How do I know what subjects to pick?


So you have no idea what subjects to do…that’s okay! Hopefully this post can help to point you in the right direction!

Book a course advice appointment


If you have ABSOLUTELY NO CLUE what to do with this whole subject selection thing – it’s best if you make an appointment to see a course advisor.

Here are the links if you want to book an appointment:

ScienceArtsCommerceEnvironmentsBiomedVCA & MCMEngineering

Check out some sample study plans

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Yes, there are sample study plans available online! These are just a guide to give you an idea of what subjects to pick. And just to reiterate – these are SAMPLES!

Sample study plans for: ScienceArtsCommerceEnvironmentsBiomed


Screen Shot 2013-06-30 at 1.55.36 PMThe handbook is where you can find subjects and it also tells you in detail what is required of you to graduate from your degree (as in, the credit points, the subject levels etc.).

Most of you who read this blog would look under the new generation course (when the model kicked in), so if you click on that and check out the course structure, that will tell you what you need to fulfil.

Click here to be directed to the main courses in the handbook.

Example: A science course

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Then if you scroll down further, there’s a list of majors and minor – if you click on it, more info about subjects for that major show up.

Screen Shot 2013-06-30 at 2.03.04 PMP.s. Anyone out there doing science – this handbook link is super super handy:

My tips

#1 – I wouldn’t call 13 MELB if I wanted their advice on what subjects to select. They can’t really give you course advice – that’s for the course advisors to answer. But 13 MELB can help point you in the right direction! :)

#2 – If you can’t book a course advice appointment, pop in to your student centre anyways because sometimes they have an advisor on stand by.

#3 – Draft up a study plan of your course, and run it past a course advisor one day.


It would really really suck if you are in your final semester of uni, and then someone tells you that you can’t graduate because you didn’t meet the course requirements! Plus, it’s good to have a little plan of what subjects you need to take for you major to see what pre-reqs you need etc.

E.g. This is my little plan for now! Blue is for level 1 science, green is for level 2 science, orange is for breadth/elective, purple is for my major, and pinky/red is other level 3s. I haven’t run this past an advisor just yet, but it gives me a good idea what my plan is for the rest of my course.

Screen Shot 2013-06-30 at 2.20.41 PMAnyhoos, hope this blog post helps you!


p.s. If you’ve sent me a question/message/email recently – I will reply soon! I’m just a bit flat out at the moment.

2 thoughts on “How do I know what subjects to pick?

  1. Flora of Victoria is a great subject! I did it in Feb this year, Mike Bayly is a superb lecturer, and the excursions are fun. It’s a semi-easy H1 if you really concentrate and put effort into the assignment.

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