Science is the understanding of the physical universe (from sub-atomic particles and microbes through to the planet's environment and the origin of the universe itself), and human interactions with it. Just as important is the scientific process by which this understanding is gained. In turn, Science is the foundation of the modern technologies that enhance the quality of lives and provide ever more sophisticated means of applying the scientific process. In addition, Science is crucial in control of disease, biotechnology, new sustainable energy sources, information technology, and management of precious natural resources.

Entry Requirements:

Australian Year 12 studies or equivalent tertiary or overseas qualifications. Trainee Officers must be selected by the Australian Defence Force.


Pass degree made up of at least 144 units of credit. Students must select two Science discipline areas in which they will major. Each major consists of courses totalling 48 units of credit, with at least 36 units of credit from level 2 and 3 courses and with at least 18 units of credit at level 3.

Subjects you can Study:

Anatomy; Archaeology; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Bioinformatics; Biological Science; Biotechnology; Chemistry; Climate Science; Food Science and Technology; Genetics; Geography; Geology; Marine Science; Materials Science; Mathematics; Microbiology and Immunology; Neuroscience; Oceanography; Pathology; Pharmacology; Physics; Physiology; Psychology; Statistics; Vision Sciencepar

Study Pathways:

Honours is available.

Further information:

In addition to lodging a UAC application, Trainee Officers must complete a Defence Force Recruiting (DFR) process. Applicants must apply to DFR via or by telephone 13 19 01.

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Canberra No info No Full time 3 years
UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is a campus of UNSW Australia, located in Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory.

Working at the intersection of a leading university and a military academy, UNSW excels in teaching undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral research students across arts, business, engineering, IT and science.

Undergraduate programs are tailored to educate trainee officers and midshipmen in the Australian Defence Force.

Undergraduate engineering programs, along with post graduate and doctoral research programs, are open to the general community as well as Defence personnel.

Provider CRICOS: 00100G

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