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Diploma of University Studies

Your pathway into university study.

Why study a pathway program?

University is for everyone, but sometimes we take different paths to get there. If you have an idea about the bachelor’s degree pathway you would like to follow but need a bit of extra help to get there, the Diploma of University Studies is for you. You can choose from the following specialisations which match the degree you’re thinking of studying: Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, Health (for a pathway into Nursing), Health Science, ICT and Science. This one year, full-time course will not only help you qualify for the corresponding bachelor’s degree, but it will also prepare you for university life.

The Diploma of University Studies will teach you key skills that will set you up for success at uni and teach you how to learn in the uni style. This Diploma will give you a more supported and gradual introduction to university study. You’ll make friends and get to know the university staff. Going to uni isn’t just about giving yourself enriching your career options, it’s about enjoying the university experience. You can meet new and interesting people, try new things, and learn different perspectives about the world. You’ll also get to know some familiar faces on campus. All while meeting the General Entry Requirements for your future studies.

Foundation level units are currently free to students (4 units), while the introductory level units incur fees. Full details of the cost of each unit is available in the University of Tasmania Course and Unit Handbook – just search for the unit and you will find a link to the costs. If you are eligible for HECS, your course fees can be deferred.


One year full-time or part-time equivalent


On campus (face-to-face), distance (online), combination*


Cradle Coast campus
Newnham campus
Sandy Bay campus


Semester 1 and Semester 2


"There had been a five-year gap between finishing college and deciding to attend university. Unfortunately, due to the type of subjects that I studied in college being vocational TAFE units, they did not provide any points towards entering university.

As such, the pre-degree program (Diploma of University Studies) provided the pathway to enter university as it allowed me to refresh and learn the necessary skills that I would need while attending university.  I have followed on from my pre-degree program into an ICT degree at UTAS."


To be eligible for the Diploma of University Studies, applicants will be assessed on prior study history and/or a personal competency statement. Assessment for eligibility will be made on the basis of one or more of the following:

  • Previous study at Year 11/12
  • TAFE study (Cert III level)
  • Proficiency in English reading and writing equivalent to Reading Level 4.03 and Writing Level 3.06 (Australian Core Skills Framework)
  • Numeracy Level 3 (all aspects)


  • A personal competency statement demonstrating equivalent to the above through work or other experiences.

Program structure

If you successfully complete this course, you will meet the requirements for entry into the specified bachelor course. Although the specialisation can differ, the course follows a similar structure.

In the Diploma, you’ll learn skills fundamental to university, which will help you be successful in a variety of subject areas, including research strategies, academic writing, critical thinking techniques, and academic numeracy. You’ll also engage in several course-specific Foundation or first-year units, with the program helping to support you in your study. Any completed first-year units not only help qualify you for entrance into the bachelor’s degree, but will also be credited to your degree once you’re in.

Specialisations on offer

Successful completion of this course will qualify you for following courses:

  • Arts specialisation: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Justice Studies, Bachelor of Social Science and Bachelor of Social Science (Police Studies) Conventional Pathway^
  • Business specialisation: Bachelor of Business
  • Education Specialisation: Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood, Primary or Health and Physical Education)
  • Engineering Specialisation: Bachelor of Engineering (AMC or Science)*
  • Health Specialisation: Bachelor of Nursing (3 year program) ¥
  • Health Science Specialisation: Bachelor of Nutrition Science
  • ICT Specialisation: Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology
  • Science Specialisation: Bachelor of Science

For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Handbook.

^Students achieving a Credit average or above in this specialisation will also qualify for entry to a Bachelor of Legal Studies.

*Entry into the Engineering specialisation requires Level 2 mathematics (MTG215114 or equivalent).

*Up to 30 places are available for pathway students into the University of Tasmania’s Bachelor of Nursing (H3D) 3-year program. Other entry is based on merit.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Enabling and Foundation level unit fees are currently covered by an internal scholarship that is applied after your enrolment. Introductory (First year level) degree units can be covered by HECS.

The majority of university students across Australia choose to defer their student contribution until after they have commenced into the workforce. You can do this by taking out a HECS-HELP loan. This loan can cover all or part of the student contribution amount.

Students undertaking first year level units are also required to pay a student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in proportion to study load. Students who are unable to pay the fee up-front can defer all or part of the fee through an element of the Higher Education Loan Program known as SA-HELP.

There are some textbook, stationery and student material costs that may apply and these are dependent on the units you study.

The foundation units included in the DUS are specifically designed to help you build the skills needed for successful degree study and to support you in your learning, while providing the opportunity for you to develop independent study skills.

Dedicated Student Coordinators are available to DUS students, and can provide you with guidance in matters related to your studies. They can also help you liaise with other university staff and student support services.

Submit an application for your preferred DUS specialisation.

Pre-degree Coordinator
Dr Sarah Dempster
Pre-degree Coordinator
+61 3 6226 6906
DUS Student Coordinators
Lisa Amerikanos
DUS Student Coordinator

+61 3 6324 3279
Dr Dominic Lennard
DUS Student Coordinator

+61 3 6226 1558
Mike Harris
DUS Student Coordinator

Cradle Coast
+61 3 6430 4914
Florence Ko
DUS Student Coordinator

+61 3 6226 1025