Changing your course or major
If you decide your course or major isn’t right for you, you can apply to change it.
Before changing, it is important to research the requirements of your new course or major.
Some things to consider are:
- your new course structure
- available study modes
- possible major and minor combinations
- impact on estimated course completion date
- if any units you have already completed will count towards your course
- impact on your Centrelink benefits
- impact on your student visa requirements
- recognition of prior learning
- your future career options.
Course, major, co-major and minor combinations are available in the current Handbook. Your nominated combination must not exceed the total credit points for your course. Previously completed units that are relevant to your new course/major may be used as advanced standing, but you cannot exceed the maximum credit points or advanced standing allowance for your new course.
The way you apply to change your course or major will depend on the type of study you are doing and what you want to change. Select the change type that applies to you:
If you have any questions about your proposed course, you can speak with a myMurdoch Advice student success advisor or the academic chair of the course or major you want to transfer to.
If you are an Open Universities Australia (OUA) student and wish to change your course or major, please contact OUA directly.
OUA students are not eligible to apply for course transfer.
Changing your major, co-major or minor only
If you are currently enrolled in your course and are not in your final semester, you can apply to change the primary major, secondary major, co-major or minor within your course. This also includes some speciality changes for postgraduate courses. The primary major must form part of your course’s structure and Academic Chair approval may be required before it can be changed.
Select the change type that applies to you:
|Change Primary major only, or |
Change Primary major and second major, co-major or minor.
|Complete the Primary Major Change application form and submit via MyAnswers or email to The Student Centre by the application deadline (see below).|
|Change, add or drop a second major, co-major or minor.||Submit a request via MyAnswers or send an email to The Student Centre outlining what you would like to change from and to.|
|Change a major or specialty. |
Changing majors or specialties in Honours courses (excluding H1264) can only be done in special circumstances.
|Contact your Honours Supervisor to request your change. If approved, they will need to submit a signed and approved amended Honours Program of Study to the Enrolments & Progress team.|
|Change a major or speciality.|
Only some postgraduate courses allow for a change in specialisation after admission.
|Submit a request via MyAnswers or send an email to The Student Centre. The Enrolments & Progress team will confirm if the change can be made.|
|Change a Primary major and second major, co-major or minor.||Please contact your respective student services/programme management office and they will be able to assist you|
Changing your course
A change of course, or course transfer, is when the title and/or code of your course changes. For example, from a Bachelor of Business to a Bachelor of Creative Media or a B1317 to a B1399.
How you apply will depend on the course you are changing from and to. Some transfers are considered professional, or pathway transfers where previously completed units are carried over to the new course. Some course changes are considered a ‘new start’ where you will be admitted to a new course.
|Changing from one undergraduate course to another undergraduate course (excluding the options below)|
Go to MyAdmission and create a new Applicant ID, or log in with your existing MyAdmission application ID. Complete an online application with the name or code of the course you’re applying for. You can apply anytime by choosing the next available admission period.You do not need to withdraw from your old course, this will be done for you once your application has been processed.
|Any undergraduate course to a Bachelor of Nursing||Apply via MyAdmission as above and attach the Nursing Transfer Declaration form and attach any supporting documentation. See the How to Apply section on the Nursing course page for details.|
|Any undergraduate course to a Bachelor of Science / Doctor of Veterinary Medicine||Transfers to Veterinary Medicine are only available for the semester 1 entry. Details on how to apply will be updated in September this year.|
Change from one undergraduate professional course to another of the same discipline. For example, change from:
Complete one of the below forms and submit it via MyAnswers or The Student Centre by the application deadline.
Change between pathway courses, where one course forms the foundation for the other course. For example, change from:
Complete one of the below forms and submit via MyAnswers or The Student Centre by the application deadline
Note: Transfers to Laboratory medicine only occur at the end of each year.
|Change from old version of an undergraduate course to a new version as instructed by the Academic Chair||Submit a request via MyAnswers or email to The Student Centre and the Enrolments & Progress Team will assist you with your query.|
|Change from one Honours course to another Honours course (excluding H1264)||Contact Meet Murdoch on email@example.com to discuss changing your course and apply for the new course.|
|Changing from one postgraduate course to another postgraduate course. This includes upgrading your course, for example from a graduate certificate to a graduate diploma or to a masters course in the same discipline.||Contact Meet Murdoch via firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss changing your course and apply for the new course.|
|Changing from any transnational course to any other transnational course.||Please contact your respective student services/programme management office and they will be able to assist you.|
If you are an international student and your application is successful, you will be issued a new offer letter and Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Domestic students will need to complete a new Commonwealth Assistance Form.
Application deadlines will depend on the type of change you are making. Any late applications for Primary major changes, Professional and Pathway Transfers will be processed after the next application deadline.
Applications via MyAdmission
Applications via MyAdmission can be made any time of the year. You will need to choose the next available admission period when you apply.
Veterinary Medicine Transfers
For mid-year entry: No mid-year transfers are available
For the start of year entry: To be confirmed
Primary major changes, Professional and Pathway Transfers
For mid-year entry: 12pm midday Friday 14th July 2023
For the start of year entry: 12pm midday Friday 2nd February 2024
Things you should know when changing course or major
All course attempts will be included on your transcript, as per Murdoch’s Change of Course Enrolment Policy.
If you are only changing your primary major, you will remain in your current course (i.e., not changing course codes) only one-course attempt will appear on your transcript. Your previous unit attempts will remain under your course. All completed units under that course will contribute to your grade point average (GPA).
If you are changing to another course, you will be moved to the latest course version and your fee category may be changed to the fee category applicable to your new start date.
When applying via the MyAdmission portal, you will need to wait until you are admitted into your new course before enrolling in any units. If you have enrolled in units under your old course, which are meant to be in your new course, they will be deleted when your old course is discontinued. Make sure you enrol in the right units under the right course.
Domestic students will need to complete a new HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP and SA-HELP form before the first census date, depending on their fee status once the course transfer has been processed.
International students will need to provide evidence that their OSHC duration will match that of the new course and a new COE will be issued. If your student visa is subject to Condition 8203 you need to gain approval from the Department of Home Affairs to change your course of study, thesis or research topic. Check your visa conditions. You must advise the Department of Home Affairs within 14 days of being notified your course transfer has been processed.
Some courses and majors are restricted, and you may be asked to provide further information with your application. Check your emails regularly.