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Bachelor of  Advanced Science (Honours)

Program code: 2341
QTAC code: 731901
CRICOS code: 079390F


St Lucia


4 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

Passionate about science? This elite program will deepen your interests and develop your critical thinking and analytical skills, laying the foundation for a high-achieving career in scientific research and industry.

  • The four-year Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) is the most popular advanced science program in Queensland. Be challenged and inspired as you study in-depth subjects and undertake extensive research alongside like-minded peers.
  • Choose a specialist area (major) in Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Geographical Sciences, Geological Sciences, Mathematics or Physics. You can also select from 26 minors to further expand your knowledge and expertise.
  • Apply your professional abilities to major practical projects, both in groups and independently. Develop confidence in problem solving through quantitative, computational and practical thinking to prepare for autonomous research.
  • Immerse yourself in a year-long, independent honours research project in your fourth year. This is like an internship for a scientist, and UQ offers the widest choice of honours research projects of any university in Queensland.

Transform your interests into a rewarding career. The Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) offers advanced-level learning to take your scientific knowledge and capabilities beyond the classroom and into practical research and development.

  • Teaching staff

    Learn from the best

    UQ is the top Australian university for research impact and engagement. Learn from scientific experts and thought leaders who will challenge your thinking and equip you to find your own scientific solutions to real-world problems.

  • Teaching spaces

    Innovative labs

    Learn how to work confidently in a range of labs and gain practical skills to help you succeed. UQ is home to more than 2200 science labs, including wet, dry and clinical labs, PC2 and PC3 labs, and a range of animal diagnostic, operating and skills training labs.

  • Professional experience

    Research engagement

    Participate in interdisciplinary seminars and network with prominent research scientists while you study. You will output work at industry level and strengthen your communication skills that will assist you in both academic and corporate sectors.

  • In the classroom

    Concurrent diplomas

    Add another dimension to your UQ experience by undertaking a concurrent diploma in languages or musical performance alongside your bachelor’s degree. Learn or progress a second language (choose from nine languages) or participate in musical ensembles.

    Find out more

Majors for this program

There are 7 majors available in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours).

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Career outcomes

You will find expanding career possibilities in diverse roles within the government, health, corporate, environmental and financial sectors, and in research organisations globally.

Advanced Science is also an excellent pathway into medicine or a higher degree by research such as a PhD.

You can apply your skills in a range of industries, including:

  • research organisations
  • government agencies
  • industrial organisations
  • universities
  • hospitals and the healthcare system
  • marine preservation authorities
  • secondary schools (with further study)
  • environmental organisations including planning and site assessment
  • operations research and logistics consultancies and corporations
  • financial enterprises.

Find out more about careers that started in science

  • Accreditation

    Pathway to a higher degree

    This program is an excellent pathway for students looking to study medicine or a higher degree by research. You will establish a strong foundation in independent research, particularly in your final project.

  • Students

    Get the most out of your studies

    Find out about compulsory or recommended courses, plan your upcoming semester and create a successful path for your degree, using the Science Study Planner.

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  • Why study
    "I chose to study at UQ because it is a top-tier university, with excellent facilities and a strong research focus. I have had so many awesome field trip opportunities around Queensland and have been able to interact with leading academics in their field, thanks to the research focus of the Bachelor of Advanced Science." Catherine Bowler, Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)
    Current student
  • Why study

    Meet Kaiyin, he studies Advanced Science


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    4 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics B; plus two of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Mathematics C or Physics, at least one of which must be Chemistry or Physics.

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours). These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.


Honours is awarded to all graduates of this program. Honours is awarded in the following classes:

  • Class I
  • Class IIA
  • Class IIB
  • Class IIIA
  • Class IIIB

Class of honours depends on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules.

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.


The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours).

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.


You will study life processes and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution and distribution. As a biologist you will play a major role in confronting the growing number of issues facing our planet in areas as diverse as agriculture, health and medicine, and management of sensitive environments.

When you select Biology as your BAdvSc(Hons) major you will specialise in one of the sub-disciplines of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Ecology, Genetics, Marine Biology, Microbiology, Plant Science or Zoology.

More information about what can be studied in the Biology Field of Study.

Biomedical Science

Did you know biomedical research receives, both nationally and internationally, around half the total research dollars available to all of science?

This underscores the relevance of biomedical science in today's society as it provides the foundation for modern healthcare and answers our questions about the human body and treatment of disease.

Your study of biomedical science will commence with a broad focus on the human body at the molecular, cellular and whole body levels. In the third year, you will choose specialised study in subject areas including physiology, pharmacology, anatomy, developmental biology, human genetics, neuroscience, human immunology and infectious diseases.

More information about what can be studied in the Biomedical Science Field of Study.


Encompassing the synthesis and study of molecules and materials, you will explore their properties and develop new ways to use them. You will understand the mechanisms of reactions and processes that occur at the molecular level and the chemical principles underpinning disciplines such as biochemistry, engineering, food science, materials science, nanotechnology and pharmacy. You may choose to focus on a particular area of chemistry such as synthetic chemistry, polymer chemistry, computational chemistry or surface chemistry.

More information about what can be studied in the Chemistry Field of Study.

Geographical Sciences

Geographical Science investigates the spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena on local, regional and global scales. It examines the patterns and processes of natural and built environments and human activity, how they change over time and how they interact. In the geographical sciences major, students are able to study courses in environmental systems and Earth system science (physical geography), human geography and spatial information science. The major will provide students with the opportunity to gain understanding of the big issues such as climate change, loss of biodiversity, scarcity of freshwater and population growth.

More information about what can be studied in the Geographical Sciences Field of Study.

Geological Sciences

You will examine the interactive systems of the solid Earth, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere as they evolve through time to ensure a sustainable supply of natural resources and the responsible use of these resources for the solution of environmental challenges. You will access a wide range of core courses in geology, chemistry, mathematics and physics, which provide a foundation for your study of fundamental geologic methods and problems, both in the laboratory and in the field. You may specialise in economic geology, mining geology, energy resources, geophysics, environmental geology, geochemistry, paleobiology, marine geology, surficial processes and landscape evolution, tectonics, and remote sensing. Field and laboratory based projects will solidify your geologic skills and provide essential training for independent research.

More information about what can be studied in the Geological Sciences Field of Study.


As one of the most enduring fields of study, mathematics is essential in an expanding number of disciplines and professions. You may choose to join those mathematicians who continue to develop new mathematics for its own sake, or you may prefer to combine your knowledge of mathematics and statistics with modelling and computational skills and use the latest computer technology to solve problems in the physical and biological sciences, engineering, information technology, economics, and business. You will access an extensive range of advanced mathematics courses to gain a deep understanding of the foundations and applications of mathematics and prepare you for research within and beyond this degree.

More information about what can be studied in the Mathematics Field of Study.


Embracing the study of the most basic natural laws, physics explains how and why things work on scales ranging from the sub-nuclear, through the everyday, and on to the entire cosmos. As a physicist you will explore and identify basic principles governing the structure and behaviour of matter, the generation and transfer of energy, and the interaction of matter and energy.

You may choose to use these principles in theoretical or experimental studies on topics such as the nature of time and the origin of the Universe; or alternatively you may apply your physics knowledge to practical areas, developing advanced materials, electronic and optical devices, and equipment for a wide range of fields such as medicine, mining, astronomy and geophysics.

As a physicist, you have career opportunities in new interdisciplinary areas such as information technology, nanotechnology, quantum technology and biophotonics. In other newly developing areas in the biosciences, an understanding of basic physical principles is one of the keys to advancing knowledge.

More information about what can be studied in the Physics Field of Study.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $43,504
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) depends on what type of applicant you are.

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Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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