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Graduate Diploma in Science

Overview

Extend your knowledge in your chosen field of mathematics, physics or statistics and capitalise on the growing demand for high-level scientific expertise.

The Graduate Diploma in Science is designed for graduates who have majored in mathematics, physics or statistics and wish to extend their knowledge in their chosen field.

For your one year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) studies, you'll select from around 30 courses, providing you with a high level of specialised knowledge together with valuable skills associated with your selected area of study.

UQ's Science program prepares you for a highly rewarding career in a variety of roles. Many of our Mathematics graduates study higher degrees and go on to research positions at universities and other major research institutions. Our Physics graduates gain robust, high-level analytical and problem-solving skills that are widely applicable and highly valued by a diverse range of employers. Equally, our Statistics graduates are in high demand in business, industry, research and government.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Program Code
5240
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$45728 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
1 Year full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
5240
CRICOS Code
008585E
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study at UQ's Faculty of Science, internationally renowned for excellence and impact in teaching and research.
  • Benefit from UQ's long-standing links with industry and government partners.
  • Apply your gained knowledge through a range of collaborations, including research projects externally and within our research centres, commercialisation ventures, and industry placements or internships.

1 in Queensland for physics and astronomy

QS World University Rankings 2021

1 in Queensland for statistics and operational research

QS World University Rankings 2021

Fields of study

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

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Statistics

How you'll learn

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory work
  • 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:

  • General Relativity
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Quantum Physics
  • Statistical Analysis of Genetic Data

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Depending on which field you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Banking analyst
  • Investment banker
  • Finance analyst
  • Computing specialist
  • Financial product developer
  • Asset and liability manager
  • Risk assessor

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (postgraduate)

$78K–$90K

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Entry requirements

Prerequisites

For the MathematicsApplied Mathematics, and Statistics fields of study:
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline with first-year university-level mathematics (including calculus, multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, and ordinary differential equations), or
  • 5 years full-time equivalent, relevant work experience (see below).

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
For the Physics field of study:
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline with first-year, university-level physics (including mechanics, thermal physics, electromagnetism, and modern physics), and first-year university-level mathematics (including calculus, multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, and ordinary differential equations), or
  • 5 years full-time equivalent, relevant work experience (see below).

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
Relevant work experience includes work in a related discipline, including data science, engineering or information technology.

Prerequisites

For the MathematicsApplied Mathematics, and Statistics fields of study:
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline with first-year university-level mathematics (including calculus, multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, and ordinary differential equations), or
  • 5 years full-time equivalent, relevant work experience (see below).

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
For the Physics field of study:
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline with first-year, university-level physics (including mechanics, thermal physics, electromagnetism, and modern physics), and first-year university-level mathematics (including calculus, multi-variable calculus, linear algebra, and ordinary differential equations), or
  • 5 years full-time equivalent, relevant work experience (see below).

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
Relevant work experience includes work in a related discipline, including data science, engineering or information technology.

Related programs

Depending on your previous qualifications and current goals, you might want to consider
one of these related programs:

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Graduate 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

Fields of study

Fields of study

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

Mathematics

Undertake advanced courses in mathematics and its applications.

Learn about recent developments in analysis, algebra and combinatorics, computational mathematics, and statistics and probability.

You'll study modern applications of mathematics in areas such as coding and cryptology, bioinformatics, mathematical physics, mathematical ecology, computational science and visualisation, and nonlinear differential equations.

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Physics

Study fundamental natural laws and demonstrate how and why things work at scales ranging from the sub-nuclear, through the everyday, and onto the entire cosmos.

Gain advanced knowledge in areas such as quantum physics and astrophysics using experimental, theoretical and computational methods.

This field is designed for students who have a substantial background in physics at the undergraduate level.

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Statistics

Statistics is the scientific application of mathematical principles to the collection, analysis, and presentation of numerical data.

Statisticians contribute to scientific inquiry by applying their mathematical knowledge to the design of surveys and experiments, collection, processing, and analysis of data and interpretation of the results.

Gain the theory and practical experience in the use of popular statistical and data analysis packages, as well as applied and theoretical statistics and probability theory. You will develop advanced skills in modern statistics so you can graduate ready to embark on a career as a professional statistician.

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Fields of study

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

Mathematics

Undertake advanced courses in mathematics and its applications.

Learn about recent developments in analysis, algebra and combinatorics, computational mathematics, and statistics and probability.

You'll study modern applications of mathematics in areas such as coding and cryptology, bioinformatics, mathematical physics, mathematical ecology, computational science and visualisation, and nonlinear differential equations.

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Physics

Study fundamental natural laws and demonstrate how and why things work at scales ranging from the sub-nuclear, through the everyday, and onto the entire cosmos.

Gain advanced knowledge in areas such as quantum physics and astrophysics using experimental, theoretical and computational methods.

This field is designed for students who have a substantial background in physics at the undergraduate level.

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Statistics

Statistics is the scientific application of mathematical principles to the collection, analysis, and presentation of numerical data.

Statisticians contribute to scientific inquiry by applying their mathematical knowledge to the design of surveys and experiments, collection, processing, and analysis of data and interpretation of the results.

Gain the theory and practical experience in the use of popular statistical and data analysis packages, as well as applied and theoretical statistics and probability theory. You will develop advanced skills in modern statistics so you can graduate ready to embark on a career as a professional statistician.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $45,728

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Diploma in Science for the 2022 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 postgraduate fees

AUD $29,760

Indicative annual fee 2021

Fee information for 2022 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2021.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Diploma in Science for the 2022 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, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program. The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Additional costs

  • Courses that include a field trip component may incur additional costs to cover transport, accommodation and food.

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

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Diploma in Science pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

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

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

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

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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