Major/Minor/Specialisation !GD-SCI-MAJ+1003 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Year and Campus: 2014


Prof James Camakaris


Melbourne Graduate School of Science
Faculty of Science
The University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010

Tel: + 61 3 8344 6128
Fax: +61 3 8344 3351



The Graduate Diploma allows students who have completed an undergraduate degree to re-focus or expand their body of knowledge by completing the requirement of one of the undergraduate majors (or equivalent) in the Bachelor of Science not already completed. Students will be required to have completed level 1 prerequisites. This provides a pathway to the Master of Science Streams.

Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the graduate diploma should:

  • Demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values;
  • Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems
  • Act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force;
  • Communicate effectively;
  • Commit to continuous learning;
  • Be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and other information technology systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
Structure & Available Subjects:

Completion of 100 points:

  • 50 points of study at Level 3;
  • 50 points of study at Level 2 or above.
Subject Options:

Subject prerequisites –at least 25 points of level 1 or above biological sciences subject.

Level 2

Students should select 50 points of level 2 options to meet the pre-requisites for their level 3 choices.

Students must take:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Semester 1, Semester 2

Plus 12.5 points at Level 2 or 3

* Depending on Level 3 choices, students may need Level 2 Biology, Botany, Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Ecology, DASC.

Level 3

All three of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2

Plus one elective selected from:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Science

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