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Graduate Diploma in Science (Research)

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma in Science (Research) provides and entry qualification to a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy, and consists of equivalent work to that carried out by candidates enrolled in Honours courses in the fourth year of a Bachelor's degree. The normal duration of the degree is one year full-time or two years part-time.

As part of the Graduate Diploma in Science (Research), you undertake a research project in a specialisation area of science, under the guidance and supervision of an academic staff member who is expert in your selected area. Intending students should consult the Honours table for the range of disciplines offered. After discussion of your interests with a relevant member of academic staff, an application should be lodged.

Entry to the Graduate Diploma is subject to approval by the relevant Head of School or Discipline Area, the Faculty, and confirmation that requirements for the award of a relevant Bachelor's degree have been met.

Contact and further information

Intending students should contact the Honours coordinator in the area in which they wish to study. Contact details can be found in the Honours Table

Course resolutions

The course resolutions detailed in this page apply to all courses included in the table below under section 1 (course codes). 

These resolutions must be read in conjunction with applicable University By-laws, Rules and policies including (but not limited to) the University of Sydney (Coursework) Rule 2014 (the 'Coursework Rule'), the Coursework Policy 2021 (the 'Coursework Policy'), the Learning and Teaching Policy 2019, the Resolutions of the Faculty, University of Sydney (Student Academic Appeals) Rule 2021, the Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015 and the Academic Honesty Procedures 2016. Current versions of all policies are available from the Policy Register:

1 Course codes

Code Course
GNSCIENC-02 Graduate Diploma in Science (Research)

2 Attendance pattern

The attendance pattern for this course is full time or part time according to candidate choice.

3 Admission to candidature

(1)  With approval from the Dean available places will be offered to qualified applicants, according to the following admissions criteria.

(2)  Admission to this course requires a Bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Science or equivalent qualification, containing a minimum of 24 credit points of 3000-level units of study (or equivalent at another institution) relating to the nominated science subject area of study. The nominated science subject area must be one listed in Science Table A Honours, except that Psychology is not available in the Graduate Diploma in Science (Research).

4 Requirements for award

(1)  To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Science (Research) a candidate must complete 48 credit points of units of study at 4000-level or above in a single science subject area, or, in the case of joint courses, across two science subject areas.

(2)  An applicant who is qualified to enrol in two science subject areas may complete a course joining the two areas, equivalent to a course in a single subject area. A joint course shall comprise such parts of the two subject areas as may be decided by the Dean.

5 Award of the diploma/ advanced diploma/ degree

The Graduate Diploma in Science (Research) is awarded as a Pass degree only.

6 Transitional provisions

(1)  These resolutions apply to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2023.