Diploma of Arts

To qualify for the Pass Diploma, candidates must complete at least 48 credit points, including at least 36 senior credit points, in one of the following:

 Diploma of Arts Majors Available

The subject area will be shown in brackets on the testamur.

Please note: students commencing in 2014 and beyond must include a minimum of 6 credit points of senior-advanced (3000 level) units of study in their chosen major(s). You must view the unit of study tables in the handbook for the chosen major(s) for further information. Students commencing their degree prior to 2014 you are not necessarily required to complete a senior-advanced unit in the chosen major(s) unless otherwise instructed to do so.

Eligibility for Admission

To be eligible for admission, you must either:

  • be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree at the University of Sydney, other than undergraduate degrees or combined degrees offered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ( includes all combined degrees with a Bachelor of Arts component and the Bachelor of Liberal Studies); or
  • be enrolled in an undergraduate degree or combined degree at another recognised tertiary institution; or
  • have been awarded, or be eligible for the award of an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution.

Time Limits

Undergraduate Diplomas must be completed within six calendar years of first enrolment. Any semesters in which you are on an approved suspension, or not enrolled, are counted towards this overall time limit.

Credit for Previous Studies

Credit for previous undergraduate studies may be granted for the Diploma.

A student can apply for credit to count towards an undergraduate diploma for up to 12 junior and 6 senior credit points if the credit is in a relevant subject area. Credit will not be granted for:

(i) units of study that count towards another qualification; or
(ii) units of study taken at another institution after admission to candidature.

Please contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office on +61 2 9351 or +61 2 9351 7449 for more information.

Eligibility for Honours

If you wish to enrol as a candidate for a Diploma of Arts (Honours), Diploma of Language Studies (Honours), or Diploma of Social Sciences (Honours), you must:

  • have qualified for the award of the pass degree of Bachelor,
  • have completed at least 48 senior credit points at an average grade level of Credit or above in the subject area concerned,
  • meet any other entry requirements as specified in the table of units of study, and
  • have written permission from the relevant Chair of Department.