The Graduate Diploma (Research) aims to give you specialised knowledge and research training in disciplines within the Faculty of Science. Explore thought-starting topics and academic research in your chosen field, working with UNSW's academics and researchers to uncover the scientific advancements of tomorrow. 
 

Faculty
Faculty of Science
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Graduate Diploma in Science (Research)
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
1 Year(s)

Overview

The Graduate Diploma (Research) will give you specialised knowledge and research training in disciplines within the Faculty of Science. You will be expected to complete disciplinary coursework (of 18-24 Units of Credit) and a significant independent research project (24-30 UoC).

You can choose from a diverse range of disciplines, so the exact proportion of research-based work and coursework may differ by School. In addition to conducting research and coursework, you will be expected to undertake Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) training, attend and present seminars, and write a literature review and thesis.

Why study at UNSW?

This degree will benefit those wishing to upgrade existing qualifications or to develop expertise in a different but related area from that of their first degree.
 

Program Code
5304
CRICOS Code
081526K
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
48
Indicative Enrolments
N/A

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Entry requirements

To be accepted for admission into the program students are typically expected to have a bachelor's degree with a good pass in a related (but not necessarily directly relevant) discipline to their chosen area of study.

Due to the diverse nature of the disciplines within the program, details of acceptable disciplines considered for admission are shown in relevant plan pages in the handbook. A 'good pass' is considered to be a weighted average mark of 55-64. However, particular disciplines within science may have additional entry requirements due to the competitive nature of some disciplines and the number of research places available within a School. Applicants with substantial professional experience which demonstrates an aptitude for research or significant understanding in a discipline area will be considered for admission.

These students will need to include a written submission with their application detailing their professional experience and its relevance to undertaking a research program. These students will also need to provide a statement of service from their employer verifying the position, role/responsibilities and duration of employment. This application will be assessed by the Associate Dean (Education).

To apply for admission to the Graduate Diploma (Research), students should contact the relevant School for information on research projects, available supervisors and entry requirements. Once students have located a suitable supervisor, they should lodge an application for the Graduate Diploma (Research) via Apply Online.

No advanced standing will be granted to students upon entry as students are expected to complete a full 48 units of credit to receive the award of Graduate Diploma (Research).

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

To be accepted for admission into the program students are typically expected to have a bachelor's degree with a good pass in a related (but not necessarily directly relevant) discipline to their chosen area of study.

Due to the diverse nature of the disciplines within the program, details of acceptable disciplines considered for admission are shown in relevant plan pages in the handbook. A 'good pass' is considered to be a weighted average mark of 55-64. However, particular disciplines within science may have additional entry requirements due to the competitive nature of some disciplines and the number of research places available within a School. Applicants with substantial professional experience which demonstrates an aptitude for research or significant understanding in a discipline area will be considered for admission.

These students will need to include a written submission with their application detailing their professional experience and its relevance to undertaking a research program. These students will also need to provide a statement of service from their employer verifying the position, role/responsibilities and duration of employment. This application will be assessed by the Associate Dean (Education).

To apply for admission to the Graduate Diploma (Research), students should contact the relevant School for information on research projects, available supervisors and entry requirements. Once students have located a suitable supervisor, they should lodge an application for the Graduate Diploma (Research) via Apply Online.

No advanced standing will be granted to students upon entry as students are expected to complete a full 48 units of credit to receive the award of Graduate Diploma (Research).

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Full program structure

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

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For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$31,200*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$31,200*

There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$44,640*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$45,640*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the university and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year you enrol in, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

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At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


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