Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science Mid-Year Entry
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If you haven’t yet chosen an area of science to specialise in, but are sure that—once you have—you’ll want to follow that path as far as it can take you, this degree’s for you.
Our direct-entry Bachelor of Science (Honours) builds on South Australia’s highest-ranked undergraduate Science degree*. You’ll thoroughly explore your scientific curiosity before specialising, then go on to gain next-level capability and an employability edge.
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 for choices).
During this time you’ll enjoy the same fantastic opportunities offered to all Bachelor of Science students. That includes developing 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 a high-level career in a specific scientific discipline. You might provide society with critical big-picture insights as a science generalist. Or perhaps you’ll aim higher still and go on to master’s-level research. Wherever you want to go, you’ll be well placed.
*QILT 2017 Science and Mathematics.
For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.
For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, 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||67.3|
|2021 CSP IB||27|
|Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR||75|
|Guaranteed Entry Score - IB||26|
|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||64.65|
|Median ATAR to receive an offer||81.9|
|Highest ATAR to receive an offer||87|
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
|Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer||67.3|
|Median Selection Rank to receive an offer||88.1|
|Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer||93.55|
|Minimum eligibility score||65|
|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.|
|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.|
|Vocational Education and Training (VET) study||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. 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/or July (subject to availability)|
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)||80|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||29|
|Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)||19|
|United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia]||15|
|General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level||9|
|Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)||75%|
|British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada)||75%|
|Alberta High School Diploma (Canada)||82|
|ISC & CBSE [India]||75%|
|SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||1270|
|AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||9|
|Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education||2.7|
|Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong||8.0|
|STPM or Matrikulasi||3.00|
|Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate||77|
|The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program||77|
|Eynesbury Foundation Program||380|
|ANU Foundation Studies||74%|
|Monash Foundation Year||72|
|Trinity College Foundation Studies Program||75|
|UNSW Foundation Year||7.3|
|University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program||6.9|
|Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP)||59|
|University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program||4.6|
|Non-Go8 Foundation Score||77|
|SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate)||80|
|Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination)||70%|
|KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)||B+|
|Tertiary Qualifications||Graduate entry only|
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.
Atmospheric Chemist, Palaeontologist, Plant Scientist, Public Health Scientist, Ecotour Operator, Research and Development Manager, Environmental Manager, Flavour Chemist, Geobiologist, Geospatial Scientist, Toxicologist, University Lecturer, Wildlife Conservationist
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
Professional skills pathway
- Science communication
- Science education
- Science innovation
- Science policy
- Project management
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"Biomedical Sciences is a challenging and enlightening degree that opens us to a wide variety of research opportunities. I'm naturally a curious person and I realised that research was the way to go. I eventually want to pursue a career in the field of microbiology and Immunology which include hands-on experience in diagnostics and infectious disease treatment."
Sanuri LiyanageBachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)
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Last updated: Saturday, 22 May 2021