Bachelor of Science (Advanced)

The University of Adelaide

This program is designed for high-achieving students who wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of science, with a strong emphasis on research skill development. This program provides students with the early opportunity to participate in the academic and research culture of the scientific areas they are most interested in, while still providing the choice and flexibility of a Bachelor of Science. Students participate in program specific courses that will introduce topics on processes, communication and methods used in science research. Students will also participate in structured research activities and research seminars, normally only available to honours and postgraduate students. In addition, a semester long research placement and lab attachments will provide breadth of experience. These activities will allow associations with academic staff in major research areas, providing early access to research laboratories/projects that can be further developed for an Honours year and postgraduate study (Masters or PhD).

Entry Requirements:

No prerequisites unless applicants wish to major in Chemistry or Physics, in which case the following apply: SACE Stage 2 Chemistry or Physics, Maths Studies and Specialist Maths


Students 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.

Subjects you can Study:

Biochemistry; Botany; Chemistry; Ecology; Ecology and spatial science; Experimental and theoretical physics; Genetics; Geology; Geophysics and applied geology; Microbiology and immunology; Physics; Soil science; Zoology

Study Pathways:

Graduates are prepared for a range of further study options, including honours and higher degrees by research in their chosen science discipline or graduate studies in areas such as dietetics and nutrition, medicine, chiropractics, physiotherapy, pharmacy and teaching.

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Completion of relevant major qualifies for membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute and Australian Institute of Physics.

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Terrace 84.2 Yes Part time
North Terrace 84.2 Yes Full time 3 years
Waite No info No Part time
Waite No info No Full time 3 years

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* QS World University Rankings By Subject, 2019. ^ Excellence in Research for Australia, 2018. † London Economics, 2018. 
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