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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022.

Students commencing some subject areas in this course in 2021 and 2022 are required to commence their studies in-person on campus. Remote study is not available for the following subject areas:

  • Anatomy and Histology
  • Applied Medical Sciences
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology

Applicants will be eligible for admission for these subject areas only if they are able to demonstrate they are physically present in Australia on the date specified in the offer made to them by the University.

About this course

The Graduate Diploma in Science is a springboard from undergraduate into higher research degrees. Whether you want to step up to a Masters degree, or go all the way with a PhD, the one-year degree is a training pathway for entry into scientific research courses.

As part of the Graduate Diploma in Science, you undertake a research project in a specialised area of science, under the guidance and supervision of an academic staff member who is expert in your selected area.

You will be part of a science faculty that is one of the top ranked in Australia in terms of scientific output according to SCImago Institution Rankings. Our reputation for scientific excellence attracts the best researchers and significant research funding, creating an outstanding learning environment for the next generation of scientists and global leaders. 

If you choose to continue with research, the Graduate Diploma in Science will give you excellent preparation to embark on the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). If you don’t, your research experience will give you a competitive edge and enhanced employment opportunities, both in Australia and overseas.

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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. 

Applicants are required to discuss their proposed area of research with the relevant school/department before lodging an application. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

Late applications may be considered subject to availability of places. 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 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

All applications require the following to be uploaded:

  • Proof of contact with the relevant School or Discipline must be uploaded. Please refer to the School or Discipline's website for specific requirements. Proof of contact may include:
    • Email correspondence with the proposed research supervisor or with the Honours coordinator in the relevant School or Discipline. The name of the proposed research supervisor must be clearly stated in the email.
    • A completed Expression of Interest (EOI) form, which you would have lodged directly with the relevant School or Discipline.
    • A School or Discipline Honours application form.

External applicants also need to upload:

  • Official Academic Transcript (must be certified)
  • Proof of Identity and Citizenship Status (must be certified)

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 25 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

Your studies will comprise one year of full-time 4000 level honours units of study in a single science subject area, including a major research project, or two years part-time. Your study plan will be determined in consultation with your supervisor.

Units of Study

Admission requirement

To qualify for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Science, you must:

  1. have qualified for or be a graduate with a Bachelor degree from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification from another tertiary institution;
  2. have completed a relevant science major (i.e. minimum of 24 credit points of 3000-level units of study) relating to the intended project discipline;
  3. satisfy any additional criteria set by the relevant Head of School or Discipline.

Read more about honours in Science.

Please note that honours in Psychology is not available in the Graduate Diploma in Science.

Career Pathways

The Graduate Diploma in Science provides a research training pathway to a higher degree by research in science at the University of Sydney.

Domestic students

International students

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