When you start your course and during each enrolment, you'll usually need to select your units of study in Sydney Student.
In Semester 1 2023, classes will be delivered on campus for onshore students.
You will only be able to select remote units in Semester 1, 2023 (units with the location code ‘RE’) if you are studying offshore. From Semester 2 2023, we will no longer offer remote units and return to our pre-pandemic teaching modes.
Find out more on our study information page.
Selecting your units of study is an important part of your online enrolment in most courses at the University.
First, you’ll need to read our information on planning your course and your handbook so you know the requirements of your course and can plan which units of study you're going to choose. If you’re enrolling for Semester 1, you will also select units for Semester 2 so it’s important to plan ahead before enrolment starts.
During enrolment you’ll be taken to the unit of study selection screen automatically.
Once you’re enrolled, you can access this screen to review or change your units by logging in to Sydney Student and going to ‘ My studies’, ‘Units of study’ then ‘Change your units of study’.
You can download a detailed guide to the unit of study screen (pdf, 643KB) to reference as you complete the task.
The unit of study selection screen is structured based on your course rules, so it will look slightly different depending on your course.
At the top, you’ll see your course rules outlining your requirements. See your handbook for more information. It’s important you understand these rules so that you meet your course requirements.
The collections that you select units from are the different groups of units available for your course, divided up according to your course rules. e.g. junior units of study.
This Tracking totals section tracks the credit points or total units that you have selected against what is required for your course. The green tick turns grey if you make selections that do not meet the requirements of your course.
When you’re selecting your units and in the ‘Your selected unit(s) of study’ box, you will see a series of different codes next to each unit. It’s important to check these codes before you select a unit, as they tell you important information about how that unit will be delivered.
The codes refer to the session, mode of attendance (MoA), location and credit points (CP) of each unit. Session dates are available on the Study dates page and the codes for mode of attendance and location are listed below.
|RE||Remote - online delivery|
|ZZ||No information on location|
|BS||Burren Street, Sydney|
|CD||Concord Clinical School|
|CE||Central Clinical School|
|CH||Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School|
|CR||Castlereagh Street, Sydney|
|CS||Surry Hills, Sydney|
|LC||Cumberland Campus (in Lidcombe), Sydney|
|MS||Mallett Street Campus, Sydney|
|NE||Nepean Clinical School|
|NO||Northern Clinical School|
|RC||Rozelle Campus, Sydney|
|SA||Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School|
|SJ||St James Campus, Sydney CBD|
|WN||Western Clinical School, Westmead|
|AE||United Arab Emirates|
|DB||Distance education (via Burren Street Campus)|
|DC||Distance education (via Camperdown Campus)|
|DF||Distance education (via Camden Campus)|
|DL||Distance education (via Cumberland Campus)|
|DM||Distance education (via Mallett Street Campus)|
|DO||Distance education (via Orange Campus)|
|DR||Distance education (via Rozelle Campus)|
|DS||Distance education (via Surry Hills Campus)|
|DW||Distance education (via Westmead Campus)|
|DY||Distance education (via Sydney Campus)|
|DI||Distance education / campus intensive|
|ND||Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day|
|NE||Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) evening|
|S1CG||Session 1 Early|
|S1CMBA||MBA Session 1|
|S1CNDP||Nutrition and Dietetics Placement Session 1|
|S1CRR1||Research Period 1|
|S1CRR2||Research Period 2|
|S1CVP1||Semester 1 DVM Placement Rotation 1|
|S1CVP2||Semester 1 DVM Placement Rotation 2|
|S1CVP3||Semester 1 DVM Placement Rotation 3|
|S1CVP4||Semester 1 DVM Placement Rotation 4|
|S1CVP5||Semester 1 DVM Placement Rotation 5|
|S1CVP6||Semester 1 DVM Placement Rotation 6|
|S2CE||Semester 2 Early|
|S2CG||Session 2 Early|
|S2CINO||Intensive November census|
|S2CMBA||MBA session 2|
|S2CNDP||Nutrition and Dietetics Placement Session 2|
|S2CREA||Semester 2 Early A|
|S2CREB||Semester 2 Early B|
|S2CRR3||Research Period 3|
|S2CRR4||Research Period 4|
|S2CVP1||Semester 2 DVM Placement Rotation 1|
|S2CVP2||Semester 2 DVM Placement Rotation 2|
|S2CVP3||Semester 2 DVM Placement Rotation 3|
|S2CVP4||Semester 2 DVM Placement Rotation 4|
|S2CVP5||Semester 2 DVM Placement Rotation 5|
|S2CVP6||Semester 2 DVM Placement Rotation 6|
If you can’t find the unit you want to add, or can't see the rubbish bin symbol to remove a unit, read our troubleshooting guide for help.
Once you have chosen your units, you need to select 'Continue' and then 'Confirm' your selection on the next screen.
If you are selecting units as part of enrolment, you need to make sure you continue through the task and complete all steps to be properly enrolled in your units.
After you’ve enrolled, you will be able to change your units as long as you haven’t passed the relevant unit deadlines.
Important dates you need to be aware of for each session are:
You can find a full list of dates on our Study dates page.
All the units of study you select need to be allocated to a specific unit collection within your course, for example ‘Table A junior’. If you have units of study that are unallocated, you will be prompted to allocate these units before you can make selections in the units of study screen.
Find out more about how to reallocate your units.
If you decide later in your course that you’d like to change your major, minor, program or specialisation, log in to Sydney Student (go to ‘My studies’, ‘Units of study’, then ‘Change your major’). This may also require reallocating units of study.
You should only change your majors/minors/programs/specialisations before the start of semester or after the release of results. Making changes during semester can cause system errors.
Contact us online using the changing your major form if you:
During the unit of study selection task, there are certain conditions based on your course structure, that may prevent you from being able to confirm your unit of study selections.
These rules are in place to ensure that you enrol according to your course requirements and can progress successfully through your course. You can find more information on these rules in your handbook.
If you select a unit that breaks one of these rules, a pop-up message will display with more information about the rule. You’ll have the option to proceed with submitting an enrolment exception request if you believe you are eligible, or cancelling the action so you can choose alternate units of study.
Some units of study require faculty or school approval for any student wanting to enrol, for example it may be an advanced-level unit, have special registration requirements or limited places. If you need departmental permission to enrol in a unit of study, you will be prompted to make a request after selecting your units of study. If you have also submitted any enrolment exception requests, you won’t be prompted to complete your departmental permission applications until after you’ve received outcomes for your enrolment exception requests.
Find out how to request departmental permission.
If you still can’t find the unit, and you believe it’s a requirement of your course, you can submit an enquiry through the unit of study selection issues form. You’ll need to include supporting documents to help us process your request, such as:
If the census date has passed, you will no longer see the rubbish bin symbol and won’t be able to remove the unit through Sydney Student. You can apply to discontinue the unit, however there are financial and academic implications. How you apply will depend on when you wish to remove the unit.
Read about the implications, and how to apply, on our discontinue a unit of study page.
You had a reduced study load request approved
If you’re an international student and you don’t have a rubbish bin available next to a unit, it may be because you’ve had an application to reduce your study load approved. The bin is removed in this case, to prevent you from reducing your study load any further.
The last day to add deadline has passed
If you want to remove a unit after the last day to add deadline, but before census, you can't do this yourself as you won't see the rubbish bin symbol next to the unit. You'll need to apply through a reduced study load request, even if you are still maintaining a full time study load. You won't need to outline compassionate or compelling reasons or provide supporting documents.
If you’ve checked the above reasons and none of them apply to you, you can submit an enquiry through the unit of study selection issues form. You’ll need to include supporting documents to help us process your request, such as:
If you see a ‘system error’ message when you try to access your unit of study selection screen, it is usually because you’re enrolled in a course that has fixed units of study requirements. This may be the case for example, if you’re enrolling as a cross-institutional, non-award or study abroad/exchange student. In these situations we will enrol you in the unit(s) of study on your behalf and you won’t be able to change these units.
If you believe you should have access to the unit of study selection screen, you will need to submit an enquiry through the unit of study selection issues form.
If you received a message saying ‘You do not have access to unit of study selection’ and telling you to quote 'Error SPR', you should call the Student Centre on 1800 SYD UNI (1800 793 864)
or +61 2 8627 1444 (outside Australia) 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
If you’ve checked the above reasons and none of them apply to you, contact us online using the unit of study selection issues form.
You’ll need to include supporting documents to help us process your request, such as screenshots of the problem in Sydney Student (eg. the screen where your unable to access unit of study selection). You might need more than 1 screenshot to fully explain it to us.
If you selected your units but received a message to submit an enrolment exception request, you won’t be able to make any further changes to your units choices until your enrolment exception request is finalised. You can either:
To find out why you’ve been asked to submit an enrolment exception request, and how to apply, read our enrolment exception request page.
If you selected your units but were instructed to apply for departmental permission, you’ll need to:
To find out why you’ve been asked to apply for departmental permission, and how to apply, read our departmental permission page.
Some units of study may have a limit on the number of students who enrol. If you select a unit and it has already reached capacity, you will need to select an alternative unit.
Once you complete enrolment, if you return to make changes to your units of study and one of the units you have already enrolled in is now full, you will receive a notification telling you that the unit is full and prevent you from continuing. Please complete our online form for unit of study selection issues, outlining the units of study you'd like to be enrolled in.