Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science
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If you haven’t yet chosen an area of science to specialise in, but are sure that—once you have—you’ll want to follow that path as far as it can take you, this degree’s for you.
Our direct-entry Bachelor of Science (Honours) builds on South Australia’s highest-ranked undergraduate Science degree*. You’ll thoroughly explore your scientific curiosity before specialising, then go on to gain next-level capability and an employability edge.
What will you do?
Your first year is all about discovery. You’ll investigate a number of scientific fields, before choosing a major to focus on in years two and three (see Bachelor of Science for choices).
During this time you’ll enjoy the same fantastic opportunities offered to all Bachelor of Science students. That includes developing real-world connections through internships, and potentially gaining global experience with international study. In your honours year, you’ll then advance along either a disciplinary research or professional skills pathway.
The disciplinary research path is the most research-intensive. Working with a specific researcher or research group, you’ll undertake a major research project, together with advanced coursework, in one of the following study areas:
- animal science
- ecology / environmental science
- environmental geoscience
- evolution and palaeobiology
- food and nutrition
- molecular and biomedical science
- plant science
- soil science
- wine science.
The less research-intensive professional skills path will expand your scientific knowledge and skills more broadly. You’ll undertake a major industry or community-related project, along with advanced general coursework, in your choice of:
- science communication
- science education
- science innovation
- science policy
- project management.
Where could it take you?
Depending on your study choices, you could emerge well-prepared for a high-level career in a specific scientific discipline. You might provide society with critical big-picture insights as a science generalist. Or perhaps you’ll aim higher still and go on to master’s-level research. Wherever you want to go, you’ll be well placed.
*QILT 2017 Science and Mathematics.
For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.
For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
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I am a:
SATAC Code 354101 2020 CSP ATAR 74.55 2020 CSP IB 27 Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75 Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 26 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students team
2020 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 68.45 Median ATAR to receive an offer 79.4 Highest ATAR to receive an offer 94.2 Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 74.55 Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 85.3 Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 94.55 Minimum eligibility score 65 Additional criteria considered Selection rank only Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. 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). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Work and life experience You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2021. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2019), 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 2019). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Other Entry PathwaysSATAC Code: 354101
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2020 Number of students Percentage of all students (A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/A (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)
N/A N/A (D) Recent secondary education:
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
- Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
- 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 N/A N/A All students 9 100.0%
CRICOS 0100756 Intake February and July
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 Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 C1 Advanced 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 RequirementsMore Information
International Qualifications None, unless applicants wish to major in Chemistry or Physics, in which the following Level 1 (first year) prerequisites apply:
* to major in Chemistry SACE Stage 2 Chemistry;
* to major in Physics SACE Stage 2 Physics, Mathematical Methods (formely Mathematical Studies) and Specialist Mathematics.
It is possible to follow a Chemistry major without the Chemistry pre-requisite but it is dependent on a student's Level 1 University results
Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Chemistry, Mathematical Methods (formerly Mathematical Studies), Physics
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
Fees and Scholarships
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I am a:
Indicative annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $7,206
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $41,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Atmospheric Chemist, Palaeontologist, Plant Scientist, Public Health Scientist, Ecotour Operator, Research and Development Manager, Environmental Manager, Flavour Chemist, Geobiologist, Geospatial Scientist, Toxicologist, University Lecturer, Wildlife Conservationist
Example Study PlanTo qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study with a combined total of not less than 96 units, with 24 units chosen from:
- Agricultural science
- Animal science
- Ecology and environmental science
- Environmental geoscience
- Evolution and palaeobiology
- Food and nutrition
- Molecular and biomedical science
- Plant science
- Soil science
- Wine science
Professional skills pathway
- Science communication
- Science education
- Science innovation
- Science policy
- Project management
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Last updated: Saturday, 21 Nov 2020