Diploma of Science

Welcome to the Diploma in Science (DipSc)

Pursue your passion for science!

Designed specifically for graduates, the Diploma in Science allows you to widen your opportunities.  Study a new undergraduate discipline, gain academic qualifications, develop your career, or take a mix of courses to suit your interests.

Whether you have studied Arts, Engineering, Pharmacy, Philosophy or even Science, this Diploma will allow you to access a number of interesting and challenging science disciplines.

Science graduates may study additional courses in their own discipline or change disciplines to a complementary or completely different area.

Professional Development

Across many industries and sectors, employees look for ways to enhance and strengthen their knowledge and skills through professional development. 

The new Diploma in Science can:

  • add value to your career;
  • establishing new social and professional networks,
  • transition to a different career; and
  • update your current professional knowledge.


Pathways for Future Study Who should Enrol?

The Diploma in Science gives you the opportunity to:

  • select courses to further an interest;
  • take a defined sequence to gain prerequisites for postgraduate study;
  • acquire a new field of study to qualify for entry to specific programs.

Who should enrol:

  • Bachelor graduates interested in completing other science courses in a new area of study to gain additional qualifications or to qualify for entry to honours or postgraduate programs.
  • Students interested in undertaking postgraduate studies in education (primary and secondary) may benefit from gaining a second (or third) teaching area in the sciences while maintaining their primary teaching focus.
  • Graduates with an undergraduate degree in law, business or arts may benefit from developing some scientific expertise, opening up careers with an element of science such as IP law, OH&S law, environmental law, business statistics, financial mathematics, scientific writing or journalism, or management of scientific industries. 

Subject to satisfactory performance in the program, you may be able to undertake honours, postgraduate coursework, or via honours, research postgraduate study.

What Can I Study?

 The Diploma may be taken in most areas offered in the Bachelor of Science program, namely:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Geographical Science
  • Geological Science
  • Marine Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Psychology

To complete the program, students will complete #16 from courses in the DipSc course list.  The program's flexibility allows students to take either a defined sequence of courses for a major to give access to honours or postgraduate coursework, or to take a mix of courses in different areas for interest.

Further information about the DipSc rules and requirements.

Entry Requirements 

Applicants require a Bachelor degree or equivalent in any qualification and must meet the University's minimum English requirement to enter the Diploma program.

Details of the program requirements are available at www.uq.edu.au/study

The program is equivalent to one year full-time but may be undertaken over a period of two or three years of part-time study to allow for sequential development in the chosen disciplines.

Study Plans for Graduate Entry programs

The following are examples of study plans students may take to meet prerequisites for some graduate entry programs.  The Faculty of Science recommends students seek academic advice from the relevant program coordinator to meet individual requirements. 

Doctor of Medicine (MD)

Students may complete #16 from the following list to gain a breadth of knowledge to support their admission to and progression in the graduate entry medicine program. Advice should be sought from an academic advisor as to the most relevant sequence of courses.

2 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
 BIOL1020         2 Genes, Cells & Evolution
 BIOL1040         2 Cells to Organisms
 BIOL2200             2 Cell Structure & Function
 BIOL2202              2 Genetics
 BIOM2011           2 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biology
 BIOM2012             2 Systems Physiology
 BIOM2020            2 Human Anatomy
 BIOM2402           2 Principles of Pharmacology
 CHEM1100       2 Chemistry 1
 CHEM1200            2 Chemistry 2
 MICR2000              2 Microbiology & Immunology
 PHYS1171        2 Physical Basis of Biological Systems

Master of Occupational Therapy Studies
1. Two (2) units of Anatomy from: BIOM2020 or BIOM3002
2. Two (2) units of Statistics from: STAT1201 or PSYC1040 or PSYC2010
3. Two (2) units of Physiology from: 

4. Four (4) units of Social Sciences from: 

Master of Physiotherapy Studies
1. Four (4) units of Anatomy from:                  BIOM2020 OR BIOM3002 (Systems) AND BIOM3003 (Functional)
2. Four (4) units of Physiology:                        BIOM2011 (Integrative) AND BIOM2012 (Systems)
3. Two (2) units of Statistics from:                  STAT1201 or PSYC1040 or PSYC2010
4. Two (2) units of Psychology from:              PSYC1020 or PSYC1030
Master of Speech Pathology Studies
1. Two (2) units of Statistics from:                  STAT1201 or PSYC1040 or PSYC2010
2. Two (2) units of any one of the following:
Master of Dietetic Studies
For entry to the MDietSt, prior approved studies must include #18 as listed below. Students may complete #16 while enrolled in the Diploma in Biomedical Science. Any remaining courses may have to be taken as electives, if possible, in the student’s primary degree program or as non-award studies.
1. Two (2) units of public health nutrition from:          NUTR3011 or NUTR3012          
2. Two (2) units of nutrition science at 2000 level or higher from: NUTR2101 or NUTR2201     
3. Four (4) units of systems physiology at 2000 level or higher from:
4. Two (2) units of research methods, including statistics from:
5. Two (2) units of behavioural sciences:                       PSYC1030
6. Four (4) units of biochemistry at 2000 level or higher or equivalent
7. Two (2) units of food sciences (commodities)         FOOD3006


Need more help?

Phone the Faculty on:
St Lucia 07 3365 1888 or
Gatton 07 5460 1276
for assistance and to make an appointment with an academic advisor. Book early to avoid the rush.

Drop into
St Lucia Building 69 or
Gatton Student Centre, N.W. Briton Administration Centre Annexe, for assistance with enrolment or timetabling.

Email us at science.enquiries@uq.edu.au.

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