Degree registration

It is important to understand that enrolling in subjects via OUA does not mean you are automatically in a degree program or that you will be eligible to graduate.

Undergraduate students, who have not applied or accepted a Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS-HELP), are required to register with Griffith University by completing a Study Plan registration and paying the required fee (non-refundable $150). You should register no later than the completion of 6 to 8 subjects in order to obtain advice and guidance on degree requirements.

Griffith OUA—Study Plan registration

Note: If you have accepted a Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS-HELP), you are exempt from completing the Study Plan registration and from paying the registration fee. If you need program advice, please Ask a question.


Griffith University offers a number of undergraduate qualifications that can be completed entirely through Open Universities Australia.

The degree will normally be of three years duration for full-time students. Prior to 2016 part-time students may take up to 10 years to accumulate subjects towards the degree. However, students commencing from 2016 onward will have eight years to accumulate subjects towards the degree.

Postgraduate programs

Griffith University offers the following postgraduate qualifications that can be completed through Open Universities Australia.

Students must apply for admission into Postgraduate degree programs via Open Universities Australia.

Once approval has been granted, enrol in units under the award you were approved to study. Enrolling in units outside your approved award will not result in automatic acceptance in another award.

Postgraduate OUA units will align with Griffith trimester dates from Study session 1, 2019. Please see the study dates below:

  • 2019 Study session 3: 28 October 2019–31 January 2020
  • 2020 Study session 1: 24 February–22 May
  • 2020 Study session 2: 06 July–02 October
  • 2020 Study session 3: 26 October–29 January 2021

Academic credit / recognition for prior learning

You may lodge a credit for prior learning application form upon submission of your Study Plan Registration.

Credit is assessed in accordance with the Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning Policy ( PDF 276k).

For information about credit, how to apply and to access the online application, please refer to Credit transfer.

Application forms and any documentary evidence must be submitted online.

Revised study plans

If you wish to adjust or even completely change your study plan then you will need to contact for advice.

There are many reasons why you may wish to change your degree structure:

  • you may have received credit from previous tertiary study
  • new units may become available
  • units may be removed or replaced.

You may wish to change:

  • majors or minors
  • your electives to suit differing needs or interests.

Open Universities Australia

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