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Diploma in Science


Gain a qualification in science by building on your bachelor's degree and unlock pathways to honours or postgraduate programs.

The Diploma in Science is for anyone with a bachelor's degree in any field of study. It's a flexible program that allows you to build knowledge by spending a year (or part-time equivalent) studying an area of interest in science.

This diploma is ideal if you need to fulfil prerequisites for entry into another program, or if you're preparing to sit the GAMSAT (Graduate Medical Schools Admission Test). It's also ideal if you're looking for professional development.

When you enrol in the Diploma in Science, you can choose to complete either a minor from the course list or a set of courses without a declared minor.

Due to the nature of some minors – where courses require prerequisite knowledge – you may need to complete the Diploma in Science part-time over 3 or 4 semesters.

St Lucia
1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2024), Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2024)
Program Code
Level 5

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Complete additional science courses in a new area of study and gain additional qualifications.
  • Broaden your knowledge so you can qualify for honours or postgraduate programs.
  • Tailor your diploma to your area of interest by choosing from a wide range of science minors and courses relevant to your goals.

1 in Queensland for life sciences and medicine

QS World University Rankings 2024

1 in Queensland for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2024


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

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Archaeological Science
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

How you'll learn

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory work
  • Seminars
  • 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:

  • The Science of Everyday Thinking
  • Theory & Practice in Science
  • Introductory Chemistry
  • Physical Basis of Biological Systems
  • Basic Mathematics

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)


Entry requirements


Bachelor's degree or equivalent in any field.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent in any field.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the 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 Student (GS) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2024:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study


(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study


(C) Work and life experience

(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
  • Admitted where ATAR and additional criteria were considered
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor

International students




"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.



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

Study applied mathematics and learn how advanced mathematical methods are used to develop practical solutions in a variety of real-world contexts.

Learn advanced mathematical techniques to solve problems in a logical, analytical and creative manner.

Build your foundational knowledge in core topics such as applied mathematical analysis, mathematical modelling and the numerical methods used in computer programming. You'll gain practical mathematical skills that can be applied to any field.


Examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

In the Archaeological Science minor, you’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning.

Combine core archaeology courses with electives and expand your knowledge of geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology.

Future work includes positions in museums, consultancies, government departments, cultural centres, law enforcement, educational and research institutions.


Deepen your understanding of the universe and our place in it.

Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll explore theories behind the creation of the universe to understand the origin and evolution of galaxies, stars and planets.

Examine the fundamental laws of physics behind how particles and radiation were created, how galaxies and planetary systems form, and how environments for life develop.

You’ll study the physical processes behind the structure of the Milky Way, star formation, stellar atmospheres, gravitational waves, the creation of matter and the cosmic microwave background.

Learn to build computer simulations of the universe to investigate some of the big questions in modern astrophysics and cosmology, including:

  • What are dark energy and dark matter?
  • How did the Universe begin and how did it end?
  • Where did the contents of the Universe come from?
  • How and when do galaxies form?

You’ll have access to state-of-the-art computing facilities as well as specialised tools and instruments used in Astrophysics research.

Studying physics courses can lead to working as a data scientist, banking or financial analyst, management consultant, or careers in the space industry, medical physics, mining or the environment sectors.


Study the molecular events controlling the growth and development of cells and organisms in all living things.

In this minor, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the chemical basis of life and its relevance to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

Learn how molecular events can go wrong in certain diseased states and how this contributes to the development of new drugs.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, structured tutorials and specialised seminars.

Career paths lead to some the most exciting and challenging roles in science and medicine, from laboratories, hospitals or government agencies.


Be at the forefront of new biological knowledge that revolutionises the way we cure disease, develop new technologies or create new renewable energy sources.

Biophysics sits at the crossroads of biology, physics and chemistry. You’ll apply core principles from physics and chemistry to deepen your understanding of how complex biological systems work.

Study computer modelling techniques and key methods of mathematical analysis to examine the relationships between the physical properties and how molecules, cells and core systems within the human body function.

Deepen your understanding of how nerve cells communicate and use scientific techniques to examine the structures of proteins, viruses, and other complex molecules.

Biophysics gives you interdisciplinary training, meaning you can adapt to a variety of working environments in universities, industry and government.


Help transform the way we detect disease, develop new treatments, or sustainably feed a growing world population.

Study a minor in cell biology to investigate how cellular, genetic, and evolutionary processes affect everyday life.

Examine key concepts and techniques to understand genetic information and investigate cellular processes and cell development in a range of organisms. You’ll apply microscopic techniques to observe how cells function in healthy and diseased states.

The growing availability of biological data is allowing unprecedented discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology. You'll learn from leading scientists who have contributed to breakthroughs across biotechnology, animal, plant and medical sciences.

Studying a minor cell biology will add depth to your scientific knowledge and enhance your employability for a wide range of opportunities within biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, conservation or government agencies.


Biological chemistry as a minor develops specialist knowledge at the interface of chemistry and biology.

Gain chemical knowledge about cellular processes and biomolecular interactions and explore the chemical, computational and imaging techniques used to analyse them.

You'll apply the principles of inorganic and organic chemistry to investigate the nature of chemical reactions in biological systems at the molecular level.

Studying chemical biology will complement courses in biochemistry and molecular biology, genetics, biological and biomedical sciences.



Chemistry is an enabling science that provides a foundation for fields such as education, technology and the environment.

You’ll learn the fundamentals of general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry and specialise in areas such as:

  • synthetic chemistry, where you explore the synthesis of complex molecules used in drugs, explosives, paints and cosmetics
  • computational chemistry, involving the use of advanced theoretical calculations and high-power supercomputers to understand and predict the structures and reactivities of molecules and short-lived intermediate species
  • nanoscience, to explore the processes of self-assembly enabling the controlled arrangement of atoms and molecules and the chemistry at interfaces
  • medicinal chemistry, to explore molecular design and the modification of compound properties to enhance pharmaceutical applications as evaluated through bioassays.

All of these areas involve access to advanced instrumental techniques and the development of skills that employers value.


Examine the intricate relationship between climate, coastal systems and marine environments to solve complex challenges facing our oceans.

In this minor, you'll dive into the scientific study of coastal processes, oceanography, ecology, marine geology, and marine conservation.

You’ll learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based environmental and conservation strategies to protect vital coastal habitats and marine ecosystems across the globe.

Led by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll gain fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

Studying a minor in coastal and ocean science will add depth to broad range of complementary fields including ecology and conversation biology, Earth science or zoology.

You’ll be equipped for a broad range of opportunities in areas such as:

  • natural resource management
  • conservation
  • environmental management
  • education
  • government departments.


Apply your technical skills and mathematical knowledge to translate complex data into meaningful insights that help shape our future.

Recent advances in technology give scientists the ability to collect and process more data than ever before.

Computational science combines fundamental principles from computer science, mathematics and statistics to solve scientific problems across any specialist field.

Develop your skills in computational thinking and apply computational problem-solving strategies to design algorithms for collecting, processing and analysing vast amounts of data from various sources.

Apply your programming skills to construct large-scale mathematical models and simulations to analyse and interpret real world data and generate meaningful insights.

You’ll learn to create a range of data visualisations and graphics to communicate your findings to scientific and non-scientific audiences.

Skills in computational science are essential for all scientific disciplines and any career where computational techniques are required for problem-solving, forecasting, data analysis or data visualisation.


Computer Science encompasses everything from the design of hardware through to the development of algorithms and programming languages.

Apply your programming skills to create or optimise programs, systems or applications which are used across multiple devices. Programming skills are essential for information management, data analysis, predictive modelling, cyber security, artificial intelligence, gaming, e-commerce or communications.

These transferable skills apply to many industries including health, science, technology, business and government.


Be at the forefront of advances in modern medicine. Study developmental biology and learn how organisms are formed from a single cell.

Understanding human and animal development is fundamental to medicine and biomedicine.

State-of-the-art medical therapeutic strategies are built on innovative discoveries from developmental biology, including stem cells, cell engineering, artificial organs, 3D printing and tissue regeneration.

Developmental biology is key to understanding health and disease. It consolidates knowledge from anatomy, physiology, genetics, molecular biology and pharmacology to provide students with an integrated understanding of human development.

Learn from leading researchers and apply your theoretical knowledge in the laboratories where medical breakthroughs are taking place.

In-depth knowledge of Developmental Biology is beneficial for a range of career opportunities within health, science, or academia. 

Studying courses in Developmental Biology can also help you prepare for sitting the GAMSAT (Graduate Medical Schools Admission Test).


Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographic information systems (GIS) are used to analyse geological processes and monitor changes in the Earth’s environment.

Dig deeper into our mineral and energy sources by exploring topics such as mineral and rock analysis, mining geology, environmental geology or geochemistry. Develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, and specialised seminars.

You may choose to combine your minor with courses in coastal and ocean science or marine biology to deepen your understanding of oceanography and help create a sustainable future for marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a career in the natural resource, energy, government or environmental sectors. 


Broaden your understanding of how organisms interact with each other and their environments, and be part of the solution for protecting our natural world.

Ecology and conservation biology are vital for solving the environmental challenges our society is facing today.

You’ll be taught by internationally renowned conservation experts and can choose to specialise in conservation biology, marine ecology or evolutionary ecology.

Gain real-world experience in solving ecological problems by conducting fieldwork in a range of rainforest, outback and marine environments.

You’ll be equipped to tackle global issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, diminishing natural resources and the environmental impacts of human activity.

Employment demand has risen strongly over the past 5 years with roles available in government departments and agencies, private industry or environmental organisations.


Help protect our natural world to enhance the quality of life for humans, animals and plants.

Insects have an enormous impact on the environment, human health and world economies. They play a significant role in spreading disease, reducing global food shortages and are vital indicators of environmental change.

Examine how insects interact with and adapt to their environments, and understand their vital role within ecosystems. You’ll combine theory and practice to explore topics relating to pest management, insect physiology, insect identification and taxonomy.

Learn from leading researchers who are actively involved with a wide variety of projects. Apply your knowledge to understand the impacts of climate change, inform conservation strategies, or apply eco-friendly pest management strategies to protect crops and livestock.

Alternatively, kick-start your career in research by progressing into a research-based honours degree.


Genetics is transforming the way we investigate diseases, develop medical treatments, protect endangered species and create food security.

You’ll advance your knowledge in genetic structure, genetic interaction and the genetic basis of traits.

We'll expand your critical thinking and teach you to analyse complex biological data using the latest genetic technologies.

You’ll learn to translate genetic information into meaningful insights that may lead to new discoveries.

Studying genetics will prepare you for a broad range of opportunities across ecology, medicine or agriculture.


Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical-thinking and teach you how to apply GIS to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues faced in today’s modern world.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.


Demystify the complexities of the human body and contribute to enhancing human health.

Having a holistic understanding of how the human body works is fundamental for detecting disease and developing new or improved treatments.

Study a minor in human anatomy to acquire in-depth knowledge of cell, tissue, and organ systems within the human body.

You’ll gain practical skills in dissection and examine prosected cadavers to deepen your knowledge of gross human anatomy.

Apply your anatomical data-analysis skills to investigate how systems contribute to human growth and development, as well as how they are linked to diseases and disorders.

Strengthen your knowledge of the complex relationship between the body, mind, and disease by combining your minor with related courses in human physiology, neuroscience, or pharmacology.

Knowledge in human anatomy underpins a wide range of career opportunities in the health sector, including those with a biomedical science focus.

Studying courses in human anatomy can also help you prepare for sitting the GAMSAT (Graduate Medical Schools Admission Test).


Deepen your understanding of the human body to lead positive change in human health.

Undertake a minor in human physiology to examine how cell, tissue and organ systems function within the human body.

Learn the vital roles played by our brain, nerves and hormones in controlling cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive and metabolic processes important to our survival. 

Apply scientific methods to investigate how the failure of these systems can result in disease or disorders.

Study physiological functions at a molecular and cellular level to examine how the body’s core processes are altered in diseased states.

Develop a holistic understanding of the complex links between the body, mind and disease by combining your minor with related courses in human anatomy, neuroscience, pharmacology or food science and nutrition.

In-depth knowledge of human physiology is essential if you are considering further study in the field of medicine, biomedical science or allied health. Studying courses in human physiology can also help you prepare for sitting the GAMSAT (Graduate Medical Schools Admission Test).


Dive deep into the complexities of the human immune system to transform the way we treat and prevent disease.

Study immunology to gain a comprehensive understanding of the human immune system and how it can be used to prevent, treat and cure diseases such as cancer.

You’ll investigate the role of microorganisms in disease, the molecular basis of immune recognition and the regulation of immune response in a range of infectious diseases.

Learn immunological techniques for developing vaccines and immunotherapies as well as practical applications in biotechnology, microbiology, genetics and cell and molecular biology.

You’ll be taught by leading researchers who are working in the laboratories where current medical breakthroughs are taking place.

You’ll be equipped for a range of opportunities in hospitals, research institutions, biotechnology firms, pharmaceutical companies or universities.


Apply key principles from ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to examine marine life and investigate their biological relationship to their natural environments.

Led by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions.

You'll gain fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

We'll show you how to apply a wide range of evidence-based ecological and environmental strategies to protect and sustainably manage vital marine organisms and ecosystems across the globe.

You'll be prepared for a broad range of career opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.


Choose from a wide range of courses in mathematics and statistics to suit your interests and career goals.

We challenge and expand your problem solving, logical thinking and conceptual ability. You'll gain quantitative and analytical skills, along with a foundation of calculus, linear algebra, probability, discrete mathematics, mathematical analysis and modelling.

Our comprehensive mathematical training equips you for a broad range of opportunities in banking, finance, insurance, business, engineering, science, information technology and risk management.


Microbiology is at the forefront of protection against infectious diseases.

In this minor, you'll study the diversity of microorganisms, the immune system, microbial virulence, disease states and the ways in which organisms respond to infection.

You'll learn how vaccines protect animals and humans from infectious diseases, and discover the latest advances in vaccine development from lecturers who are globally recognised experts.

Focusing on the key areas of immunology, virology, parasitology, environmental microbiology, microbial biotechnology and microbial genomics, you'll study bacterial, fungal and viral infections and apply your knowledge in weekly laboratory practicals.

You'll confidently use the specialist biomedical and molecular techniques required to diagnose and characterise infectious microbes and to develop new diagnostics. Problem-based scenarios will enhance your analytical, research and communication skills.

This minor will add depth to your biological sciences knowledge and equip you with essential technical skills to enhance your employability.


Reimagine how we develop new treatments and drive technological advances that shape our world’s future.

Study neuroscience to deepen your understanding of how the human brain and nervous system function.

Examine the complexities of the brain and nervous system to explore how neural systems develop, process sensory information, control our movement, form memories, react to stress, respond to disease and store vital information about the world around us.

Combine your minor in neuroscience with courses across anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, molecular biology and cellular biology to prepare yourself for further study in the field of medicine.

Studying neuroscience will equip you for employment opportunities in fields as diverse as business, biotechnology, health, science or the pharmaceutical industry.


Revolutionise the way we use existing drugs and develop new medicines to help prevent and combat disease.

Study pharmacology to learn the science behind how drugs work to treat and cure diseases.

You’ll gain comprehensive knowledge on how drugs work in the human body at the molecular cellular and whole-body level, and discover why many drugs do not work in every patient.

You'll learn how active chemical agents in medicines affect our cells, tissue or organs to examine their benefits, side effects and interactions on human health.

Learn the latest techniques to test drug effects and how to evaluate their benefits and risks in treating human diseases.

A minor in pharmacology can help to support your admission to or progression through the graduate entry medicine program. It can prepare you for employment opportunities within healthcare organisations, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and hospitals.


Deepen your understanding of how and why things work.

Led by internationally-recognised researchers, you'll study the laws of physics and explore how these principles are applied in our everyday life – from understanding the nature of time to developing new technologies.

Combine your scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understand theories relating to quantum mechanics, biophotonics, astronomy or astrophysics. Or apply your knowledge to develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

Your high-level technical, analytical and problem-solving skills will lead you to a wide range of rewarding opportunities in sectors such as education, finance, engineering, computing and management.


Help to solve 2 of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

In this minor, you’ll learn and apply the science behind breeding high-yielding, pest-resistant crops to help farmers increase their productivity.

You'll study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology, and apply your knowledge to use plant-based sources to develop biofuels, medicines or healthier food products.

Studying plant science can lead to rewarding career opportunities with businesses, multinational companies, universities, schools or government departments.


Study how people behave, think and feel.

In this minor, you'll explore topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Studying Psychology can lead to opportunities in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.


Apply the tools of modern statistics to inform data-driven decision making and solve real-world problems.

In this minor, we combine theory with practical experience to expand your critical thinking, enhance your analytical capabilities and develop your technical skills.

You'll discover how statistics are used to help solve real-world problems, such as improving medical treatments through data-driven experimental design, or using meteorological and spatial data to assess drought conditions in local communities.

You'll learn and apply statistical techniques to analyse and interpret complex data, and transform it into meaningful insights.

Professionals with statistics knowledge and data analysis skills are in high demand across business, industry, research and government to forecast, analyse and solve a variety of complex issues.


Learn how animals relate and interact with their physical and biological environments.

Through this minor, you’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

We'll expand your knowledge of climate change biology, wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental physiology, marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, terrestrial ecology, molecular ecology and mathematical applications in biology.

Zoology opens up a number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to employment in education institutions.


Fees and Scholarships

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Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.





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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.

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Domestic places in the Diploma in Science are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support


You may be eligible for more than 100 scholarships, including:

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For support with applying – or if you have any questions about university life – get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

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