Diploma in General Studies (DIGS)

A guide to your course

Welcome! Here you'll find resources for current Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences (FVAS) students.

For personalised support or assistance, get in touch with Stop 1. Stop 1 can connect you with the full range of student services to support you while studying at the University.

These services include Academic Skills, Course Planning, Student Equity and Disability Support, Special Consideration, Counselling and Psychological Services, the University Health Service, Careers and Employability, Study Overseas and more.

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Getting started

Congratulations on receiving your offer to study with FVAS! We know that you have lots of questions about your studies and we want to ensure that you have a smooth transition to university life here at the University of Melbourne.

Accepting your offer

Accept your offer via the Student Portal or the Application Portal. If you wish to change to a later commencement date, please apply to defer.

Getting started

Become an official University of Melbourne student with Get Started at Melbourne: your step-by-step guide to accepting your offer and completing your uni admin.

Here’s a handy checklist to make sure you’ve taken care of administrative tasks, including getting your student card, accessing your student email, and accessing the LMS.

Get Started at Melbourne


Find out what activities are available to help you get to know the University of Melbourne at our Orientation webpage.

More about Orientation

Check out other key semester dates on the University dates page.

Important note: Some of our courses start on dates other than those above. Please check your letter of offer for your course’s start date.

Planning your course

Remember to regularly check in on the University’s Current Students page, where you can access a range of study resources and information.

Before you enrol in subjects you will need to start planning your course. This involves checking the course rules and structure in the Handbook and your faculty resources before deciding which subjects you will study. If you need assistance choosing or enrolling in your subjects, you can book an appointment with a Course Adviser.

Course planning tool

To make the most of your course, it’s important to understand your course structure, choose the right subjects and explore the options available to you. These tools do not replace the normal enrolment process. They are to be used as a guide only to plan out your subjects and specialisations. You will still need to add and enrol in subjects via your Study Plan.

Enrolling in subjects

Class timetable

MyTimetable is the tool you use to plan and build your class timetable. Class timetabling is a preference-based process where you rank your preferred class times, and MyTimetable's sorting process finds the best fit for everyone's individual timetable. Each step has a deadline, so be aware of the key dates.


Learning Management System (LMS)

The Learning Management System (LMS) is the online home of everything related to your enrolled subjects. Once you've enrolled in subjects, you'll use the LMS to access readings, lecture recordings and assignment information, and to submit your assignments as well as check your grades.

View your LMS

Subject selection and enrolment

Find out how to plan your course, enrol in subjects and set out your timetable by visiting the Manage Your Course page.

Manage Your Course


You can explore your subject options and get to know the course structure in the University of Melbourne Handbook – your official source of course and subject information.

Diploma in General Studies handbook

What you’ll need to know

Q Fever screening and vaccination

Some FVAS courses and subjects require you to be vaccinated against Q Fever. Learn which courses and subjects require vaccination, how to obtain vaccination, and find out about the Q Fever register.

Learn about Q Fever vaccinations

Stay with us

Accommodation at Dookie

Dookie campus is your home away from home, where you’ll experience a unique student lifestyle in a cohesive community of peers, with supportive and inspiring teachers on hand to provide guidance. Find out about accommodation at Dookie and the amenities available to you.

Learn more about Dookie

Students sitting in front of the Dookie College sign at the University of Melbourne's Dookie campus


Your fees will vary depending on what type of student you are (e.g. domestic or international, undergraduate or graduate) and the course you are studying. Learn more about what fees you're required to pay and how they're calculated here:

Understanding your fees

Domestic students

If you are intending to use FEE-HELP to pay your tuition fees, please lodge your FEE-HELP application immediately after you enrol in subjects. Some subjects have early census dates. Applications for FEE-HELP must be lodged by the subject census date if you wish to defer payment to a FEE-HELP loan. If the census date has passed you must pay the fee for the subject upfront to the University.

More information about FEE-HELP

International students

When you accept your offer to study, you must pay a minimum tuition fee deposit of $10,000 (AUD). This fee deposit will be deducted from your remaining tuition fees. The deposit can be paid with your Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) as outlined in your offer letter.

Fees for international students

Academic progress

Keeping track of your academic progress is important during your time as a student. At the end of each semester you should be aware of your results in each subject and know what to do if you have any problems.

Course progression

An overview of what happens if you do not meet academic requirements can be found on the University’s Academic Progress webpage.

You may find extra information on the conditions of your academic progression in the ‘notes’ section of the Handbook entry for your course.

Changing your study load

If you withdraw from a subject, make sure it is not required as a pre-requisite for subjects you intend to study in the future or that it is not required as a co-requisite for subjects you are currently studying.

Find information on withdrawing from a subject.

For information about changing from full-time to part-time study, read the Stop 1 FAQs

International students, read more here: Reduced study load information and application form

Failing a subject

If you have failed a single subject, you can read about the steps you can take here

If you have failed more than one subject, failed a core or compulsory subject, or withdrawn from all your subjects after the census date, you may be at risk of unsatisfactory progress. For more information about unsatisfactory progress, please see the University's Academic Progress page.

Leave of absence

Sometimes life is unpredictable. If circumstances arise that mean you need to take a break from study, you will need to apply for a leave of absence.


Course withdrawal means you have permanently withdrawn from your course prior to completion with no plans for readmission.

Find out more about course withdrawal.

Before you apply to withdraw from your course, it is recommended that you seek course advice to ensure that course withdrawal is right for you. If you withdraw from your course but decide in the future to resume your studies in the same course, you will need to reapply.

For more information, see: Course withdrawal and re-admission.


If you want to discuss strategies to improve your academic progress, please contact Stop 1.

Relevant Policy: Academic Progress Policy (MPF1291)

Further information

Assessment information and policies

Find information about assessment, including extensions, academic integrity, and more.

Learn more

Social Media and Photography Guidelines

Information and guidelines regarding photography, video/audio recordings and social media within the faculty.

Read the guidelines

Student code of conduct

Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences students must abide by the following standards of behaviour. This Code is to be used alongside and in addition to the following University of Melbourne documents:

Code of conduct

Writing style guide

A guide to help you achieve consistency and accuracy in your writing, formatting and referencing of essays and reports.

Writing style guide