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Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies

Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies (DMDS)

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  • Online
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  • 1 year or part-time equivalent
  • Feb, May, Sep


  • We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to go to university, so UniSQ’s Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies is open to everyone. 
  • This Diploma provides a quality foundation for tertiary study to set you up for success. Learn study management strategies and gain reflective and analytical skills as well as communication and writing skills.
  • The core courses are offered online which enables you to balance work, life and family commitments. You can progress at your own pace by selecting how many courses to study in each of the three study periods throughout the year.
  • Choose one of eight specialisations, allowing you to sample a study area you are interested in. Once successfully completed, you can graduate with a university qualification or, provided you meet all the entry requirements, you can transfer directly into an undergraduate degree to reach your career goals.
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What is a Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies?

A diploma at university is an undergraduate qualification and is the perfect introductory degree to give you a taste of university life. A Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies is more detailed than a certificate but less comprehensive and faster to complete than an associate degree or bachelor degree.

At UniSQ, you can choose from eight different specialisations.

Business and Commerce – Begin your introduction to business studies and develop your English, analysis and mathematics skills. Select your courses based on your personal and career goals and choose to study marketing, accounting, economics, law or finance.

Construction – Develop your knowledge and skills in construction management, engineering and the built environment. Continue your studies and use your Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies qualification as a stepping-stone into UniSQ’s Bachelor of Construction (Honours).

Creative Arts – Sample Creative Arts specialisations such as Music, Theatre, Creative Media and Visual Arts courses, all while developing transferable skills in writing, mathematics and IT.

Engineering – Discover what studying engineering is like at the university education level. An Engineering specialisation within the Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies will enable you to strengthen your skills in problem solving, math and physics.

Indigenous Community Development – Commence your career in social services by gaining an understanding of the key issues, principles and theories that impact Indigenous communities. Choose to study a variety of courses within history, Indigenous literacies, anthropology or community welfare.

Science – A science diploma at university will introduce you to bite-size courses in a variety of fields to help you decide which science specialisation is right for you. At UniSQ you can sample four courses from a number of science areas including astronomy, biology, maths and psychology. You can even use your Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies qualification to gain direct entry into the Bachelor of Science.

Social Science – Explore social sciences, ethical issues and human rights, psychology or anthropology during your Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies. If you choose to expand your knowledge further after completing your Social Science diploma, you will be eligible for entry into UniSQ’s Bachelor of Human Services.

Spatial Science – Enhance your understanding of Spatial Science at the university level by exploring exciting courses focused on Surveying, Urban and Regional Planning and Engineering and Spatial Science applications.

Still unsure what specialisation is best for you? Get in touch with one of our iconnect support staff to talk through your options.

Does a diploma count as a university degree?

Yes it does! At an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 5, a diploma at university is all about providing you with the foundations needed to thrive in higher education or your work environment.

By studying a Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies you will be able to explore study areas of interest and receive credits for when you are ready to transition into a bachelor degree. A diploma at university introduces you to the academic environment of uni studies and is a great way to further yourself, both personally and professionally without committing to a full undergraduate degree.

What is the difference between a diploma and a bachelor's degree?

The main difference between a diploma at university and a bachelor degree are:

  • Duration - in most cases, a diploma can be completed in one year (full-time study), whereas a bachelor degree takes three or four years, depending on what you choose to study.
  • Entry requirements - a Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies has fewer entry requirements than a bachelor degree and usually only requires an ATAR. If you don’t have an ATAR, we can derive a selection rank based on your prior study, work experience or professional qualifications.
  • Study focus - when you study a diploma at university you gain foundational knowledge that can be apply directly to the job market or to further study. Whereas a bachelor degree provides you with a more solid knowledge base and preparation for a professional career and postgraduate study.
What are the entry requirements for studying a Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies?

The entry requirements for a Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies will vary depending on the education provider you choose to study with.

At UniSQ the only entry requirement you need to study a diploma at university is to be 18 years or older.

Can I study the course part-time or online?

Yes! Our Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies is studied online and at the pace that suits you and your lifestyle. As an online student, you’ll receive the same level of support as an on-campus student. The only difference - you’re in control of when, where and how you learn.

Balance your life, work and family commitments by studying the number of courses that works for you. If circumstances change, you can adjust your subject enrolment to meet your needs. Take one subject at a time, study over summer, or take extra subjects when life allows it. Discover more about the different ways you can study at UniSQ.

How long does a diploma at university take to complete?
The Diploma of Multidisciplinary Studies at UniSQ will take you approximately one-year to complete. Some students choose to study part-time which increases the time it takes to finish the required courses.