Diploma of Science

The Diploma of Science leads to Deakin University's Bachelor degrees in science, biomedical science, environmental science, forensic science or zoology and animal science. Graduates may work in a wide range of cutting-edge and rapidly growing fields, and could be involved in the scientific developments that hold the key to the future.

Your pathway to Deakin University


Year Duration International Students Australian Students


2 trimesters (Fast track)
3 trimesters (Standard track)

A$31,440 (A$3930 per unit)

A$25,040 ($3130 per unit)




  • Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


  • Eight to twelve months


  • March, June and October


  • 063387K

Course structure

Complete and pass eight units^

      • SLE123 Physics for the Life Sciences
      • SLE111 Cells and Genes*
      • SLE132 Biology: Form and Function*
      • SLE133 Chemistry in Our World*
      • SLE155 Chemistry for the Professional Sciences**
      • HBS107 Understanding Health
      • HBS109 Human Structure and Function
      • HSN101 Foundations of Food, Nutrition and Health
      • SIT191 Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis
      • SIT194 Introduction to Mathematical Modelling
      • SLE102 Physical Geography*
      • SLE103 Ecology and the Environment
      • SLE112 Fundamentals of Forensic Science*
      • SLE115 Essential Skills in Bioscience
      • SLE121 Enviromental Sustainability

All Diploma of Science students must complete a Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program (SLE010), which is a 50-minute safety training program and STP050 Academic Integrity which is a three hour training module. These units are 0 credit point units and do not count toward your total units. ^ Unit selection will be based on the bachelor degree you wish to progress to * You must complete SLE010 Laboratory and Fieldwork Safety Induction Program as a co-requisite to these units** You must successfully complete SLE133 Chemistry in our World before enrolling in this unit.

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