What will I learn?

This course is designed to provide students with basic skills and knowledge in a range of disciplines in science through a coherent program of study. Graduates will have a broad scientific background to assist with future employment or to pursue further study.

The General Studies in Science program allows students to design their own program of study in consultation with academic staff, taking into account their background knowledge and interests. This program also provides an alternate pathway for students into Initial Teacher Education courses.

The Medical Sciences program provides excellent preparation for students working towards entry into a range of medical or paramedical courses.

Career Opportunities

Diploma in Science graduates will have a broad scientific background appropriate for further study or to assist with future employment in a range of areas requiring knowledge of the basic sciences.

Course Aims

To have an understanding that

Science encompasses both a body of knowledge and a reliable process of discovery. It is founded upon the recognition of fundamental laws that make nature systematic and reproducible.

Scientists observe, measure, classify and perform experiments upon the natural world. They employ scientific methods to test hypotheses and use empirical evidence to support or refute their hypotheses. The natural variability, or uncertainty, inherent in the natural world means that scientific conclusions are reliable but contestable: they may be revised or modified as new evidence emerges. Scientists are curious about the natural world and are creative in formulating hypotheses and in designing approaches to problem solving.

Mathematics is used in science to model real-world systems and scientific data are often analysed using statistical methods.

Science operates within a paradigm of peer review and replication that provides a collective responsibility for the reliability of scientific knowledge. Scientists have a responsibility to communicate the outcomes of their work accurately and without bias to their peers and to society.

Science is embedded within a context that reflects both the history of scientific endeavor and the culture of present society. Scientists generate and build knowledge, develop technologies, investigate and solve problems.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate current, technical and theoretical knowledge of science, including the creative endeavour involved in acquiring knowledge, and the contestable and testable nature of scientific knowledge;
  • use and apply recognised methods of science, appropriate practical techniques and tools for processes of discovery and inquiry;
  • use scientific literacy to demonstrate understanding of, and to explain scientific issues to, peers, scientific non-experts and the general community;
  • demonstrate personal and social responsibility through an awareness of the ethical frameworks, by working safely and responsibly in individual and team environments; and
  • transfer knowledge and specialised skills to others and demonstrate understanding of knowledge.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law



Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$31,600.00 (US$ 23,592) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 February 2022, 27 June 2022


University of New England (UNE)

Armidale Campus,


New South Wales,

2351, COUNTRY NSW, Australia

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$31,600.00 (US$ 23,592) per year
The given fee for full time and it's a guide for online students

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 February 2022, 27 June 2022

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must have completed an educational qualification considered equivalent to Year 12 in Australia.

An IELTS (Academic) overall score of at least 6.0 with no sub-band less than 5.5; or equivalent TOEFL score of at least 213 in the computer-based test; or at least 79 in the internet-based test with no less than 22 in the written component; or a PTE Academic minimum overall score of 57 with no skill less than 50.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of New England (UNE)

UNE is the only Australian public university awarded the maximum 5 stars for overall experience 15 years in a row (The Good Universities Guide 2021).

  • Based in Armidale & Sydney, New South Wales in Australia
  • International students from 70 different nationalities
  • The Armidale campus is spread over an area of 74 hectares
  • On campus student accommodation options in Armidale