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University of Sydney (USYD)

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Graduate Diploma in Science

  • Graduate Diploma

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Diploma
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Course Code
Study Mode
In person

About this course

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022.

Students commencing some subject areas in this course in 2021 and 2022 are required to commence their studies in-person on campus. Remote study is not available for the following subject areas:

  • Anatomy and Histology
  • Applied Medical Sciences
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology

Applicants will be eligible for admission for these subject areas only if they are able to demonstrate they are physically present in Australia on the date specified in the offer made to them by the University.

About this course

The Graduate Diploma in Science is a springboard from undergraduate into higher research degrees. Whether you want to step up to a Masters degree, or go all the way with a PhD, the one-year degree is a training pathway for entry into scientific research courses.

As part of the Graduate Diploma in Science, you undertake a research project in a specialised area of science, under the guidance and supervision of an academic staff member who is expert in your selected area.

You will be part of a science faculty that is one of the top ranked in Australia in terms of scientific output according to SCImago Institution Rankings. Our reputation for scientific excellence attracts the best researchers and significant research funding, creating an outstanding learning environment for the next generation of scientists and global leaders.

If you choose to continue with research, the Graduate Diploma in Science will give you excellent preparation to embark on the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). If you don't, your research experience will give you a competitive edge and enhanced employment opportunities, both in Australia and overseas.

Entry requirements

To qualify for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Science, you must:

  1. have qualified for or be a graduate with a Bachelor degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification from another tertiary institution;
  2. have completed a relevant science major (i.e. minimum of 24 credit points of 3000-level units of study) relating to the intended project discipline;
  3. satisfy any additional criteria set by the relevant Head of School or Discipline.

Read more about honours in Science.

Please note that honours in Psychology is not available in the Graduate Diploma in Science.

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How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the 'Apply' button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information.

Applicants are required to discuss their proposed area of research with the relevant school/department before lodging an application.

Graduate outcomes

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