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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 titleGradDipSc
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)3 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 two years, and two units in each semester of the final year (ie three 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 diploma enables students with an existing undergraduate degree in any discipline to obtain a major 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 third-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 24 points of relevant science units, provided those studies were completed within the last 10 years.


Students complete a 48-point major sequence in one science area of study.

A major sequence in science comprises an approved combination of eight 6-point science units in the same, or closely related, area of study over three years (or full-time equivalent). These must include a total of at least six 6-point units at levels two and three, with at least three 6-point units at level three.

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.

Students intending to apply for honours in science should include a minimum of 24 points of studies in relevant units at level three.


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

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

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


Graduate Diploma in Science