Full-time study

A normal year's work by a full-time student is 36 units of study.

Awards are structured around this principle and student contributions and tuition fees are calculated on the basis that 36 units represents a standard full-time load. A standard load allows you to perform well in studies, without dispersing your efforts over too many topics.

In some circumstances it may be appropriate to enrol in a combination of topics that amount to more than 36 units in any year - an 'academic overload'. You may enrol in a topic or topics comprising more than 18 units, but not more than 22.5 units, in a semester without approval.  Approval is required for any academic overload greater than 22.5 units. You must pay any fees and charges associated with the additional load.

For further information on student enrolment load see the Enrolment Policy and Procedures.


An Equivalent Full-time Student Load (EFTSL) is also used as a measure of the study load. At Flinders University, 1 EFTSL is equivalent to 36 units.

Use the calculator below to calculate the EFTSL for:

Confirmation of enrolment

Your Confirmation of Enrolment has details of both the unit values and EFTSL for each topic you are enrolled in.  You can print your Confirmation of Enrolment from the Student System website by using the 'View My Current Enrolment' link from the 'My Enrolment' side bar menu. Click on the 'Get my Confirmation of Enrolment by email' button to have your Confirmation of Enrolment sent to your University email address.


Topics with unit values

For the majority of topics, the topic EFTSL value is calculated as follows:

(Unit value of the topic) / 36

BIOL1101 is a 4.5 unit topic.
The EFTSL value for BIOL1101 is 4.5 / 36 = 0.125
NURS2005 is a 9 unit topic.
The EFTSL value for NURS2005 is 9 / 36 = 0.250

Check the EFTSL for your topics by
entering the subject area (e.g. ENGL) in the box:

Higher degree research topics

The EFTSL value for a semester's enrolment is calculated as follows:

(Number of days enrolled) / (Number of days in half-year period) x 0.5 x Study Rate

Note: The 'Study Rate' is normally 1.0 for full-time study or 0.5 for part-time study. EFTSL values for these topics are displayed on your Unofficial Transcript. This can be obtained from the Student System website by selecting the 'My Exams and Results' tab. Click on 'View My Results', select the relevant course and click on 'View results for this course'.  Click on the 'Get my Unofficial Transcript by email' button to have your Unofficial Transcript sent to your University email address.

John commences a research higher degree thesis topic (ENGL9999) on 27 March 2016 as a full time student.
He is enrolled for 95 days in the six month period 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2016.

His EFTSL value for semester 1, 2016 is: 95 / 181 (proportion of days) x 0.5 (half year) x 1.0 (full time) = 0.262