Bachelor of Science (Advanced)

Be a visionary

Love scientific enquiry and research? Aspire to be outstanding in your field? The Bachelor of Science (Advanced) is a distinctive vocational degree for high-achieving students who want to excel in their chosen career.

What will you do?

Our advanced degree challenges you to take your scientific training and research skills to the next level. You will:

  • learn to drive scientific breakthroughs as you join a research-rich institution at the cutting edge of discovery
  • dive straight into life as a researcher with early access to real-world research opportunities usually reserved for honours or postgraduate students
  • link with academic mentors and staff in pioneering research areas, allowing you to establish networks before you graduate
  • build a breadth of experience through lab placements and a semester-long research project
  • work on further projects that can be developed for an honours year and postgraduate study (Masters or PhD).

You’ll design your own degree from a broad range of scientific Majors:

    You can also undertake a double major in:

    Where could it take you?

    You’ll graduate with enhanced research and project management skills for further study or leadership roles in your chosen specialisation. You could solve global ecology challenges or win the Nobel Prize as a quantum physicist. You might spearhead an entirely new career in space entrepreneurship, genomic editing, or stem cell engineering. Perhaps you’ll communicate science as an educator, politician, or legislator. Whatever you choose, you’ll be prepared to lead the world.

    • 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.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324651
    2021 CSP ATAR 95.2
    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 90.65
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 95.7
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.75
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 95.2
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.3
    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 To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, 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: 324651

    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)
    9 22.5%
    (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)
    <5 N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    22 55.0%
    • Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
      (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
    N/A N/A
    • 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 12.5%
    International students <5 N/A
    All students 40 100.0%

    Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,055

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.


    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.


    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 and intellectual breadth
    2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
    7. Digital capabilities
    8. 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

    Merchant Banker, Atmospheric Chemist, Palaeontologist, Plant Scientist, Public Health Scientist, Ecotour Operator, Research and Development Manager, Environmental Manager, Flavour Chemist, Geobiologist, Geospatial Scientist, Toxicologist, Hedge Fund Manager, Wildlife Conservationist, Land Resources and Land Care, Aerospace Scientist, Laser and Photonics Scientist / Engineer, Air-Traffic Controller, Analytical Chemist, Life Scientist, Animal Behaviourist, Aquaculture, ...

    Degree Structure

    The BSc (Advanced) has a strong emphasis on advanced research training to give students the best chance of becoming a professional scientist.

    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.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Areas of Specialisation


    Majors: Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, 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 and Palaeontology

    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: Physics and 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 and Plant Biology

    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


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

    Graduate Career Stories

    "My studies have allowed me to understand why a problem exists and then problem solve through research for a solution."

    Aniket Kulkarni

    Bachelor of Science (Advanced)

    Faculty of Sciences

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    Last updated: Monday, 29 Nov 2021