Graduate Diploma of Science (Advanced)

The University of Melbourne

This program enables a student to acquire research skills and develop current, in-depth knowledge in a scientific field. For high-achieving students this is a potential pathway to a research higher degree, if a research component is completed.

Course Fee:

Australian: $30,976
International: $40,960

Entry Requirements:

An undergraduate degree with a major in an appropriate discipline, or equivalent; 25 credit points of study (at least two subjects equivalent) at university level in an appropriate discipline. Stream-specific requirements apply.


Coursework and Research. 100 points of study - 2 components: a coursework component; and a minor thesis research project component (normally 10 000 - 12 000 words). Coursework Students have the option to complete the Graduate Diploma in Science (Advanced) by coursework alone (100 point coursework option) in areas of study: Botany, Mathematics and Statistics or Physics. Students also have the option to use the Graduate Diploma in Science (Advanced) by coursework in Botany, Mathematics and Statistics or Physics as an early exit point from the relevant Master of Science stream - i.e. Master of Science in Botany, Mathematics and Statistics, or Physics - where appropriate and subject to the approval of the stream Coordinator.

Subjects you can Study:

Botany; Chemistry; Computer science; Earth sciences; Genetics; Mathematics and statistics; Physics; Zoology.

Study Pathways:

Students who successfully complete the coursework and research Graduate Diploma in Science (Advanced) courses with an H2A (75%) average are eligible to apply for M.Phil - Science and PhD-Science candidature. Students who successfully complete the coursework (100%) Graduate Diploma in Science (Advanced) courses are not eligible to apply for M.Phil - Science and PhD-Science candidature.

Further information:

Students must find a supervisor prior to applying for this stream if they are intending to undertake a research project.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00116K

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville No info Yes Full time 1 year
Parkville No info Yes Part time 2 years
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Why study with us 

With a 160-year history of leadership in learning, teaching and research, the University of Melbourne has grown to be an internationally respected institution, consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities – number one in Australia and number 32 in the world*. 

The value of a Melbourne education is backed up by the fact we’re ranked sixth in the world for graduate employability by the well-regarded QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.


Facilities and services 

The Parkville campus, with new, state-of-the-art facilities springing up beside our heritage buildings, connects Australia’s leading health and biomedical precinct with our faculties and schools, while the Southbank campus – home to studies in fine arts, performance and music – is on the doorstep of the best museums, galleries, theatres and concert halls in Australia. 

Our regional campuses provide immersive experiences in specialty areas like veterinary medicine, agriculture, and forestry.

Alongside our industry-focused academics, there are internships and volunteering opportunities to give you real-world work experience and develop leadership qualities, while giving you the chance to contribute to the community.


Admission and Selection

The University of Melbourne’s Study website is a ready resource for everything you need to know about studying at Australia’s leading university. From eligibility requirements for domestic and international students and submitting an application through VTAC to applying for special entry schemes and scholarships, you’re set up for success from the get-go.


Study options 

Our approach means you can create your own study path based on your interests and abilities, but with flexibility to explore new options along the way. In a world where careers are changing fast and employers want analytical and adaptable thinking, this flexibility has never been more important. 

Our bachelor degrees are offered in: Agriculture, Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design, Fine Arts, Music, Oral Health, and Science and cover more than 100 areas of study. Our professional graduate programs include architecture, criminology, education, engineering, finance, law, medicine, nursing, optometry, psychology, urban planning, veterinary medicine and many, many more. 

We’ve also introduced a new suite of courses that bundle your undergraduate degree with your graduate study. These Graduate Degree Packages mean you’ll have the assurance of a guaranteed graduate place at the time you receive your offer. 

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