Associate Degree in Applied Science
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Two years full-time or part-time equivalent


Online and face-to-face (workshops, tutorials)


Cradle Coast campus
Newnham campus
Sandy Bay campus


Term 1 (February 2020) and Term 3 (July 2020)

NEW! HECS scholarships available in 2020

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

Why study applied science?

Love science but looking for a less textbook way to explore the subject? Eager to make your mark on emerging foodie trends? Our Associate Degree in Applied Science - Fermentation Science and Separation Processes Specialisation (Z2J) is the program for you.

Times are changing. Many traditional job roles are being left by the wayside as demand increases for entirely new kinds of skillsets. This course offers you the opportunity to learn about some of Tasmania’s most up-and-coming, innovative industries within the food and beverage sector (beer, cider, wine, whiskey, gin, cheese and other fermented foods) and premium bio-industries (seaweed-based fertilisers, poppies, biodiesel and much more).

This practical course is designed to help you get your head around the basics first by studying core subjects, such as applied maths, quality management, sustainability and technology and innovation. Later, you can specialise in areas like microbiology, applied chemistry and applied biology – whatever path suits your career aspirations best.

Your hands-on learning experience will also involve access to industry guest speakers, industry visits, projects, case studies and internships. The result? Exposure to real-world problems and a deep understanding of how to apply key applied science theory and skills in the workplace.

Submit a free, no-obligation application and kickstart your fermentation science career today.

Science Skills for Success

“These associate degrees are not only important for those wanting to enter the industry but highly relevant for those in the industry looking to upskill.” 

- Tim Jones, Head Cider Maker at Willie Smith's Apple Shed.

Program structure

The Fermentation Science and Separation Processes specialisation is structured over two years full-time (or equivalent part-time), based on four teaching terms of 10 weeks. These teaching terms align with the Tasmanian school terms.

The first year of the course acts as a foundation year, while the second year of the course provides you with the skills to apply your new science knowledge to a range of situations.

After the successful completion of year 1 of the Associate Degree, students who choose to exit the course will be awarded with a diploma qualification.

Each of the discipline subjects has an accompanying Practice and Portfolio subject. These subjects introduce the concept of learning through practice, and will expose you to authentic and engaging learning experiences designed to develop your understanding of work and the workplace.

Students that apply for this course will be enrolled in the following first year discipline subjects:


Extend your study into a Bachelor degree

By completing the Associate Degree in Applied Science (Z2J) you may receive some credit towards a bachelor degree at the University of Tasmania.  The amount of credit received will be subject to the University’s discretion.

Please see the Articulation/ Credit webpage for more information.

Career Options

2020 indicative costs

As a domestic student, you are eligible to receive a Commonwealth supported place at University and thus your course costs can be fully deferred (no payment required up front). See this website for details.

New Science and Technology HECS scholarship!

The first four units you study as part of the Associate Degree in Applied Science will receive a 100% HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme) scholarship. This means the entire cost of the first four units of your degree is covered by a scholarship. Your next four units will receive a 50% HECS scholarship.

Overall, this means you will receive a 75% HECS scholarship (the equivalent of a tuition fee waiver) for the first year of your degree.

*** Note this offer is only available for domestic students commencing study in 2020. Please contact our team for further information 1800 788 244 or

Need help applying?

If you would like one-on-one assistance with your University College application, please phone 1800 788 244 during business hours.

We also have more information on our Need help applying page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an Associate Degree shorter than a Bachelor degree?

Yes. Bachelor degrees traditionally have a duration of three of more years, while an Associate Degree can take as little as two years when studied full time.

What makes University College Associate Degrees different to traditional university courses?

Our University College Associate Degrees have been uniquely designed to place equal emphasis on theory and practice. This is done by offering both discipline specific subjects and hands-on learning subjects (Practice and Portfolio) throughout your Associate Degree. By doing so, you graduate job ready with a firm understanding of how to apply the theory you have learnt.

Rather than studying during traditional university semester teaching periods, our Associate Degrees are studied over 40 weeks per year (10 weeks per term), aligning with the Tasmanian school terms.

The new Associate Degrees are a formal qualification in their own right, offering pathways to new career opportunities or upskilling in a current career. These Associate Degrees also offer formal articulation pathways into specified bachelor degrees should you wish to continue studying.

Who is likely to study an Associate Degree?

Our Associate Degrees are likely to appeal to a wide range of people, including:

  • School leavers who achieve a TCE (or ATAR) but who are not eligible/prepared/interested in studying a bachelor degree;
  • students who want to gain skills and knowledge to start a career;
  • students interested in learning about innovation and future jobs;
  • students with industry/professional experience who would like to gain some academic credentials; and
  • non-school leaver and mature-age students seeking academic credentials and career advancement.
Where do Associate Degree students study?

Our Associate Degrees are offered via a combination of face-to-face (workshops, tutorials etc.) and online study. The online component of our Associate Degrees are offered on each of the University of Tasmania campuses at Newnham, Sandy Bay and Cradle Coast.

Do I need to sit exams?

Not in the first year, as our assessments are built into the course content throughout the term. If you choose to undertake the articulation into a bachelor pathway in year 2 of you Associate Degree, you may be required to sit some exams, dependant on the units you are studying. Students who do not undertake this pathway will not sit exams.

What if I don’t want to continue studying after the first year?

If you successfully complete the first year of your Associate Degree and decide you no longer wish to study, you can graduate out of the course with a Diploma qualification.

What kind of hands-on learning experience will I have?

Throughout your Associate Degree you will be exposed to a range of hands-on learning experiences such as live case studies, real-world business examples, industry speakers, job-focused programs, industry workshops, projects and internships.

Will I receive credit towards a Bachelor degree?

By successfully completing one of our Associate Degree courses, you may be eligible to receive credit towards a relevant Bachelor degree offered by the University of Tasmania. Some of our Associate Degrees have specific credit pathways into a Bachelor degree, where you can receive up to 2 years full credit towards a specified Bachelor degree. For those Associate Degrees that do not have a specified credit pathway, or if you are wanting to receive credit into a different Bachelor degree than the one specified, you may receive some credit, subject to the College’s discretion.


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