different year’s curriculum via the handbook archive.
    2. Print out a copy of your internal record via eStudent and record all completed units and the units you are planning to study under the relevant 100, 200 and 300 level sections within Study Plan A.
      Your plan must include the total required number of credit points for your degree (eg. 69 cp for standard 3 year degree), any People, Planet or PACE requirements.
    3. Tally up the credit point values at 100, 200 and 300 level. Add all units together for an overall credit point total for Study Plan A.
    4. Refer to the online handbook for your year of admission to ensure the relevant degree rules and requirements are satisfied for Study Plan A before moving onto Study Plan B.
  6. Map out the units for your Concurrent (second) degree – Study Plan B
    1. Refer to the completed Study Plan A and the online handbook in order to map out the units for your concurrent degree (Study Plan B).
      You will need to refer to the correct version of the handbook (eg if you intend to commence your concurrent (second) degree in Session 2, 2018, refer to the 2018 handbook for the corresponding degree).
    2. Refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) rules outlined in the ‘Planning your programs of Study’ section to determine the minimum number of units you must complete in your second degree.  You will also record how many units you can transfer as specified credits (required units) from your first degree (eg for a standard 3 year degree of 69 cp, you can transfer up to 45 cp, including 6 cp at 300 level (maximum), and must complete a minimum of 24 cp in the concurrent degree).
    3. Units will need to be mapped into 2 different areas in Study Plan B:
      1. Section 1 - outstanding units that need to be completed within your second degree.
      2. Section 2 - units you have already completed in your first degree that can be transferred as RPL. Refer to the RPL rules above.
    4. Once you have worked out the required units (specified credit) that can be applied as RPL, select as many units as possible from your first degree that can be used as elective units (unspecified credit) towards your concurrent (second) degree within the remaining allowable RPL balance.
    5. Tally up the credit points in each section for 100, 200 and 300 level units, the total amount of credit points you must study and the total amount of RPL for Study Plan B. Always start with the highest level first and work down. For example start with 300, then 200 and so on.
    6. Refer to the online handbook for the second degree’s commencement year to ensure the relevant degree rules and requirements are satisfied for Study Plan B, including people, planet and PACE requirements.
  7. Ensure all pages of the application form are complete and the declaration signed.
  8. Submit your application form to Student Connect in MUSE (C7A) by the closing date.

Required Units

  • If there are required units that can be counted towards both degrees at 100 and 200 level, map these into the first degree and include them as specified credits under the RPL section in the second degree. You can also do this for your People and Planet units, as long as the units meet the criteria for both degrees.
  • If there are required units that can be counted towards both degrees at 300 level, you can map two units (6cp) into the first degree and include them as specified credits in the second degree
  • Ensure all pages of the application form are complete and the declaration signed.
  • Submit your application form to Student Connect , 18 Wally's Walk (C7A) Level 2 MUSE by the closing date.

I’ve submitted my application. What next?

  1. Your application will be  assessed by the Current Students team for eligibility and entry requirement assessment.
  2. If eligible, you will then be required to attend an appointment in person to go through your reviewed study plan. Appointments will be held in  January for Session 1 2018 commencement and June for Session 2 2018 commencement,.
  3. Take your reviewed study plan to the relevant Program Advisor  for each of your degrees for final approval/sign off.
  4. Submit your signed Concurrent Bachelor Degree Application form back to Student Connect (MUSE).
  5. You will be notified of the outcome of your application via your Student email address.
  6. You will receive notification of your concurrent degree outcome in: February for Session 1 2018 commencement and late July for Session 2 2018 commencement. This is because offers will be dependent on the previous session’s results.
  7. You will need to accept the terms and conditions and complete a new HECS-HELP and SA-HELP form for the new degree via eStudent  before you can enrol in units.
  8. Enrol into units and register in classes for the new degree via eStudent.
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