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Overview

The next breakthroughs in cancer diagnosis and treatment will require a workforce with the skills to understand and use a range of cutting-edge techniques and technologies, to interpret medical and research data, and to translate scientific and laboratory findings into clinical practice.

The Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science (Cancer) is designed to meet the rapidly growing demand in cancer research and the biomedical industry for graduates who are trained in state-of-the-art clinical laboratory techniques and will equip students for further study or a future a career in the cancer sciences.

Why study with us

  • You will study the latest techniques, developments and breakthroughs in cancer biology, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Learn from world-leading oncologists and cancer researchers from across the Faculty of Medicine and Health and its medical research institute partners.
  • Develop expertise in cancer genetics, cancer cell biology and tumour immunotherapy.
  • Broaden your horizons in the Cancer Sciences by taking one of the elective units of study
  • Learn in a variety of environments including innovative new teaching and learning spaces, teaching and research laboratories, immersive clinical environments and online.
  • Leverage the proximity of our location to leading cancer-treatment centres such as the Chris O’Brien Life House at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre at Westmead Hospital – part of the largest hospital complex in the southern hemisphere.

Who should study this course?

The Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science (Cancer) is suitable for recent science and health graduates as well as established scientists or clinicians who want to advance their careers in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. It is also suitable for those wishing to upgrade from the embedded Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Science (Cancer). This degree will allow you to hone and expand your skills and knowledge in the cancer sciences in a range of careers and settings including cancer biology, clinical trials, cancer diagnostics and therapy. 

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

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. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

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. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

In the Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science (Cancer) you’ll study 36 credit points of subjects, including two 6 credit point core units in Clinical Laboratory Science and Advanced Studies in Cancer Biology. You will also complete up to 24 credit points of cancer-stream selective units spanning Cancer Genomics, Diagnosis and Treatment, and Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapy. Alternatively you can complement your studies with a 6 credit point elective of your choice.

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CORE

SELECTIVE

ELECTIVE

Clinical Laboratory Science

Principles in Immunology

Cancer Genomics

Trial Design and Methods

Advanced Studies in Cancer Biology

Clinical Immunology and Immunotherapy

Units of Study

Admission criteria

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science (Cancer) requires:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher award in science, medical or veterinary science, biomedical science, health science or a health-related discipline from the University of Sydney, or qualifications deemed by the Faculty to be equivalent;
  • Or completion of embedded Graduate Certificate. 

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents. 

Note:The 2021 Handbook will be available on the 19th November, 2020.

Course opportunities

Outstanding students who complete the requirements of the Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science (Cancer) will be eligible to apply for enrolment into the Master of Biomedical Science (Cancer).

Career pathways

Graduates from the Graduate Diploma in Biomedical Science (Cancer) will have deep and broad knowledge of the cancer sciences, cancer research literature and laboratory techniques related to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. They will be able to adopt an evidence-based approach in clinical laboratories, and in non-clinical settings. 

Contact the course coordinators

Associate Professor Scott Byrne - scott.byrne@sydney.edu.au

Associate Professor Tina Hinton - tina.hinton@sydney.edu.au

Dr Megan Steain - megan.steain@sydney.edu.au

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