Diploma of Science

The Diploma of Science provides a pathway into the second year of a Monash University Science degree. Core subjects introduce students to the fundamentals of the scientific method in both theory and practice, and units are available across a range of science and related disciplines including Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Mathematics, Psychology, Computing and Engineering.

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How the program works

Our diplomas are in two parts: part 1 and part 2. In part 1, you’ll study core science subjects. In part 2, you’ll study the same subjects as first-year University students and develop your specialist knowledge of science.

Assessments

  • group projects
  • oral presentations
  • poster presentations
  • tutorial assessments
  • a final exam

Course information

Destination 2nd year science at Monash University
AQF Level Level 5
Campus

Docklands

Mode of study On campus
Duration Part 1: 9 months
Part 2: 9 months
Intakes February, June and October
Study area Specialist: Science
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What you will study Part 1: complete 8 core units
Part 2: complete 5 core units and 3 electives
Contact hours 5–7 hours per unit, per week
Prerequisites
Part 1: 60% in Mathematics (Australian Year 11 equivalent) and 60% in one of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Physics or Psychology (Australian Year 11 equivalent).
Part 2: 60% in Mathematics (Australian Year 12 equivalent) or study score of 25 in units 3 & 4 and 60% in one of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, Physics or Psychology (Australian Year 12 equivalent).
What it costs

See our dates and fees page for details.

CRICOS Course Code 086068B

"The Diploma of Science allows me to study the same subjects as the University and helps prepare me for my bachelor degree. I intend to major in Physiology or Psychology, which will open up my future career opportunities in science, research, psychology or even counselling."

ANASTASIA LIM (SINGAPORE)

Course structure and units

Trimester  1: 4 monthsTrimester 2: 4 months
MCD1160 Introductory Engineering Computing 
MCD1170 Introductory Chemistry 
MCD1180 Introductory Physics 
MCD1700 Introductory Mathematics
MCD1710 Introductory Biology 
MCD1190 Chemistry A 
MCD1200 Physics A 
MCD1750 Intermediate Mathematics

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Trimester 1: 4 monthsTrimester 2: 4 months

MCD4390 Chemistry 1
MCD4410 Blueprint for Life (Biology 1)
MCD2080 Business Statistics

Plus one elective from:
MCD2130 Functions and their Applications
OR MCD4490 Advanced Mathematics*
MCD1470 Engineering Practice
MCD2040 Managing People and Organisations
MCD4140 Computing for Engineering
MCD4160 Physics for Engineering
MCD6080 Psychology 1A
MCD4700 Introduction to Computer Systems, Networks and Security

MCD4400 Chemistry 2
MCD4420 Life on Earth (Biology 2)

Plus two electives from:
MCD2130 Functions and their Applications
OR MCD4490 Advanced Mathematics* 
MCD1470 Engineering Practice
MCD2040 Managing People and Organisations
MCD4140 Computing for Engineering
MCD4160 Physics for Engineering
MCD6080 Psychology 1A
MCD6110 Psychology 1B (prerequisite is Psychology 1A)

MCD4440 Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science
MCD4500 Engineering Mathematics*
MCD4700 Introduction to Computer Systems, Networks and Security

*MCD4500 Engineering Mathematics (and potentially MCD4490 Advanced Mathematics) is required to be undertaken if you wish to study mathematics in your Bachelor of Science.

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