Enrolment Load (Study Load)

When you enroll in units at Curtin you will have an enrolment load, or study load, that comprises credit points.  Typically, a unit at Curtin is worth 25 credit points, however it does vary – you will be able to check your units and the associated credit point weighting using Curtin Malaysia eStudent.

Your enrolment study load is directly related to the course you are enrolled.

A full-time study load for the majority of courses is:

  • 100 credits each semester
  • 75 credits each trimester

A full-time study load for the majority of our courses is equal to 75 credits or above. For more than 100 credits, please submit Overload Enrolment Request.

Please make sure that you have received appropriate advice and/or counseling in regards to the impact of the study load on your academic and personal circumstances.


Request to Overload in the Current Semester form (More than 100 Credits)

The registered full time duration or course length is the expected time it will take you to complete your course if you study full time.

The course length is used to determine:

  • The maximum length of time that you are permitted to complete your course and receive your award.

If you are an international student on a student visa, you are required to maintain a minimum study load to ensure you meet the requirements.

  • International students on a student visa: 100 credits per semester.

If you are an international student and you are considering reducing your study load or your course has a reduced study load of less than 100 credit points, you will need to:

If you need to withdraw from units after the semester commences you must seek approval to reduce your study load before you withdraw from any units.

If you reduce your study load you may not complete your course within the expected course or visa duration and may need to apply for another student visa.

You are required to complete your course within a specified period, which includes any time taken as a leave of absence.

The course length (registered full time duration) is used to calculate this time.  For example, if your course length is:

  • up to 1 year – 5 years maximum time to complete course
  • up to 2 year – 7 years maximum time to complete course
  • 3 years or longer – 10 years maximum time to complete course.

The maximum allowable time to complete a course will be clearly specified in the information on courses.

Variations to the maximum time to complete may be approved by the relevant Head of Department. Any discretion to extend the period in which a student is able to complete their course is reviewed on a case-by-case basis and is determined by the relevant Head of Department.

An elective unit is a free choice unit within a course. You can enrol into units from any Faculty in the University, given that you meet the requisite requirements.

Not all courses have electives. You can check your course structure in Moodle.

You can search for units on the Courses Handbook by using keywords that area of interest to you or by using the unit code or unit title.