University of Technology Sydney

C11216v1 Graduate Certificate in Science

Award(s): Graduate Certificate in Science (GradCertSc)
CRICOS code: 071910G
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 24
Course EFTSL: 0.5
Location: City campus

Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information


The Graduate Certificate in Science is suitable for those seeking to enhance their STEM skills to assist them to gain entry into science related employment as well as for those who are already employed but wish to gain new specialised skills to advance their area of expertise.

The course enhances career prospects by providing opportunities to extend knowledge beyond a first degree. It provide the opportunity to extend or renew scientific knowledge and professional skills which are important to career advancement.

Career options

The course provides a backbone of skills important to a professional scientist; be they engaged in research, diagnostic or industrial science and engineering science business, industries or government organisations. Graduates from this course could pursue careers in a range of fields from industrial laboratory manufacturing to diagnostics and medical science, science business or science communication.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Apply: Demonstrate engagement with the appraisal of advanced knowledge in science in a range of professional contexts.
1.2 Anlayse: Develop a professional identity through engagement with scientific knowledge to demonstrate depth, breadth, application and interrelationships of relevant discipline areas.
1.3 Synthesise: Combine application of specialised and current technical knowledge and research principles, with a focus on contemporary science.
2.1 Apply: Critically evaluate sources and relevance of information such as scientific literature in the investigation of science problems.
2.3 Analyse: Address real-world challenges by investigating, analysing and critically evaluating different solutions to science problems.
2.3 Synthesise: Design and conduct appropriate methods to scientific research adopting techniques from a variety of sources in the context of relevant professional practice.
3.1 Apply: Engage in work practices that demonstrate an application of health and safety requirements, ethical conduct, risk management, and organisation and collaborative skills in the context of science.
3.3 Analyse: Use an appropriate range of specialised and current techniques to investigate data, test hypotheses model and predict experimental outcomes relating to science-based problems that can impact on society.
3.3 Synthesise: Design, construct and implement professional solutions to science-based problems incorporating an understanding of the needs of relevant stakeholders within the profession.
4.1 Apply: Research and reflect the value, integrity, and relevance of multiple sources of information to derive innovative solutions to science problems.
4.2 Analyse: Identify and critically evaluate appropriate opportunities to innovate and develop strategies to achieve meaningful outcomes.
4.3 Synthesise: Find and evaluate solutions to science needs through innovation, resourcefulness, application of technologies, and commitment to self-directed learning.
5.1 Apply: Demonstrate advanced communication skills using a variety of methods (oral, written, visual) to communicate science with discipline experts, scientists, industry, and the general public.
5.2 Analyse: Present and communicate scientific principles, data and justifications in a rigorous, effective and professional manner across all mediums to a range of audiences using appropriate media.
5.3 Synthesise: Assess the use of appropriate interpersonal communication skills with peers, industry representatives, government, and members of the public.
6.1 Apply: Demonstrate an appreciation of historical and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges relevant to science.
6.2 Analyse: Develop cultural awareness for ethical and respectful practices, and when developing community relations.
6.3 Synthesise: Integrate appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Knowledges, as both experience and analysis, into professional practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Entry into the course requires a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a science-related field.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Recognition of prior learning

No exemptions are granted for this course.

Course duration and attendance

The course is offered on a one-session, full-time or one-year, part-time basis.

Course structure

The course requires 24 credit points of study, with 12 credit points chosen from the professional stream subjects and 12 credit points from a choice of specified science subjects.

Course completion requirements

CBK90642 Elective 12cp
CBK90648 Professional stream choice 12cp
Total 24cp

Course program

The following example shows a typical part-time program.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
68109 Advanced Communication Skills in Science 6cp  
60904 Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation 6cp  
37233 Linear Algebra 6cp  
60117 Understanding Data and Statistical Design 6cp  
Spring session
CBK90642 Elective   12cp

Articulation with UTS courses

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Science, students gain full recognition of prior learning to the Master of Science (C04241) for any subjects relevant to the specific master's specialisation in which they enrol.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222