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Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)

Overview

Challenge and develop your critical thinking and analytical skills in this elite four-year program, and prepare yourself for a rewarding career in science research and industry.

The Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) will challenge you and develop your deep interest in science to create the foundation for a high-achieving career in scientific research and industry.

In first year you'll learn interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving and build networks with other high-achieving students and research scientists.

In years two and three of the program, you’ll develop your quantitative, computational, practical and problem-solving skills through group research projects. You'll develop specialised knowledge in your area of interest with majors including Biology, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Geographical Sciences, Geological Sciences, Mathematics and Physics. You'll be able to enhance your specialisation with a choice of 22 minors available under the program.

After developing your cutting-edge practical research skills, your final year will be dedicated to an extensive full-year independent research project.

You'll 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 research higher degree such as a PhD.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
731901
Program Code
2341
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$43504 (indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
731901
Program Code
2341
CRICOS Code
079390F
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Kick-start your research career with an extensive independent research project in your final year.
  • Graduate with skills that are in high demand in both academic and corporate sectors.
  • Embark on an excellent pathway to further studies in medicine or a research higher degree such as a PhD.

1 in Queensland for biological sciences

QS World University Rankings 2020

1 in Queensland for materials science

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Geographical Sciences

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Advanced Genetics
  • Condensed Matter Physics: Electronic Properties of Crystals
  • Advanced Organic Chemistry

See all courses in this program

See program rules [PDF]

In Semester 1, 2021, we'll be teaching courses on campus and online. Delivery modes vary for each course and may change in future semesters.

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Biochemist
  • Embryologist
  • Palaeo-environmental scientist
  • Biodiversity project officer
  • Exploration technician
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Wildlife management officer
  • Mine geologist
  • Quantitative researcher
  • Materials scientist

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$62K–$66K

compared.edu.au

Next steps after graduation

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

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); Two of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Specialist Mathematics or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C), at least one of which must be Chemistry or Physics.

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); Two of Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Specialist Mathematics or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C), at least one of which must be Chemistry or Physics.

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
39638

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2020. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

ATAR scores: See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our ATAR guarantee threshold (PDF, 193.73 KB) you could be guaranteed an offer for your preferred program.

English language requirements

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.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Advanced Science (Hons) for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest1 / 991 / 99
Median2 / 972 / 98
Lowest5 / 923 / 96

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2020:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

1111.34%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

00%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
8284.54%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
<5<5
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
00%

International students

<5<5

Total

97100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Student visas

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 (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Majors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Biology

Study life processes and the structure, function, growth, evolution and distribution of living organisms.

Explore solutions to issues in the global agriculture, health and medicine sectors, and the management of sensitive environments.

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

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Biomedical Science

Learn how to not only diagnose medical conditions, but also research better ways to treat, cure and prevent them with this major, which allows you to choose from specialised electives.

Graduates can find positions within industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or academia.

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Chemistry

Be prepared for the future of chemistry and all it entails with this forward-thinking major.

You'll learn about synthetic and polymer chemistry, computational and surface chemistry, and how they apply in our ever changing world.

This major leads to a broad range of career opportunities such as environmental, analytical and research chemists, or roles in private companies, councils, state and federal governments.

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Geographical Sciences

Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

You'll learn about physical and human geography, and how to apply geographical information science.

Graduates can find career success in a broad range of roles, including natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

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Geological Sciences

This major offers you many study options. Choose from courses about earth systems, mineral and rock analysis and practical field mapping, or more advanced courses covering geophysics, geochemistry and subsurface modelling.

As a graduate, your future lies in work like exploration for energy resources, minerals and water, environmental planning and engineering.

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Mathematics

This major offers more than 30 different courses to suit different interests and career goals.

Prerequisite courses cover essential topics, with higher-level courses covering mathematical analysis, probability bioinformatics, mathematical biology and many other subjects.

Graduates go on to research positions at universities, government agencies and private companies. There are also opportunities in banking, finance, insurance and risk management.

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Physics

Undertake this major and you can choose to concentrate on theoretical or experimental studies, such as the nature of time or the origin of the universe.

Or you may decide to apply your knowledge to practical areas and develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

The analytical and problem-solving skills you develop can take you into sectors including education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

View

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Biology

Study life processes and the structure, function, growth, evolution and distribution of living organisms.

Explore solutions to issues in the global agriculture, health and medicine sectors, and the management of sensitive environments.

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

View

Biomedical Science

Learn how to not only diagnose medical conditions, but also research better ways to treat, cure and prevent them with this major, which allows you to choose from specialised electives.

Graduates can find positions within industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or academia.

View

Chemistry

Be prepared for the future of chemistry and all it entails with this forward-thinking major.

You'll learn about synthetic and polymer chemistry, computational and surface chemistry, and how they apply in our ever changing world.

This major leads to a broad range of career opportunities such as environmental, analytical and research chemists, or roles in private companies, councils, state and federal governments.

View

Geographical Sciences

Explore the study of spatial patterns of physical and human phenomena at local, national and global scales.

You'll learn about physical and human geography, and how to apply geographical information science.

Graduates can find career success in a broad range of roles, including natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

View

Geological Sciences

This major offers you many study options. Choose from courses about earth systems, mineral and rock analysis and practical field mapping, or more advanced courses covering geophysics, geochemistry and subsurface modelling.

As a graduate, your future lies in work like exploration for energy resources, minerals and water, environmental planning and engineering.

View

Mathematics

This major offers more than 30 different courses to suit different interests and career goals.

Prerequisite courses cover essential topics, with higher-level courses covering mathematical analysis, probability bioinformatics, mathematical biology and many other subjects.

Graduates go on to research positions at universities, government agencies and private companies. There are also opportunities in banking, finance, insurance and risk management.

View

Physics

Undertake this major and you can choose to concentrate on theoretical or experimental studies, such as the nature of time or the origin of the universe.

Or you may decide to apply your knowledge to practical areas and develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

The analytical and problem-solving skills you develop can take you into sectors including education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

View

Fees and Scholarships

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $43,504

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

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

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

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) is 731901.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) is 2341.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to UQ

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

Express yourself. And your interest.

They say choosing a degree is hard, which is why we've made it easy. Register your interest in the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) and we'll send you everything you need to know about applying to UQ.