Diploma of Science

The Diploma of Science will prepare you for success in your Monash Science degree. Your time at Monash will be filled with laboratory work, field trips, industry placements and classroom teaching. You can tailor your degree to your interests, with over 20 areas of study to choose from.

Hear about the Diploma of Science

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 Clayton
Mode of study On campus
Duration Part 1: 8 months
Part 2: 8 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
MCD1470 Engineering Practice 
MCD1190 Chemistry A 
MCD1200 Physics A 
MCD1750 Intermediate Mathematics

Download the Diploma of Science Unit Guide (PDF, 0.36 MB).

Trimester 1: 4 monthsTrimester 2: 4 months

MCD4390 Chemistry I
MCD4410 Biology I
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
MCD4500 Mathematics for Engineering*
MCD4700 Introduction to Computer Systems, Networks and Security

MCD4400 Chemistry II
MCD4420 Biology II

Plus two electives from:
MCD2130 Functions and their Applications
OR 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

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

Download the Diploma of Science Unit Guide (PDF, 0.36 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