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Associate Degree in Applied Science (Z2J) (Associate Degree in Applied Science (Z2J) )

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Tijdsduur 4 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost $50,875 AUD (full programm, international students)

The Associate Degree in Applied Science is an industry-focused program designed for people interested in working in fields that require specialised skills and knowledge of applied science principles and processes, including those who may never have considered a career in science.

The specialisations available under this course are:

  • Fermentation Science and Separation Processes
  • Aquaculture

The Fermentation Science and Separation Processes specialisation has been developed for people interested in working in innovative biotechnology industries such as brewing, winemaking, fermented food and drink production and plant-based cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. This specialisation will provide students with the opportunity to learn about Tasmania’s innovative industries within the food and beverage (beer, cider, wine, whiskey, gin, cheese and other fermented foods) and premium bio-industries (essential oils, seaweed based fertilisers, poppies, pyrethrum and biodiesel). Specialisation subjects such as applied microbiology, applied chemistry and applied biology are integrated with core subjects such as applied maths, quality management, sustainability and technology & innovation. In the second year, students may choose elective subjects depending on their areas of interest.

The Aquaculture specialisation is aimed at people who wish to work in the aquaculture industry in Tasmania and mainland Australia. The course was developed in response to industry demand as the aquaculture industry is currently in a high growth phase. Aquaculture subjects are integrated with core subjects in applied science such as applied maths, quality management, sustainability and technology & innovation. In the second year, students may choose elective subjects depending on their areas of interest.  Aquaculture is the fastest growing primary industry in Tasmania and the Associate Degree is relevant to all aspects of the Tasmanian industry, including salmon, trout, oysters, mussels and abalone. The Tasmanian aquaculture industry is a world leader in quality, innovation and technology. Currently, an estimated 2,595 Full Time Equivalent staff are employed in the Tasmanian aquaculture sector (inclusive of salmonid processing) (*Seafood Industry Workforce Profile, May 2017.  Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council).

A key feature of the course is the focus on hands-on learning, where students develop knowledge and skills through work integrated learning opportunities such as industry placements, fieldwork, case studies and applied research. This aims to enhance students’ problem solving, communication, critical thinking, teamwork, and leadership skills by allowing them to ‘learn through practice’. It has been designed to make university study a little less daunting—and a lot more practical.

Industry experts have helped to develop the course and are actively involved in the delivery through teaching, site visits, case studies and work placements. As a result, graduates will be considered ‘workplace ready’ after two years of (full time) study.

The program is available for full-time and part-time study across all campuses in Tasmania and is delivered through a combination of online study, face-to-face classes, practical workshops and tutorials.

At the end of the second year, students will have the opportunity to:

- Commence employment or enhance their current employment as skilled para-professionals (diploma -associate degree);

- and/or continue study in preparation for future employment which subsequently prepares individuals to transition into leadership and management roles as highly skilled professionals (bachelor – bachelor honours top up degree).

Structurele componenten
Internship/Workplace experience
Laboratory training
Practical/Field work

Application procedure

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is NOT the official language, evidence of an approved English language test completed within the last two years must be provided.

Academic Requirements - Undergraduate

Admission to undergraduate courses at the University of Tasmania requires completion of qualifications equivalent to Year 12 Australia.

Applicants must achieve the required grade in their studies, meet pre-requisite subjects and the English language requirements to be eligible for an offer.

Students who do not meet these requirements may enrol in the Foundation Studies Program.

This table lists the minimum entry requirements for most undergraduate programs at the University of Tasmania. Some programs do have a higher admission requirement. If you are unsure, please contact us for further information.

Subject pre-requisites may apply to your chosen degree program. Please check the course information for further information.

Please note that entry requirements are indicative only and are subject to change.

Grant opportunities

Each year the University of Tasmania administers an estimated $7 million in scholarships to students from all walks of life, including those who have achieved high academic results; those from low socio-economic backgrounds; students with sporting ability; students undertaking overseas study; and students with a disability.

For more information on scholarships and to view the full range of scholarships available to you, head to the Scholarships website.

HECS scholarships for 2020

Apply to study in 2020 and receive a 100% tuition fee waiver for your first 4 units and a 50% waiver for the next four


Learning outcomes

Graduation from the Associate Degree in Applied Science can provide an entry opportunity for those who have not worked in science; accelerate progression through a graduate’s present organisation; or open up new career pathways and opportunities.

Opportunities for students specialising in aquaculture include working as technicians and managers on aquaculture farms, hatcheries and nurseries; for companies providing consultancy, advisory, sales and other services; and for government, research agencies and not-for-profit organisations involved in industry regulation.


Domestic applicants who have recently completed secondary education (in the past two years)

To be eligible for an offer, you must have:

  • An ATAR of 40 or above. This is the minimum ATAR needed for your application to be considered; or
  • Completed the Tasmanian Certificate of Education (or equivalent) with a minimum of Satisfactory Achievement (SA) in five Level 2 subjects (or higher)
Domestic applicants with higher education study

To be eligible for an offer, you must have:

  • Completed at least two units (equivalent to 25 UTAS credit points) of Bachelor level study or four units (equivalent to 50 UTAS credit points) of Associate Degree level study. If you have failed any units, your application may be subject to further review before an offer is made; or
  • Completed the UTAS Diploma of University Studies or University Preparation Program (UPP); or
  • Completed four or more units in the UTAS Diploma of University Studies or UPP with no fail results

Domestic applicants with VET / TAFE study

To be eligible for an offer, you must have:

  • Completed a Certificate III or higher in a related field of study; or
  • Completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in any field of study
Domestic applicants with work and life experience

If you have not successfully completed senior secondary, tertiary or TAFE/VET study, but have relevant work and life experience you can complete a personal competency statement. You may be eligible for an offer you have sustained employment background or work and life experiences that demonstrate a capacity to succeed in this course.

If you apply based on your previous work and life experience and your application is not successful, we will work with you to find an alternative pathway into your chosen course of study.


If your ability to access or participate in education has been affected by circumstances beyond your control, you can apply for special consideration as part of your application. We will consider a range of factors for special consideration, including economic hardship, a serious medical condition or disability.

We can only approve applications for special consideration where we are confident that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in your studies. If your application is not approved, the UTAS admissions team will work with you to find the best alternative pathway to your chosen course.

Further information

We recommend that you submit supporting documentation (e.g. certificates, qualifications, resume etc.) as part of your application. We will attempt to access certain documents on your behalf (e.g. Year 11 and 12 College results or University academic records). Otherwise, you may be contacted to provide additional documentation when your application is reviewed.


Admissions information for international applicants, including English language requirements, is available from the International Future Students site. You can also enquire online to check your eligibility.

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