Quota Subjects

Find out about the laboratory or fieldwork subjects where enrolment capacity is limited by available resources, including how and when to apply.

Quota Subjects

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 will open during the re-enrolment period. See below for closing dates.

You must be enrolled in the subject by the application closing date in order to be considered for selection. Being enrolled in the subject is your complete application, there is nothing else you need to do. This deadline is referred to as the 'Last  Self-Enrol date' and can be seen on the individual handbook entry for each subject, in the 'Dates and Location' section.

Semester 1 Application Dates

Application Deadline: Sunday 22 January 2023

External Application Deadline (CAP/Enabling/Cross Institutional): Sunday 15 January 2023

SubjectSelection Criteria
ANAT20006 - Principles of Human StructureAcademic Merit
ANAT30007 - Human Locomotor SystemsAcademic Merit
Preference given to students enrolled in the Human Structure and Function major
BCMB20005 - Techniques in Molecular ScienceAcademic Merit
BCMB30010 - Advanced Techniques in Molecular ScienceAcademic Merit
Preference given to students enrolled in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major
MIIM30016 - Techniques in MicrobiologyAcademic Merit
Preference given to students enrolled in the Microbiology major
PATH30002 - Techniques for the Investigation of DiseaseAcademic Merit
Preference given to students enrolled in the Pathology major 
PHRM30009 - Drugs in Biomedical ExperimentsAcademic Merit
Preference given to students enrolled in the Pharmacology major 
PHYS20009 - Research Based PhysiologyAcademic Merit
PHYS30009 - Experimental PhysiologyAcademic Merit

Semester 2 Application Dates

Application Deadline: Sunday 2 July 2023

External Application Deadline (CAP/Enabling/Cross Institutional): Sunday 25 June 2023

SubjectSelection Criteria
ANAT20006 - Principles of Human StructureAcademic Merit
ANAT30008 - Viscera and Visceral SystemsAcademic Merit
Preference given to students enrolled in the Human Structure and Function major
BCMB20005 - Techniques in Molecular ScienceAcademic Merit
BCMB30010 - Advanced Techniques in Molecular ScienceAcademic Merit
Preference given to students enrolled in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major
CEDB30003 - Developmental BiologyAcademic Merit
MIIM30015 - Techniques in ImmunologyAcademic Merit
Preference given to students enrolled in the Immunology major
PATH30004 - Advanced Investigation of Human DiseaseAcademic Merit
PATH20003 - Experimental PathologyAcademic Merit
PHRM30009 - Drugs in Biomedical ExperimentsAcademic Merit
Preference given to students enrolled in the Pharmacology major
PHYS20009 - Research Based PhysiologyAcademic Merit

APPLICATION AND SELECTION INFORMATION

Selection into Biomedical Science 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.

"Enrolled in the major" is defined having the major declared on your study plan and having successfully completed at least one core subject at the time of selection.

Students that miss the application deadline will only be able to receive a spot in the subject if there are still places available (first in basis). Where subjects are full after selection a waitlist will be maintained.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Enrolling in a quota subject through your study plan DOES NOT guarantee you a place in the subject. Email notification will be sent to advise the outcome of your application.

EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: External applicants (Community Access Program, cross-institutional and enabling) will be considered under a separate application process. If applying for ANAT20006 you do not need to have your pre-requisites equivalents checked by the subject coordinator, this will be done in the selection process.

HOW TO APPLY - Internal Applicants

  1. Enrol in the subject via my.unimelb by the application deadline. Students who meet the requisites but are unable to enrol via the portal should submit an Enrolment Variation form.
  2. Selection will occur after the application deadline
  3. Once selection has been finalised, applicants will receive notification of their application outcome via email. Outcomes will be emailed out to students within 1-2 weeks after the application close date.
  4. Unsuccessful applicants will be withdrawn from the subject and advised via email.

HOW TO APPLY - External Applicants
(CAP/Enabling/Cross-Institutional)

  1. Submit complete application by the application deadline (including all required documentation). Minimum Required Documentation: Transcripts for all undergraduate and honours study, up to and including results from the previous calendar year. Please follow the single subject applications process, found here.
  2. Selection will occur after the application deadline.
  3. Once selection has been finalised, applicants will receive notification of their application outcome via email. It is expected that the notification will be sent out within 10-15 business days.
  4. Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.

FAQs

  • I missed the application deadline - what do I do?

    If there are places available after selection and you meet the pre-requisites you will be able to self enrol as normal up until the Friday before Semester commences.
    If you do not meet the pre-requisites please email the subject coordinator for requisite waiver approval.
    If you meet the pre-requisites and cannot enrol this means the subject is full. You will need to contact the subject coordinator to request to be added to the waitlist.
    Please note: while selection is occuring you will not receive a response. Once selection has been completed we will advise you whether you will be able to enrol (subject not full) or have been placed on the waitlist.

  • I really want to do a quota subject but don't meet the pre-requisite requirements. What can I do?

    If you do not have the prerequisites for a subject and wish to apply, you will need to obtain written coordinator approval to enrol in the subject. Please note that it is unlikely that subject coordinators will grant a prerequisite waiver unless they are satisfied that you have background knowledge equivalent to the subject’s prerequisites. Once you have received coordinator approval, you need to submit an Enrolment Variation form.  Note that obtaining a requisite 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.

  • I need to do this subject to complete my major. Is this considered during selection?

    If you have declared the major on your study plan and already successfully completed at least one core subject of the major at the time of selection, students who applied on time will be given priority during selection rounds for other core subjects in that major. To be given this priority, you need to ensure you apply on time.