Bachelor of Science (Advanced) Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324651
CRICOS 072659E
If you’re a high-achieving student who wants to develop your knowledge of science with a strong emphasis on research, then this is the degree for you.

The Bachelor of Science (Advanced) lets you experience the academic and research culture of the scientific areas you are most interested in, while still providing the choice and flexibility of a Bachelor of Science.

You design your own degree from a broad range of study options, choosing areas of interest to you.

You’ll also take part in structured research activities and seminars normally only available to Honours and postgraduate students.

The degree offers lab attachments and a semester-long research placement, to give you a real breadth of experience. This links you with academic staff in major research areas, giving you early access to research laboratories and projects that can be further developed for an Honours year and postgraduate study (Masters or PhD).

  • Entry Requirements

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    Domestic applicants

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324651
    2018 CSP ATAR 95.15
    2018 CSP IB 37
    2018 Guaranteed Entry Score 95
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team
    Selection Criteria
    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)).
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2; Chemistry, Physics and Mathematical Methods (if studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies)
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Year 12 applicants must obtain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 95 or higher (or equivalent)

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent university study. 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.
    • 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
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324651

    International applicants

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    Admissions information

    CRICOS 072659E
    Intake February and July. Not all disciplines have July entry.
    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) 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) 6.4
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 96
    ISC & CBSE [India] 90%
    ISBE [India] 95%
    SAT [US] 1520
    Abitur 1.6
    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 81
    Monash Foundation Year 82.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 86
    UNSW Foundation Year 8.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 8.0
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 77
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 6.0
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 88
    Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Phillipines 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
    International Qualifications There are no prerequisites for this program unless you wish to major in Chemistry or Physics, in which case prerequisites are required that include Chemistry, Math Studies, Physics and Specialist Maths.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,225

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $36,500


    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

    The Bachelor of Science (Advanced) is designed to give you the best chance of becoming a professional scientist. As such, there’s a strong emphasis on advanced research training.

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

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Industry Placement

    You’re encouraged to undertake internships and training and overseas study placements to gain a deeper understanding of professional research.

    Due to the flexible nature of this degree, there’s an enormous choice of opportunities which you can tailored to your study and career interests.

    Your third year practical work experience takes place in an active research laboratory.

    Potential careers

    Land Resources and Land Care, Aerospace Scientist, Laser and Photonics Scientist / Engineer, Air-Traffic Controller, Analytical Chemist, Life Scientist, Animal Behaviourist, Aquaculture, Marine Biologist, Astrophysicist, Medical Physicist, Medical Scientist, Meteorologist, Biochemist, Mineral Exploration, Bioinformatics, Ministerial Adviser, Biomedical Scientist, Molecular Biology, Biophysicist, Biotechnology, Biotechnology Engineer, ...

  • 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 Study Overseas opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    The Faculty of Sciences recommends students who want to undertake an exchange in an overseas university plan to go in Semester 2 of Level 2 and/or Semester 1 of Level 3. To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.
  • Degree Structure


    Like the Bachelor of Science, students in the BSc (Advanced) design their own degree from a broad range of study options and have flexibility to select areas of specific interest. In first year, students enrol in a combination of courses that prepare them to follow pathways through to major study areas. In third year, students choose at least one area of science in which to specialise and undertake a research placement. Exposure to research culture will be explored through the BSc (Advanced) specific courses Principles and Practice of Research (Advanced) II and Principle and Practice of Research (Advanced) III.

    To remain in this highly competitive program, students must maintain a high Grade Point Average (GPA) throughout their candidature. Similarly, students who attain a predetermined GPA will automatically be eligible for a place in the BSc (Hons) program upon completion of the BSc (Advanced).

    Study Plan
    Level 1
    Core course: SCIENCE 1300 Principles & Practice of Research (Advanced) I
    Non core courses chosen from a range of science offerings that complement a student's interests and build towards two science majors listed below.

    Level 2
    Core course: SCIENCE 2300 Principles and Practice of Research (Advanced) II;
    Non core courses chosen from a range of science offerings and that maintain study in the area of two science majors listed below.

    Level 3
    Core course: SCIENCE 3100 Principles and Practice of Research (Advanced) III
    Non core courses chosen from a range of science offerings that complete the study required to achieve at least one science major as listed below.

    Science Majors

    • Biochemistry
    • Evolutionary Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Ecology
    • Geology
    • Genetics
    • Geophysics & Applied Geology
    • Microbiology & Immunology
    • Palaeontology
    • Physics
    • Theoretical Physics
    • Soil Science

    Dependant on your chosen major, some of the many careers available to graduates include:

    Analytical Chemist
    Cancer Researcher
    Environmental Scientist
    Food Scientist
    Food Technologist
    Marine Biologist
    Mineral Exploration Scientist
    Natural Resource Manager
    Oil and Gas Analyst
    Plant Breeder
    Research & Development Officer
    Science Teacher
    Scientific Journalist
    Scientific Researcher

    In the BSc (Advanced) there is a strong emphasis on advanced research training to give students the best chance of becoming a professional scientist. Science students learn a number of transferable skills that are also in demand in a wide range of careers. These skills include analytical methods, critical thinking and problem solving, laboratory and field techniques, information technology and literacy skills, teamwork, initiative and the ability to communicate and cooperate with people from a range of backgrounds and expertise.

    Graduates of the BSc (Advanced) are also well prepared for a range of further study options. These include honours and higher degrees by research in their chosen science discipline or graduate studies in areas such as nutrition, medicine, chiropractic, physiotherapy, pharmacy and teaching.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Areas of Specialisation


    Majors: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology & Immunology

    Biomedical Science involves the biomedical aspects of biology,and focuses on understanding both the normal functions and diseases of the human body. Emphasis is placed on the interface between modern biomedical knowledge and experimental approaches.  Students are taught by world-class biomedical researchers and experienced educators. Graduates gain employment in medical or research laboratories, hospitals, private industries, the pharmaceutical industry, sports clinics, the biotechnology industry, forensic science, food science and nutrition, cardiac technology, rehabilitation, chiropractic and teaching.


    Major or Double Major: Chemistry

    Chemical Sciences involves the study of the structure, physical and chemical properties and reactions of elements and compounds. Students learn how to apply this knowledge to develop new and useful chemicals such as plastics, fuels and pharmaceuticals, for use in manufacture, medicine and the environment.  A wide range of professional careers may be sought by graduates including environmental monitoring and control, mining, forensic science, nanotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, medical and agricultural laboratories, manufacturing, food technology, the chemical industry, research and teaching.


    Majors: Geology, Geophysics/Applied Geology

    Earth Sciences involves the study of how our planet is built, how it works, its turbulent 4.5 billion year history and how its precious resources can be located and used. It also investigates how the fragile landscape and often hazardous natural events must be studied and understood to allow them to be adequately managed.  Earth Science is one of the most diverse of the sciences covering everything from meteorites to dinosaurs and from gold deposits to volcanoes. Graduates may seek a wide range of professional careers in areas including resource management, environmental geology, mineral exploration, organic geochemistry, seismology, geomorphology, palaeontology, industry and fundamental research.


    Majors: Evolutionary Biology, Ecology, Ecology/Spatial Science

    Evolutionary Biology and Ecology allows students to investigate the diversity of life on earth and the relationships between organisms and their environments.  Students will learn about plants and animals, their ecology, conservation and management, physiology and evolution, including those in terrestrial, freshwater and marine systems. Fieldwork and the study of South Australian ecosystems are important components of many later year courses. Exciting careers exist in environmental consultancy, environmental monitoring and management, marine science, aquaculture, community education, ecotourism, wildlife parks, catchment management, research and teaching.

    Fieldwork and the study of South Australian ecosystems are important components of many later year courses.  Spatial Science allows students to assess, map and monitor the Australian landscapes using the latest technology in geographical information systems, remote sensing, and spatial modelling.


    Majors: Experimental &Theoretical Physics, Physics, Theoretical Physics

    Physics provides an understanding of the structure of matter and the nature of the universe. You will develop a detailed knowledge of areas which can include astrophysics, atmospheric and environmental physics, computational physics, optics and lasers, photonics and nuclear/particle physics. Mathematical and computer science courses are often taken along with physics.  Employment opportunities exist for graduates in electronics, optics and laser industries, scientific computing, telecommunications, space and astronomy programs, forensic science, defence, health and environmental industries, medical physics or in research.


    Major: Soil Science

    Soil Science  explores the biological, chemical and physical properties of soils in Australian landscapes and uses the latest technology in geographical information systems, remote sensing, and spatial modelling to monitor distributions of landscape properties.  Graduates are keenly sought after by a wide range of government agencies, regional bodies, private enterprise and universities in the fields of oil surveying, environmental planning, soil conservation, environmental impact assessment, environmental engineering, land assessment and mapping, research and biodiversity survey and assessment.

    Example Study Plan

    Current students: to download a copy of your study plan - majors (areas of study), please use the following link: Study Plan - Majors

    Level I

    Core course

    • SCIENCE 1300 Principles & Practice of Research (Advanced) I

    Courses to the value of at least 12 units chosen from:

    *Only one of BIOLOGY 1101 Biology I: Molecules, Genes & Cells and BIOLOGY 1401 Concepts in Biology I may be presented towards the B.Sc (Advanced)

    #Only one of BIOLOGY 1201 Biology I: Human Perspectives and BIOLOGY 1202 Biology I: Organisms may be presented towards the B.Sc (Advanced).

    If required, passes in additional approved level I science course to the value of 3 units.

    • ENV BIOL 1002 Ecological Issues
    • PHYSICS 1002 Astronomy I
    • STATS 1000 Statistical Practice I
    • STATS 1004 Statistical Practice (Life Sciences) I
      courses selected in accordance with Academic Program Rules 2.1b, and of the Bachelor of Science

    Level II

    Core Course

    Courses to the value of 12 units chosen from:

    If required, passes in additional level II courses chosen in accordance with Academic Program Rules 2.1b, and of the Bachelor of Science.

    Level III

    Core Courses

    • SCIENCE 3100 Principles and Practice of Research (Advanced) III   

    A major in a Science discipline chosen from:



    Chemistry - Double Major

    • CHEM 3111 Chemistry III
      and 9 units from:
    • CHEM 3211 Heterocyclic Chemistry & Molecular Devices III
    • CHEM 3212 Materials Chemistry III
    • CHEM 3213 Advanced Synthetic Methods III
    • CHEM 3214 Medicinal & Biological Chemistry III
    • CHEM 3560 Molecular Structure Determination III (6 units)


    Ecology & Spatial Science - Double Major

    Evolutionary Biology


    Geophysics &Applied Geology

    Geology & Geophysics and Applied Geology - Double Major


    • GENETICS 3111 Genes, Genomes & Molecular Evolution III
    • GENETICS 3520 Genetic Expression & Human and Developmental Genetics (Theory) III

    Microbiology &Immunology


    Experimental & Theoretical Physics - Double Major

    Theoretical Physics

    Soil Science


    Additional level III courses (which may include a major) chosen in accordance with Academic Program Rules, 2.1d, and of the Bachelor of Science.



    Varies according to chosen major but may include assignments, practicals, field reports and exams.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Aug 2018