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Diploma of Higher Education Studies


Why study a Diploma of Higher Education Studies?

Do you have pre-university or foundation year qualifications but need another chance to earn a degree and move closer to your dream of becoming a journalist, social scientist, business professional, IT expert or scientist?

This one-year program is an alternative pathway to a Monash degree. It allows you to study first-year units in four of our schools – arts and social sciences, business, IT and science – and qualify for the second year of a chosen degree.

Degree options and units

You have seven degrees to choose from across the four participating schools. Whichever you choose, you need to study six units related to your degree and two compulsory study-skills units, Learning in Higher Education and Academic Literacies, in your first year.

School of Arts and Social SciencesFirst-year units
Bachelor of Arts and Social SciencesAMU1277 Media Studies
Bachelor of Communication and Media StudiesAMU1278 Communication Technologies and Practices
 AMU1325 Introduction to World Politics and History
 AMU1326 Transformation from Above: Globalisation and State
 And one of the following pairs
 AMU1304 Television studies: Forms and approaches and AMU1305 Film studies: Forms and approaches
 AMU1328 Introduction to journalism A and AMU1329 Introduction to journalism B
 AMU1310 Introduction to gender studies and AMU1309 Introduction to sexuality studies
 PSY1011 Psychology 1A and PSY1022 Psychology 1B
School of Business 
Bachelor of Business and CommerceACW1100 Introduction to financial accounting or ACW1200 Accounting for managers
 BTW1042 Malaysian business law
 ECW1101 Introductory microeconomics
 ETW1000 Economics and business statistics or ETW1102 Business statistics
 MGW1010 Introduction to management
 MKW1120 Marketing theory and practice
School of Information Technology 
Bachelor of Computer ScienceFIT1008 Introduction to computer science
 FIT1045 Introduction to algorithms and programming
 FIT1047 Computer systems, networks and security
 FIT1049 IT professional practice
 MAT1830 Discrete mathematics for computer science
 MAT1841 Continuous mathematics for computer science
School of Science 
Bachelor of ScienceBIO1011 Biology I
Bachelor of Food Science and TechnologyBIO1022 Biology II
Bachelor of Medical BioscienceCHM1051 Chemistry 1 advanced
 CHM1052 Chemistry 2 advanced
 SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning or STA1010 Statistical methods for science
 Science elective


This course takes one year of full-time study to complete.

Entry requirements

To enter Monash University, students must satisfy particular academic, English language and age requirements.

Entry scores

You will need the following entry scores for the Diploma of Higher Education Studies:

Pre-university qualifications

A Level GCE6
Australian Year 12 ATAR65
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education16
Indian School Certificate Examination55%
All India Senior School Certificate60%
Indonesia SMA37.5
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma24
Kenya, Certificate of Secondary Education6
Malaysia, STPM8
Malaysia, UEC7
Malaysia, Matriculation Program1. 7
Ontario Secondary School Diploma - Grade 1269.3%
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)1665
South Africa, National Senior Certificate (2009 onwards)30
Sri Lanka A Level8
Vietnam, High School Diploma7.5

Foundation Years

Commencing Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY) in 2016/2017*60%*
UNIPREP/UNSW Foundation Studies6
University of Melbourne College Trinity Foundation Studies65%
Sunway Foundation in Arts55%

*The undergraduate entry requirements published are for students who commence the MUFY program in 2016/2017.

Specific subject requirements

In addition to the above English language and academic requirements, some schools require you to have fulfilled these pre-requisite subjects to enrol in their streams.

Science at least one of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geography, Physics, Psychology or Mathematics at a higher level (Australian Year 12 equivalent)

Business – Mathematics (Australian Year 11 equivalent)

Information technology – Mathematics (Australian Year 12 equivalent)



 Malaysian studentInternational student
Non-science streamsRM31,000RM34,100
Science streamRM35,000RM38,500

Once-only fees

  • Application – RM100
  • Registration – RM200

Per-semester fees

  • General amenities – RM100
  • Hospitalisation and surgical insurance (international students only) – RM225

Intake periods

The intake periods for the Diploma of Higher Education Studies are in February, July or October.

How to apply

For more information about this Diploma program, including how to apply, contact us.

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