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Diploma in Science

The Diploma in Science fast tracks you directly into the Second Year of the Bachelor of Science at UNSW Sydney.

12 months
Program Code

Your path to a global top 50 university1

Successfully complete a Diploma Program and progress directly to Second Year of a Bachelor of Science at UNSW Sydney.

Support as you learn

The Diploma Program is designed for international students like you, so you can develop English language and study skills to take the next step with confidence.

Directly connected to UNSW

The program is accredited by UNSW Sydney and provides full access to UNSW’s world class libraries, clubs and societies.

Who is this program for?

A UNSW Diploma is the perfect transition to university life in Australia. It’s ideal for international students who need extra support, including those who just missed out on direct entry into their preferred bachelor’s degree, or hold qualifications that aren’t recognised by UNSW Sydney.

Study a Diploma in Science at UNSW Global2, and progress to Second Year at UNSW Sydney to study a Bachelor of Science.

A UNSW Diploma makes it easy to adjust to university, with:

  • smaller classes and at least 20% extra teaching time
  • additional English and academic skill support
  • course material equivalent to First Year courses within the UNSW Sydney degree, and
  • access to the same facilities and resources as undergraduate students.


Why study Science at UNSW Sydney?

From oceanography to neuroscience, biotech to quantum physics, a science degree unlocks a world of career opportunities. This degree gives you the flexibility to explore different disciplines to find the field that sparks your passion.

You will create innovative solutions to the world’s biggest challenges and be equipped with transferable skills that can be applied to a wide range of industries.

You will reach your career goals with industry relevant skills and training and be career-ready by the time you graduate from a Bachelor of Science degree at UNSW Sydney.

Diploma in Science program information

Intakes January, May, August
Duration 12 months
Terms 3 terms
Courses 8 courses
Weekly class time Approximately 20-25 hours
Progression Second Year, Bachelor of Science at UNSW Sydney
Scholarships Up to $7,500

#1in Australia


Excellence in Research in Australia Report, 2018

#1in Australia

Materials Science

QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020

Top 50in the world

Anatomy, Environmental Sciences, Earth & Marien Sciences, Materials Sciences, Mathematics

QS World Rankings by Subject, 2020

"My country's curriculum is not included in UNSW's accepted curriculums. By studying at UNSW Global, I received a chance to continue my studies at UNSW directly after finishing my Diploma Program in UNSW Global, which is equivalent to First Year undergraduate studies of my current degree."

Claudia Velda Widjaja


Progress to UNSW Sydney

Once you successfully complete a UNSW Diploma in Science, you will progress to Second Year at UNSW Sydney to study a Bachelor of Science and choose a degree major to prepare you for your future career.

The Diploma courses that you will study will be dependent on the major that you choose. To learn more about the program structure and courses you will study, view the UNSW Handbook.

Bachelor of Science majors:

Note: Diploma in Science students must achieve a Satisfactory Grade (equivalent to IELTS 6.5) for the Communication and Academic Literacy course and a minimum pass for all other courses to progress to Second Year of the relevant degree program at UNSW. If you wish to study a major not on this list, you may be eligible to receive credit for courses that are common.

* Specific courses are required in Second Year, which may increase program duration.

Diploma entry requirements

View the full table of academic and English Diploma entry requirements.

If you don’t meet the academic entry requirements for a UNSW Diploma Program, you can study a UNSW Foundation Studies Program first.

If you need help meeting the English language requirements, you could study the University English Entry Course (UEEC) before starting your UNSW Diploma Program.

Dates and fees

StartFinishContinue to
Second Year at UNSW
17 Jan 20229 Dec 2022Term 1 - 13 Feb 2023View Calendar
9 May 202228 Apr 2023Term 2 - 29 May 2023View Calendar
29 Aug 202218 Aug 2023Term 3 - 11 Sep 2023View Calendar


2021 tuition fees: AUD$38,400

View 2021 fees by course here.

Note: The tuition fee that you will pay depends on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course. Fees are reviewed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed, so it’s important to remember that indicative tuition fees shown above are not guaranteed. Any update to fees is effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included. You can view non-tuition fees here.

"Our Diploma Programs are based on UNSW Sydney First Year undergraduate courses so that students have the skills and knowledge necessary for success in their degree studies."

Dr. Suzann Malaney

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  • 1QS World University Rankings, 2022
  • 2UNSW Diploma Programs are delivered on UNSW campus by UNSW Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of UNSW Sydney.
  • Australian permanent residents, Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens are not eligible to enrol in Diploma Programs at this time. If a student becomes an Australian permanent resident, Australian citizen or New Zealand citizen after they enrol, they must continue to pay international student fees for the duration of their Diploma Program and will be subject to additional competitive processes for entry into a UNSW Sydney program.

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