The UNSW Graduate Diploma (Research) provides students with specialised knowledge and research training in disciplines within the Faculty of Science.

Upgrade Your Qualifications

UNSW Graduate Diploma (Research) is a one-year full-time program you can use to qualify for a higher degree of study. It is intended for people who do not meet criteria for direct entry to Honours, Masters or PhD programs.

This graduate diploma can be used to upgrade existing qualifications or to develop expertise in a different, but related disciplinary area from that of the first degree.

Research Training

As part of the program, students are expected to complete disciplinary coursework and a significant independent research project.

As UNSW Science has a diverse range of subject areas, the exact proportion of research-based work and coursework may differ from school to school. 

Students will also be expected to undertake Occupational Health & Safety training, attend and present seminars, write a literature review and write a thesis.


Your Career

The Graduate Diploma (Research) can be used to access postgraduate and honours programs. Our students develop expertise in their chosen fields and may pursue careers opportunities working as a:

  • Biochemist
  • Climate Scientist
  • Medical Scientist
  • Research Officer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Science Communicator.

What Our Academics Say

“At UNSW Science our mission is to provide innovative academic programs that are relevant to Australia and International students and to support research that positively impacts society.”

- Professor Emma Johnston, Dean, Faculty of Science UNSW

Find Out More

You can find more information on this graduate diploma including entry requirements on the UNSW Degree Finder.