Welcome to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (FHMS)! Starting university is a new and exciting time, and we recommend that you check out the University's new student guide for some helpful hints.

If you have never studied with us before, or if you have studied at another institution, you may come across some unfamiliar terminology. If you are unsure of the meaning of any words, the University of Adelaide glossary is a good place to start for clarification. 

Here are some important steps to ensure a smooth enrolment.

  • Check your study plan

    Study plans outline the courses required to achieve your degree and are available for all programs offered in FHMS. You should use your study plan as a guide when enrolling, to ensure you enrol in the correct courses, in the right order. If you need help planning your study pathway, book an appointment with the Ask Health team to discuss your options.

  • Understand prerequisites

    Some courses have prerequisite requirements, which means you will be required to pass a particular course before enrolling into another. Use the University's Course Planner to find information about courses such as mode of delivery, class times, course fees and critical dates. You can search by course title, subject area, catalogue number, semester and more.

  • Search course outlines

    Use Course Outlines to find information about courses offered by the University. You can search by subject area and term (semester). Course Outlines are useful when you are trying to plan your enrolment and you want to find out more information about each course.

  • Understand electives

    Open electives are courses that are offered through the University of Adelaide.  A list of these courses can be found on the Course Planner.

    Closed electives are courses that are offered through the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences. A list of these electives can be found on our study plans page.

    Broadening electives are elective courses that are outside of the primary discipline area of study and can be searched using the Course Planner

  • Apply for credit

    If you have already completed prior learning at another university or higher education institution then you might be eligible for credit towards your program. If your application for academic credit is successful then the courses you need to enrol in might change, so it's best to get your application in as soon as possible.

  • Consider your study load

    If you’re a domestic student you can choose to study full- or part-time. Anything less than nine units per semester is considered part-time.

    If you’re an international student you must complete your degree according to the duration specified in your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). It’s expected that you will be enrolled full-time in order to complete your degree on time. At the beginning of semester, International Student Support (ISS) will contact all students who are under-enrolled, but it remains your responsibility to ensure that you are correctly enrolled. Please contact ISS for any student visa-related enquiries.

  • Be aware of common enrolment problems

    There are three common problems that can prevent you enrolling successfully:

    • Timetable clash - an error message appears when the class you’re trying to enrol in has a time conflicting with another class you’ve already enrolled in.
    • Study unit overload - if you wish to enrol in more than 15 units in a semester, you’ll need to seek approval. Approval for a unit overload is based on previous academic performance and takes into consideration your future study pathways.
    • Full classes - once enrolment opens, students enrol in classes on a 'first come, first served' basis. Popular class times fill up quickly, so we suggest that you enrol as soon as possible to maximise your chances of a suitable timetable.

    To assist with these enrolment issues, please submit the relevant form via Forms and Documents.