Associate Degree in Applied Science

RMIT University

Program Description

Associate Degree in Applied Science

RMIT University

Associate Degree in Applied Science

The Associate Degree in Applied Science will provide you with the knowledge and skills to work in the biotechnology, food and biomedical industries.

We offer 2 major streams, food science and biomedical science, both of which are undergoing rapid technological advancements worldwide.

It may also provide you with an alternative and practical pathway into a range of undergraduate degree programs.

Program structure

Year 1

This will provide you with underpinning technical skills and knowledge in a broad range of applied sciences. You'll also gain scientific reading, writing and research skills. By the end of the first year you'll be able to perform confidently in a biological, chemical or food laboratory.

Year 2

In second year you'll begin to specialise in your chosen stream.

Food science students will manufacture, evaluate and test a variety of food products for quality and safety, and study human nutrition.

Biomedical stream students will isolate, purify, amplify and characterise DNA and perform techniques like chromatography and electrophoresis. You'll become competent at tissue and cell culture as it is applied in biotechnology and medical laboratories.

Program entry requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 50%.

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.


Higher Mathematics or VCE Units 3 and 4 Mathematics (any).

English language requirements

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • Academic IELTS overall band of 6.0 with no individual band below 5.5
  • TOEFL (Paper-based): minimum score of 550 (with a Test of Written English (TWE) score of 4.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet-based): minimum score of 79 with a minimum of 19 in each section
  • Cambridge English (Advanced CAE): CAE Grade C
  • Pearson: Minimum score of 50 (no band less than 42).
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 6, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Jan. 2017
2 years
Full time
Start date Jan. 2017
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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