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Credit Policy


This policy outlines the principles for determining credit towards Monash qualifications.


All coursework programs.
All coursework unit components of a graduate research degree.

As per the Monash University (Academic Board) Regulations, credit will not be granted towards a thesis or alternative research component of a graduate research degree..
Courses delivered at a non-Australian campus must comply with the appropriate non-Australian government requirements (such as the Malaysian Qualifications Framework which has provision for education pathways).

Policy Statement

A Monash qualification is an academically coherent and cumulative program of specific units that contribute to the acquisition of knowledge and to the development of Monash graduate attributes. The granting of credit must support this educational objective.

Credit Processes

1. The university will determine credit for previous types of learning (formal, informal and non-formal learning) where this is assessed as equivalent to Monash University study, or assessed as equivalent to the pre-requisite qualification for admission to a course, subject to the conditions and limits stated below.

2. Credit for previous learning may be obtained through the processes of articulation, credit transfer and recognition of prior learning or a combination of these processes.

3. Applications for credit may be made to the managing faculty. The managing faculty will arrange for credit assessment by the degree awarding faculty. (Where the degree awarding faculty is not the teaching faculty, the degree awarding faculty will obtain the credit assessment from the teaching faculty.) The managing faculty will then determine the credit granted for the course in consultation with the degree awarding faculty*.

*Note: The “managing faculty” and “degree awarding faculty” and “teaching faculty” will often be the same faculty. For a double degree, there are two degree awarding faculties. One of these will be nominated as “managing faculty” and be responsible for administering the course of study.

4. Eligibility for credit towards a course does not guarantee admission to that course.

Forms of credit

5. Credit outcomes are expressed as block credit, specified credit or unspecified credit, as appropriate.

5.1 Block credit is credit granted towards whole stages or components of a qualification. Block credit is normally considered to fulfil any progression requirements for a stage of a course.

5.2 Specified credit is credit granted towards core and/or specific components in a qualification. At Monash, credit is given for a specific Monash unit, as identified by its unit code. When making credit decisions, Monash will seek to allocate specified credit where possible.

5.3 An exemption is a type of specified credit where the student is waived the requirement to complete a core unit but is required to complete another unit of the same credit point value.

5.4 Unspecified credit is credit granted towards components in a qualification where the Monash unit is not specified. Only the credit point value and level of the unit are identified.

Credit Assessments

6. Credit is assessed on the basis of equivalence of content and learning outcomes between the previous learning and a Monash unit, subject to the limits on credit. In granting credit, the degree awarding faculty will ensure that all the requirements of the course are fulfilled and that other relevant matters, such as professional accreditation requirements are taken into account.

7. Equivalence of content and learning outcomes is measured by:

7.1 In the case of previous formal learning, the volume, depth and breadth of content and assessment requirements between the previous successfully completed component of study and the Monash unit and/or agreed relativities between a previously completed qualification and a Monash qualification.

7.2 In the case of previous informal and non-formal learning, an evidence-based assessment made by the teaching faculty (which will determine a variety of methods for the purpose) between the previous learning and the Monash unit.

8. A near pass grade or terminating pass at another institution (or where previously awarded by Monash) will not be considered successful completion.

9. For credit to be granted, the previous learning must be equivalent to at least 80% of the content, learning outcomes and weighting of the Monash unit.

10. Partial credit for Monash units will not be granted.

11. Credit granted by another provider is not transferable to Monash, therefore a new credit application must be made.

12. Credit will not be granted towards the research component of an honours degree, or any graduate qualification, or a graduate research degree.

13. To be eligible for credit, previous learning must have been completed within ten years prior to the year of application for credit.

14. The degree awarding faculty may set different recency requirements on previous learning where appropriate, including no time limit, depending on the state of change in discipline knowledge and practices.

15. Exceptions to the recency requirement for an individual applicant may be made with the approval of the dean or dean’s nominee.

Credit Limits

See Monash University (Academic Board) Regulations Part 3 - Section 15

16. There are limits on the maximum credit which will be granted in a Monash course of study.  

16.1 Where a Monash course is 96 credit points or less, a student must complete at least half of these credit points at Monash. 

16.2 Where a Monash course is greater than 96 credit points, a student must complete a minimum of 48 of these credit points at Monash.  

16.3 For  graduate research degrees, credit is assessed on a case-by-case basis, subject to Faculty specific requirements.

17. The following table sets out the maximum credit which will be granted for Monash courses of study, excluding graduate research degrees. 

                          Monash Courses
Length of Course(FTE)         Credit points     Maximum Credit Granted
1 Semester 24 credit points     12 credit points
1 year 48 credit points     24 credit points
1.5 year 72 credit points     36 credit points
2 year 96 credit points     48 credit points
3 year 144 credit points     96 credit points
4 year 192 credit points     144 credit points

18. Where Monash offers a course of study in a collaborative arrangement with other institutions (i.e., joint awards, double degrees, dual awards) at least half of the credit points of the course of study must be completed at Monash University.  

18.1 Limits on maximum credit for these courses of study may be waived with the approval of Academic Board.  

19.  Faculties may nominate units or components of the degree structure (such as core or capstone units) for which credit will not be given.  

20. The degree awarding faculty may specify where credit may be allocated within the course.  

21. The faculty may reduce the allowable maximum credit where this is necessary to fulfil professional accreditation requirements.  

22. Limits on maximum credit may be waived at the discretion of the managing faculty dean or dean's nominee where a student is being transferred from one Monash course to another closely related course.  

23. Limits on maximum credit do not apply to Monash nested programs.

Supporting procedures

Credit procedures

Supporting guidelines

Responsibility for implementation

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) or nominee has responsibility for the development of university-wide policy and procedures.
Faculties are responsible for the administration of credit processes, assessment and decisions and credit transfer arrangements and precedents.



Key Stakeholders

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) or nominee
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Quality)
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Teaching)
Vice-Provost (Graduate Education)
Chair, Admissions Pathways Expert Advisory Group
Student Administration
Associate Deans (Education)
Associate Deans (Graduate Research)
Faculty Managers
Monash Institute of Graduate Research (MIGR)
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Sunway)
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Monash South Africa)

Approval body

Name: Academic Board
Meeting: 1/2012
Date: 29-February-2012
Agenda item: 15.1

Endorsement body

Name: Education Committee
Meeting: 5/2011
Date: 28-September-2011
Agenda item: 13.4


Articulation: is a process that enables students to progress from one completed qualification to another with admission and/or credit in a defined pathway. (AQF)

AQF: Australian Qualifications Framework

Block Credit: is credit granted towards whole stages or components of a qualification. Block credit does not involve individual student assessment but is usually arranged through a credit transfer or articulation agreement with another education provider. Block credit involves credit being granted for a whole section of a course such as a semester or year of full-time study in the course, rather than for specific units.

Cognate award: A qualification in a related field of study.

Core unit: is a unit of study that is compulsory for the course or subject area.

Credit: is the value assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications which reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification. Credit may be through credit transfer, articulation, recognition of prior learning or advanced standing. (AQF) (Note: In Callista, the term advanced standing” refers to credit”.)

Credit transfer: is a process that provides students with agreed and consistent credit outcomes for components of a qualification based on equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications. (AQF)

Degree awarding faculty: is the faculty that is responsible for ensuring that the requirements for an award have been met.

Exemption: A student may receive credit for previous learning and be waived the requirement to complete a core unit but is required to complete another unit of the same credit point value. (On Callista, the term ‘preclusion’ is used.)

Formal learning: is the learning that takes place through a structured program of learning and assessment that leads to the full or partial attainment of a recognised AQF qualification or other formally recognised qualification. (AQF)

Graduate research degree: is also known as a higher degree by research.

Informal learning: refers to learning gained through work-related, social, family, hobby or leisure activities and experiences. Unlike formal and non-formal learning, informal learning is not organised or externally structured in terms of objectives, time or learning support. (AQF)

Managing Faculty: The faculty responsible for managing the course of enrolment.

Nested Programs: Closely related Monash University courses where, on successful completion of the lower level course, the student may be eligible for block credit towards the higher level course: eg a graduate diploma for which the student may receive 48 credit points towards the related masters course

Non formal learning: refers to learning that take place through a structured program of learning but does not lead to an officially accredited qualification. (AQF).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): is a process that involves assessment of the individual’s relevant prior learning to determine the credit outcomes of an individual application for credit. (AQF)

Specified Credit: is credit granted towards core and/or particular components in a qualification, identified by the Monash unit code.

Teaching Faculty: is the faculty responsible for teaching a unit.

Unspecified Credit: is credit granted towards components in a qualification where the Monash unit code is not specified. Credit is given for the credit point value and level of a Monash unit.

Legislation Mandating Compliance

All relevant legislative instruments that stipulate requirements with which members of the Monash community (all of whom are subject to the law) are obligated to comply.

Monash University Act 2009
Monash University (Academic Board) Regulations, Part 3 - Section 15
Monash University (Academic Board) Regulations, Parts 2 and 3

Monash University (Vice-Chancellor) Regulations Part 4
Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000; National Code of Practice 2007

Related policies

Course Structure Policy and Procedures 
Collaborative Coursework Arrangements  Policy 
Collaborative Coursework Arrangements - Articulation Procedures 
Collaborative Coursework Arrangements - Joint Degree Program Procedures  
Collaborative Coursework Arrangements – Licensing Procedures  
Collaborative Coursework Arrangements – Transnational Procedures 

Related documents

Credit Application Form  
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), AQF Council, 2011 
Group of Eight Credit Transfer Agreement - March 2007 (pdf 24kb) 
Monash University Institute of Graduate Research - Automatic H2A Equivalence Procedures -Monash qualifications

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