Pathway diagram Diploma

Our Diploma programs offer both domestic and international students guaranteed entry into second year at Monash University for a range of related undergraduate degrees. All you need to do is complete the Diploma with the required entry score.


Domestic diploma students are now eligible for a guaranteed Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) in second year at Monash University.

Choose your study area

Note that if you are interested in studying law, medicine, nursing, health sciences or pharmacy, you’ll need to study foundation year.

Diplomas at a glance

What you can studyArts, business, education, engineering, IT and science (Docklands)
Art and design (Docklands)
How long?

Part 1: 9 months*
Part 2: 4 - 12 months*
Part 2 (Engineering stream): 12 months

*Depending on program and start date

Maximum duration of course

Part 1 and 2: 6 trimesters, except for Diploma of Engineering with 7 trimesters and Diploma of Art and Design Part 2.1 with 5 trimesters

Part 2: 4 trimesters, except for Diploma of Engineering with 5 trimesters and Diploma of Art and Design Part 2.1 with 3 trimesters

Class structureTutorials and lectures (+ laboratory practicals for engineering, IT and science)
Contact hours5–7 hours per unit, per week
Study modelTrimester
Start datesFebruary, June and October
Double degreesYes – selected degrees only
International locationsJakarta International College, Indonesia
Universal College Bangladesh, Bangladesh
Universal College Lanka, Sri Lanka 
Tianhua College, China

Why study a diploma?

Fast track to second year

In part 2 of your diploma, you’ll study the same subjects as first year university students. Some people use this as a fast track, completing first year in 8 months.*

Smaller class sizes

Our small classes mean you will receive individual attention from your teachers. You’ll still study undergraduate level subjects – but the extra support will make sure you are ready for university.

Expert teachers

Our teachers are experts in teaching international students. They will help you develop your academic skills and will provide you with lots of feedback and support.

How diplomas work

The Monash College diploma is in two parts. You can start in part 1 or part 2, depending on your academic results.

Part 1Part 2
Who should enter?Australian Year 11 or equivalentAustralian Year 12 or equivalent
How long?9 months9 months*

*Engineering Part 2 Engineering stream is 12 months, Part 2 Fine Art & Architectural Design is 4 months.
What happens when you finish?You can start part 2. If you achieve exceptional results, you can start first year at Monash University.You can start second year at Monash University, subject to faculty entry requirements.

Admissions Transparency

Monash College admits students from a range of educational pathways into its diplomas. Although an ATAR and an OP (Queensland) score is published for each diploma, students can also be admitted based on previous higher education or vocational education (complete or incomplete) or Yr 11 study. Details on specific entry requirements and pre-requisites are available from the Academic entry requirements page.

To get a better understanding of admissions at Monash College, see the admissions information here.

The table gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Monash College overall and by course. It provides data for students that commenced study in Australia and passed the census date in 2016.

Do you need help with English?

If you don't meet the English language requirements for a Monash College diploma, you can study our 10–20 week Monash English Bridging course before your diploma begins. After successfully completing MEB, you can start your diploma without sitting another IELTS test.

*The Diploma of Engineering (Engineering stream) takes 12 months.

Art & Design – CRICOS 045084G
Arts – CRICOS 061625F
Business – CRICOS 043633M
Engineering – CRICOS 043634K
Information Technology - CRICOS 0100159
Science – CRICOS 086068B