Diploma of Science

The Diploma of Science leads to Deakin University's Bachelor degrees in biological 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

A$28 710 (A$3588.75 per unit)

A$22 730 ($2841.25 per unit)



  • Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


  • Eight to twelve months


  • March, June and October


  • 063387K

Course structure

Complete and pass eight units

Core Units
+3 Additional Units
Core 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
+3 Additional Units

Choose from:

  • 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


Entry into second year of

  • Bachelor of Biological Science
    (CRICOS Code 001841F)
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science
    (CRICOS Code 058793E)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability)
    (CRICOS Code 075361K)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)**
    (CRICOS Code 053749E)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)
    (CRICOS Code 055286D)
  • Bachelor of Forensic Science
    (CRICOS Code 073106G)
  • Bachelor of Science
    (CRICOS Code 083996G)
  • Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science
    (CRICOS Code 075365F)

    **T1 Entry available. T2 entry subject to faculty approval