Graduate Diploma of Science

James Cook University (JCU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00117J

Gain valuable hands-on, industry relevant experience in state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. Build upon your existing qualifications in science and boost your professional experience with in-depth knowledge. JCU students study in the diverse environmental region of North Queensland. You will gain advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in a range of specialised scientific fields, through practical workshops, projects and directed study.This flexible one year full-time course is offered at JCUs Townsville and Cairns campuses and is designed for you to expand your knowledge in your chosen science specialisation. Choose from one of eight discipline streams described below, plus choose from a range of elective subjects to complement your training.


24 credit points


  • Streams include: Aquaculture science and technology
  • environmental earth science
  • environmental management
  • fisheries science and management
  • geology
  • marine biology
  • tropical biology and conservation.

Standard entry requirements

  • AQF level 7 bachelor degree in science
  • Equivalent

Study pathways

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma of Science are eligible for entry to the Master of Science.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
JCU Cairns International: $42,640 Yes
  • Full-time : 1 year
JCU Townsville International: $42,640 Yes
  • Full-time : 1 year

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