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What will I learn?

The Graduate Certificate in Science is a course designed for students who wish to expand on their undergraduate program.

Intensive study is available at graduate level with majors in biochemistry (including some aspects of microbiology and biotechnology), biodiversity science (including botany, ecology and zoology), biomedical science (which includes biochemistry, genetics and physiology with some pharmacy, neuroscience and human development), chemistry (including forensic chemistry), genetics (including immunology and bioinformatics), mathematics (including pure and applied mathematics), physical sciences (including chemistry, physics and pure mathematics), regulatory science, research methods, statistics and zoology (including ecology).

Students are required to have completed at least first year level study in the subject relevant to their chosen major.

Articulation to the Graduate Diploma in Science or the Master of Scientific Studies:

On completion of the Graduate Certificate, students are eligible to articulate to the Graduate Diploma in Science with 24 credit points of advanced standing for units completed towards the Graduate Certificate.

On completion of the Graduate Certificate, students with an overall GPA of 5 or better are eligible to articulate to the Master of Scientific Studies with 24 credit points of advanced standing for units completed towards the Graduate Certificate.

Pathways to higher degree research study:

Graduates who complete the Research Methods major may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the agricultural, biological, environmental, or physical sciences.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities are possible in small and large businesses, industry, government, teaching and research. Examples include positions in the departments of primary industries, resource management, water and land resources, CSIRO, environmental protection authorities, forestry commissions, national parks and wildlife services and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). Industry opportunities include positions in computing, consulting, botanical gardens and museums, manufacturing, electronics, mining and oil.

Course Aims

This is a postgraduate award designed to broaden a graduate's knowledge as required in their workplace.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • demonstrate through their own study and practise, specialised scientific knowledge of science and specialised skills in a chosen discipline;
  • demonstrate through their own practise, specialist technical competencies in the field, laboratory and professional workplace related to science; and knowledge of theoretical concepts applicable to their chosen discipline;
  • conduct investigations to critically analyse and evaluate complex ideas, and apply established theories to identify solutions to complex problems relating to their discipline;
  • be effective communicators of science by communicating scientific knowledge and concepts to a variety of audiences using a range of written and oral communication modes;

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science, Agriculture, Business and Law

CRICOS

065083K

Study options

Full Time (0.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$33,856.00 (US$ 24,082) per year

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

Start date

1 March 2021

Venue

University of New England (UNE)

Armidale Campus,

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND,

New South Wales,

2351, COUNTRY NSW, Australia

Online/Distance (0.5 Years Full-time; Up to 2 years Part-time)

Tuition fees
A$33,856.00 (US$ 24,082) 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

Expected June 2021

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To qualify for admission into UNE postgraduate programs you must have completed an educational qualification considered to be at least comparable to an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) bachelor degree. English language requirements: An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic overall score of at least 6.0, with no sub-band less than 5.5. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 213 in the computer-based test OR at least 79 in the internet-based test. You must receive a rating of no less than 22 in the written component. A Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) minimum overall score of 57 with no skill less than 50.

For international students

A candidate shall:

(a) hold an AQF Level 7 Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline; or

(b) hold an AQF Level 8 Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Bachelor with Honours in a relevant discipline; or

(c) hold an AQF Level 9 Master in a relevant discipline; or

(d) hold an AQF Level 10 Doctorate in a relevant discipline.

Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited to: Agriculture, Biochemistry; Biology; Botany; Chemistry; Computational Science; Ecology, Genetics; Geology; Mathematics; Medicinal Chemistry; Microbiology; Neuroscience; Physics; Physiology; Statistics; and Zoology. A degree will be considered relevant to a nominated major if it includes study that covers the minimum assumed knowledge. Where it is not clear from their academic background, applicants may include a cover letter with their application describing how they have achieved the minimum assumed knowledge.

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.

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About this uni

The average starting salary for students after graduation from the University of New England is AUD 75,000 (The Good Universities Guide 2020).

  • Based in Armidale and 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