What is a Diploma?

A Diploma is a 12-month course that gives you the foundational skills and knowledge in a specific area of study. A Diploma in Science will take you straight into the Second Year of your Bachelor of Science at UNSW.  

It is a great option for you as an international student if you need a bit more support but don't want to add extra time to your degree. If you have just missed out on direct entry into your preferred bachelor's degree, or hold qualifications that are not recognised by UNSW Sydney, this could also be the program for you. 

Intakes

January, May, August

Duration

12 months (3 terms)

Weekly class time

Approximately 20-25 hours

Progression

Second Year, Bachelor of Science at UNSW Sydney

Delivery mode

On-campus

CRICOS Code

095862A

Your journey with a Diploma Program

High School Year 12 progresses to UNSW Diploma Program progresses to Second Year at UNSW Sydney High School Year 12 progresses to UNSW Diploma Program progresses to Second Year at UNSW Sydney

Who is this program for?

The UNSW Diploma Program has been designed specifically for international students. Our Diplomas make it easy to adjust to university, with: 

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

With an innovative First Year equivalent curriculum, you will begin to learn the fundamentals of biology, chemistry and physics before specialising and focusing on your future.

Why study science at UNSW Sydney?

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

UNSW provides world-class education and a career-focused student experience. You will belong to a connected student community with opportunities to expand your network socially and professionally, as well as full access to UNSW’s world-class libraries, labs, clubs and societies. 

You will explore new ideas and diverse perspectives within a vibrant student community, through a wide choice of majors available in your Bachelor of Science.

Career opportunities

  • Environmental Scientist 
  • Epidemiologist 
  • Geophysicist 
  • Hospital Technician 
  • Marine Biologist 
  • Medical Doctor 
  • Medical Lab Scientist 
  • Nutritionist 
  • Pharmacist 
  • Science Educator 
  • Scientist 
  • Veterinary Scientist 

Your future at UNSW

Once you successfully complete a UNSW Diploma (and meet the entry requirements), you will be guaranteed entry into Second Year at UNSW Sydney. UNSW is one of Australia's leading research and teaching universities, ranked in the top 50 worldwide. Boasting a career-focused education, vibrant community and flexibility in study options, UNSW will help you discover the best version of yourself.

Want to know more about specific progression requirements for your chosen UNSW Sydney bachelor’s degree?

The Diploma in Science is designed to provide you with a pathway straight into Second Year of a Bachelor of Science where you will have the option to choose a degree major from the following:

Bachelor of Science majors

  • Anatomy
  • Biology*
  • Chemistry
  • Food Science*
  • Genetics
  • Marine and Coastal* 
  • Materials Science
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Statistics

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 change your major and receive credit for courses that are common.

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    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

Program structure

UNSW Diploma students learn the fundamentals required for their future studies in courses that are equivalent to First Year undergraduate courses at UNSW Sydney. 

All discipline-specific Diploma courses are equivalent to First Year undergraduate courses, but you get the added benefit of extra support to equip you with the academic and English skills you need to succeed. All so you have a strong basis for your journey into Second Year at UNSW Sydney, where you will choose your major. 

For more information on each major you can study when you get to UNSW, see below.  

  • What is anatomy? 

    Anatomy is the study of the structure of the human body. It focuses on how our body parts interact to create our capacity to move, feel and think. Anatomy examines the macroscopic and microscopic structure of the body. This includes the anatomy of the developing body and evolutionary or comparative anatomy including biological anthropology. 

    Anatomy Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Science below. 

    Anatomy courses 
    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences 
    • Evolutionary & Functional Biology 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 
  • What is biology? 

    Biology is the study of life and living organisms. These areas include botany, ecology, marine biology and zoology. Botany looks at all aspects of plants and their relation to the environment. Ecologists study the distribution and abundance of organisms as well as the structure and function of ecosystems. Marine biology is about life in the ocean, estuaries and other coastal environments. Zoology looks at the structure, behaviour, habits, genetics, distribution, evolution and classification of animals. 

    Biology Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Science below. 

    Biology courses 
    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences 
    • Evolutionary & Functional Biology 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 
  • What is chemistry? 

    Chemistry looks at the world around us, to assess the composition, structure, properties, and reactions of materials. Chemists develop cutting edge technologies to deliver solutions to societal challenges such as energy generation and storage, to service a growing population and demand; develop new drugs to aid society, and engage in many other beneficial research and development projects. 

    Chemistry Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Science below. 

    Chemistry courses 
    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Higher Physics 1A or Physics 1A 
    • Higher Physics 1B or Physics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life 
    • Design & Application of Materials in Science & Engineering 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 
  • What is food science?

    Food science is the discipline that applies science to all aspects involving food. This includes the production, handling, processing, preserving, and nutritional analysis of food. You will gain an understanding of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, the chemical components of food. This relatively new discipline is driven to a large degree by market demands of easy-to-prepare foods, which are safe to consume yet maintain their nutritional value.  

    Food science Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Science below. 

    Food science courses 
    • Mathematics 1A
    • Mathematics 1B
    • Higher Physics 1A or Physics 1A
    • Higher Physics 1B or Physics 1B (Elective)
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life
    • Molecules, Cells & Genes
    • Communication & Academic Literacy
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences (Elective)
    • Evolutionary & Functional Biology (Elective)
  • What is genetics? 

    Genetics is the study of genes, the blueprint of life, which are fundamental to all living organisms. Genes influence every characteristic of an organism, such as its appearance, behaviour, and susceptibility to disease. Genes can be influenced by the environment, affecting the development and maintenance of whole organisms. The combination of molecular and more traditional genetics has allowed us to solve problems in applications ranging from molecular genetics to human disease, plant breeding, microbiology and conservation biology. 

    Genetics Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Science below. 

    Genetics courses 
    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences 
    • Evolutionary & Functional Biology 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 
  • What is marine & coastal science? 

    Marine & coastal science offers a unique opportunity to study across both physical and biological aspects of the marine environment. Biologists, geologists and oceanographers strive to learn more about the oceans so we can both use and protect this valuable resource. Marine biologists work with geologists who study the topography of the ocean floor, sediments and marine resources; with physical oceanographers who study the waves, currents and tides; or with chemists who study the chemical composition of seawater, including the concentrations of pollutants and nutrients. 

    Marine & coastal science Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Science below. 

    Marine & coastal science courses 
    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences 
    • Evolutionary & Functional Biology 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy
  • What is materials science? 

    Material science is the study of the properties and associated uses of materials including metals, ceramics, plastics, composites, nanomaterials and biomaterials. Material scientists develop high performance materials, engineer new applications, develop and customise innovative processing techniques, predict and analyse the performance of materials, and manage commercial material production. As a material scientist you can pursue a career in mining, hospitals, regulatory bodies, research institutions, tertiary education, medical device manufacturing and the biotechnology industry. 

    Materials science Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Science below. 

    Materials science courses 
    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Higher Physics 1A or Physics 1A 
    • Higher Physics 1B or Physics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life 
    • Design & Application of Materials in Science & Engineering 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy
  • What is mathematics? 

    Mathematics provides the fundamental understanding of nature, technology and commerce. Data and factual information can be interpreted using the techniques and theory of statistics. Graduates are highly sought after for employment in a diverse range of professions in areas including the sciences, finance, insurance, computing, and environmental modelling. 

    Mathematics Diploma courses

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Science below. 

    Mathematics courses 

    Option one 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Higher Physics 1A or Physics 1A 
    • Higher Physics 1B or Physics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life 
    • Design & Application of Materials in Science & Engineering 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy 

    Option two 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences 
    • Evolutionary & Functional Biology 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy
  • What is microbiology? 

    Microbiology is the study of the smallest organisms and their impacts. Micro-organisms are the oldest known and most diverse forms of life that we know about. They are beneficial in areas such as baking, brewing, the manufacture of dairy foods and pharmaceuticals. On the other hand, some forms of micro-organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa and archaea may cause disease and spoil our food. 

    Microbiology Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Science below. 

    Microbiology courses 
    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences 
    • Evolutionary & Functional Biology 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy
  • What is molecular & cell biology? 

    Molecular & cell biology marries biochemistry, genomics, and cell biology providing a new approach for the study of living organisms. Molecular biology represents a fundamental component of biological and medical science and has increasingly important roles to play in many aspects of modern medicine, genetics, evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genomics. 

    Molecular & cell biology Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Science below. 

    Molecular & cell biology courses 
    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences 
    • Evolutionary & Functional Biology 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy
  • What is pathology? 

    Pathology is the study of diseases such as infections and cancers, and their processes, such as inflammation, at the genetic, molecular, cellular and organ levels. Pathologists examine the origins of diseases and their importance in the diagnosis of these diseases. You will become familiar with examining both macroscopic specimens and the microscopic differences between normal and abnormal cells, tissues and organs.  

    Pathology Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Science below. 

    Pathology courses 
    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences 
    • Evolutionary & Functional Biology 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy
  • What is pharmacology? 

    Pharmacology examines the interaction between drugs and living systems, particularly molecular interactions of drugs at the organ, tissue and cellular level. The study of pharmacology plays an increasingly important part in medicine as well as being of central importance in the education of pharmacists, toxicologists and veterinarians. A career as a pharmacologist could take you into the pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries in the areas of research, testing, administration and management of drugs. 

    Pharmacology Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Science below. 

    Pharmacology courses
    • Pharmacology courses 
    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences 
    • Evolutionary & Functional Biology 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy
  • What is physical oceanography? 

    Physical oceanography involves an understanding of the mathematical equations that describe fluid flow, and how these are used in the context of the oceans. It is essential to understanding climate change and global warming. You will gain an understanding of what controls coastal ocean currents, water-mass formation, upwelling, storm surges and large-scale ocean flow. You will also learn about the dynamics of a range of ocean processes, including waves, tides, beach currents and the El-Nino/Southern Oscillation. A background in oceanography can be applied to disciplines such as climatology, the dynamics of marine populations and the dynamic structure of marine and coastal habitats.   

    Physical oceanography Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Science below. 

    Physical oceanography courses 
    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Higher Physics 1A or Physics 1A 
    • Higher Physics 1B or Physics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life 
    • Design & Application of Materials in Science & Engineering 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy
  • What is physics? 

    Physics is the most basic and fundamental science and the laws of physics govern the behaviour of the universe. The study of physics looks at the nature and properties of matter and energy. You will be challenged to develop critical thinking skills, an ability to pose challenging questions, and solve problems. Physicists’ strong analytical and problem solving skills, coupled with their strong mathematical skills makes them useful in many industries such as communications, computing, electronics, finance and biomedical technology. 

    Physics Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Science below. 

    Physics courses 
    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Higher Physics 1A 
    • Higher Physics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy 
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life 
    • Design & Application of Materials in Science & Engineering 
    • Communication & Academic Literacy
  • What is physiology? 

    Physiology examines how our body, organs, tissues and cells work as part of an integrated system. It describes the fundamental properties of living systems. Physiology is one of the major foundations of medicine and underpins biomedical study and research. Graduates are employed in various medical and health-related settings including hospitals as exercise physiologists, in rehabilitation, in sports institutes, government organisations, health administration and biomedical research. 

    Physiology Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Science below. 

    Physiology courses 
    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life
    • Molecules, Genes and Cells
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences
    • Evolutionary & Functional Biology
    • Communication & Academic Literacy
  • What is statistics? 

    Statistics is the process of posing questions and seeking answers by collecting and analysing suitable data. A career in statistics can take you into various fields including agriculture, medical research, industrial research, forensic science, market research, environmental science and quality assurance. This mode of inquiry also features prominently in the decision-making processes of both commerce and government through methods such as census. 

    Statistics Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Science below. 

    Statistics courses 

    Option One

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Higher Physics 1A or Physics 1A
    • Higher Physics 1B or Physics 1B
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life
    • Design & Application of Materials in Science & Engineering
    • Communication & Academic Literacy

    Option Two

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Chemistry A: Atoms, Molecules & Energy
    • Chemistry B: Elements, Compounds & Life
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences
    • Evolutionary and Functional Biology
    • Communication & Academic Literacy

Entry requirements

The UNSW Diploma Program is designed specifically for international students as a potential pathway to study at UNSW Sydney - before you start a Diploma,  you must meet the required English language proficiency and specific academic entry requirements.

For more information on entry requirements, view the Diploma and UEEC entry requirements - requirements provided should be considered as a guide only and are subject to change.

VIEW ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

In addition to academic and English requirements, some Diploma Programs require specific subject minimum grade requirements and assumed knowledge depending on your intended program.

Diploma in Science

Minimum grade requirement – Mathematics

Assumed knowledge – Relevant Sciences

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

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

Academic calendars

The academic calendar consists of important dates throughout your study period such as orientation, census dates, study weeks, exam weeks and breaks for your program or course of study.

Orientation Start Census Finish Continue to second Year at UNSW Calendar
26–Aug–22
29–Aug–22
18–Sep–22
18–Aug–23
Term 3
11 Sep 2023
View Calendar
13–Jan–23 16–Jan–23 5–Feb–23 8–Dec–23 Term 1
12 Feb 2024
View Calendar

Diploma fees

2022 tuition fees

$A39,120

To see how tuition fees are broken down by course and units of credit (UOC), visit this page.

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.

 

Scholarships

Potential scholarships up to
$A7,500

UNSW Sydney International Student Award
Start a Diploma Program in 2022 to receive a 15% contribution towards your tuition fees.
This award is available to students from eligible countries who are starting their UNSW Diploma studies in Term 2 and Term 3, 2022.  

UNSW Pathway Scholarships
This scholarship is for high-achieving international students who wish to study a Diploma or Foundation Studies Program.

Apply for UNSW Pathway Scholarships.

Ready to apply?

If you’re ready to start your UNSW Diploma application, you can apply directly to UNSW.

Eligible students can apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Find out if you are eligible to apply to UAC.

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Program Code

7001

UAC Code

440100

Why study with UNSW Global?

  • Your path to a global top 50 university

    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.

Diploma in Science student Claudia from Indonesia
The UNSW Diploma Program has helped me by implementing the bases of knowledge needed to progress further with our studies. Furthermore, it gave me more information that helped me decide which major I want to take in university and what path I want to take in the future.

Claudia Velda Widjaja

Diploma in Science

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 change your major and receive credit for courses that are common.