Concurrent degrees

Concurrent degrees

A concurrent degree is a second undergraduate degree that you start while you're still studying for your first. This lets you to create your own combination of bachelor degrees when an approved double degree doesn't exist. Alternatively, you may undertake consecutive degrees – complete one degree, then apply for the second.

The concurrent degree process is not available for international students.

Some examples of concurrent combinations are:

  • Bachelor of Arts with the Bachelor of Marine Science
  • Bachelor of Archaeology with the Bachelor of Applied Finance
  • Bachelor of Human Sciences with the Bachelor of International Studies

How do concurrent degrees work?

When you undertake a concurrent degree, the aim is to study as many units as possible required for your second degree as part of the program for your first degree. You can then transfer these units to your second degree.

The units you transfer to the second degree can be foundation/required units or electives. See the handbook for these requirements.

Planning your study program

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

Total credit points in second degree

Minimum CP to be completed in second degree

Maximum allowable recognition of prior learning (RPL) to transfer from first degree (cp)

Three years full time


24 (one year F/T)


Three years full time


24 (one year F/T)


Four years full time


36 (1.5 years F/T)


Five years full time


48 (two years F/T)


You may not be able to transfer the full amount of allowable RPL from your first degree to your second if your degree programs do not allow it. For example, your second degree may not have sufficient elective space to fit units from your first degree.

Note: The RPL rules only apply to students commencing a concurrent degree in 2015 or later. Students who commenced a concurrent degree in 2014 or earlier are subject to the previous RPL rules (max 18cp at 100 level and 12cp at 200 level).

Apply for a concurrent degree

Concurrent Degree applications have closed for Session 1, 2017 and will reopen in May 2017 for Session 2 2017 intake

Offers and enrolment

What happens after I submit my application?

Concurrent degree applications will be assessed against the internal course transfer criteria. Offers for concurrent degrees will be sent to your student email once your eligibility for the new degree has been confirmed. This occurs after the results for the current session are released. 

When should I enrol in units?

First degree:

Enrol online in the units you wish to undertake in your first degree during the usual re-enrolment period. Check the website and your student email account regularly for notification of dates.

Second degree:

Once your application has been assessed and approved, we will send you an offer letter that includes instructions for online enrolment in the second degree.

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