Diploma in Science

Why study the Diploma in Science at UNE?

This course is designed to provide students with basic skills and knowledge in a range of disciplines in science through a coherent program of study. Graduates will have a broad scientific background to assist with future employment or to pursue further study.

The General Studies in Science program allows students to design their own program of study in consultation with academic staff, taking into account their background knowledge and interests. This program also provides an alternate pathway for students into Initial Teacher Education courses.

The Medical Sciences program provides excellent preparation for students working towards entry into a range of medical or paramedical courses.

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Career Opportunities

Diploma in Science graduates will have a broad scientific background appropriate for further study or to assist with future employment in a range of areas requiring a knowledge of the basic sciences.

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Degree Snapshot


1 Year Full-time
Up to 4 years Part-time


CSP (quotas apply)


Trimester 1, Online
Trimester 1, On Campus
Trimester 2, Online
Trimester 2, On Campus
Trimester 3, Online

Official Abbreviation DipSc
Course Type Undergraduate
CRICOS Code 054748J
Responsible Campus Admission Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Course Duration
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • Up to 4 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / International
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Total Credit Points 48
How to Apply

All domestic students apply through the link below

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International students apply direct to UNE through UNE International

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Intensive Schools

Mandatory intensive schools may be a requirement of some of the units in this course. See Unit Catalogue for specific requirements.

Entry Requirements

A candidate shall be qualified for admission (see Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Rule and Admission Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Coursework) Procedures).

Additional Requirements

Inherent Requirements: Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing is not granted for units taken to meet course admission requirements (except where approved for units completed as part of the Pathways Enabling Course or the TRACKS tertiary preparation program or an approved articulation in the course).

Advanced standing will be granted for units which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by the University and approved for the course as follows:

(a) a maximum of 24 credit points for units completed at the University or another institution; or

(b) no limit will apply to advanced standing which is granted for units completed at the University and which have not been counted towards another qualification.

Academic Colours

Straw (BCC 51)

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Course rules and plans for the Diploma in Science, 2019, will be available between November and January. Course information relating to other years is available by selecting the year required from the list at the top right hand side of the page.
Course Aims

To have an understanding that

Science encompasses both a body of knowledge and a reliable process of discovery. It is founded upon the recognition of fundamental laws that make nature systematic and reproducible.

Scientists observe, measure, classify and perform experiments upon the natural world. They employ scientific methods to test hypotheses and use empirical evidence to support or refute their hypotheses. The natural variability, or uncertainty, inherent in the natural world means that scientific conclusions are reliable but contestable: they may be revised or modified as new evidence emerges. Scientists are curious about the natural world and are creative in formulating hypotheses and in designing approaches to problem solving.

Mathematics is used in science to model real-world systems and scientific data are often analysed using statistical methods.

Science operates within a paradigm of peer review and replication that provides a collective responsibility for the reliability of scientific knowledge. Scientists have a responsibility to communicate the outcomes of their work accurately and without bias to their peers and to society.

Science is embedded within a context that reflects both the history of scientific endeavor and the culture of present society. Scientists generate and build knowledge, develop technologies, investigate and solve problems.

Learning Outcomes Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate current, technical and theoretical knowledge of science, including the creative endeavour involved in acquiring knowledge, and the contestable and testable nature of scientific knowledge;
  2. use and apply recognised methods of science, appropriate practical techniques and tools for processes of discovery and inquiry;
  3. use scientific literacy to demonstrate understanding of, and to explain scientific issues to, peers, scientific non-experts and the general community;
  4. demonstrate personal and social responsibility through an awareness of the ethical frameworks, by working safely and responsibly in individual and team environments; and
  5. transfer knowledge and specialised skills to others and demonstrate understanding of knowledge.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will understand ways of scientific thinking and the nature of science as a broad discipline. They will also have specialised knowledge in at least one sub-disciplinary area of science.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to communicate scientific results, information or arguments to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes.

Problem Solving

Graduates will be able to investigate and solve problems by using recognised methods of science and appropriate practical techniques and tools. Also, by formulating hypotheses, collecting valid and reliable data, and incorporating quantitative evidence into arguments.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to communicate scientific results, information or arguments to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes. They will also be able to synthesise and evaluate information from a range of sources, using a range of technologies.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will be able to take social responsibility by recognising the relevant ethical frameworks within which science is practised and show a capacity for working responsibly and safely in both individual and team environments.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will be able to take personal responsibility for lifelong learning by demonstrating a capacity for self-directed learning.

Independence and Collaboration

Elements of each unit in the program of study require students to work independently. The units in this program, with a practical component, may require students to work collaboratively as part of a team.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

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