Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science (Advanced) Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Honours Bachelor
Duration 4 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 354111
CRICOS 0100757

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 South Australia’s highest-ranked undergraduate Science degree*, 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:

  • agriculture
  • animal science
  • chemistry
  • ecology / environmental science
  • environmental geoscience
  • evolution and palaeobiology
  • food and nutrition
  • geology
  • geophysics
  • horticulture
  • molecular and biomedical science
  • physics
  • plant science
  • soil science
  • viticulture
  • 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.

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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.

*QILT 2017 Science and Mathematics.

  • Entry Requirements

    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.

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 354111
    2020 CSP ATAR 95.3
    2020 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

    2020 Admissions Data for school leavers
    (raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
    Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 90.35
    Median ATAR to receive an offer 97.13
    Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.95
    Selection Rank
    (ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
    Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 95.3
    Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.33
    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.
    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 2021. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2019), 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 2019). 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: 354111

    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2020
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    (A) Higher Education study
    (includes a bridging or enabling course)
    <5 N/A
    (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)
    N/A N/A
    (D) Recent secondary education:
    • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
      (regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
    24 88.9%
    • 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)
    N/A N/A
    International students <5 N/A
    All students 27 100.0%

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 0100757
    Intake February and July
    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
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced 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
    More 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) 6.4
    Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 96
    ISC & CBSE [India] 90%
    ISBE [India] 95%
    SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1520
    AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 13
    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 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
    International Qualifications None, unless applicants wish to major in Chemistry or Physics, in which the following Level 1 (first year) prerequisites apply:
    to major in Chemistry SACE Stage 2 Chemistry;
    to major in Physics SACE Stage 2 Physics, Mathematical Methods (formely Mathematical Studies) and Specialist Mathematics.

    It is possible to follow a Chemistry major without the Chemistry pre-requisite but it is dependent on a student's Level 1 University results.
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Chemistry, Mathematical Methods (formerly Mathematical Studies), Physics
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $6,814

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $41,500


    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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  • Careers

    Potential careers

    Palaeontologist, Plant Scientist, Public Health Scientist, Research and Development Manager, Toxicologist, University Lecturer, Wedding Photographer, Wildlife Conservationist, Geospatial Scientist, Atmospheric Chemist, Ecotour Operator, Environmental Manager, Flavour Chemist, Geobiologist

  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's 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 inBiochemistry, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Genetics, or Microbiology & Immunology


    Choose a major or Double Major inChemistry


    Choose a major inGeology, Geophysics or Palaeontology


    Choose a major inEvolutionary Biology, Ecology, or Ecology & Spatial Science


    Choose a major inPhysics, or Theoretical Physics


    Choose a major inSoil Science or Plant Biology

    Example Study Plan

    To qualify for the Honours degree of Bachelor of Science (Advanced) the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study with a combined total of not less than 96 units, with 24 units chosen from:

    Research areas 
    • Agricultural science
    • Animal science
    • Chemistry
    • Ecology and environmental science
    • Environmental geoscience
    • Evolution and palaeobiology
    • Food and nutrition
    • Geology
    • Geophysics
    • Horticulture
    • Molecular and biomedical science
    • Physics
    • Plant science
    • Soil science
    • Viticulture
    • Wine science
    Professional skills pathway
    • Science communication
    • Science education
    • Science innovation
    • Science policy
    • Project management
    Search for an honours project
  • Further Information

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Last updated: Monday, 3 May 2021