To complete a course, you need to complete a certain number of credit points. We measure your enrolment load in an academic year in credit points.
An Equivalent Full-Time Student Load (EFTSL) is 48 credit points. Most units run for a semester and have a value of six credit points (0.125 EFTSL).
Each course of study must be completed within a set time limit. Check Course Finder for your course duration. The maximum time allowed to complete a course is determined by the following formula:
(full-time study course duration × 2) + 2 years = maximum course length
Law students have different time limits, see Law time limits and maximum intermission.
Varying your course duration
You can take approved intermission as long as you still complete your course within the maximum time limit. You should check with your faculty before you choose to study part-time or vary your course duration.
If you're on a student visa you must complete your course in the time stated on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). To do this, you need to do a full-time study load (24 credit points per semester). The Web Enrolment System (WES) will not allow you to submit your enrolment unless you enrol in enough units to meet your approved study load requirement.
You can only reduce your study load for one or more of the following reasons:
To apply, submit an underload application - international students (pdf 58kb). Wait for formal approval from your faculty before reducing your study load, as this may affect your visa.
Domestic students can usually choose to study part-time. If your enrolment drops below 18 credit points per semester, you may not be eligible for government payments such as Youth Allowance and Austudy.
Overloading is to enrol in more than the standard number of units in each year. It is usually limited to students who have:
Exceptions may apply to high achieving students in approved programs. Some courses may not allow acceleration. This may be due to professional accreditation and/or clinical requirements.
See faculty overloading in ask.monash or contact your faculty for advice.
|Mode||Attendance and study details|
|Mixed or multi-modal||
Research students may do some or all of their research on or off-campus, depending on the course requirements.
Some faculties do not offer:
Where possible, you can change your unit class type in WES, eg. day to evening. For instructions, see ask.monash.