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Graduate Diploma of Science

A single one year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Health and Medicine and ANU College of Science

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

Program Requirements

The Graduate Diploma of Science requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

48 units from completion of 6000-level and 8000-level courses in any of the following subject areas:

ASTR Astronomy and Astrophysics

BIOL Biology

CHEM Chemistry

CHMD Culture, Health and Medicine

EMSC Earth and Marine Science

ENVS Environmental Science

MATH Mathematics

MEDI Medicine

MEDN Medical Science

MICR Microscopy

NEUR Neuroscience

PHYS Physics

POPH Population Health

POPM Population Mental Health Research

PSYC Psychology

SCNC Science

SCOM Science Communication

VCPG Vice-Chancellor Postgraduate

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 4/7.

Cognate disciplines

Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biology, Biological Anthropology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Marine Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Law, Forestry, Geography, Mathematics, Medicine, Medical Science, Microscopy, Medical Science, Neuroscience, Physics, Population Health, Psychology, Science Communication, Statistics, Sustainability Studies.

English language requirement

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Assessment of qualifications
Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met. Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.


Annual indicative fee for domestic students

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

This is a flexible program intended for those who wish to broaden their knowledge, or to develop knowledge in areas that were not included in earlier studies, in the nominated area of specialisation. The Graduate Diploma also provides a route for candidates without an Honours Bachelor degree to progress to a higher degree.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Critically analyse, evaluate and transform information to complete a range of activities related to a specific science discipline
  2. Critically analyse, generate and communicate solutions to complex problems in a science discipline
  3. Communicate knowledge, skills and ideas to both specialist and general audiences in written and oral format.

Further Information

Please note that the Graduate Diploma of Science is used primarily as an exit program, however entry is possible. Please contact to discuss the program and be put in contact with the relevant area of study.

Academic Advice

The Graduate Diploma of Science is generally used as a pathway to Masters program. The first step to enrolling in your new program is to seek academic advice in order to discuss the courses you will be studying. This is done by making an appointment to meet with the program of the Masters program towards which you are working.

Your academic advice session is a great opportunity to discuss with the convener the direction in which you want your studies to go. The convener will be able to advise you about course selection and content of courses that you will undertake as part of your program. Ideally you should bring along a copy of your academic record/academic transcripts as these will greatly assist your convener when giving you course advice.

To book an appointment you can:


Phone: 02 6125 2809

Please also bring along your Planning Your Program document that is available from the enrolment website and your Postgraduate coursework checklist for new studentsThese documents will help you plan your degree and assist you with finalising your enrolment. 

Further enrolment information can also be found here.

An indicative list of courses offered by Science can be found here.

Please follow each step and read through the additional information in the pdf guides, especially the ISIS enrolment guide in Step 2 and the How to enrol guide for new students in Step 3.

If you have any issues enrolling yourself through ISIS please contact us on 02 6125 2809 or email 

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?

Contact Science Enquiries at

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