RMIT award abbreviations

Guideline

Intent

Award abbreviations are the letters that graduates may put after their name to indicate their academic achievements. The purpose of these guidelines is to describe the form of letters recommended by RMIT for graduates of RMIT awards.

Scope

These guidelines are broadly applicable to all graduates of RMIT who wish to indicate the award they have received by using the appropriate letters after their name. General guidance only is provided for TAFE awards up to and including Certificate IV. Detailed guidance is provided for TAFE Diploma and Advanced Diploma graduates, and for graduates of all RMIT Higher Education awards.

Guidelines

Attached to this document are two tables that should be referred to when constructing award abbreviations:

  • Table 1 presents listings of recommended award level abbreviations, and
  • Table 2 presents listings of recommended discipline/field of study abbreviations.

The award level can be selected from Table 1; the discipline/field of study selected from Table 2 and the two combined (award level followed by field of study) to produce an appropriate award abbreviation. Majors are not to be included in award abbreviations. Any graduates with award titles containing words that do not appear in these tables may contact the Academic Registrar’s Office for advice.

The following protocols should be observed when determining such abbreviations:

  • Abbreviations and acronyms should be meaningful but as short as possible
  • An abbreviation for a single discipline/field of study should not normally exceed six characters
  • Duplication of the same abbreviated form for unrelated disciplines should be avoided wherever possible
  • Accepted international form should be used where possible
  • There should be no spaces (e.g. BSc not B Sc) or punctuation marks (including full stops, slashes, dashes, etc) between the letters
  • The first letter of each abbreviated word should normally be capitalised
  • An abbreviated form of the name of the university or institution that conferred the award may be placed after the award abbreviation.

Order of qualifications

The convention recommended by RMIT is:

  • Lower degree should precede higher degree, e.g. BEng, MAppSc RMIT
  • Group all degrees from each institute, e.g. DipA, MA RMIT, BSc Melb
  • Graduate and postgraduate diplomas should be placed after degrees e.g. BBus, MBA RMIT, DipEd Melb
  • Associate diplomas should be placed after degrees, e.g. BArch, AssocDipMath RMIT
  • Associateship and fellowship diplomas should be placed after other academic awards and before professional awards and affiliations, e.g. BSocSc RMIT, ARMIT, ALAA
  • Professional qualifications and affiliations should be placed after academic qualifications, e.g. BSc Qld, PhD RMIT., ARACI

Honorary degrees

A person who has received an honorary doctorate from RMIT is entitled to use the award title preceded by 'Hon' - e.g. J.Smith HonDAppSc RMIT.

Higher Education

Award Level

Abbreviation

Diploma

Dip

Associate Degree

AssocDeg

Bachelor

B

Bachelor Honours year programs:

BDiscipline(Hons)

Graduate Certificate

GradCert

Graduate Diploma

GradDip

Master

M

Juris Doctor

JD

Doctor of Business Administration

DBA

Doctor of Education

DEd

Doctor of Fine Art

DFA

Doctorate in Organisation

DOrg

Doctor of Project Management

DPM

Doctor of Psychology

DPsych

Doctor

D

Doctor of Philosophy

PhD

TAFE

Award Level

Abbreviation

Certificate

Cert

Certificate I

CertI

Certificate II

CertII

Certificate III

CertIII

Certificate IV

CertIV

Diploma

Dip

Advanced Diploma

AdvDip

Graduate Certificate

GradCert

Historical (Non-Current) TAFE award levels

Award level

Abbreviation

Certificate of Applied Science

CAS

Certificate of Business Studies

CBS

Certificate of Technology

COT

Advanced Certificate

AdvCert

Associate Diploma

AssocDip

Associateship and fellowship diplomas

RMIT’s name has changed over the years. The appropriate abbreviated forms for associateship and fellowship diplomas differed according to the name of the institution at the time of conferring. Graduates who had these diplomas conferred according to the following dates are entitled to use the letters as shown below. These awards are no longer offered, having been phased out through the 1970s.

Timeframe

Associateship diploma

Fellowship diploma

a) Prior to 14 September 1954(Melbourne Technical College)

AMTC

FMTC

b) From 14 September 1954 to 21 December 1960 inclusive
(Royal Melbourne Technical College)

ARMTC

FRMTC

c) After 21 December 1960
(Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology)

ARMIT

FRMIT

The abbreviations listed below are those currently in use at RMIT or are the accepted form for Commonwealth universities. In some cases more than one abbreviated form is in current use at RMIT. In these instances, all are listed.

Discipline/Field of study

Abbreviation

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

ATSI

Accountancy

Accounting

Acc

Acupuncture

Acu

Administration

Administrative

Adm

Adolescent

Adol

Adult

Adult

Advertising

Advtg

Aeronautical

Aeroskills

Aerospace

Aero

Affairs

Af

Agricultural

Agric

Air

Aircraft

Airline

Air

Animal

Anim

Animation

An

Application/s

Applic

Applied

App

Architectural

Architecture

Arch

Art

Arts

A or Arts

Assessment

Assess

Assurance

Ass

Audio

Audio

Audiometry

Aud

Audio-visual

AV

Auditing

Audit

Australian

Aus

Automated

Automatic

Automotive

Auto

Aviation

Avn or Aviation

Aviation Industry Management

AIM

Avionics

Avs

Banking

Bank

Behavioural

Behav

Bioinformatics

Bioinf

Biological

Biology

Biol

Biomedical

Biomed

Biomolecular

Biomol

Biophysical

Biophys

Biotechnology

Biotech

Building

Bldg

Built

Blt

Business

Bus

Business Administration

BA

Business Information Systems

BIS

Business Information Technology

BIT

Care

Care

Careers

Car

Cartography

Cart

Chain

Cha

Chemical

Chemical

Chemistry

Chem

Child

Childhood

Children

Child

Chinese

Chin

Chiropractic

Chiro

Civil

Civ

Clinical

Clin

Clothing

Cloth

Commerce

Commercial

Commercialisation

Com

Communication/s

Comm

Community

C

Competitive

Compet

Complementary

Compl

Computer

Computing

Computational

Comp

Conservation

Con

Construction

Const

Consumer

Cons

Consultancy

Consul

Control

Cont

Conveyancing

Convey

Counselling

Counsel

Creative

Creat

Criminal

Crim

Critical

Crit

Cultural

Cult

Custom/s

Cust

Decoration

Decn

Dental

Dent

Design

Des

Development

Dev

Digital

Dig

Disability

Disab

Dispute

Disp

Drafting

Draft

Dynamics

Dyn

Early

Earl

Ecological

Ecol

eCommerce

eCom

Economic/s

Ec

Editing

Edit

Education/al

Ed

Electric/al

Elec

Electronic/s

Elect

Electrotechnology

Electech

Embedded

Embed

Emergency

Emerg

Employment

Emp

Energy

En

Engineering

Eng

English

Engl

English as a Second Language

ESL

Enterprise

Ent

Entrepreneurship

Entr

Environment/al

Env

Executive

Exec

Exercise

Ex

Facilities

Fac

Family

Fam

Fashion

Fash

Film

Film

Finance

Financial

Fin

Fine

Fine

Fine Art

FA

Flexible

Flex

Food

Food

Footwear

Fw

Frontline Management

FLM

Furniture

Furnishing

Furn

Games

Gam

Geography

Geographical

Geog

Geology

Geological

Geol

Geomatics

Geomat

Geospatial

Geosp

Gerontology

Geron

Governance

Government

Gov

Graphic/s

Gr

Health

H

Herbal

Herb

Higher

Higher

Hospitality

Hosp

Hotel

Ho

Human

Hum

Human Resource Management

HRM

Imaging

Im

Industrial Relations

IR

Industrial

Industries

Industry

Ind

Infection

Infec

Information

Inf or Info

Information Systems

IS

Information Technology

IT

Infrastructure

Infra

Innovation

Innov

Instrumentation

Instr

Intellectual

Intel

Integrated

Integ

Interactive

Interac

Interior

Int

Intermediate

Intmed

International

Intl

Internet

Intern

Interpreting

Interp

Introduction

Introductory

Intro

Japanese

Jap

Journalism

Jour

Justice

Just

Knowledge

Know

Laboratory

Lab

Lactation

Lact

Land

Land

Landscape

L or Lscape

Language

L or Lang

Language Other Than English

LOTE

Law

Law

Leadership

Lead

Learning

Learn

Legal

Leg

Linguistics

Ling

Logistics

Log

Mandarin

Mand

Maintenance

Maint

Management

Mgt

Manufacturing

Man

Marketing

Mktg

Mass

Mass

Massage

Massg

Mathematical

Mathematics

Math

Mechanical

Mechatronics

Mech

Media

Media

Medical

Medicine

M or Med

Mental

Ment

Merchandising

Merch

Microbiology

Microb

Microelectronic

Microelec

Midwifery

Mid

Movement

Move

Multicultural

Multicul

Multimedia

Multimed

Musculoskeletal

Musc

Music

Mus

Nanotechnology

Nano

Network/ing

Net

Neurophysiology

Neuroph

Neuroscience

Neurosc

Nuclear

Nuc

Nursing

Nurs

Nutrition

Nutr

Occupational

Oc

Occupational Health and Safety

OHS

Operational

Operations

Op

Optical

Opt

Organisation

Org

Orientation

Or

Osteopathic

Osteopathy

Osteo

Paediatric

Paed

Palliative

Pall

Performing

Perf

Perioperative

Periop

Pharmaceutical

Pharm

Philosophy

Ph

Photography

Photo

Photoimaging

Photoim

Physical

Physl

Physics

Phys

Pilot

Pil

Planning

Plan

Plant

Plant

Policy

Pol

Polymer

Poly

Practice

Prac

Primary

Prim

Print/ing

Print

Process/ing

Proc

Product/ion

Prod

Professional/s

Prof

Programming

Prog

Project

Proj

Project Management

PM

Property

Prop

Prosthetics

Pros

Psychiatric

Psychi

Psychology

Psych

Public

P or Pub

Public Relations

PR

Publishing

Publ

Quality

Qual

Radiations

Rad

Recreation

Rec

Rehabilitation

Rehab

Relations

R or Rel

Remedial

Rem

Research

Res

Resource

R or Resou

Rights

Rts

Risk

Risk

Safety

Saf

Sales

Sal

School

Sch

Science/s

Scientific

Sc

Screen

Scr

Screenwriting

ScrWrit

Secondary

Sec

Sector

Sect

Security

Secu

Service/s

Serv

Simulation

Sim

Small

Small

Social

Soc

Software

Soft

Sonography

Son

Spanish

Span

Space

Spatial

Sp

Statistical

Statistics

Stat

Structural

Structures

Struct

Studies

St

Studio

Stu

Supply

Sup

Support

Supp

Surveying

Surv

Sustainable

Sustainability

Sust

Systems/s

Sys

Teaching

Teach

Technical

Technician

Tech

Technologies

Technology

Tech

Telecommunication/s

Telecom

Television

TV

Tertiary

Tert

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

TESOL

Textile/s

Text

Tourism

Tour

Toxicology

Tox

Trade

Tr

Traineeship

Training

Train

Translating

Trans

Transport

Tport

Ultrasonography

Ultrason

University

Univ

Urban

Urb

Valuation/s

Val

Vehicle

Veh

Visual/isation

V or Vis

Vocational

Voc

Web

Web

Wellness

Well

Work

Wk

Writing

Written

Writ

Youth

Y

Other abbreviations

Abbreviation

Advanced

Adv

And

&

Applied

App

Distinction

Distinct

Further

Furth

General

Gen

Honours

Hons

Further information

Please contact the Senior Advisor, Academic Policy and Governance, Academic Registrar’s group.

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