Science

Our diploma of science prepares you for a science degree at Monash University. After successfully completing a Monash College diploma and achieving the required destination degree score, you will have guaranteed entry into second year at Monash University.

Your time at Monash will be filled with laboratory work, field trips, industry placements and classroom teaching. You can tailor your degree to suit your interests, with 23 areas of study to choose from.

6 conical flasks filled with pale coloured water samples

How the program works

Our diplomas are in two parts, part 1 and part 2. The entry requirements in part 2 are higher. In part 1, you’ll study core science subjects. In part 2, you’ll study the same subjects as first year university students and choose a science elective depending on your interests and major. Assessments include group projects, oral presentations, poster presentations, tutorial assessments and a final exam.

Course information

Destination2nd year science at Monash University
CampusClayton
DurationPart 1: 8 months
Part 2: 8 months
IntakesFebruary, June and October
Study areaSpecialist: Science
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What you will studyPart 1: complete 8 core units
Part 2: complete 5 core units and 3 electives
Contact hours5–7 hours per unit, per week
PrerequisitesMathematics and Chemistry
What it costsPart 1: $25,800
Part 2: $29,400
CRICOSCRICOS 086068B

Meet a teacher

les-hughes

LES HUGHES
TEACHING AND LEARNING TEAM LEADER
DIPLOMA OF IT AND SCIENCE

"In the microscopy practical, you’ll see many living organisms in one drop of pond water. You’ll also get to see and identify different stages of mitosis (cell division) in onion root tip cells. The practical classes reinforce concepts you learn in lecture but in an interactive way. You can be told what is inside a cell in a lecture, but it’s much more fun and engaging to see one under the microscope!"

Course structure and units

Trimester  1: 4 monthsTrimester 2: 4 months
MCD1160 Introductory Engineering Computing 
MCD1170 Introductory Chemistry 
MCD1180 Introductory Physics 
MCD1700 Introductory Mathematics
MCD1470 Engineering Practice 
MCD1190 Chemistry A 
MCD1200 Physics A 
MCD1750 Intermediate Mathematics

Download the Diploma of Science Unit Guide (PDF, 1.08 MB).

Trimester 1: 4 monthsTrimester 2: 4 months

MCD4390 Chemistry I
MCD4410 Biology I
MCD2080 Business Statistics

Plus one elective from:
MCD4490 Advanced Mathematics*
MCD1470 Engineering Practice
MCD2040 Managing People and Organisations
MCD2130 Functions and Their Applications
MCD4140 Computing for Engineering
MCD4160 Physics for Engineering
MCD6080 Psychology 1A
MCD4500 Mathematics for Engineering
MCD4700 Introduction to Computer Systems, Networks and Security

MCD4400 Chemistry II
MCD4420 Biology II

Plus two electives from:
MCD4490 Advanced Mathematics* 
MCD1470 Engineering Practice
MCD2040 Managing People and Organisations
MCD2130 Functions and Their Applications 
MCD4140 Computing for Engineering
MCD4160 Physics for Engineering
MCD6080 Psychology 1A
MCD6110 Psychology 1B (prerequisite is Psychology 1A)
MCD4500 Mathematics for Engineering
MCD4700 Introduction to Computer Systems, Networks and Security

* MCD4490 is compulsory if you want to study Mathematics in your Bachelor of Science.

Download the Diploma of Science Unit Guide (PDF, 1.08 MB).

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What careers can a Diploma of Science lead to?

Biologist
Laboratory assistant
Scientific officer
Ecologist
Land economist
Marine surveyor
Environmental chemist 
Animal technical
Geologist
Science teacher
Government adviser
Plant scientist
Medical diagnostic radiographer 
Environmental health officer