Information for students

A student placement might sometimes be referred to as a "fieldwork placement", "practical placement", "work integrated learning", "clinical placement", "clinical practicum" or "clinical practice". It is the component in some courses or subjects that is conducted in a non-classroom environment that assists you in putting your theoretical knowledge into practice, usually involving interaction with actual patients or clients.


Sonia is the Faculty's comprehensive placement administration tool. As every placement experience is unique, Sonia is used differently for each cohort and discipline. Check with your placement coordinator for information about how Sonia is used for you.

Access Sonia

Note: When accessing Sonia you need to select the relevant school or department, and then click the 'University Sign In' button to use your standard University of Melbourne credentials.