Diploma of Higher Education Studies

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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.

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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 Sciences AMU1277 Media Studies
Bachelor of Communication and Media Studies AMU1278 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 Commerce ACW1100 Introduction to financial accounting or ACW1200 Accounting for managers
 BTW1042 Malaysian business law
 ECW1101 Introductory microeconomics
 ETW1000 Economics and business statistics
MGW1010 Introduction to management
 MKW1120 Marketing theory and practice
School of Information Technology
Bachelor of Computer Science FIT1008 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 Science BIO1011 Blueprints for life
Bachelor of Food Science and Technology BIO1022 Life on Earth
Bachelor of Medical Bioscience CHM1051 Chemistry 1 advanced
 CHM1052 Chemistry 2 advanced
 SCI1020 Introduction to statistical reasoning 
  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:


Commencing Monash University Foundation Year (MUFY) in 2018/2019*60%*
A Level GCE 6
ATAR  65
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education 15
Indian School Certificate Examination 55%
All India Senior School Certificate Examination 60%
SMA3, Indonesia

Please refer to https://priorstudy.monash.edu/prior-study/ to find out the entry score

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB Diploma) 24
STPM, Malaysia,7
UEC, Malaysia,6
Program Matrikulasi (Matriculation Program), Malaysia 1. 7
Ontario Secondary School Diploma  69.3%
Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) 8
High School Diploma, Vietnam 7.5
UNSW Foundation Studies6
Foundation in Arts, Sunway College55%
Foundation in Science and Technology, Sunway College55%

*The undergraduate entry requirements published are for students who commence the MUFY program in 2018/2019.

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 Higher Level equivalent)



Malaysian student International student
Non-science stream RM32,850 RM36,850
Science stream RM37,100 RM41,500

Once-only fees

  • Application – RM100
  • Registration – RM200

Per-semester fees

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

Visa for new international student

  • RM2,330

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.