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Bachelor of Applied Biology

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 4 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324851

CRICOS 083985M

The Bachelor of Applied Biology at the University of Adelaide offers a unique combination of theoretical learning and professional practice in the discipline of applied biology. The program focuses on both biological knowledge and in the multitude of ways in which biology contributes to employment and productivity.

Offering a unique student experience, the program includes the opportunity for a full semester of overseas study at a University of Adelaide priority partner institution and a semester of placement within a relevant industry, government or research organisation.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 324851
    2016 CSP ATAR 70.45
    2016 CSP IB 24
    2016 Adelaide Approved Score 75
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Mid-year entry Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324851

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 083985M
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6 Reading 5.5 Listening 5.5 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 60 Reading 8 Listening 8 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 50 Reading 42 Listening 42 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 169 Reading 162 Listening 162 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Secondary School Qualifications International ATAR 75
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 11
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 20
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 7
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 70
    ISC & CBSE [India] 70%
    ISBE [India] 80%
    SAT [US] 1200
    Abitur 3.4
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.5
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.78
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 74
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 360
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Admissions Information - Academic Requirements
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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,800

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates of the program can expect to find employment in many organisations and industries in which biological knowledge and practices are used, including:

    • research institutes and laboratories
    • biotechnology companies
    • agricultural and environmental organisations
    • food and beverage technology
    • government and regulatory offices
    • intellectual property management.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    This degree includes 10 weeks, or 375 hours, of professional work experience.

    In fourth year, you’ll be offered a “capstone placement”, a flipped placement where industry leaders work alongside students within the university, developing solutions to real world problems.

    Potential careers

    Medical Scientist, Environmental Scientist

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    The Faculty of Sciences recommends students who want to undertake an exchange in an overseas university plan to go in Level 2 of Semester 2. To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area please consult your Program Coordinator or click Global Experiences.
  • Degree Structure

    In their first year, students undertake core courses in the areas of biology and chemistry, plus courses designed to develop their research skills. In the second and third year of study, students begin to specialise.

    Depending on course choice, students can complete a major program of study in plant product development, biochemistry, genetics, or microbiology and immunology. In addition to this strong theoretical grounding, a feature of the third year of study is a semester-long industry or research placement.

    Students wishing to pursue higher degree study will be able to enrol into the honours component of the Applied Biology degree, during which they will complete a research project in their final year. For students not taking the option of honours, a capstone experience will be undertaken during which industry personnel will work alongside students within the University, developing solutions to real world problems.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Level1*S1 BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes and Cells
    BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology I
    CHEM 1100 Chemistry IA
    CHEM 1101 Foundations of Chemistry IA
    CHEM 1310 Chemistry IA(S)
    ABORIG 1001 Indigenous People, Country and Protocols
    MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM [Semester 1 only]
    MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA
    STATS 1004 Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences)
    S2 BIOLOGY 1201 Biology I: Human Perspectives
    BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms
    CHEM 1200 Chemistry IB
    CHEM 1201 Foundations of Chemistry IB
    CHEM 1311 Chemistry IB(S)
    SCIENCE 1101WT Principles and Practice of Science for Applied Biology Approved Elective 1 x3 units
    Core Course
    APP BIOL 2500WT Research Skills for Applied Biology II
    Core Courses
    APP BIOL 3530WT Research Practice for Applied Biology APP BIOL 3500WT Professional Practice for Applied Biology III

    Level4 Core Courses APP BIOL 3540WT Applied Biology Capstone (9 units)
    APP BIOL 3510WT Applied Biology Industry Placement III (12 units) 
    APP BIOL 3520WT Applied Biology Research Placement III (12 units)
    One major chosen from:
    Plant Product Development
    AGRIC 2500WT Animal and Plant Biochemistry II
    ANIML SC 2501WT Genes and Inheritance II
    BIOCHEM 2500 Biochemistry II: Molecular and Cell Biology
    BIOCHEM 2501 Biochemistry II: Metabolism
    GENETICS 2510 Genetics IIA
    GENETICS 2520 Genetics IIB
    Microbiology & Immunology
    MICRO 2500 Microbiology II
    MICRO 2501 Immunology & Virology II
    Level3 Major Plant Product Development
    PLANT SC 3500WT Biotechnology in the Food & Wine Industries  III
    PLANT SC 3515WT Plant Biotechnology III
    PLANT SC 3530WT Plant Production and Global Climate Change III
    FOOD SC 3550WT Brewing Technology & Beer Production III
    BIOCHEM 3000 Molecular and Structural Biology III
    BIOCHEM 3001 Cancer, Stem Cells & Developmental Biology III
    GENETICS 3111 Genes, Genomes & Molecular Evolution III
    GENETICS 3211 Genetic Expression & Human and Developmental Genetics III
    Microbiology & Immunology
    MICRO 3000 Infection and Immunity IIIA
    MICRO 3001 Infection and Immunity IIIB
    Courses to the value of 15 units may be taken from the following:

    APP BIOL 2512WT Study Abroad in Applied Biology II (12 units)
    PLANT SC 2510WT Foundations of Plant Science (3 units)


    Approved Electives to the value of 15 units
    Level3 & Level4** Electives Approved Electives
    *Note: Course to the value of 24 units at each Level I and II
    **Note: A total of 48 units at Level III and IV (combined)


    Modes of assessment include assignments, practicals and exams.
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Last updated: Thursday, 17 Aug 2017