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University of New England

Armidale , NSW ,Australia

Graduate Diploma in Science

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.

Campus Information


Living in Armidale you will experience the best of both city and rural living. Enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle with access to shopping, gourmet food, top sporting facilities and cultural delights all for a fraction of the price you'd expect to pay in a major city. You can live in the heart of Armidale or experience the tranquility of New England on a rural property.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

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.

PSW Opportunity

  • N/A

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

A candidate shall:

  • (a) A candidate shall 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 a 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 the first trimester.