Monash courses explained

Not all students want or need the same thing. You may aim to acquire a comprehensive education before choosing a specific career; you may have difficulty deciding between two strong passions (or want to keep both alive); or you may know exactly where you would like to head and want the opportunity to focus on that goal from day one.

Whichever category you fall into, Monash can accommodate you. We provide a variety of courses that lead to different professional outcomes. And we will guide you through the options so you will graduate with an internationally recognised qualification.

Monash University organises its undergraduate courses into two types: comprehensive and specialist.

Comprehensive courses

You can choose a Monash Comprehensive course in arts, business, commerce, information technology or science. If you're fairly sure what your major study area will be, you can select from a wide range of subjects to suit your personal and career interests. If you're still deciding where you'd like your studies to take you, or you'd like to keep your options open, our comprehensive courses allow you to try a range of subjects in year one, then narrow your focus in year two – while still having the opportunity to try new things, before finally choosing your major area of study.

As you progress through your course, you will focus on one or two majors and minors. At the end of your course you will have an in-depth understanding of your core areas of study with expertise in at least one specialised field.

The Bachelor of Commerce was great because it didn't lock me into one option. I could study a range of core commerce units to see which areas I like best. I also had the flexibility to decide whether I wanted to study a single or double major.

Peter Melilli, Bachelor of Commerce 2013

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Specialist courses

With a specialist course at Monash you can begin training in your area of interest from day one. If you have a specific career goal firmly in your sights, this is the option for you.

Some specialist courses prepare you to practise in a regulated profession such as law, architecture, and engineering. Others – for example our undergraduate courses in Fine art, Biomedical science and Pharmaceutical science – also develop expertise relevant to a particular professional field.

These courses are designed to ensure you have the right combination of skills needed for your professional field.

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Double your options with a double degree

In a double-degree course you study towards two degrees concurrently – for example arts and law, or science and engineering – graduating with two separate qualifications. Monash double-degree courses give you the benefit of studying towards two degrees at the same time – enabling you to keep your options open, develop expertise in different but complementary areas, or simply to pursue two areas of interest in-depth.

A double undergraduate degree at Monash will take two years less than if you completed the two degrees consecutively.

A double degree makes you highly employable, distinguishing you in today's crowded job market through your combination of skills.

The advantage of Monash is that it offers one of the most extensive ranges of double degrees in Australia, with more than 140 double-degrees combinations offered across all broad fields.

I studied a double degree, which allowed me to explore two areas of interest. But it was the practical experience – in my third and fourth years of my Commerce degree as a vacation student in the tax team at Ernst & Young – that helped me realise I wanted to be an economist rather than a solicitor. Now I'm a Senior Economist in the Department of Treasury and Finance.

Jacqueline Bastiani, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce

I chose to study at Monash because it was the only university where I could study a double degree in politics and economics. It also gave me the opportunity to specialise in these areas right from the start.

As part of my degree I also had the opportunity to undertake internships with the Parliament of Victoria and the Principles for Social Investment Secretariat – A United Nations Global Compact Initiative.

Joshua Knoop, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Economics

Double degrees are not the only means of tailoring your qualification to fit your diverse interests and talents. You can also combine major and minor areas of study to pursue your various interests and prepare yourself for a possible alternative career.  

Technology doesn't exist by itself, it mostly supports something being done in another field, and Monash lets you learn both on the same campus. I chose computer science because it has the option for electives, so I can follow my other interests (archaeology and ancient history) whilst getting an IT qualification with industry recognition.

Michael Billington, Bachelor of Computer Science

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Honours and postgraduate qualifications

Monash offers two types of honours degrees. All four-year professionally accredited courses lead to an honours degree. This means that you can complete an expert master's degree in just one additional year. This could be immediately following your degree or after you have worked in your chosen field for a while.

Some three-year courses also offer a four-year advanced-honours version that offer the same benefit.

You may also consider a postgraduate research qualification. Monash University is a world-leading research university and conducts ground-breaking research in many fields. After your honours year, you can undertake a research master's course, or work toward completing a PhD.