Diploma in Science

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.

     (Click here for examples of study plans for graduate entry 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:

    • Archaeological Science
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Food Science & Nutrition
    • Geographical Science
    • Geological Science
    • Marine Science
    • Mathematics
    • Occupational Health & Safety Science
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Public Health

    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

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

    Course Code Units Title
     BIOC2000 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:

    2. Two (2) units of Statistics from:

    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:                

    2. Four (4) units of Physiology:                       

    3. Two (2) units of Statistics from:                

    4. Two (2) units of Psychology from:            

    Master of Speech Pathology Studies

    1. Two (2) units of Statistics from:                

    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 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. Four (4) units of public health nutrition from both:

    2. Four (4) units of nutrition science at 2000 level or higher from both:

    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:

    6. Four (4) units of biochemistry at 2000 level or higher or equivalent

    7. Two (2) units of food sciences (commodities)