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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the Postgraduate handbook change register for details.

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Science

Managing facultyScience
Abbreviated titleGradCertScStud
Total credit points required24
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton, Gippsland)
Off-campus (Gippsland)
Multi-modal (Gippsland)
Contact details

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  • This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Students normally complete one unit per semester over four semesters (ie two years). More than one unit may be taken in any semester if those units are available and all prerequisite requirements have been completed.


This graduate certificate enables students with an existing undergraduate degree in any discipline to obtain a minor undergraduate sequence of specialist training in a science discipline without having to undertake a complete Bachelor of Science degree.


The course aims to provide students with a detailed level of understanding of one specialised area of contemporary science up to second-year undergraduate level and, where appropriate to that discipline, competence in the use of information technology, data handling, laboratory skills, communication skills and team work.

Credit for prior studies

Students with previous studies in the discipline to be undertaken, or who have been assessed and approved for recognition of prior learning (RPL), may be granted credit up to a maximum of 12 points of relevant science units, provided those studies were completed within the last 10 years.


Students complete a 24-point minor sequence in one science area of study.

A minor sequence in science comprises an approved combination of four 6-point science units in the same, or closely related, area of study with no more than two of those units at level one. An example of a minor sequence in an area of study is two 6-point units at level one and two 6-point units in the same area at level two.

Students should be aware that many areas of study are only available for part-time study and that some areas of study require the completion of additional prerequisite units which are not normally available as part of this course.


At Clayton, students complete a minor sequence in one of the following science areas of study:

At Gippsland (on- and off-campus), students complete a minor sequence in one of the following science areas of study:

The specific requirements for each minor sequence available are outlined under the relevant science area of study and sequences.

Progression to further studies

Students may articulate into course 3516 Graduate Diploma in Science to continue studies in the same discipline and complete a major sequence.


Graduate Certificate in Science Studies