Melbourne's undergraduate degrees – Arts, Biomedicine, Environments, Commerce, Music and Science – are designed to give all students depth and breadth of learning. Depth is reflected in the expertise you gain by studying a core program in a major discipline. Breadth is a result of choosing
additional subjects from outside your major area of study,
to develop other kinds of expertise.
Whatever kind of undergraduate degree you pursue, part of your program will focus on ways of knowing and thinking
outside your core discipline.
Along with your choice of a major discipline, breadth studies offer many options and many paths to a degree. You can choose the pathway that reflects your goals, your talents and your personal passions
Studying at the University of Melbourne has been most rewarding, and the Melbourne Experience is exhilarating. I enjoy the Commerce degree and appreciate how some subjects are compulsory – so you develop sound business skills – but like having the flexibility to study breadth. Breadth creates space for me to develop not just in Commerce, but also in other areas that I'm passionate about but may not otherwise have the opportunity to explore.
Bachelor of Commerce student
How does breadth work?
An undergraduate degree at Melbourne normally requires 100 points of study at each year level, usually over three years of full-time study. Of the 300 total points required for your degree, you must accumulate at least 50 points of breadth. Most
subjects are worth 12.5 points, so in most cases that means you must complete at least four subjects towards the breadth component of your degree. Whatever you choose, you should spread out your breadth studies over the three
year course so that you are able to develop a reasonable knowledge in a complementary discipline.
To help you choose your breadth studies, the University has created a number of clear breadth sequences, or 'tracks'. These tracks identify coherent, sequential groups of subjects and take into account prerequisites so that you can extract
the maximum benefit from your breadth component. Learn more about breadth subjects in the University Handbook.