single degree

Diploma of Science

A single one year undergraduate award offered by the ANU College of Science

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
Admission requirements
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

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

6 units from completion of ANUC1101 Professional Communication 


24 units from completion of courses from two of the following lists:


ANUC1125 Biology 1

ANUC1126 Biology 2



ANUC1127 Chemistry 1

ANUC1128 Chemistry 2


Computer Science

ANUC1100 Introduction to Programming and Algorithms

ANUC1110 Introduction to Software Systems



ANUC1129 Mathematics and Applications 1

ANUC1130 Mathematics and Applications 2



ANUC1131 Physics 1

ANUC1132 Physics 2



ANUC1133 Psychology 1: Understanding Mind, Brain and Behaviour

ANUC1134 Psychology 2: Understanding People in Context


18 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANUC1003 Algebra and Calculus Methods

ANUC1005 Discrete Mathematical Models

ANUC1102 Culture and Human Diversity: Introducing Anthropology

ANUC1103 Global Citizen: Culture, Development and Inequality

ANUC1104 Analysing the Social World: An Introduction to Social Psychology

ANUC1107 Logic and Critical Thinking

ANUC1710 Web Development and Design


Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective majorminor or specialisation.

Admission Requirements

Admission to all programs is on a competitive basis. Admission to undergraduate degrees is based on meeting the ATAR requirement or an equivalent rank derived from the following qualifications and including any eligible adjustments:

- An Australian year 12 qualification or international equivalent; OR

- A completed Associate Diploma, Associate Degree, AQF Diploma, Diploma, AQF Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or international equivalent; OR

- At least one standard full-time year (1.0 FTE) in a single program of degree level study at an Australian higher education institution or international equivalent; OR

- An approved tertiary preparation course unless subsequent study is undertaken.

Entry requirements

Domestic School-leavers

Domestic students completing an Australian Year 12 or the IB program (November session) in Australia in 2019 apply directly to The Australian National University by submitting an Admission, Scholarships and Accommodation application here. All students will still need to meet the published entry requirements for the program they have applied for.

 In addition to meeting the published entry requirements, school leavers are required met the co-curricular or service requirement (CCS). The CCS functions as a threshold that is either met or not met, you can learn more about the CCS and check if you’ve met the CCS requirement here.

You will be directed to the appropriate application system when you select ‘Apply’.

Domestic Non-School leavers

Domestic non-school leavers (including students transferring to ANU, mature age applicants and students who are otherwise not a school-leaver) can apply to ANU via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

 You will be directed to the appropriate application system when you select ‘Apply’

International applicant entry requirements

International applicants may view further information on admissions requirements at Entry Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants.

Additional Information for applicants

More information about ATAR requirements for individual programs can be found on the ANU website.

The National Register of higher education providers is an authoritative source of information that will help you confirm your institution of choice is registered to deliver higher education in Australia.

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) website allows you to do side-by-side comparisons of Australian universities, so you can find out more about the universities that interest you.

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs as required.

The admission requirements listed on this page are a guide to the entry level required for domestic applicants. Exact entry level will be set at time of offer.

QLD Band:
International Baccalaureate:

Adjustment Factors

ANU offers rank adjustments for a number of adjustment factors, including for high achievement in nationally strategic senior secondary subjects and for recognition of difficult circumstances that students face in their studies. Rank adjustments are applied to Bachelor degree applicants with an ATAR at or above 70. Points are awarded in accordance with the approved schedules, and no more than 15 points (maximum 5 subject/performance-based adjustments, maximum 10 equity-based adjustments and maximum 5 Elite Athlete adjustments) will be awarded. Please note that Adjustment Factors vary and do not apply to a select few programs,  please visit the ANU Adjustment Factors website for further information.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

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.

Do you have broad interests you just can't pin down? Are you curious about things from parasites to planets and everything in between? With the ANU Diploma of Science tailored program you can explore all your interests in a high-support, high-challenge environment.

The ANU Diploma of Science is an exciting new pathway into the Bachelor of Science. You will develop the study skills, increasing critical thinking skills and communicative capacity in an academic environment to support success at Bachelor level.  Your transcript and testamur will be issued by the Australian National University.

Students who successfully complete the Diploma of Science, with no more than one fail and a GPA of 5 or above, will be able to progress into the second year of a Bachelor of Science Degree with 48 units of credit.

Students aspiring to study at ANU, and those the University seeks to reach, sometimes do not meet the minimum entry requirements for their target course. This may be due to restricted educational opportunity, geographic location, cultural or socio-economic expectations or restrictions, lack of choice, or personal factors such as individual or family circumstances that affect success. Other students may be very close to ANU entry requirements, but miss out on entry by a small margin. These students will benefit from a high support entry pathway to ANU.

The aim of the Diploma of Science is to provide an opportunity for high quality and aspiring students to access ANU and to succeed in degree programs on completion of the Diploma. If you aspire to join the Bachelor of Science but do not meet the ANU admission requirements, this program may provide you with an alternative pathway to your future at the ANU.

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.

This program is available for applications until spring session, 2020

Learning Outcomes

  1. develop and apply scientific knowledge in educational and professional contexts; 
  2. identify, analyse and respond to problems and issues in science; 
  3. convey and relate professional and disciplinary information and ideas to diverse audiences in effective and appropriate ways; 
  4. work and learn in both independent and collaborative ways with others to encompass diverse abilities and perspectives; 
  5. exercise personal, professional and social responsibility as a global citizen.

Inherent Requirements

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