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:
- 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 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.
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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.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|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|
(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|
|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|
|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)
|(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:|
|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||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Secondary School Qualifications||Selection Rank (International)||95|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||37|
|Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)||23|
|United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia]||5|
|General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level||13|
|Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)||90%|
|British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada)||90%|
|Alberta High School Diploma (Canada)||96|
|ISC & CBSE [India]||90%|
|SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||1520|
|AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||13|
|Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education||3.7|
|Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong||9.5|
|STPM or Matrikulasi||3.55|
|Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate||88|
|The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program||88|
|Eynesbury Foundation Program||430|
|ANU Foundation Studies||93%|
|Monash Foundation Year||85|
|Trinity College Foundation Studies Program||86|
|UNSW Foundation Year||9|
|University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program||8.0|
|Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP)||75|
|University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program||6.0|
|Non-Go8 Foundation Score||88|
|SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate)||Not accepted|
|Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination)||Not accepted|
|KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)||A|
|Australian Year 12||None, however Stage 2 Chemistry, Mathematical Methods, Physics or Specialist Mathematics are prerequisites for some first year courses.|
|International Qualifications||There are no prerequisites unless applicants wish to major in Chemistry or Physics, in which case the following Level I (first year) prerequisites apply:
Students must maintain a GPA of 5.0 in each semester or else be transferred to the Bachelor of Science (Honours).
|Assumed Knowledge||SACE Stage 2 Chemistry, Mathematical Methods (formerly Mathematical Studies), Physics or equivalent.|
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees||
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $43,000|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
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Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Bachelor of Science (Advanced)( Honours) [Direct Entry]
Areas of Specialisation
Choose a major in: Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Genetics, or Microbiology & Immunology
Choose a major or Double Major in: Chemistry
Choose a major in: Geology, Geophysics or Palaeontology
EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY
Choose a major in: Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, or Ecology & Spatial Science
Choose a major in: Physics, or Theoretical Physics
SOIL SCIENCE AND PLANT BIOLOGY
Choose a major in: Soil Science or Plant Biology
Example Study Plan
- 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
- Science communication
- Science education
- Science innovation
- Science policy
- Project management
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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021