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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 course you would like to study but need a bit of extra help to get there, the Diploma of University Studies is for you. You can choose from the following pathways which match the degree you’re thinking of studying: Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, Health Science, Nursing Foundation Studies, Psychology, Social Work and Science.

In this one year full-time (or part-time equivalent) course you'll learn key skills and build knowledge that will help you to succeed in your chosen pathway. The units you study in this course can also be credited into your bachelor degree. This means you can start studying your degree from the get-go.

Learn the skills and knowledge to prepare you for bachelor level study.

Each pathway has been designed in consultation with the relevant College to build your skills and knowledge. Although the pathways differ, all have the same basic structure, including preparation units, course-specific foundation units, and first year (introductory) level units.


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, Semester 2, Nursing Study Period 1


"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 the following:

  • Completed secondary education or equivalent


  • 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.

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. Completion of the Diploma will not only help qualify you for entrance into a bachelor’s degree, but will also provide credit into a relevant degree.

Pathways on offer

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

  • Arts pathway*: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Justice Studies, Bachelor of Media and Communications
  • Business pathway*: Bachelor of Business
  • Education pathway**: Bachelor of Education (Primary or Health and Physical Education)
  • Engineering pathway***: Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Maritime Engineering
  • Health Science pathway^: Bachelor of Nutrition Science, Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science, Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine
  • Nursing Foundation Studies pathway**: Bachelor of Nursing
  • Psychology pathway*: Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Social Work pathway**: Bachelor of Social Work
  • Science pathway: Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology, Bachelor of Marine and Antarctic Science, Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness

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

*Successful completion of this pathway provides 100 credit points advanced standing

**Successful completion of this pathway provides 50 credit points advanced standing

***Successful completion of the Engineering pathway provides 37.5 credit points advanced standing

^Successful completion of this pathway provides 100 credit points into the Bachelor of Nutrition Science, or 50 credit points into the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science or the Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine.

Students may also wish to transition to a relevant associate degree after completing their Diploma of University Studies. Advanced standing for completed study will be applied on a case by case basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

International students

International students should refer to the International Students course fees page to get an indicative course cost.


For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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