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Graduate Diploma in Science


Graduate Diploma in Science

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Course resolutions

1 Course codes




Graduate Diploma in Science


2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Admission to candidature

With approval from the Dean available places will be offered to qualified applicants, according to the following admissions criteria.
Admission to this course requires a Bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Science or equivalent qualification, containing a minimum of 24 credit points of senior units of study (or equivalent at another institution) relating to the nominated science subject area of study. The nominated science subject area must be one listed in Table VI, the honours units of study table, except that Psychology is not available in the Graduate Diploma in Science.

4 Requirements for award

To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Science a candidate must complete 48 credit points of honours level units of study in a single science subject area, or, in the case of joint courses, across two science subject areas.
An applicant who is qualified to enrol in two science subject areas may complete a course joining the two areas, equivalent to a course in a single subject area. A joint course shall comprise such parts of the two subject areas as may be decided by the Dean.

5 Award of the diploma/ advanced diploma/ degree

The Graduate Diploma in Science is awarded as a Pass degree only.

6 Transitional provisions

These resolutions apply to persons who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2011 and persons who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2011 who elect to proceed under these resolutions.
Candidates who commenced prior to 1 January, 2011 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that requirements are completed by 1 January, 2016, or later date as the faculty may, in special circumstances, approve.

Relationship of Graduate Diploma to research degrees

The Graduate Diploma in Science serves as an entry qualification for the degrees of Master of Science or Doctor of Philosophy. It consists of equivalent work to that carried out by candidates enrolled in the fourth year honours courses, and is normally available to candidates who may not be eligible to enrol in those courses. The normal duration of the degree is one year full-time or two years part-time.

Course requirements

Intending students should consult the table of honours units of study for the range of disciplines offered. After discussion of your interests with a relevant member of academic staff, an application should be lodged. Entry to the Graduate Diploma is subject to approval by the relevant Head of Department, the faculty, and confirmation that requirements for the award of a relevant bachelor's degree have been met.