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Key facts

In the rapidly changing world of science and technology, it has never been more important to refine and expand your expertise. UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Science, flexibly delivered online or on campus, gives you the opportunity to complete intensive graduate-level study in science, whether you want to upskill or you are seeking to update your discipline knowledge. With 11 majors to choose from, and options to continue to further higher degree research, you can safeguard your career and be ready to adapt and respond to challenges you will face in this diverse and dynamic field.

Duration
  • 0.5 years full-time
  • Up to 2 years part-time
Start
  • Trimester 1 - Mar 2021
  • Trimester 2 - Jun 2021
Mode
  • Online
  • On Campus
Campus
  • Armidale Campus
Entry requirements
  • Guaranteed ATAR: Not applicable
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Fees
  • Commonwealth Supported Place (quotas apply)
    Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) (Quotas Apply)

    An Australian Government subsidised university place, only granted where Commonwealth Supported Places are still available. UNE has a cap on the number of CSP places that can be granted for certain course types and bands.

  • Full Fee
    Full Fee

    Tuition fees for domestic students not admitted to a Commonwealth Supported Place (i.e. no available government subsidy).

  • International
    International

    Tuition fees for international students, i.e. those not Australian or New Zealand citizens or residents.

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CRICOS code
  • 065083K
UNE Course Code
  • GCSC

Course information

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Why study the Graduate Certificate in Science with UNE?

UNE has a long tradition of producing science graduates who are in demand. If you have a degree in a relevant discipline, our Graduate Certificate in Science gives you the opportunity to study your discipline of interest intensively, and is ideal if you wish to upskill and upgrade, or update your existing knowledge. With options to study online, full-time or part-time, the course can be completed in one trimester, or paced over two years to suit your existing commitments.

What makes our course different?

UNE’s Graduate Certificate in Science is designed to allow you to complete intensive study in one of 11 scientific disciplines, spanning the pure and applied sciences. The course also gives you the opportunity to:

Study flexibly. Our postgraduate science students come from a wide range of backgrounds, and we know that you need to balance study with your professional and personal commitments. Our online study options allow you to complete the course at the time and place that best suits your needs. UNE is an industry leader in the provision of online learning. In fact, we’re Australia’s longest continuous provider of distance (now online) education.

  • Engage in our collaborative, innovative learning environment. At UNE, our small class sizes give you the opportunity to interact directly with academic staff and your peers, ensuring you have the support you need to thrive.
  • Hone your applied skills. Many units include mandatory intensive schools held on campus. Through laboratory and fieldwork intensives, we emphasise the development of contemporary real-world skills, ensuring that you can translate your theoretical knowledge into practice. For example, if your undergraduate major is Biology, you might choose to complete postgraduate botany units which equip you with plant identification skills that are highly valued in the workplace.
  • Choose the major that best matches your strengths and suits the challenges of your career.
  • Develop the skills you need to pursue research studies in the agricultural, biological, environmental or physical sciences. Our Research Methods major gives you a foundation in applied research skills in environmental and rural science.

Our postgraduate science students rate UNE highly, awarding us the maximum 5-star ratings in The Good Universities Guide 2021 for Teaching Quality and Overall Experience. Year after year, students award UNE 5-star ratings for Overall Experience and Student Support - we are the proven experts online.

Study online

Most of our students choose to study online across three study periods with 24/7 tutor support* and fit study around work and family commitments. Uniquely, our online students are mostly over 30 and bring valuable experience with them. They form a community of adults juggling the same challenges and priorities and who bring their life and work experience together to build real world networks for the future.

Study on campus

Many of our students choose to take advantage of the on-campus lifestyle in Armidale, in the beautiful New England region, with access to unparalleled support, accommodation and sporting facilities. These students are often starting their first degree and have left school recently. Through access to academic and career support they get a fantastic start to their careers.

* 24/7 tutor support includes: essay feedback (within 24 hours); live chat 24/7 for generic feedback on academic writing; and subject-specific help at a foundation or first-year level for subjects including mathematics, chemistry, biology, physics, business, accounting, microeconomics, macroeconomics and statistics. There are also a wide range of workshops, resources and courses available in academic skills support to assist you and help you to succeed.

Offerings

Admission periodMode/location
Trimester 1On Campus, Armidale Campus
Trimester 1Online
Trimester 2On Campus, Armidale Campus
Trimester 2Online

Entry requirements

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 of 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 (may include: Science, Medicine, Psychology, Nursing, Social Work, Education, Health, Counselling); Physics; Physiology; Statistics; and Zoology. A discipline 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 knowledge.

Minimum Assumed Knowledge for Each Major>

Biochemistry: two units of biology and two units of chemistry
Biodiversity Science: two units of biology
Biomedical Science: two units of biology and two units of chemistry
Chemistry: two units of chemistry
Genetics: two units of biology and two units of chemistry
Mathematics: two units of (calculus-based) mathematics
Neuroscience: four units at second year level or above from neuroscience (see relevant disciplines)
Physical Sciences: two units of physics, two units of chemistry and two units of (calculus-based) mathematics
Regulatory Science: four science-based units with at least two units at second year level or above
Research Methods: four units from the discipline, or associated disciplines, selected for completion
Statistics: two units of (calculus-based) mathematics and one unit of statistics
Zoology: two units of biology

Note: Students wishing to complete the course on a full-time basis are strongly encouraged to have greater than the minimum assumed knowledge and to begin their study in first trimester.

Students must meet the Inherent Requirements in order to complete this course.

Advanced standing is not granted for units taken to meet course admission.

The maximum advanced standing shall be for units counting 6 credit points which are deemed to be equivalent to units offered by the University and approved for the course comprising:
(a) 6 credit points for units completed at the University; or
(b) 6 credit points for units completed from another institution; or
(c) 6 credit points on the basis of considerable professional experience in a relevant field of interest.

Fees and scholarships

How much will it cost?

Estimated fees for your first year of study in this course are:

Fee typeCost
Full Fee$16,052*
International$16,928*
Commonwealth Supported Place (quotas apply)$3,250*
*The costs will depend on the units you choose to study as the cost of individual units vary. “Estimated fees” are provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking a study load of 48 credit points in the first year of this course. For courses that require less than 48 credit points the fees indicated are based on the total credit points required for completion of that course. For more information, please see fees and costs.

Scholarships

UNE scholarships are open for all to apply and offer financial help while you are studying. If you are commencing your university studies or if you are already a student at UNE, there are a number of scholarships to help you throughout your studies. There are UNE scholarships for students:

  • with high academic achievement
  • from rural areas
  • studying specific degrees
  • in disadvantaged groups
  • who excel at sport
  • living in a UNE residential college.

UNE scholarship applications are free and confidential. You may apply for more than one scholarship.

Course structure

To qualify for the award a candidate must pass units to the value of 24 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 400-level or above, from one of the approved majors.

24 credit points

Complete ONE Approved Major totalling 24 credit points from the following
Students who are transitioning from a different discipline background should complete 6 credit points from Group 2 before enrolling in Group 1 units. Complete 24 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 400-level or above from the following units:
Complete 12-24 credit points from the following units
Complete 0-12 credit points with not more than 6 credit points at 200/300-level from the following units Note: When a unit is offered at multiple levels you can only choose ONE unit.
Students who are transitioning from a different discipline background should complete 6 credit points from Group 2 before enrolling in Group 1 units. Complete 24 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 400-level or above the following units:
Complete 12-24 credit points from the following units Note: When a unit is offered at multiple levels you can only choose ONE unit
Complete 0-12 credit points with not more than 6 credit points at 200/300-level from the following units Note: When a unit is offered at multiple levels you can only choose ONE unit.
Students who are transitioning from a different background should complete 6 credit points from Group 2 before enrolling in Group 1 units. Complete 24 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 400-level or above from the following units
Complete 12-24 cps from the following units Note: When a unit is offered at multiple levels you can only choose ONE unit.
Complete 0-12 credit points with not more than 6 credit points at 200/300-level from the following units Note: When a unit is offered at multiple levels you can only choose ONE unit.
Students who are transitioning from a different discipline background should complete 6 credit points from Group 2 before enrolling in Group 1 units. You must complete 24 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 400-level or above from the following units:
Complete 12-24 credit points from the following units
Complete 0-12 credit points with not more than 6 credit points at 200-level from the following units
Students who are transitioning from a different discipline background should complete 6 credit points from Group 2 before enrolling in Group 1 units. You must complete 24 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 400-level or above from the following units:
Complete 12-24 credit points from the following units
Complete 0-12 credit points with not more than 6 credit points at 200/300-level from the following units Note: When a unit is offered at multiple levels you can only choose ONE unit.
Students who are transitioning from a different discipline background should complete 6 credit points from Group 2 before enrolling in Group 1 units. Complete 24 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 400-level or above from the following units
Complete 12-24 credit points from the following units
Complete 0-12 credit points with not more than 6 credit points at 200/300-level from the following units Note: When a unit is offered at multiple levels you can only choose ONE unit.
Students who are transitioning from a different discipline background should complete 6 credit points from Group 2 before enrolling in Group 1 units. Complete 24 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 400-level or above from the following units
Complete 12-24 credit points from the following units
Complete 0-12 credit points with not more than 6 credit points at 200/300-level from the following units: Note: When a unit is offered at multiple levels you can only choose ONE unit.
Students who are transitioning from a different discipline background should complete 6 credit points from Group 2 before enrolling in Group 1 units. Complete 24 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 400-level or above from the following units
Complete 12-24 credit points from the following units
Complete 0-12 credit points with not more than 6 credit points at 200/300-level from the following units Note: When a unit is offered at multiple levels you can only choose ONE unit.
You must complete 24 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 400-level or above from the following units

12 credit points

Complete the following units

6 credit points

Complete 6 credit points from the following units

6 credit points

Complete 6 credit points from the following units Note: When a unit is offered at multiple levels you can only choose ONE unit.
Students who are transitioning from a different discipline background should complete 6 credit points from Group 2 before enrolling in Group 1 units. Complete 24 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 400-level or above from the following units:
Complete 12-24 credit points from the following units
Complete 0-12 credit points with not more than 6 credit points at 200/300-level from the following units Note: When a unit is offered at multiple levels you can only choose ONE unit.
Students who are transitioning from a different discipline background should complete 6 credit points from Group 2 before enrolling in Group 1 units. Complete 24 credit points with at least 18 credit points at 400-level or above the following units
Complete 12-24 credit points from the following units
Complete 0-12 credit points with not more than 6 credit points at 200/300-level from the following units

See UNE Handbook for more details. The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course plans, intensive schools, and work placement requirements.

Course outcomes

This is a postgraduate award designed to broaden a graduate's knowledge as required in their workplace.
  1. demonstrate through their own study and practise, specialised scientific knowledge of science and specialised skills in a chosen discipline;
  2. 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;
  3. conduct investigations to critically analyse and evaluate complex ideas, and apply established theories to identify solutions to complex problems relating to their discipline;
  4. 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; and
  5. be responsible and accountable for their own learning and scientific work by demonstrating initiative and independent judgement in a range of functions and scientific disciplines in specialised contexts, operating with a high level of personal autonomy and responsibility for all aspects of the work or function of others, and planning and executing independent research while complying with regulatory frameworks and practising professional ethics relevant to their discipline area.
Knowledge of a Discipline

Graduates will understand scientific practice and have advanced knowledge in a discipline of science. They will be able to articulate aspects of the place and importance of science in the local and wider community.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to communicate scientific results, information or arguments to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes.

Problem Solving

Graduates will be able to investigate and solve problems by using recognised methods of science and appropriate practical techniques and tools.

Information Literacy

Graduates will be able to communicate scientific results, information or arguments to a range of audiences and for a range of purposes.

Ethical Conduct and Social Responsibility

Graduates will be able to take social responsibility by recognising the relevant ethical frameworks within which science is practised and show a capacity for working responsibly and safely in both individual and team environments. They will also be able to demonstrate a capacity for self-directed learning.

Lifelong Learning

Graduates will be able to take personal responsibility for lifelong learning by demonstrating a capacity for self-directed learning.

Independence and Collaboration

Graduates will have the ability to function effectively as members of teams or individually.

A five-star experience

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Overall Experience
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Studying online

At UNE we know it takes more than just being online to be a great online university. It takes time and experience. We pioneered distance education for working adults back in the 1950s, so we’ve been doing this longer than any other Australian university.

We understand the challenges faced by busy adults studying at home. We know that a vital part of online study is your engagement with the learning community. Communication with your classmates, teaching staff and university support staff will enhance your study experience and ensure that your skills extend beyond the subject matter. UNE’s teaching staff are experts in their field which is why UNE consistently receives five stars from students for teaching quality, support and overall experience.*

*The Good Universities Guide

Your career

Career outcomes

Career opportunities in science are diverse, and with upgraded skills you will add value to your professional role or find new opportunities in a range of sectors including industry, government, teaching and research.

 Some examples include positions in:

  • forensic and industrial chemistry
  • biomedical science laboratories
  • pharmaceutical manufacturing and development
  • applied statistics.
Other career information

Fast track completion of further postgraduate science study at UNE. On completion of your Graduate Certificate you are eligible to continue to a Graduate Diploma in Science, or if you achieve an overall grade point average of 5 or more, UNE’s coursework Master of Scientific Studies. In both cases you can apply for advanced standing for the units that you complete in your Graduate Certificate.

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