Graduate Diploma in Science

Why study the Graduate Diploma in Science at UNE?

The Graduate Diploma in Science provides an opportunity for graduates to upgrade or extend their qualifications in a field of study not covered in depth in their undergraduate studies. Study programs are designed to meet the candidate's interests and academic background and involve a combination of course work selected from a chosen field of study. Available fields of study are: applied statistics, biochemistry, biodiversity science, biomedical science, chemistry, computational data science, genetics, health, mathematics, medicinal chemistry, physical sciences, quantitative ecology, regulatory science and zoology.

Articulation to the Master of Scientific Studies:

On completion of the Graduate Diploma, students who have obtained an overall GPA of 5 or better are eligible to articulate to the Master of Scientific Studies with 24 credit points of advanced standing for units completed towards the Graduate Diploma.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are possible in small and large businesses, industry, government, teaching and research. Examples include positions in the departments of primary industries, resource management, water and land resources, CSIRO, environmental protection authorities, forestry commissions, national parks and wildlife services and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). Industry opportunities include positions in computing, consulting, botanical gardens and museums, manufacturing, electronics, mining and oil.

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Degree Snapshot


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


CSP (quotas apply)
Full Fee


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

Official Abbreviation GradDipSc
Course Type Postgraduate
CRICOS Code 000452E
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
Course Duration
  • 1 Year Full-time
  • Up to 4 years Part-time
Fees CSP (quotas apply) / Full Fee / International
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Total Credit Points 48
How to Apply

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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;

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours in a relevant discipline; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 9 Master in a relevant discipline; or

(d) hold an AQF Level 10 Doctorate in a relevant discipline.

Relevant disciplines include, but are not restricted to: Biochemistry; Biology; Botany; Chemistry; Computational Science; Genetics; Geology; Mathematics; Medicinal Chemistry; Microbiology; Neuroscience (may include: Science, Medicine, Psychology, Nursing, Social Work, Education, Health, Counselling); Physics; Physiology; Statistics; and Zoology. A degree will be considered relevant to a nominated major if it includes study that covers the minimum assumed knowledge. Where it is not clear from their academic background, applicants may include a cover letter with their application describing how they have achieved the minimum assumed knowledge.

Minimum Assumed Knowledge for Each Major

Applied Statistics: one unit of statistics and one unit of (calculus-based) mathematics

Biochemistry: two units of biology and two units of chemistry

Biodiversity Science: two units of biology

Biomedical Science: two units of biology and two units of chemistry

Chemistry: two units of chemistry

Computational Data Science: one unit of statistics and one unit of (calculus-based) mathematics and two programming intensive units

Genetics: two units of biology and two units of chemistry

Health: two units of biology and two units of chemistry

Mathematics: two units of (calculus-based) mathematics

Medicinal Chemistry: two units of chemistry and one additional unit of chemistry, biochemistry, or pharmaceutical science

Neuroscience: four units at second year level or above from neuroscience (see relevant disciplines)

Physical Sciences: two units of physics, two units of chemistry and two units of (calculus-based) mathematics

Quantitative Ecology: two units of statistics or mathematics, two units in any natural, physical, or social science, or equivalent

Regulatory Science: four science-based units with at least two units at second year level or above or equivalent

Zoology: two units of biology

Note: Students wishing to complete the course on a full-time basis are strongly encouraged to have greater than the minimum assumed knowledge and to begin their study in first trimester.

Additional Requirements

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

Advanced Standing

Candidates are referred to the University Policy on Advanced Standing.

Candidates admitted under Rule (a) may be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Advanced Standing based on units that were not part of the degree on which admission was based and which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by the University and approved for the course. This may include 6 credit points on the basis of considerable relevant professional experience.

Candidates admitted under Rule (b), (c) and (d) may be granted a maximum of 24 credit points of Advanced Standing based on their admission to candidature.

Advanced standing shall not be granted for SCI499 or SCI501 or SCI502.

Academic Colours

Straw (BCC 51)

Further Information

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Course rules and plans for the Graduate 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 through their own study and practise, advanced knowledge of science in their chosen discipline;
  2. demonstrate through their own practise, specialist technical competencies in the field, laboratory and professional workplace related to science; and advanced knowledge of theoretical concepts applicable to their chosen discipline;
  3. conduct investigations to critically analyse and evaluate complex ideas, and apply established theories to identify solutions to complex problems relating to their discipline;
  4. be effective communicators of science by communicating scientific knowledge and concepts, and transferring complex knowledge and scientific ideas to a variety of audiences using a range of written and oral communication modes; and
  5. be responsible and accountable for their own learning and scientific work by demonstrating initiative and high level independent judgement in a range of functions in their scientific discipline, operating with a high level of personal autonomy and responsibility for all aspects of the work or function of others, and planning and executing independent research while complying with regulatory frameworks and practising professional ethics relevant to their discipline area.
Graduate Attributes
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will understand scientific practice and have advanced knowledge in a discipline of science. They will be able to articulate aspects of the place and importance of science in the local and global community.

Communication Skills

Students demonstrate communication skills to demonstrate an understanding of theoretical concepts; and transfer complex knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences, including, where applicable, the possession of these skills in languages other than English.

Problem Solving

Graduates will be able to investigate and solve problems by using recognised methods of science and appropriate practical techniques and tools.

Information Literacy

Students demonstrate the capacity to critically evaluate the sources, values and validity of information; and think critically and to generate and evaluate complex ideas. Specialised technical skills to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate broad functions within varied specialised technical and/or creative contexts.

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

Graduates will have the ability to function effectively as members of teams or individually.

How to Apply

Domestic Students

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International Students

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