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Planning your course

It’s important to understand the structure of your course and the choices available to you. When you plan ahead you can make sure you meet the requirements, and take advantage of any opportunities to tailor your studies to your interests. 

Where do I start?

When you plan your course, the first step is to understand the type of course you are enrolling in.

Most of our degrees at the University fall into three degree paths: liberal studies, professional and specialist degrees. These degree paths will influence the way your course is structured, and the type of decisions you may need to make about your studies.

Liberal studies degrees

  • Build on your depth of knowledge in one or more areas, by completing a program, major(s) and/or minor as part of your degree.  
  • Allow you to combine studies from a range of disciplines to tailor your degree to your interests.

Liberal studies degrees include the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Commerce, and related degrees.

If you are commencing a liberal studies degree on its own or combined with the Bachelor of Advanced Studies in 2018, our Liberal studies and specialist degrees page has specific information that will help you plan your degree.

If you are already studying one of our liberal studies degrees, or are starting in a combined degree (not including the Bachelor of Advanced Studies), you can find additional information to help plan your course.   

Professional degrees

  • Lead to a defined career outcome.
  • Often follow a more defined path to meet the requirements for your course. This may mean completing core (compulsory) units of study in a specific sequence within your discipline.
  • Can be combined with a liberal studies degree so you can access the opportunities available in these degrees, such as studying across a range of disciplines.

Examples include degrees in the areas of engineering, law, teaching and physiotherapy.

Specialist degrees

  • Study a defined field in music, design computing, visual arts and economics.

If you are commencing a specialist degree in 2018, our Liberal studies and specialist degrees page has specific information that will help you plan your degree.

Other courses

If you are completing an award course that doesn’t fit into one of the degree paths (such as a graduate certificate or graduate diploma), it is important to understand the components that make up your course, and how they fit together to meet your course requirements. 

Course planning advice

If you’re ready to accept an offer or have already accepted an offer from us, we’ve got a dedicated team of academic advisers here to help you plan your degree.

Here’s how you can access our advisers:

Academic Advice Day

Wednesday 17 January 2018

Session 1: 9am to 12pm

Session 2: 1 to 4pm

The Great Hall and MacLaurin Hall, Quadrangle (A14), Camperdown Campus, the University of Sydney.

The Academic Advice Day is run to help with your next steps after offers have been released. You can:

  • find out how to make the most out of your time at the University
  • meet with our academic staff to get one-on-one advice about how to select subjects that complement your interests, as well as your future academic and career aspirations.

If you’re ready to enrol, our student advisers will be available all day to answer any questions that you have about the online enrolment process.

Online chat

Available from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday until Thursday 2 March.

Online chat advisers specialise in liberal studies degrees such as Arts, Science and Commerce but will be able to provide advice on specialist and combined degrees as well. They can help you select your major/s, minors, Open Learning Environment units or even plan a suitable structure to ensure you can go on exchange.

If you have a question about how to complete your online enrolment, you can contact us on 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864), or make an enquiry online.

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  • Level 3, Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus

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Opening hours: 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Last updated: 01 February 2018

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