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Diploma in Science

Overview

Gain a qualification in science by building on your bachelor's degree and unlock pathways to honours or postgraduate programs.

The Diploma in Science is for anyone with a bachelor's degree in any field of study. It's a flexible program that allows you to build knowledge by spending a year (or part-time equivalent) studying an area of interest in science.

This diploma is ideal if you need to fulfil prerequisites for entry into another program, or if you're preparing to sit the GAMSAT (Graduate Medical Schools Admission Test). It's also ideal if you're looking for professional development.

When you enrol in the Diploma in Science, you can choose to complete either a major from the course list or a set of courses without a declared major.

Due to the nature of some majors – where courses require prerequisite knowledge – you may need to complete the Diploma in Science part-time over 3 or 4 semesters.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
731801
Program Code
2321
AQF
Level 5

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Complete additional science courses in a new area of study and gain additional qualifications.
  • Broaden your knowledge so you can qualify for honours or postgraduate programs.
  • Tailor your diploma to your area of interest by choosing from a wide range of science majors and courses relevant to your goals.

1 in Queensland for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Queensland for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Archaeological Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory work
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • The Science of Everyday Thinking
  • Theory & Practice in Science
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Physical Basis of Biological Systems
  • Basic Mathematics
  • Introduction to Research in Agriculture and Food Science A & B
  • Introduction to Research in Chemistry, Biochemistry & Microbiology A & B
  • Introduction to Research in Mathematics/Physics
  • Introduction to Research in Geological Sciences
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$62K–$66K

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Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in any field.

Prerequisites

Bachelor's degree or equivalent in any field.

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

29100%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

N/AN/A

(C) Work and life experience

N/AN/A
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
0N/A
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
N/AN/A
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
N/AN/A

International students

00%

Total

29100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Diploma in Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Majors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Public Health

Make a positive difference to people's lives by learning how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health within communities.

Make a positive difference to people's lives by learning how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health within communities.

Studying public health can to a variety of roles in public and global health, health research, policy and professional practice, such as law and ethics.

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Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Archaeological Science

Expand your knowledge of geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology.

In this major, you'll examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning. This includes participating in lab and field-based research projects to gain experience in surveying, excavation and scientific analysis.

Future work includes positions in museums, consultancies, government departments, cultural centres, law enforcement, educational and research institutions.

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Biology

Study life processes and the structure, function, growth, evolution and distribution of living organisms.

Explore solutions to issues in the global agriculture, health and medicine sectors, and the management of sensitive environments.

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Chemistry

You’ll study the fundamentals of general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry and gain the practical skills to work in a range of different labs.

This major can enhance your skills for a broad range of employment opportunities in private companies, councils, state and federal governments.

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Computer Science

Computer Science encompasses everything from the design of hardware through to the development of algorithms and programming languages.

Apply your programming skills to create or optimise programs, systems or applications which are used across multiple devices. Programming skills are essential for information management, data analysis, predictive modelling, cyber security, artificial intelligence, gaming, e-commerce or communications.

These transferable skills apply to many industries including health, science, technology, business and government.

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Food Science and Nutrition

Take a scientific approach to the study of food and its consumption.

You'll study all aspects of the food system, from farming, processing and distribution; to how food is selected, consumed and affects our health.

Food is one of largest industries in the world and offers a diverse range of career opportunities in the fields of nutrition, food science and technology, education, research and development.

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Geographical Sciences

Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical-thinking and teach you how to apply GIS to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues faced in today’s modern world.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

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Geological Sciences

Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographical information science (GIS) software are used for field mapping, data analysis and data modelling.

Study mineralogy, field geology, the geology of coral Reefs, energy resources or structural geology. 

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Marine Science

Develop and apply expertise in Marine Science to solve complex challenges facing our oceans.

Dive into the scientific study of coastal processes, ecology, fisheries, marine geology and marine conservation.

You’ll learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based environmental and conservation strategies to protect vital coastal habitats and marine ecosystems across the globe.

Studying Marine Science can lead to opportunities in various fields, including teaching, fisheries laboratories, marine parks, planning and management, museums and universities.

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Mathematics

Choose from a wide range of courses in mathematics and statistics to suit your interests and career goals.

We challenge and expand your problem solving, logical thinking and conceptual ability. You'll gain quantitative and analytical skills, along with a foundation of calculus, linear algebra, probability, discrete mathematics, mathematical analysis and modelling.

Our comprehensive mathematical training equips you for a broad range of opportunities in banking, finance, insurance, business, engineering, science, information technology and risk management.

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Occupational Health and Safety Science

Occupational health and safety is about identifying, analysing and preventing workplace injury, illness and fatality.

You'll learn about occupational health and safety law, risk management, occupational health, physical ergonomics and OH&S management systems. 

Studying this major will teach you all the skills needed to create healthy and safe working environments.

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Physics

Deepen your understanding of how and why things work.

Led by internationally-recognised researchers, you'll study the laws of physics and explore how these principles are applied in our everyday life – from understanding the nature of time to developing new technologies.

Combine your scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understand theories relating to quantum mechanics, biophotonics, astronomy or astrophysics. Or apply your knowledge to develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

Your high-level technical, analytical and problem-solving skills will lead you to a wide range of rewarding opportunities in sectors such as education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

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Psychology

Enjoy the study variety of this large discipline that covers topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Studying Psychology can lead to opportunities in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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Public Health

Make a positive difference to people's lives by learning how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health within communities.

Make a positive difference to people's lives by learning how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health within communities.

Studying public health can to a variety of roles in public and global health, health research, policy and professional practice, such as law and ethics.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $44,736

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Diploma in Science for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Diploma in Science are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $8,951

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Diploma in Science for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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