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Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Science

Approved Abbreviation: DipSc/BSc

Western Sydney University Course Code: 6043.1

AQF Level: 7

CRICOS Code: 096968E

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.

This degree will provide opportunities to learn about the sciences underpinning human health, and their application to disease. The degree has the choice of three primary majors: biomedical science, medicinal chemistry or anatomy and physiology. Students need note that different majors and sub-majors are offered on different campuses. Graduates may find employment in areas such as medical research laboratories, hospital laboratories and in pathology laboratories, and be well suited for positions in the pharmaceutical, medical sales, allied health companies and various research and quality control laboratories, as well as further study including research degrees, and graduate medicine degrees.

Students choosing MT3021 Nutrition and Food Science will be required to complete a compulsory work placement of a minimum 100 hours. Students choosing any other testamur major may also elect to complete a work placement.

Students need to note that different majors are offered on different campuses, and not all majors will be offered at every campus.

The first year of this course is delivered by Western Sydney University The College as an agent of Western Sydney University via extended face-to-face hours in smaller learning environments. A Diploma in Science exit point is also available at the end of the first year of the course.

For more information on Western Sydney University, The College, please refer to their web site.

Western Sydney University, The College

Study Mode
Three years full-time or six years part-time

Course Advice

Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Campbelltown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Campbelltown CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Hawkesbury CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Hawkesbury CampusPart TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above
The College - Nirimba Education PrecinctFull TimeInternal See above

Inherent requirements

The inherent requirements will be the same as for the new 3754 Bachelor of Science course. Inherent Requirements for the relevant area of study are to be completed by December 2019.


For more information on applying please see link to The College admission pages below.

Domestic students are required to have:

  • Completed an English unit in the NSW Higher School Certificate, or
  • Competency in English at IELTS academic 6.0 equivalent (unless a native speaker) or
  • Passed The College English test with 70% or higher or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher.

Students are also assumed to have completed some study in Mathematics and Science at a senior high school level or equivalent.

Met other entry requirements such as:

  • An ATAR identified prior to the offer of a place, or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

International students must satisfy one of the following language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 with a minimum 5.5 in each sub band or
  • Completed the College EAP 4 course with a 50% pass or
  • Passed The College English test at IELTS academic 6.0 equivalent or
  • Passed The College Foundation Studies Academic English unit at C grade level or higher for which advanced standing can be applied for.

Academic Entry Requirements vary according to country of origin. However, in general:

  • Completion of Year 12 or its equivalent is the minimum entry requirement or
  • Completed The College Foundation Studies course with a Grade Point Average of 5.5 or higher.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the completion of 250 credit points which includes: 90 credit points of core units, 80 credit points taken as a Science specialisation plus 80 credit points of elective units.

For MT3031 Environmental Health specialisation, students must complete 80 credit points of core units plus 120 credit points of Environmental Health units plus 40 credit points of elective units.

Students must complete at least 60 credit points at level 3 or above. Depending on the specialisation selected, students may need to select at least 10 credit points of elective study at Level 3 to meet this requirement.

Year one - College units

Standard 3 term (90 credit points)

First Term of Study

700043Chemistry (WSTC Prep)
700124Scientific Literacy (WSTC)
700095Biodiversity (WSTC)

Second Term of Study

700122Essential Chemistry 2 (WSTC)

Choose two of the following (depending on the testamur major chosen.

700295Concepts in Human Physiology (WSTC)
700297Management of Aquatic Environments (WSTC)
700061Introduction to Human Biology (WSTC)
700296Environmental Issues and Solutions (WSTC)
700266Concepts in Human Anatomy (WSTC)
700298Water Quality Assessment and Management (WSTC)
700265Food Science 1 (WSTC)

Please note units 700298 & 700265 are on offer in Spring at Hawkesbury campus

Third Term of Study

700123Quantitative Thinking (WSTC)
700155Introductory Chemistry (WSTC)
700125Cell Biology (WSTC)

Students may exit at this point and graduate with the Diploma in Science following a passing grade in all of the above units. Students who progress to Year 2 may also be awarded the Diploma if they gain a passing grade in all of the above units.

Students must pass all College Preparatory units before progressing to the Year 2 units.

Students must pass at least 70 credit points of University level units in Year 1 before progressing to the Year 2 units.

Years 2 and 3

Western Sydney University Units

160 credit points as per the rules of the Bachelor of Science (3754)

Core Units

Choose one of

300580Programming Fundamentals
300936Functional Proteins and Genes
300843Forensic and Environmental Analysis
300932Natural Science Research Methods
300832Analytical Chemistry

From 2021 students will also be able to choose


Work Integrated Learning

All students can choose one of these two units:

301259Work Internship for Science Professionals
301261Complex Case Studies in Science

Note: Students undertaking MT3021 Nutrition and Food Science must choose 301259 Work Internship for Science Professionals.

Choose one of (see note below)

300883Laboratory Quality Management
300909Biological Adaptation to Climate Change
200022Mathematical Modelling
301110Applications of Big Data
300913Field Project 1
300922Quality Assurance and Food Analysis

Note: Students are allocated a core unit from these areas depending on the specialisation chosen. Students should consult the sequence of units identified for each specialisation.


Students are required to complete eight specialisation core units from one of the following testamur majors.

Students selecting MT3031 Environmental Health are required to complete twelve specialisation core units.

Students may only select one testamur major.

MT3015Animal Science
MT3026Applied Physics
MT3032Data Science
MT3031Environmental Health
MT3024Forensic Biology
MT3023Forensic Chemistry
MT3022Forensic Science

If selecting MT3022 Forensic Science, please see note under the Electives heading

MT3021Nutrition and Food Science
MT3043Sustainable Environmental Futures

As of 2021 the following specialisations are no longer available:

MT3018Environmental Futures

Electives Units

Students may use their elective units to complete one of the following majors:

Note: Students selecting MT3022 Forensic Science must use their elective units to complete M3120.1 Crime Scene Investigation to meet industry requirements.

M3120Crime Scene Investigation

This major can only be taken with MT3022 Forensic Science

Students may use their elective units to complete an additional specialisation or choose from the wide range of units offered by Western Sydney University.

Enrolment in elective units is subject to meeting any required criteria for individual units, such as co-requisites and pre-requisites. Students should note that either 700125 Cell Biology or 700122 Essential Chemistry 2 (depending on testamur major chosen) will be considered an elective unit.

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