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A specialisation is a subject area in which you can focus your study. It is the collective term covering majors, minors, subjects and endorsements in a specific discipline for a qualification. Not all qualifications have specialisations.
The specialisation is separate from any compulsory core courses in your degree, diploma or certificate.
Choosing a specialisation allows you to learn about a subject in depth and build your skills in this subject. A major is structured so that you normally start with one or two foundation courses and build on these throughout your degree.
For diplomas and certificates you should take a maximum of one endorsement.
For bachelor degrees the maximum number of majors and/or minors you can take are listed in the qualification regulations under the heading Specialisations. Selecting one major, minor or endorsement does not usually affect your completion time. However, selecting a second major or minor may mean you have to complete more courses than is required for a standard qualification and therefore extend your completion time.
For degrees where you can have up to two majors and up to two minors you must take at least one major. As well as the major you can select one additional major with no minors, or up to two minors.
You should take a maximum of one endorsement for these qualifications.
Majors and endorsements will be displayed on your graduation certificate and academic record. Minors will only be displayed on your academic record.
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Last updated on Tuesday 01 October 2019