Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code 324941 2018 CSP ATAR 66.1 2018 CSP IB 24 2018 Guaranteed Entry Score 70 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students team 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 Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors (such as bonus points)).
Alternative entry pathways
SATAC Code: 324941
- Higher Education applicants
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.
- 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 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 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.
- Without formal qualifications?
You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
- Other Entry Pathways
CRICOS 089705J 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 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) 24 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
- Higher Education applicants
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place: $7,475
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
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.
- business and industry
- education officer
- 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.
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
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 Study Overseas opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
Study Abroad and ExchangeIt 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 email@example.com 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)
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Areas of SpecialisationStudents can take an optional major or minor in:
- Art History and Visual Culture
- Asian Studies
- Chinese Studies
- Creative Writing
- French Studies
- Gender Studies
- Geography, Environment and Population
- German Studies
- Indigenous Knowledges and Society
- Indonesian Studies
- International Development
- Italian Studies
- Japanese Studies
- Modern Greek Studies
- Politics and International Relations
- Spanish Studies
- Evolutionary Biology
- Microbiology and Immunology
- Soil Science
Example Study Plan
Indicative study plan Year 1 PHIL 1101
Science or Fiction
The Enquiring Mind
and Interplay of
Year 2 ARTS 2003
Science as a
Level I or II
Level I or II
Academic English II
Level I or II
Year 3 ARTS 3006
Liberal Arts and Sciences Internship
Current students, please see the Study Plan Templates
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Last updated: Thursday, 10 Jan 2019