Bachelor of Science (Honours) - Enhanced Program for High Achievers

Flinders University

This four year Honours degree is specially designed to offer students of exceptional academic ability an enhanced program of studies. This course offers opportunities for students to extend their study of science, and embark upon research training and project work in every year of the course. This challenging material will provide high-achieving students with the opportunity to maximise their intellectual growth and potential. The course combines technical knowledge and practical training specific to a chosen science specialisation with research training and opportunities to join established research teams, where students will be able to work on research projects alongside research staff, and Honours and PhD students. The course will provide the strongest possible foundation for a science-based career. Graduates will be equipped not just to find their first job in their chosen field, but to explore new options in later years as science - and their own interests - change and develop. The course will provide a broad range of technical workplace skills such as problem solving, communication, critical analysis, written and oral presentation, teamwork and computing; and additionally, research skills including investigative design and project management. Students will also be challenged to consider the role of science in society.

Course Fee:

International: $131,600

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent qualifications; or mature age entry (STAT); or TAFE/VET qualifications; or higher education transfers; or completion of a foundation studies program; Prerequisites: At least three of the following SACE stage two subjects or equivalent: biology, mathematical methods, specialist mathematics, chemistry, physics, geology.


In first year students enrol in a range of subjects to prepare them for the area(s) of science in which they will specialise in later years and are provided with an introduction to research methodologies and techniques. In the second and third years students focus their studies in one or more areas by developing a tailored science program in consultation with their course coordinator. A research project driven by student choice is also undertaken at each of these year levels. In the fourth (Honours) year, each student undertakes a specialised course and an individually supervised extended research project in the area of sciences they have been specialising in presenting the results of their research in the form of a thesis and seminars.

Subjects you can Study:

Animal biology; Aquatic biology; Biodiversity and conservation; Biotechnology; Biochemistry and molecular biology; Coasts and oceans; Chemistry; Clean technology; Cognitive science; Computer science; Ecology and evolutionary biology; Environmental geology; Environmental hydrology and water resources; Environmental management; Environmental science; Forensic and analytical science; Marine bology; Mathematics; Microbiology; Nanotechnology; Ocean and climate sciences; Plant biology; Physics; Statistics; Vertebrate palaeontology

Further information:

Students can combine this degree with any other bachelor degree within the College of Science and Engineering, subject to meeting entry requirements.


The chemistry major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. The physics major is accredited by the Australian Institute of Physics.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Bedford Park No info Yes Part time
Bedford Park No info Yes Full time 4 years


Globally focused and locally engaged, Flinders University is making a difference through innovative research, excellence in teaching and learning, and exceptional student experience.

Why study with us

Flinders University is headquartered in South Australia with a footprint that extends through regional and remote Australia. Ranked in the top 2% of world universities[1], Flinders is number one in South Australia for teaching quality, student support, student–teacher ratio and undergraduate starting salary.[2]

In an era of disruptive change, Flinders University is growing its international reputation as a world leader in research, an innovator in contemporary education and a source of enterprising graduates equipped to change the world.

Unique innovation offerings are supported by the Flinders New Venture Institute, a global entrepreneurship leader[3] located at the University’s high-tech Tonsley campus, while Flinders’ Victoria Square campus provides a study space in the heart of the city. An award-winning student hub at main campus fosters interactive learning in a digitally enabled environment. Students may also complete a Doctor of Medicine through Flinders’ Northern Territory Medical Program.

Internationally, joint courses are delivered with leading universities in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia.

Flinders’ research strengths include biomedical and clinical sciences, culture, policy and society, health and human behaviour, molecular science and technology, defence, engineering, water and environment.  Its research contributions are rich and growing, with some 90 per cent ranked at or above world class[4]. 

Facilities and services

In 2020 Flinders Train Station will open, connecting Flinders’ main campus to Tonsley. The adjacent Flinders Village development has commenced, to add further research facilities and student accommodation amid shops and other amenities in a thriving urban centre.

Whether you’re enjoying the leafy surrounds of the Bedford Park campus, immersed in the CBD at Victoria Square or contemplating the industries of the future at our state-of-the-art Tonsley facility, Flinders prides itself on offering students a great on-campus experience.

There’s also the option to study online, giving you the flexibility to learn whenever and wherever you’re located.

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Admission and election

Whether you are a Year 12 student, a non-school leaver wanting to start your university studies or you want to further your university studies, we offer a range of pathways to gain admission into Flinders.

Undergraduate and postgraduate courses are offered for some 26,000 students. Flinders’ 5,400 international students come from more than 90 countries, with main campus featuring onsite accommodation for 560 students and an international pathways centre.

With our globally recognised degrees, vibrant campuses, exceptional teachers and strong industry connections, you’ll get all the support you need to build a great career.

We understand everyone has different needs at different times across their university journey. From before you apply and throughout your studies, the Flinders team is here to help with enrolment and academic advice, health and well-being support, social engagement advice and more.

Visit our website to find out more or to get in touch with one of our Prospective Student Advisors.

Study options

Whether you’re beginning your university journey, upskilling or changing careers, Flinders gives you the chance to develop practical, real-world skills geared towards a successful career. Our industry links, job placement opportunities and Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program have helped us become South Australia’s number one university for starting salary.

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[1] THE World University Rankings 2020 according to the International Association of Universities

[2] Good Universities Guide 2020

[3] UBI World Benchmark Study 2019

[4] Flinders rating 89.7%, rounded up to 90%. Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018 

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