Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324941
CRICOS 089705J

For free thinkers and truth seekers

Why fit yourself into a box when you could think outside it?

A liberal arts and sciences degree educates the whole human being. It explores knowledge and society. It shows what we learn from humanity’s greatest ideas, masterpieces and mistakes. What’s out there? What are the rules? Where do we fit in?

It can include philosophy, history, literature, science—all the building blocks of culture and wisdom.

What will you do?

In our Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences you’ll specialise based on your interests (see degree structure). In core studies:

  • investigate the ethics and accuracy of knowledge itself
  • debate cultural controversies and our future—censorship, aliens, artificial intelligence, genetic manipulation
  • work towards small-group discoveries and pursue large personal projects
  • explore Indigenous perspectives in Aboriginal studies
  • intern with scientific and cultural groups.

If you love to travel you can also study overseas on exchange. 

Where could it take you?

Liberal arts and science graduates can reflect and connect with the world in all kinds of ways. You might become a science journalist, interviewing thinkers in your own podcast. You could curate at a museum, write for government or end up in PR in Silicon Valley. Perhaps you’ll research and publish your own book.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324941
    2018 CSP ATAR 66.1
    2018 CSP IB 24
    Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 70
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    2018 Admissions Data for school leavers
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 86.2
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 86.2
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 86.2
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 88.8
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 88.8
    Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 88.8
    Minimum eligibility score 65
    Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
    Selection Criteria
    Recent Secondary Education You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors ).
    Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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.
    Vocational Education and Training (VET) study 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.
    Work and life experience You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2019 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2018 or 2017), 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 2017). 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.
    Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324941

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2018
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    1 25.0%
    (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study N/A N/A
    (C) Work and life experience
    (admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
    1 25.0%
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    1 25.0%
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
      (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
    N/A N/A
    International students 1 25.0%
    All students 4 100.0%

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 089705J
    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 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 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 Selection Rank (International) 70
    International Baccalaureate (IB) 25
    Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 17
    United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 25
    General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 6
    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 65
    British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 4.6
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 74
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] 70%
    SAT [US] 1120
    Abitur 3.7
    Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 2.2
    Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 7.5
    STPM or Matrikulasi 2.67
    Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 70
    The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 70
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    ANU Foundation Studies 64
    Monash Foundation Year 67.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 70
    UNSW Foundation Year 6.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 6.5
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 56
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 4.0
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 70
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines 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 Pathway Programs
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $7,475

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $37,000


    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

    • business and industry
    • education officer
    • policy
    • public relations and communications
    • science journalist.

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

    Potential careers

    STEM in Schools Professional Development Provider, Science Communicators, Science Journalist, Journalist, Land Resources and Land Care, Biodiversity Assessment, Communications Officer, Policy Adviser, Ecotourism, Education Officer / Educator, Public Relations Officer, Publicist, Environmental Consultant, Research Manager, Resource Manager, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, International Development Worker

  • Study Overseas

    A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 available opportunities visit Study Overseas.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    It is recommended that you take any global study in year 2 of your degree. If you are studying a language (at beginners’ level) as a major or minor, it is recommended you take your global study in year 3 of your degree. Contact to receive further information and advice.

    There are many universities to choose from, however specific exchanges are available for Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences students:
    > Pace University (US)
    > University of Freiburg (Germany)
    > Maastricht University (The Netherlands)
    > Osaka University (Japan)

  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Areas of Specialisation

    Students can take an optional major or minor in:

    • Anthropology
    • Art History and Visual Culture
    • Asian Studies
    • Chinese Studies
    • Classics
    • Creative Writing
    • Criminology
    • English
    • French Studies
    • Gender Studies
    • Geography, Environment and Population
    • German Studies
    • History
    • Indigenous Knowledges and Society
    • Indonesian Studies
    • International Development
    • Italian Studies
    • Japanese Studies
    • Linguistics
    • Modern Greek Studies
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Politics and International Relations
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Spanish Studies
    Course lists can be found at the Faculty of Arts.

    • Chemistry
    • Evolutionary Biology
    • Geology
    • Genetics
    • Microbiology and Immunology
    • Soil Science
    Course lists can be found at the Faculty of Sciences.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1 PHIL 1101
    Argument and
    Critical Thinking
    SCIENCE 1400
    Science or Fiction
    Arts Elective
    Level I
    Science Elective
    Level I
    ARTS 1007
    The Enquiring Mind
    ABORIG 1002
    Indigenous Scholarship
    and Interplay of
    Arts Elective
    Level I
    Science Elective
    Level I
    Year 2 ARTS 2003
    Science as a
    Social Enterprie
    Open Elective
    Level II
    Arts Elective
    Level I or II
    Science Elective
    Level I or II
    HIST 2089
    History of
    EDUC 2003
    Academic English II
    Arts Elective
    Level I or II
    Science Elective
    Level II
    Year 3 ARTS 3006
    Science and
    SCIENCE 3200
    Science III
    Arts Elective
    Level III
    Science Elective
    Level III
    ARTS 3005
    Liberal Arts and Sciences Internship
    6 units
    Arts Elective
    Level III
    Science Elective
    Level III
    Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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Last updated: Thursday, 27 Jun 2019