Are you overwhelmed by the course choices on offer? UWA’s flexible undergraduate course structure allows you to design your degree so that it is personalised and matches your individual career goals and interests.
Whether you know exactly what you want to study, are still deciding, or have no idea at all, at the application stage you only need to choose from one of five bachelor degree options - Arts, Commerce, Design, Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - and work out the details later…even while you’re studying.
You don't need to start considering your units until after you've been made an offer and are ready to enrol; you also have until the end of your first year to confirm which major/s you wish to undertake. Once you get to that stage, the following questions may help guide you through the process:
What are you passionate about?
As Confucius once said: "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life." The same goes for your study choices. It's much easier to stay motivated and committed if you enjoy what you're studying!
What subjects did you enjoy and/or do well at in school?
University study can give you the opportunity to extend your knowledge and skills in your favourite high school subjects much further. You don’t necessarily have to major in these areas, but doing a history, chemistry, geography, visual arts, human biology, music, or [insert your favourite subject here] unit may help balance your unit selection.
- Are you finding it difficult to choose between two or more subject areas?
Why not do both? In most cases you can combine up to two majors, and they don't have to be from the same degree area. For example, you might be pursuing a career in Finance, but also really want to continue studying Japanese; or you may wish to combine your Fine Arts skills with Anatomy and Human Biology. Your major choices may end up complementing each other. The possibilities are almost endless and will almost certainly help add a dynamic edge to your degree! Even the more structured courses such as Engineering and Architecture provide the opportunity to incorporate units from other study areas to help broaden your degree.
Is there something different you’ve always wanted to study but never had the chance?
With our flexible course structure, you can design your degree and enrich your learning by incorporating units from a variety of subjects. You can even take your studies abroad and immerse yourself in a new culture for a semester or two. It’s this flexibility that can open further doors to job opportunities around the world.
Are you pursuing professional qualifications in a particular field or industry?
Your subject choices may depend on the profession you are pursuing. For instance, Engineering, Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Psychology require you to complete certain majors at undergraduate level to be eligible to proceed to the relevant postgraduate professional degree. By contrast, there are no specific prerequisites for entry to postgraduate Law, Dentistry, Medicine - this means you can choose any undergraduate degree or major combination therefore, consider the above questions again!
Should you have any queries or wish to discuss your individual options, contact the Future Students Team.