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Diploma of Science

Diploma of Science (DPSC)

Study mode
  • Online
  • On-campus
  • Toowoomba
  • 1 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Jan, May, Sep


  • Science aims to understand the world using explanations developed and tested against the evidence. Science can help us predict and prepare for the future and lay the foundations for useful technological innovations.
  • UniSQ offers science courses that enable students to appreciate the nature of modern science, develop knowledge and skills in particular scientific disciplines, and graduate with widely useful scientific, numerical and critical analysis skills.
  • The Diploma of Science is perfect if you would like to start your science studies with a bite-sized portion. It is a qualification in its own right but can also be a pathway to a Bachelor of Science degree and beyond.
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What is a Diploma of Science?

An undergraduate diploma introduces you to the academic culture of university study and is a great option to get your dream career started without committing to a full 3-year degree. At an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 5, it’s all about providing the important foundational skills necessary for success in higher education or in your work environment.

When you study our Diploma of Science online or on-campus, you will gain critical transferrable skills such as scientific, numerical and critical analysis, all while developing foundational knowledge and skills in your scientific discipline.

What can you do with a Diploma of Science in Australia?
A Diploma of Science qualification can lead to fulfilling careers in a variety of scientific fields. Depending on your chosen major, you can choose to pursue a role in that particular field or use the Diploma as a stepping-stone to gain further qualifications.
What are the pathways to entry?

At UniSQ, there is more than one journey to study a Diploma of Science. If you don’t meet the entry requirements, we have a pathway option to suit you.

A pathway can pave the way to an exciting future of study. After successfully completing a pathway many of our students continue onto undergraduate studies and enhance their expertise further with postgraduate study.

Would you like to talk through your study options? Get in touch and we can provide you with the personalised support and advice you need.

How do I choose the right major for me?

The Diploma of Science major that is right for you will vary depending on your interests and career goals. At UniSQ we have seven majors to choose from:

  • Biology - discover the fundamental concepts of biology, chemistry, cells and molecular biology and genetics
  • Computing/IT - an introduction to computing and information technology that includes algorithms, data structures, web publishing, programming and more.
  • Environment & Sustainability - learn about topics such as ecology, conservation, climate change and biology.
  • General Science - if you are unsure of what specialisation you want to pursue, General Science is a great option. It will allow you to explore different areas rather than a set major.
  • Mathematics - a versatile major that is relevant to a variety of applications and careers that introduces you to the fundamental concepts of mathematics and statistics.
  • Physical Sciences - Including physics, you will learn about the development and role of science, science communication and astronomy.
  • Wildlife Management - start your outdoor career in wildlife management by learning about biosecurity, conservation, animal welfare and more.
Why study a Diploma of Science with UniSQ?

Gain a strong start to your career in sciences and apply to study a Diploma of Science at UniSQ:

  • Learn from industry experts - UniSQ’s science research centres lead research in health research, sustainable agricultural systems, crop health, astrophysics, future materials, applied climate sciences and more.
  • Learn from world-class lecturers and researchers. According to the latest ERA Results we are ranked well above world-standard for:
    • Numerical and Computational Mathematics
    • Astronomical and Space Science
    • Environmental Science and Management
    • Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
    • Crop and Pasture Production
    • Human Movement and Sports Science.
  • Study a Diploma of Science online or on-campus with our flexible ways to study.