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Graduate Certificate of Science Specialisation Biology

Graduate Certificate of Science Specialisation Biology (GCSC)
CRICOS: 069701A

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
Campus
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 1 year part-time
Start date
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
Note: This specialisation is only available through part-time study.

Overview

  • USQ’s Graduate Certificate of Science (Biology) gives you the opportunity to further your knowledge in the field of science, gaining a strong grounding for a range of science-related careers or for specialised postgraduate study.

Further study

This qualification is also ideal for those wishing to move into further study. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Science (Biology), students have the ability to move into the Graduate Diploma of Science.

Career outcomes

  • As a graduate your career opportunities include; research or extension officer (universities, defence, CSIRO, DPI, industry, government, and health), technical officer (labs), agricultural scientist, technical/sales representative in pharmaceutical, medical and biotechnological industries, molecular biologists, microbiologists, geneticists.
  • After further study you would be able to become a biotechnologist, dietician, research scientist, secondary science teacher, or medical specialist. Employment opportunities also exist in laboratory work in agricultural, food, health, medical, veterinary, educational and industrial settings, plant breeding, science journalism.

Entry requirements

  • 3-year Bachelor degree from an Australian university or equivalent. 
  • or
  • equivalent professional work experience, as determined through the Credit and Exemption procedure.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

USQ offers a number of bachelor degrees for you to study to help you meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 4 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit.  

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 2
Specialisation courses 2
Total 4

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

If you are enrolled in the External study mode in this degree, you will have the opportunity to come on-campus for residential schools, where you will attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials, use the facilities and meet staff and other students.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (4 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 14560
On-campus

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 17920

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Residential school costs

This degree includes an on-campus residential school component that involves travel, accommodation and meal expenses.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

CRICOS: 069701A

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - Monday 22 February, 2021
  • Semester 2, 2021 - Monday 12 July, 2021

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