Quota subjects

These subjects are usually laboratory or fieldwork subjects where enrolment capacity is limited by available resources. Students are selected on the basis of academic merit.

Several subjects offered by the University are termed 'quota subjects' or 'quota restricted subjects'. These are usually laboratory or fieldwork subjects where enrolment capacity is limited by available resources. All students are selected for these subjects on the basis of academic merit.

Selection will often use your overall course average marks, however the major/stream, course or results in a specific discipline area may also be used.

How do I apply to be considered for a quota subject?

Applications for quota subjects in 2023 will open during the re-enrolment period.

You must be enrolled in the subject by the application deadline in order to be considered. This deadline is referred to as the 'Last date to Self-Enrol' and can be seen on the individual handbook entry for each subject, in the 'Dates and Location' section.

For current University of Melbourne students

  1. Enrol in the subject via the Student Portal by the application deadline. If you meet the prerequisites but are unable to enrol via the portal you should submit an Enrolment Variation Form
  2. Selection will be undertaken by the teaching staff after the application deadline
  3. Once selection has been finalised, you will receive notification of your application outcome via email. It is expected that the notification will be sent out within 5-7 business days
  4. Unsuccessful applicants will be removed from the subject and advised via email

If you do not have the prerequisites for a subject, you will need to obtain written coordinator approval to enrol in the subject. Submit the approval through an Enrolment Variation Form. Obtaining a prerequisite waiver to apply for the subject does not guarantee a place in the subject; it simply allows you to be considered in the selection process.

For external applicants

External applicants (Community Access Program, Cross Institutional Study and Enabling Study) will be considered under a separate application process.

Application and selection

Selection into quota subjects is based on academic merit. Some subjects will also give preference to students within a certain major or course, or with results in a specific discipline. Students who have successfully completed the prerequisites will also be considered before those who have not. Please see the selection criteria for each subject listed above.

Please note: enrolling in a quota subject through your study plan DOES NOT guarantee a place. Email notifications will be sent to advise you on the outcome of your application.

Additional teaching requirements

Many quota subjects have additional requirements, which can include field trips and overseas travel. You should be aware that you may be asked to meet additional requirements for the subject; this could include paying a deposit or confirming details required for organising a field trip.

If you have been offered a place in a quota subject but have not met subject pre-teaching requirements by the due date, you may be withdrawn and your place in the subject will be allocated to the next student on the waiting list. You should ensure that you are in contact with the teaching staff and respond to any requests to confirm your place in the subject.

There are also a number of quota subjects available to Science students administered by the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Subjects are offered by the following teaching departments:

  • Anatomy and Neuroscience
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Pathology
  • Physiology

For quota subjects not listed above, check the Handbook entry and/or the relevant teaching department for application details.

Quota subjects offered by the Faculty of Science

The following Faculty of Science subjects have a quota limit.

Offered in Summer

Subject code Subject title Teaching
department
Study period Application deadline Selection criteria
BOTA30006 Field Botany BioSciences Summer Term 12/12/2022 1) Course WAM. Preference is given to students in Plant Science major, Ecology and Evolution Biology major and MSc (BioSciences) students.
GEOG30025 Biogeography and Ecology of Fire Geography January 24/11/2022 1) Completed marks in Geography subjects;
2) Course WAM. Preference is given to Geography major or MSc (Geography) students.
GEOG90027 Biogeography and Ecology of Fire Geography January 24/11/2022 1) Completed marks in Geography subjects;
2) Course WAM. Preference is given to Geography major or MSc (Geography) students.
ZOOL30008 Experimental Marine Biology BioSciences February 12/12/2022 1) Course WAM. Preference is given to students in the Marine Biology major.

Offered in the first half of the year

Subject code Subject title Teaching department Study period Application deadline Selection criteria
GEOG30022/
GEOG90052
Riverine Landscapes: Hydrology & Ecology Geography Not offered in 2023 Not offered in 2023 1) Course WAM

Offered in Winter

Subject codeSubject titleTeaching departmentStudy periodApplication deadlineSelection criteria
GEOG30006/
GEOG90007
China Field Class/China Field Class PGGeographyNot offered in 2023Not offered in 20231) WAM of completed marks in Geography subjects;
2) Course WAM. Preference is given to Geography major or MSc (Geography) students.
MAST90007Statistics for Research WorkersMathematics and StatisticsWinter Term18/06/20231) Students who require this subject as Core to their Course will receive preference.
2) Following that, selection will be based by the date of enrolment.
SCIE90013Science Communication for Research ScientistsBioSciencesWinter Term17/02/20231) In order of enrolment

Offered in the second half of the year

Subject code Subject title Teaching department Study period Application deadline Selection criteria
BIOL30002 Experimental Reproductive Physiology BioSciences Semester 2 04/07/2023 1) Course WAM. Some high-achieving students with high grades in subjects equivalent to the prerequisites may be admitted, but only with permission from the coordinator.
BOTA30004 Vegetation Management and Conservation BioSciences Semester 2 10/07/2023 Preference of places will be granted in the following order
GEOG30026/
GEOG90025
East Timor Field Class Geography May 10/03/2023 1) WAM of completed marks in Geography subjects;
2) Course WAM. Preference is given to Geography major or MSc (Geography) students.
SCIE90012 Science Communication BioSciences Semester 2 04/07/2023 1) Course WAM
ZOOL30009 Tropical Field Ecology BioSciences Semester 2 04/08/2023 1) Course WAM
ZOOL20006 Comparative Animal Physiology BioSciences Semester 2 04/07/2023 1) Course WAM

Offered in November

Subject codeSubject titleTeaching
department
Study
period
Application deadlineSelection criteria
BOTA30001Marine BotanyBioSciencesNot offered in 2023Not available in 20231) Course WAM. Preference is given to students in the Plant Science or Marine Biology majors.
FRST90030Forests in the Asia Pacific RegionEcosystem and Forest ScienceNot available in 2023Not available in 20231) In order of enrolment.
GEOG30023/
GEOG90026
Global Climate Change in ContextGeographyNovember15/08/20231) WAM of completed marks in Geography subjects;
2) Course WAM. Preference is given to Geography major or MSC (Geography) students.