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

Why study with us

At the University of Melbourne, your success begins from the day you set foot on campus. 

The unique and proven Melbourne Model, Australia’s most progressive curriculum, allows you the flexibility to uncover and explore your passions, assisting you to achieve greatness, no matter what you decide to do – during your studies and for your career. From solving real-world problems to forming powerful relationships as you go, your success is already in the making.

At Melbourne, you’ll be exposed to different ideas, approaches and ways of thinking that will help you adapt and change successfully – something that’s crucial in a world where careers, jobs and employer demands are shifting as fast as you can read this.

The Melbourne Model offers pathways into law, engineering, medicine, architecture, teaching and more. Combining undergraduate and graduate study gives you a higher qualification than a double degree. In fact, 97 per cent of Melbourne undergraduates and 98 per cent of postgraduates are employed three to five years after graduating (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018).

Facilities and Services

Ideally located in the heart of Melbourne, the University of Melbourne is an integral part of the city’s history and culture and boasts the world-class facilities, student accommodation and collaborative learning precincts only a premium, inner-city university can offer. The support Melbourne offers students – from housing advice, career and employability information, study assistance, disability and counselling – is one reason why Melbourne students are more likely to complete their degree than those at any other Australian university (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Report 2017).

With our communities of interest – including places of worship, the student union Queer Space, and Murrup Barak for Indigenous students – everyone feels welcome.

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

At Melbourne you’ll start with one of our undergraduate degrees. Whether it’s one of the Melbourne Model degrees in arts, biomedicine, commerce, design, music or science – or a specialist degree co-designed with industry such as agriculture, fine arts or oral health – you’ll progress through your studies while building networks, knowledge and shared experiences that will set you on the path to success. 

You can then choose to join the workforce or specialise at graduate level. And, in the meantime, study at partner institutions across the world.

Now, with a whole raft of new Graduate Degree Packages and scholarships on offer, your options and pathways are deeper and broader, and your success more assured than ever.


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