University of Newcastle

Diploma in Science

University of Newcastle

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00109J

The Diploma in Science prepares students for a range of career options in the sciences; and provides them with a foundation for further studies associated with a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Biotechnology, Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition or a Bachelor of Psychological Science. It is a one year full-time (or equivalent part-time) program which offers a broad range of core and directed course options in the chosen area of study. The program has a practical orientation allowing students to develop their skills for further tertiary studies through real world projects and laboratories.


  • The Diploma in Science requires the completion of 80 units (made up of 8 courses worth 10 units each). The program is comprised of: 30 units of core courses
  • 10 units of Directed courses A
  • 10 units of Directed courses B
  • 10 units of Directed courses C
  • 20 units of Discipline Directed courses.


  • Biodiversity and conservation, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, food science, geography, earth science and psychology

Standard entry requirements

The University of Newcastle accepts a range of qualifications to determine eligibility for admission. These include, but are not limited to, Australian or overseas senior secondary qualifications (such as the HSC), prior tertiary studies, prior TAFE/VET studies, vocational/professional experience, and completed enabling programs. To be considered for admission, applicants must have an unadjusted ATAR (or equivalent) of 50 or above.

Study pathways

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
  • ATAR: 50.00
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 1 year
  • ATAR: 50.00
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 1 year

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