Diploma in Science

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Designed specifically for graduates, the Diploma in Science allows you to 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.

  • Who Should Enrol?

    Many graduates can benefit from the DipSc offering, including:

    • Bachelor of Science/similar 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.
    • Bachelor of Law/Business/Arts/similar graduates that may benefit from developing some scientific expertise; providing access to careers with an element of science, such as IP law, OHS law, environmental law, business statistics, financial mathematics, scientific journalism, or management of scientific industries.
    • Students interested in completing prerequiste courses to gain entry to postgraduate health programs such as medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, or other studies. Examples of preparatory study plans for entry to some such programs are below.
    • Students interested in undertaking postgraduate studies in education may benefit from gaining a second (or third) teaching area in the sciences while maintaining their primary teaching focus.
  • 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 and Nutrition
    • Geographical Science
    • Geological Science
    • Marine Science
    • Mathematics
    • Occupational Health and Safety Science
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Public Health

    To achieve the Diploma, students will complete 16 units of courses in the DipSc course list. The program's flexibility allows students to take either a defined sequence of courses for a major, or to take a mix of courses in different areas for interest.

  • Preparatory Study Plans for Graduate Program Entry

    Due to the sequential nature of some courses which require prerequisite knowledge, students may need to complete the Diploma part-time, over three or four semesters. Please refer to the course profiles for each course that you intend to enrol in to check for any required prerequisites, before finalising your study plan. For example, BIOM2020 has a prerequisite of BIOL1040, and two recommended prerequisites of BIOL1020 and STAT1201.

    Doctor of Medicine

    Students may complete 16 units 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.

    GAMSAT Preparation
    Course Code & Title
    BIOL1020 Genes, Cells & Evolution
    BIOL1040 Cells to Organisms
    CHEM1100 Chemistry 11
    CHEM1200 Chemistry 21
    PHYS1171 Physical Basis of Biological Systems2

    1 Students without Queensland Senior Chemistry should complete CHEM1090 before taking any other chemistry course.
    2 Students without Queensland Senior Physics should complete PHYS1171 before taking any other physics course.

    Recommended prior learning for the MD
    Course Code & Title
    BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    BIOM2011 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biology3
    BIOM2012 Systems Physiology3
    BIOM2020 Human Anatomy

    3 From 2022, this course is a compulsory prerequisite for entry to the Doctor of Medicine. If you are undertaking the Diploma in Science and intend to enter the Doctor of Medicine in or after 2022, you must complete this course.

    Useful learning for the MD
    Course Code & Title
    BIOL2200 Cell Structure & Function
    BIOL2202 Genetics
    BIOM2402 Principles of Pharmacology
    MICR2000 Microbiology & Immunology

    Master of Occupational Therapy Studies

    Suggested study plan - advice should be sought from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences to ensure individual requirements are met.

    Course Code & Title
    Choose 2 units of Anatomy from:

    [ BIOM2020 Human Anatomy
    BIOM3002 Human Biomedical Anatomy ]

    Choose 2 units of Statistics from:

    [ STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data
    PSYC1040 Psychological Research Methodology I
    PSYC2010 Psychological Research Methodology II ]

    Choose 2 units of Physiology from:

    [ BIOM2011 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biology
    BIOM2012 Systems Physiology (recommended option) ]

    Choose 4 units of Social Sciences from:

    [ PSYC1020 Introduction to Psychology: Minds, Brains and Behaviour
    PSYC1030 Introduction to Psychology: Developmental, Social & Clinical Psychology
    PSYC2040 Social & Organisational Psychology
    PSYC3132 Health Psychology
    PSYC3142 Intergroup Relations & Group Processes
    PSYC3282 Developmental Perspectives on the Origins of Human Culture ]

    Master of Physiotherapy Studies

    Suggested study plan - advice should be sought from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences to ensure individual requirements are met.

    Course Code & Title
    Choose 2 units of Anatomy from:

    [ BIOM2020 Human Anatomy
    BIOM3002 Human Biomedical Anatomy ]

    and 2 units for:

    BIOM3003 Functional Musculoskeletal Anatomy

    Choose 2 units of Physiology from:

    [ BIOM2011 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biology
    BIOM3015 Integrative Physiology & Pathophysiology ]

    and 2 units for:

    BIOM2012 Systems Physiology

    Choose 2 units of Statistics from:

    [ STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data
    PSYC1040 Psychological Research Methodology I
    PSYC2010 Psychological Research Methodology II
    PSYC3010 Psychological Research Methodology III ]

    Choose 2 units of Psychology from:

    [ PSYC1020 Introduction to Psychology: Minds, Brains and Behaviour
    PSYC1030 Introduction to Psychology: Developmental, Social & Clinical Psychology ]

    Master of Speech Pathology Studies

    Suggested study plan - advice should be sought from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences to ensure individual requirements are met.

    Course Code & Title
    Choose 2 units of Statistics from:

    [ STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data
    PSYC1040 Psychological Research Methodology I
    PSYC2010 Psychological Research Methodology II ]

    Choose 2 units from:

    [ PSYC1020 Introduction to Psychology: Minds, Brains and Behaviour
    PSYC1030 Introduction to Psychology: Developmental, Social & Clinical Psychology
    BIOM2011 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biology
    BIOM2012 Systems Physiology ]

    Master of Dietetic Studies

    The MDietSt is an AQF level 9 program, which follows a relevant Bachelors degree in the field. The plan below includes courses required by the Dietitians Association of Australia for entry to the MDietSt, however students must also ensure their degree is relevant to the field, to meet entry requirements. To confirm your degree is sufficiently relevant, please contact the School of Human Movement and Nutrition.

    For entry to the MDietSt, prior studies must include 18 units as listed below. Given that students may only complete 16 units toward 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. Students must also demonstrate scaffolded learning with a 4 semester sequence in Anatomy/Physiology and a 4 semester sequence in Biochemistry. This will require the Diploma be studied part-time.

    Please see the Master of Dietetics Studies program page for further information.

    Advice should be sought from the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences to ensure individual requirements are met.

    Course Code & Title
    4 units of public health nutrition for:

    [ NUTR3011 Understanding Population Nutrition
    NUTR3012 Community & Public Health Nutrition ]

    4 units of nutrition science (at 2nd level or higher) for:

    [ NUTR2101 Nutrition Science
    NUTR3201 Advanced Nutrition Sciences ]

    4 units of systems physiology (at 2nd level or higher) for:

    [ BIOM2011 Integrative Cell & Tissue Biology
    BIOM2012 Systems Physiology ]

    2 units of research methods, including statistics, for:

    STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data

    2 units of behavioural sciences for:

    PSYC1030 Introduction to Psychology: Developmental, Social & Clinical Psychology

    4 units of biochemistry (at 2nd level or higher) for:

    [ BIOC3000 Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    BIOC3006 Biochemistry of Metabolism in Health and Disease ]

    and 2 units for:

    BIOC2000 Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

    2 units of food sciences (commodities) for:

    FOOD2000 Food Science