Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science (Advanced)

Be a visionary science leader

Like the Bachelor of Science (Honours), our direct-entry Bachelor of Science (Advanced)(Honours) is ideal if you haven’t yet chosen an area of science to specialise in, but—once you have—want to follow that path well beyond step one.

The program again builds on our Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and lets you explore your scientific curiosity before specialising. But at every stage, you’ll be challenged by even greater academic demands. Ultimately, you’ll emerge as a clear future leader in your field.

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 (Advanced) for choices).

During this time you’ll enjoy the same fantastic opportunities offered to all Bachelor of Science (Advanced) students. That includes developing advanced research skills, making 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:

  • agriculture
  • animal science
  • chemistry
  • ecology / environmental science
  • environmental geoscience
  • evolution and palaeobiology
  • food and nutrition
  • geology
  • geophysics
  • horticulture
  • molecular and biomedical science
  • physics
  • plant science
  • soil science
  • viticulture
  • 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.

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Where could it take you?

Depending on your study choices, you could emerge well-prepared for senior and leadership roles in a specific scientific discipline or as a science generalist, in the public or private sector. Or perhaps you’ll aim higher still and go on to master’s-level research. Wherever you want to go, you’ll be perfectly placed.

  • Ranked 104 in world and No.1 in South Australia for science
  • Five star rating for student support in science*
  • Early access to honours level research opportunities

^QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021
*Good Universities Guide, 2021

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, 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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Admissions information

SATAC Code 354111
2021 CSP ATAR 95.9
2021 CSP IB 37
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 95
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 37
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 85
Median ATAR to receive an offer 95.78
Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.85
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 95.9
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 98.75
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95
Minimum eligibility score 90
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only
Selection Criteria
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.
Prerequisites None, however Stage 2 Chemistry, Mathematical Methods, Physics or Specialist Mathematics are prerequisites for some first year courses.
Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2; Chemistry, Physics and Mathematical Methods
Additional Entry Requirements
Year 12 applicants must obtain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 95 or higher (or equivalent)
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.
Work and life experience You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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 Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 354111

Student Profile
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2021
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)
(D) Recent secondary education:
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
    (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
19 90.5%
  • 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)
<5 N/A
International students N/A N/A
All students 21 100.0%

Fees and Scholarships

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Potential careers

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Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

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Bachelor of Science (Advanced)( Honours) [Direct Entry]

Areas of Specialisation


Choose a major inBiochemistry, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Genetics, or Microbiology & Immunology


Choose a major or Double Major inChemistry


Choose a major inGeology, Geophysics or Palaeontology


Choose a major inEvolutionary Biology, Ecology, or Ecology & Spatial Science


Choose a major inPhysics, or Theoretical Physics


Choose a major inSoil Science or Plant Biology

Example Study Plan

To qualify for the Honours degree of Bachelor of Science (Advanced) the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study with a combined total of not less than 96 units, with 24 units chosen from:

Research areas 
  • Agricultural science
  • Animal science
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology and environmental science
  • Environmental geoscience
  • Evolution and palaeobiology
  • Food and nutrition
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Horticulture
  • Molecular and biomedical science
  • Physics
  • Plant science
  • Soil science
  • Viticulture
  • Wine science
Professional skills pathway
  • Science communication
  • Science education
  • Science innovation
  • Science policy
  • Project management
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Biomedical Sciences is an enlightening degree that opens a wide variety of research opportunities. I want to pursue a career in microbiology and Immunology in diagnostics and infectious disease treatment.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021