Starting university with Adelaide’s Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences doesn't need to be daunting. Here are some important steps to take to ensure a smooth enrolment.

  • Check your study plan

    Study plans outline the courses required to achieve your degree, and are available for all programs offered in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS). You should use your study plan as a guide when enrolling to ensure you enrol in the correct courses, in the right order.

    Find my study plan

  • Are you an international student?

    If you’re a new international student, you may need an adjusted study plan taking account of any credit you’ve received for previous studies, or English language course requirements. You can learn how to make these adjustments at an ECMS Enrolment Session—we hold them at the beginning of each semester—or contact us at Ask ECMS.

  • Are you an Engineering Pathway Program student?

    If you’re undertaking the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Engineering Pathway program, you’ll need to enrol in the courses from your engineering degree of choice. Use the Engineering Pathway Study Plan to help you select your courses. Or, if you’re unsure, contact Ask ECMS.

  • How to apply for credit

    If you’ve completed study at another university or institution, you can apply for credit towards your University of Adelaide degree.

    Apply for credit

  • Have you completed the prerequisites?

    All ECMS degrees have prerequisites. If you haven’t completed those applying to your degree prior to university, you’ll need to enrol in our bridging courses.

    For those who haven’t completed Specialist Mathematics

    If you haven’t completed Specialist Mathematics at high school, you must enrol in the following bridging courses in the order listed:

    1. MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM (Semester 1)
    2. MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA (Semester 2)
    3. MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB (Summer School)

    The exception is if you’re studying undergraduate Computer Science. In that case you can choose to complete either:

    MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA and MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB 


    MATHS 1008 Mathematics for Information Technology.

    A full-time enrolment can be achieved by enrolling in the other courses required for the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree you’re intending to transfer into. Follow the Engineering Pathway Study Plan to guide the rest of your enrolments.

  • Consider your study load

    If you’re a domestic student you can choose to study full- or part-time. Anything less than 9 units per semester is considered part-time.

    If you’re an international student you must complete your degree according to the duration specified in your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). It’s expected you’ll be enrolled full-time in order to complete your degree on time. At the beginning of semester, International Student Support (ISS) will contact all students who are under-enrolled, but it remains your responsibility to ensure you’re correctly enrolled. Please contact ISS for any student visa-related enquiries.

  • Handling common enrolment problems

    There are three common problems that can prevent you enrolling successfully: timetable clashes; study unit overload; and full classes.

    Timetable clash

    This error message appears when the class you’re trying to enrol in has a time conflicting with another class you’ve already enrolled in. The timetable clash will cause the enrolment to fail, and Access Adelaide will display a 10-digit Enrolment Request ID Number (0006______) at the top right-hand side of the screen.

    If this happens to you, please enter this number in the following form and submit:

    Unit overload

    If you wish to enrol in more than 15 units in a semester, you’ll need to seek approval. Approval for a unit overload is based on previous academic performance and takes into consideration your future study pathways. The attempted overload will cause the enrolment to fail, and Access Adelaide will display a 10 digit Enrolment Request ID Number (0006______) at the top right hand side of the screen.

    Please enter this number, and your reasons for the overload, in the following form and submit:

    Please note that it’s your responsibility to manage your workload if an overload request is approved.

    Class full

    Once classes are open for enrolment, students enrol in classes on a 'first come, first served' basis. Popular class times fill up quickly, so we suggest that you enrol as soon as possible to maximise your chances of a suitable timetable. You can enrol in semester 2 courses at the start of the year.

    If a class is full, you won’t be able to find it in Access Adelaide. If you are unable to enrol because all classes in a course are full, please lodge a request for consideration using the following form: 

    Please note that, due to occupational health, safety and welfare requirements, you cannot be enrolled in classes where the maximum room capacity has already been reached.

    If your Class Full enquiry relates to a course, or courses, outside the ECMS faculty, such as ENTREP, ECON, ACCT etc., please forward your enquiry to the relevant faculty office. For e.g. a PHYSICS course enquiry should be forwarded to the Faculty of Sciences, and an ENTREP course enquiry should be forwarded to the Faculty of the Professions.

  • Ready to start enrolling?

    If you think you’re ready to enrol, here’s how to get started.

If you need help, just ask

Call the Enrolment Hotline for assistance on 8313 3833, or email: enrol.help@adelaide.edu.au. You can also seek help in person at Ask Adelaide, Hub Central, Level 3, North Terrace Campus.


Alternatively, drop into Ask ECMS between 10 am and 4 pm weekdays, at Level 1, Ingkarni Wardli building, or email us at: askecms@adelaide.edu.au.