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Bachelor of Science

Overview

Develop your interdisciplinary scientific knowledge and key practical skills with this flexible program, which gives you the freedom to find or follow your scientific passion to pursue your career goals.

Explore and challenge your scientific thinking in this popular program, which offers one of the broadest selections of science disciplines in Australia. There's a choice of 22 specialist areas (majors), enabling you to develop your interdisciplinary scientific knowledge and practical skills, while pursuing studies that suit your interests and ambitions, with the freedom to mix and match course combinations. 

You'll learn how to work confidently in a range of labs, including wet, dry and clinical labs, PC2 and PC3 labs, and animal diagnostic, operating and skills training labs.

Selected majors offer fieldwork opportunities in locations such as the Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, national parks and outback Queensland. Plus you'll have the chance to gain relevant, real-world experience through employability and work-integrated learning such as internships, industry placements, research projects, and international study.

The Bachelor of Science is a widely respected and globally recognised qualification. You'll graduate with highly developed knowledge in your specialist area, superior technical abilities, and advanced independent thinking and communication skills.

Location
Herston, St Lucia
Duration
3 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
731001
Program Code
2030
AQF
Level 7
Location
Herston, St Lucia
Fees
A$44736 (indicative per year)
Duration
3 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
731001
Program Code
2030
CRICOS Code
001961J
AQF
Level 7

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Discover the perfect balance, with a defined sequence of study and flexible course options.
  • Choose from 22 majors that allow you to study an extensive range of courses, supported by innovative research.
  • Select and create exciting course combinations from science and non-science disciplines in your first year.
  • Improve your employment prospects and broaden your skills and knowledge by combining your Bachelor of Science degree with one of 13 other UQ programs, including Law, Education, Arts, Engineering or Business Management.

1 in Australia for food science and technology

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020

1 in Australia for environmental sciences

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

How you'll learn

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Online study
  • 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:

  • Theory & Practice in Science
  • Analysis of Scientific Data
  • Genes, Cells and Evolution
  • Global Challenges in Biology
  • General, Organic & Biological Chemistry
  • Calculus & Linear Algebra I
  • Cells to Organisms

Dual programs

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:

  • Research officer
  • Food chemist
  • Bioinformatician
  • Data scientist
  • Marine biologist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Materials scientist
  • Agronomist
  • Conservation officer
  • Environment and resource manager

Graduate salary

Science and mathematics (undergraduate)

$62K–$66K

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Graduate salary

Agriculture & environmental studies (undergraduate)

$53K–$57K

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Next steps after graduation

When you graduate, you'll be in high demand by employers for your advanced technical, communication, independent thinking and problem-solving skills.

Depending on your major, you'll have the pick of a broad range of career possibilities in areas, including but not limited to:

  • academia and research
  • government
  • industry
  • environment
  • hospitals and health
  • marine preservation
  • secondary school teaching (with further study)
  • environmental planning and site assessment
  • operations research and logistics
  • finance
  • animal health, welfare, nutrition and management (if you choose the Animal and Veterinary Bioscience major at UQ Gatton).

Alternatively, you can further your research ambitions by applying for the 12-month Bachelor of Science (Honours) program.

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); and one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C); and one of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science or Physics (Units 3 & 4, C).

Entry score threshold

OPRankIB
107928

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.

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 Science for Semester 1, 2020

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest1 / 991 / 99
Median7 / 877 / 88
Lowest12 / 7510 / 79

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

6516.93%

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

92.34%

(C) Work and life experience

51.3%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of OP
15039.06%
  • Admitted where OP and additional criteria were considered
7720.05%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP was not a factor
92.34%

International students

6917.97%

Total

384100%

"<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 Science 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:

Archaeological Science

Study Archaeological Science and expand your knowledge of geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology.

Apply your expertise to examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning.

This includes participating in lab and field-based research projects to gain experience in surveying, excavation and scientific analysis.

Future work includes positions in museums, consultancies, government departments, cultural centres, law enforcement, educational and research institutions.

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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Explore and understand the chemical basis of life and its relevance to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, structured tutorials and specialised seminars.

Career paths lead to some the most exciting and challenging roles in science and medicine, from laboratories, hospitals or government agencies to specific positions in research.

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Bioinformatics

More industries are embracing genetic technologies. Study Bioinformatics and help shape the way we manage our health and environment.

Gain specialised knowledge in statistics, data management, computer programming, genomics, and molecular biology.

You’ll apply your scientific expertise and technical skills to translate complex biological data into meaningful information. Your insights may lead to new innovations or discoveries.

Majoring in Bioinformatics will kick start your career as a bioinformatician, clinical data manager, geneticist, research scientist or biomedical computer scientist.

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Biomedical Science

Examine the complex relationship between mind, body and disease to treat, cure and prevent disease.

Study molecular biology, genetics, physiology, anatomy and immunology. Apply your knowledge in laboratories where medical breakthroughs are taking place.

You’ll put theory into practice and work alongside researchers and healthcare professionals to conduct medical research or test the effectiveness of treatments.

Upon completion of your program, you can choose to continue into a research-based honours program or find employment within the healthcare industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or universities.

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Biophysics (Dual Major)

Biophysics sits at the crossroads of biology, physics and chemistry.

As a student in this major, you'll study core courses that cover areas like physics, chemistry, neuroscience, physiology, biochemistry and structural biology.

Graduates gain interdisciplinary training, which means you can adapt to a variety of working environments, from universities and research centres to industry and government.

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Chemical Sciences (Dual Major)

Immerse yourself in the incredible world of chemical science, which exploits the strong connections between chemistry and the biological sciences, materials sciences and nano-science.

As a graduate, you can find careers in pharmaceutical and medical research, biotechnology, materials manufacturing or research and development.

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Chemistry

Chemistry is a vital science which underpins modern medicine, technology and our environment.

You’ll study the fundamentals of general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry and gain the practical skills to work in a range of different labs.

Apply your knowledge to a specialised field such as nanotechnology, computational chemistry, spectroscopy, or to develop medicines or consumer products.

This major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Society.

A background in Chemistry will lead to a diverse range of career opportunities. These include roles as a chemist, materials scientist, laboratory manager, biochemist, toxicologist, research scientist, quality-assurance manager, environmental scientist, pharmaceutical sales representative or scientific journalist.

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Computational Sc and Biochem & Molecular Biol (Dual Major)

Explore the overlapping fields of biochemistry and molecular biology in a dual major that will teach you how to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and much more.

Careers in this field contribute to medicine, the environment, agriculture and industry, providing a thorough understanding of the molecular events that control growth and development of all living things.

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Computational Science and Biomedical Science (Dual Major)

Make your contribution to improving world health with this challenging yet rewarding dual major.

As part of your study, you'll learn why and how processing large amounts of data and creating accurate models is essential to understanding human health and disease.

A major in Biomedical Science is an established pathway for graduate entry to the Doctor of Medicine and other health programs. Combined with computational modelling, you can forge a career in diagnostic or research laboratories; biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies, research institutes and government departments.

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Computational Science and Chemistry (Dual Major)

Like to use powerful supercomputers to better understand and predict the structures and reactivities of molecules?

In this dual major, you'll learn how to perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve real challenges in the chemical sciences.

This dual major can lead to careers in government or advisory organisations, research and/or inventor where you will apply your theoretical expertise and innovation to complex problems and the creation of new technologies.

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Computational Science and Computer Science (Dual Major)

Discover and learn more with this dual major that provides insights into the science of computers, as well as science with computers.

You'll also examine areas including software, information systems and management, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction.

Career paths lead to roles within the health and scientific industries, retail industries, government sectors.

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Computational Science and Ecology (Dual Major)

How does the biosphere respond to the effects of human activity?

With this dual major you can create computer programs to better help environmental management, and develop new skills to solve major problems in ecology.

Career paths can lead to roles in computational modeling in a range of industries such as government, private sector, environmental impact assessment consultancies or postgraduate study.

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Computational Science and Genetics (Dual Major)

Be involved in just some of the processes leading to exciting discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology.

You could also contribute to solving significant challenges in genetics.

Combined with computational modelling graduates can find work in industries ranging from ecology and genome research, diagnostic or research laboratories to medicine and agriculture.

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Computational Science and Geographical Sciences (Dual Major)

Learn how to plan for sustainable futures in both natural and built environments with this compelling dual major.

You'll cover climate change and its major effects, such as water scarcity and the planet's loss of biodiversity.

This dual major sees graduates in high demand for roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation, ecotourism, planning the delivery of human services, environmental consultancy, environmental monitoring and pollution control, teaching and research, meteorology and Geographic Information Systems.

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Computational Science and Geological Sciences (Dual Major)

There are many aspects to this dual major.

They include understanding how advanced modelling techniques can ensure the responsible use of natural resources, and how quantitative analysis of scientific problems with computers can solve geological issues.

Career paths can lead to analysing and simulating data in resource and engineering companies, as international contractors, or in government or research agencies as geoscientists, hydrologists, geophysicists, or environmental planners.

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Computational Science and Marine Science (Dual Major)

UQ has the largest marine research facilities of any Australian tertiary institution.

This dual major lets you combine the exploration and understanding of unique marine environments with learning state-of-the-art technologies.

Graduates can seek job opportunities in engineering and consulting companies, fishing and aquaculture industries, food technology, marine parks, ecotourism, marine resource development, marine science institutes, museums, oil companies, pharmacology, teaching, universities and wildlife conservation.

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Computational Science and Mathematics (Dual Major)

Imagine if you could predict the behaviour of financial markets, or simulate the origins of our universe?

Anything's possible as you learn how to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, and perform quantitative analysis of scientific challenges using computers.

This dual major leads to a broad range of career opportunities in operational research or financial mathematics in banking, finance, insurance and risk management, and in industries such as environmental, physical and biomedical sciences, engineering, defence, teaching, research, animation, or transport and logistics.

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Computational Science and Microbiology (Dual Major)

Microbiology continues to pose big questions for science, with many answers now found by being able to analyse large amounts of data.

In this dual major, you'll learn how sophisticated computers can help explain the almost invisible world of microscopic living organisms.

Graduates typically work in universities, biotechnology companies, and agricultural, medical and veterinary institutes, the food and beverage industry, hospitals or government agencies.

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Computational Science and Physics (Dual Major)

Make your contribution to the fields of nanotechnology, quantum technology and bio-photonics by undertaking this dual major.

The skills you learn and develop could provide new insights into a range of physics problems.

Career paths can lead to roles within education, finance, engineering, computing, government research and management, science communication, the health and medical sector.

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Computational Science and Plant Science (Dual Major)

The study of plant science contributes to areas of major importance, including sustainable food, global warming and alternative fuels.

With this dual major, the natural world meets computer power to unearth new scientific solutions.

You will be in demand by employers such as universities, government departments, research institutes, laboratories, seed companies, mining companies, nurseries, landscape designers and environmental consultants.

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Computational Science and Psychology (Dual Major)

Can computers understand how the brain creates and retrieves memories?

Learn about developing realistic mathematical models and simulations using computers which can provide answers to a broad range of questions in psychology.

A combination of computational science and psychology studies provides a competitive edge in professions such as human resources, mental health, counselling and corrective services.

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Computational Science and Statistics (Dual Major)

Learn from history to shape the future.

This dual major teaches how statistics can help us better understand and deal with chance and uncertainty through the design, collection, analysis and interpretation of numerical information.

You will be in high demand in business, industry and government, working in quality control, and product development and improvement. There are also excellent employment opportunities in many scientific, medical, environmental, defence and agricultural agencies.

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Computational Science and Zoology (Dual Major)

Climate change could affect animal evolution and diversity.

Take more than a stand on the issue by taking on this dual major and developing skills which address and provide answers to world problems in zoology.

Graduates can seek roles in laboratories, government, national parks, museums, zoos and conservation authorities, with medical laboratories and in education institutions.

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Computer Science

Computer Science encompasses everything from the design of hardware through to the development of algorithms and programming languages.

Gain technical skills in programming to create or optimise programs, systems or applications which are used across multiple devices.

Programming skills are essential for information management, data analysis, predictive modelling, cyber security, artificial intelligence, gaming, e-commerce or communications.

These transferable skills apply to many industries including health, science, technology, business and government.

You’ll be equipped for roles such as a web, gaming or app developer, software engineer, information security specialist, data analyst, or computer systems expert.

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Ecology

Broaden your understanding of how organisms interact with each other and their environments.

Study behavioural and physiological ecology, conservation, landscape and evolutionary ecology.

You’ll gain real-world experience in solving ecological problems by conducting fieldwork in a range of rainforest, outback and marine environments.

Ecological knowledge is vital for solving the environmental challenges our society is facing today. Employment demand has risen strongly over the past five years with roles available in government departments and agencies, private industry or environmental organisations.

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Food Science and Nutrition (Dual Major)

Take a scientific approach to the study of food and its consumption. You'll study all aspects of the food system, from farming, processing and distribution; to how food is selected, consumed and affects our health.

Food is one of largest industries in the world and offers a diverse range of career opportunities in the fields of nutrition, food science and technology, education, research and development.

To gain accreditation as a dietitian, you’ll need to continue into a Master of Dietetics upon completion of your Bachelor of Science (Food Science and Nutrition) program.

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Food Science and Technology

Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

We integrate theory with practice. You’ll learn about the scientific composition of foods and the chemical reactions that take place during processing.

Study key aspects in the development of food products. Develop your expertise in food preservation, processing operations, quality assurance and consumer product testing.

Apply your knowledge and build your industry connections during your work placements at leading food manufacturing organisations.

You'll be prepared to work in areas such as product development, quality assurance and food safety, food microbiology, research and development, food standards and policy or sales and marketing.

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Genetics

Genetics is transforming the way we investigate diseases, develop medical treatments, protect endangered species and create food security.

You’ll advance your knowledge in genetic structure, genetic interaction and the genetic basis of traits.

We expand your critical thinking and teach you to analyse complex biological data using the latest genetic technologies. You’ll learn to translate genetic information into meaningful insights that may lead to new discoveries.

Career paths for geneticists are some of the broadest available, ranging from ecology to research, medicine and agriculture.

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Geographical Sciences

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

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical-thinking and teach you how to apply GIS to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues faced in today’s modern world.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

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Geological Sciences

Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographical information science (GIS) software are used for field mapping, data analysis, and data modeling.

Study mineral and rock analysis, economic geology, mining geology, energy resources, environmental geology, marine geology, palaeobiology or geochemistry. You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, and specialised seminars.

You’ll be equipped to kick-start your career in the mining sector, natural resource management, and exploration for energy resources or environmental planning with engineering companies.

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Marine Biology (Extended Major)

Apply key principles from ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to examine marine life and investigate their biological relationship to their natural environments.

Led by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions. Gain extensive field work experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

Learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based ecological and environmental strategies to protect and sustainably manage vital marine organisms and ecosystems across the globe.

You’ll be job-ready for broad range of opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.

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Marine Science

Develop and apply expertise in Marine Science to solve complex challenges facing our oceans.

Dive into the scientific study of coastal processes, ecology, fisheries, marine geology, and marine conservation.

Led by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

You’ll learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based environmental and conservation strategies to protect vital coastal habitats and marine ecosystems across the globe.

Demand for highly skilled marine scientists is on the rise. You’ll find opportunities in various fields, including teaching, fisheries laboratories, marine parks, planning and management, museums and universities.

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Mathematics

Choose from more than 30 different courses in mathematics and statistics to suit your interests and career goals.

We challenge and expand your problem solving, logical thinking and conceptual ability. You'll gain quantitative and analytical skills, along with a foundation of calculus, linear algebra, probability, discrete mathematics, mathematical analysis and modelling.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical experience, structured tutorials and specialised lectures.

Our comprehensive mathematical training equips you for a broad range of opportunities in banking, finance, insurance, business, engineering, science, information technology and risk management.

Studying mathematics also gives you a strong foundation to continue into a higher research degree and excel in research positions within universities, government agencies and private companies.

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Microbiology

Examine the genetic and biological traits of microbes such as bacteria, viruses and fungi.

You’ll learn how microbiology is applied in environmental, agricultural and industrial settings to prevent and treat infectious diseases.

Develop your understanding of immune recognition, vaccine design, microbial biotechnology and parasitology.

Studying Microbiology can lead to challenging and rewarding career opportunities within universities and biotechnology companies, medical and veterinary institutes, along with roles in forensics, biosecurity and quarantine.

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Physics

Deepen your understanding of how and why things work. Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll study the laws of physics and explore how these principles are applied in our everyday life – from understanding the nature of time to developing new technologies.

Combine your scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understanding theories relating to quantum mechanics, biophotonics, astronomy or astrophysics.

Or apply your knowledge to develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

Your high-level technical, analytical and problem-solving skills will lead you to a wide range of rewarding opportunities in sectors such as education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

Alternatively, continue into a higher-research degree to kick-start your career in research to uncover new scientific knowledge or apply your findings to develop new devices, products or processes.

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Plant Science

Help to solve two of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

You’ll learn and apply the science behind breeding high-yielding, pest-resistant crops to help farmers increase their productivity.

Study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology. Apply your scientific knowledge to use plant-based sources to develop biofuels, medicines or healthier food products.

Studying plant science can lead to rewarding career opportunities as a researcher, consultant or teacher with multinational companies, universities or government departments.

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Psychology

Enjoy the variety of study in this large discipline that covers topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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Public Health

Make a positive difference to people's lives by learning how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health within communities.

Studying public health can lead to a variety of roles within public and global health, health research or public health policy.

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Statistics

Apply the tools of modern statistics to inform data-driven decision making and solve real-world problems.

Uses include improving medical treatments through data-driven experimental design, or using meteorological and spatial data to assess drought conditions in local communities.

We combine theory with practical experience to expand your critical thinking, enhance your analytical capabilities and develop your technical skills.

Learn and apply statistical techniques to analyse and interpret complex data, and transform it into meaningful insights.

Statisticians and data analysts are in high demand across business, industry, research and government to forecast, analyse and solve a variety of complex issues.

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Zoology

Learn how animals relate and interact with their physical and biological environments.

You’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

Expand your knowledge of climate change biology, wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental physiology, marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, terrestrial ecology, molecular ecology and mathematical applications in biology.

Combine your study of animals with biostatistics, ecology, evolution, genetics and insect science and gain practical experience through field courses offered in the Australian outback, rainforests, Stradbroke Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Zoology offers a large number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to biomedical research with medical laboratories and education institutions.

Alternatively, kick-start your career in research by progressing into a higher-research degree.

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Majors

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

Archaeological Science

Study Archaeological Science and expand your knowledge of geography, earth sciences, biology and psychology.

Apply your expertise to examine key developments in human evolution, civilisation and our relationship with the world around us.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through a combination of theory-based and practical learning.

This includes participating in lab and field-based research projects to gain experience in surveying, excavation and scientific analysis.

Future work includes positions in museums, consultancies, government departments, cultural centres, law enforcement, educational and research institutions.

View

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Explore and understand the chemical basis of life and its relevance to research and development in areas like medicine, proteomics, genomics, bioinformatics, biotechnology and genetic engineering.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, structured tutorials and specialised seminars.

Career paths lead to some the most exciting and challenging roles in science and medicine, from laboratories, hospitals or government agencies to specific positions in research.

View

Bioinformatics

More industries are embracing genetic technologies. Study Bioinformatics and help shape the way we manage our health and environment.

Gain specialised knowledge in statistics, data management, computer programming, genomics, and molecular biology.

You’ll apply your scientific expertise and technical skills to translate complex biological data into meaningful information. Your insights may lead to new innovations or discoveries.

Majoring in Bioinformatics will kick start your career as a bioinformatician, clinical data manager, geneticist, research scientist or biomedical computer scientist.

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Biomedical Science

Examine the complex relationship between mind, body and disease to treat, cure and prevent disease.

Study molecular biology, genetics, physiology, anatomy and immunology. Apply your knowledge in laboratories where medical breakthroughs are taking place.

You’ll put theory into practice and work alongside researchers and healthcare professionals to conduct medical research or test the effectiveness of treatments.

Upon completion of your program, you can choose to continue into a research-based honours program or find employment within the healthcare industry, government, not-for-profit organisations or universities.

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Biophysics (Dual Major)

Biophysics sits at the crossroads of biology, physics and chemistry.

As a student in this major, you'll study core courses that cover areas like physics, chemistry, neuroscience, physiology, biochemistry and structural biology.

Graduates gain interdisciplinary training, which means you can adapt to a variety of working environments, from universities and research centres to industry and government.

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Chemical Sciences (Dual Major)

Immerse yourself in the incredible world of chemical science, which exploits the strong connections between chemistry and the biological sciences, materials sciences and nano-science.

As a graduate, you can find careers in pharmaceutical and medical research, biotechnology, materials manufacturing or research and development.

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Chemistry

Chemistry is a vital science which underpins modern medicine, technology and our environment.

You’ll study the fundamentals of general, physical, organic and inorganic chemistry and gain the practical skills to work in a range of different labs.

Apply your knowledge to a specialised field such as nanotechnology, computational chemistry, spectroscopy, or to develop medicines or consumer products.

This major is accredited by the Royal Australian Chemical Society.

A background in Chemistry will lead to a diverse range of career opportunities. These include roles as a chemist, materials scientist, laboratory manager, biochemist, toxicologist, research scientist, quality-assurance manager, environmental scientist, pharmaceutical sales representative or scientific journalist.

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Computational Sc and Biochem & Molecular Biol (Dual Major)

Explore the overlapping fields of biochemistry and molecular biology in a dual major that will teach you how to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and much more.

Careers in this field contribute to medicine, the environment, agriculture and industry, providing a thorough understanding of the molecular events that control growth and development of all living things.

View

Computational Science and Biomedical Science (Dual Major)

Make your contribution to improving world health with this challenging yet rewarding dual major.

As part of your study, you'll learn why and how processing large amounts of data and creating accurate models is essential to understanding human health and disease.

A major in Biomedical Science is an established pathway for graduate entry to the Doctor of Medicine and other health programs. Combined with computational modelling, you can forge a career in diagnostic or research laboratories; biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies, research institutes and government departments.

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Computational Science and Chemistry (Dual Major)

Like to use powerful supercomputers to better understand and predict the structures and reactivities of molecules?

In this dual major, you'll learn how to perform quantitative analysis of scientific problems using computers, and develop skills to solve real challenges in the chemical sciences.

This dual major can lead to careers in government or advisory organisations, research and/or inventor where you will apply your theoretical expertise and innovation to complex problems and the creation of new technologies.

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Computational Science and Computer Science (Dual Major)

Discover and learn more with this dual major that provides insights into the science of computers, as well as science with computers.

You'll also examine areas including software, information systems and management, artificial intelligence and human-computer interaction.

Career paths lead to roles within the health and scientific industries, retail industries, government sectors.

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Computational Science and Ecology (Dual Major)

How does the biosphere respond to the effects of human activity?

With this dual major you can create computer programs to better help environmental management, and develop new skills to solve major problems in ecology.

Career paths can lead to roles in computational modeling in a range of industries such as government, private sector, environmental impact assessment consultancies or postgraduate study.

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Computational Science and Genetics (Dual Major)

Be involved in just some of the processes leading to exciting discoveries in areas as diverse as human medicine, agriculture, conservation biology and biotechnology.

You could also contribute to solving significant challenges in genetics.

Combined with computational modelling graduates can find work in industries ranging from ecology and genome research, diagnostic or research laboratories to medicine and agriculture.

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Computational Science and Geographical Sciences (Dual Major)

Learn how to plan for sustainable futures in both natural and built environments with this compelling dual major.

You'll cover climate change and its major effects, such as water scarcity and the planet's loss of biodiversity.

This dual major sees graduates in high demand for roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation, ecotourism, planning the delivery of human services, environmental consultancy, environmental monitoring and pollution control, teaching and research, meteorology and Geographic Information Systems.

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Computational Science and Geological Sciences (Dual Major)

There are many aspects to this dual major.

They include understanding how advanced modelling techniques can ensure the responsible use of natural resources, and how quantitative analysis of scientific problems with computers can solve geological issues.

Career paths can lead to analysing and simulating data in resource and engineering companies, as international contractors, or in government or research agencies as geoscientists, hydrologists, geophysicists, or environmental planners.

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Computational Science and Marine Science (Dual Major)

UQ has the largest marine research facilities of any Australian tertiary institution.

This dual major lets you combine the exploration and understanding of unique marine environments with learning state-of-the-art technologies.

Graduates can seek job opportunities in engineering and consulting companies, fishing and aquaculture industries, food technology, marine parks, ecotourism, marine resource development, marine science institutes, museums, oil companies, pharmacology, teaching, universities and wildlife conservation.

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Computational Science and Mathematics (Dual Major)

Imagine if you could predict the behaviour of financial markets, or simulate the origins of our universe?

Anything's possible as you learn how to construct realistic mathematical models and simulations, and perform quantitative analysis of scientific challenges using computers.

This dual major leads to a broad range of career opportunities in operational research or financial mathematics in banking, finance, insurance and risk management, and in industries such as environmental, physical and biomedical sciences, engineering, defence, teaching, research, animation, or transport and logistics.

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Computational Science and Microbiology (Dual Major)

Microbiology continues to pose big questions for science, with many answers now found by being able to analyse large amounts of data.

In this dual major, you'll learn how sophisticated computers can help explain the almost invisible world of microscopic living organisms.

Graduates typically work in universities, biotechnology companies, and agricultural, medical and veterinary institutes, the food and beverage industry, hospitals or government agencies.

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Computational Science and Physics (Dual Major)

Make your contribution to the fields of nanotechnology, quantum technology and bio-photonics by undertaking this dual major.

The skills you learn and develop could provide new insights into a range of physics problems.

Career paths can lead to roles within education, finance, engineering, computing, government research and management, science communication, the health and medical sector.

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Computational Science and Plant Science (Dual Major)

The study of plant science contributes to areas of major importance, including sustainable food, global warming and alternative fuels.

With this dual major, the natural world meets computer power to unearth new scientific solutions.

You will be in demand by employers such as universities, government departments, research institutes, laboratories, seed companies, mining companies, nurseries, landscape designers and environmental consultants.

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Computational Science and Psychology (Dual Major)

Can computers understand how the brain creates and retrieves memories?

Learn about developing realistic mathematical models and simulations using computers which can provide answers to a broad range of questions in psychology.

A combination of computational science and psychology studies provides a competitive edge in professions such as human resources, mental health, counselling and corrective services.

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Computational Science and Statistics (Dual Major)

Learn from history to shape the future.

This dual major teaches how statistics can help us better understand and deal with chance and uncertainty through the design, collection, analysis and interpretation of numerical information.

You will be in high demand in business, industry and government, working in quality control, and product development and improvement. There are also excellent employment opportunities in many scientific, medical, environmental, defence and agricultural agencies.

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Computational Science and Zoology (Dual Major)

Climate change could affect animal evolution and diversity.

Take more than a stand on the issue by taking on this dual major and developing skills which address and provide answers to world problems in zoology.

Graduates can seek roles in laboratories, government, national parks, museums, zoos and conservation authorities, with medical laboratories and in education institutions.

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Computer Science

Computer Science encompasses everything from the design of hardware through to the development of algorithms and programming languages.

Gain technical skills in programming to create or optimise programs, systems or applications which are used across multiple devices.

Programming skills are essential for information management, data analysis, predictive modelling, cyber security, artificial intelligence, gaming, e-commerce or communications.

These transferable skills apply to many industries including health, science, technology, business and government.

You’ll be equipped for roles such as a web, gaming or app developer, software engineer, information security specialist, data analyst, or computer systems expert.

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Ecology

Broaden your understanding of how organisms interact with each other and their environments.

Study behavioural and physiological ecology, conservation, landscape and evolutionary ecology.

You’ll gain real-world experience in solving ecological problems by conducting fieldwork in a range of rainforest, outback and marine environments.

Ecological knowledge is vital for solving the environmental challenges our society is facing today. Employment demand has risen strongly over the past five years with roles available in government departments and agencies, private industry or environmental organisations.

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Food Science and Nutrition (Dual Major)

Take a scientific approach to the study of food and its consumption. You'll study all aspects of the food system, from farming, processing and distribution; to how food is selected, consumed and affects our health.

Food is one of largest industries in the world and offers a diverse range of career opportunities in the fields of nutrition, food science and technology, education, research and development.

To gain accreditation as a dietitian, you’ll need to continue into a Master of Dietetics upon completion of your Bachelor of Science (Food Science and Nutrition) program.

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Food Science and Technology

Follow your passion for food to create a rewarding career in one of Australia’s largest industries.

We integrate theory with practice. You’ll learn about the scientific composition of foods and the chemical reactions that take place during processing.

Study key aspects in the development of food products. Develop your expertise in food preservation, processing operations, quality assurance and consumer product testing.

Apply your knowledge and build your industry connections during your work placements at leading food manufacturing organisations.

You'll be prepared to work in areas such as product development, quality assurance and food safety, food microbiology, research and development, food standards and policy or sales and marketing.

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Genetics

Genetics is transforming the way we investigate diseases, develop medical treatments, protect endangered species and create food security.

You’ll advance your knowledge in genetic structure, genetic interaction and the genetic basis of traits.

We expand your critical thinking and teach you to analyse complex biological data using the latest genetic technologies. You’ll learn to translate genetic information into meaningful insights that may lead to new discoveries.

Career paths for geneticists are some of the broadest available, ranging from ecology to research, medicine and agriculture.

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Geographical Sciences

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

Blending theory with real-world experience, you’ll learn to apply geographical information science (GIS) software and remote-sensing technologies for data analysis, data modelling and developing map visualisations.

We broaden your critical-thinking and teach you how to apply GIS to solve key environmental, societal or planning issues faced in today’s modern world.

You’ll be equipped to pursue a broad range of career opportunities, including roles in natural resource management, national parks and wildlife conservation.

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Geological Sciences

Learn scientific techniques to sustainably manage the Earth’s minerals, energy sources or natural resources.

You’ll learn how remote-sensing technologies and geographical information science (GIS) software are used for field mapping, data analysis, and data modeling.

Study mineral and rock analysis, economic geology, mining geology, energy resources, environmental geology, marine geology, palaeobiology or geochemistry. You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical laboratory experience, fieldwork, and specialised seminars.

You’ll be equipped to kick-start your career in the mining sector, natural resource management, and exploration for energy resources or environmental planning with engineering companies.

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Marine Biology (Extended Major)

Apply key principles from ecology, zoology, botany and genetics to examine marine life and investigate their biological relationship to their natural environments.

Led by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll be exposed to a variety of marine habitats and environmental conditions. Gain extensive field work experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

Learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based ecological and environmental strategies to protect and sustainably manage vital marine organisms and ecosystems across the globe.

You’ll be job-ready for broad range of opportunities within research and education, aquaculture, wildlife conservation and ecotourism.

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Marine Science

Develop and apply expertise in Marine Science to solve complex challenges facing our oceans.

Dive into the scientific study of coastal processes, ecology, fisheries, marine geology, and marine conservation.

Led by Australia’s leading marine researchers, you’ll gain extensive fieldwork experience at UQ’s Heron Island Research Station on the southern Great Barrier Reef and UQ’s Moreton Bay Research Station on North Stradbroke Island.

You’ll learn to apply a wide range of evidence-based environmental and conservation strategies to protect vital coastal habitats and marine ecosystems across the globe.

Demand for highly skilled marine scientists is on the rise. You’ll find opportunities in various fields, including teaching, fisheries laboratories, marine parks, planning and management, museums and universities.

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Mathematics

Choose from more than 30 different courses in mathematics and statistics to suit your interests and career goals.

We challenge and expand your problem solving, logical thinking and conceptual ability. You'll gain quantitative and analytical skills, along with a foundation of calculus, linear algebra, probability, discrete mathematics, mathematical analysis and modelling.

You’ll develop and apply your knowledge through practical experience, structured tutorials and specialised lectures.

Our comprehensive mathematical training equips you for a broad range of opportunities in banking, finance, insurance, business, engineering, science, information technology and risk management.

Studying mathematics also gives you a strong foundation to continue into a higher research degree and excel in research positions within universities, government agencies and private companies.

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Microbiology

Examine the genetic and biological traits of microbes such as bacteria, viruses and fungi.

You’ll learn how microbiology is applied in environmental, agricultural and industrial settings to prevent and treat infectious diseases.

Develop your understanding of immune recognition, vaccine design, microbial biotechnology and parasitology.

Studying Microbiology can lead to challenging and rewarding career opportunities within universities and biotechnology companies, medical and veterinary institutes, along with roles in forensics, biosecurity and quarantine.

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Physics

Deepen your understanding of how and why things work. Led by internationally recognised researchers, you’ll study the laws of physics and explore how these principles are applied in our everyday life – from understanding the nature of time to developing new technologies.

Combine your scientific and mathematical knowledge with skills in computer programming and statistics to understanding theories relating to quantum mechanics, biophotonics, astronomy or astrophysics.

Or apply your knowledge to develop advanced materials, electronic and optical devices.

Your high-level technical, analytical and problem-solving skills will lead you to a wide range of rewarding opportunities in sectors such as education, finance, engineering, computing and management.

Alternatively, continue into a higher-research degree to kick-start your career in research to uncover new scientific knowledge or apply your findings to develop new devices, products or processes.

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Plant Science

Help to solve two of the biggest problems facing humans today: food security and our dependency on fossil fuels.

You’ll learn and apply the science behind breeding high-yielding, pest-resistant crops to help farmers increase their productivity.

Study ecology, plant pathology, plant physiology and plant biotechnology. Apply your scientific knowledge to use plant-based sources to develop biofuels, medicines or healthier food products.

Studying plant science can lead to rewarding career opportunities as a researcher, consultant or teacher with multinational companies, universities or government departments.

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Psychology

Enjoy the variety of study in this large discipline that covers topics like brain function, memory, conscious experience, lifespan development and social behaviour, together with the full spectrum of functional and dysfunctional behaviours.

Graduates undertake careers in human resources, mental health services, youth and child support work, or fields a diverse as marketing, aged care and corrective services.

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Public Health

Make a positive difference to people's lives by learning how to measure, plan, manage and evaluate health programs and services to prevent illness and promote good health within communities.

Studying public health can lead to a variety of roles within public and global health, health research or public health policy.

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Statistics

Apply the tools of modern statistics to inform data-driven decision making and solve real-world problems.

Uses include improving medical treatments through data-driven experimental design, or using meteorological and spatial data to assess drought conditions in local communities.

We combine theory with practical experience to expand your critical thinking, enhance your analytical capabilities and develop your technical skills.

Learn and apply statistical techniques to analyse and interpret complex data, and transform it into meaningful insights.

Statisticians and data analysts are in high demand across business, industry, research and government to forecast, analyse and solve a variety of complex issues.

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Zoology

Learn how animals relate and interact with their physical and biological environments.

You’ll investigate animal morphology, development and genetics, behaviour, ecology, physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology.

Expand your knowledge of climate change biology, wildlife and conservation biology, entomology, environmental physiology, marine biology, fisheries biology and aquaculture, terrestrial ecology, molecular ecology and mathematical applications in biology.

Combine your study of animals with biostatistics, ecology, evolution, genetics and insect science and gain practical experience through field courses offered in the Australian outback, rainforests, Stradbroke Island and the Great Barrier Reef.

Zoology offers a large number of career options, ranging from field-based conservation work to biomedical research with medical laboratories and education institutions.

Alternatively, kick-start your career in research by progressing into a higher-research degree.

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Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

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Indicative annual fee

AUD $44,736

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Science 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.

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HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of Science are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $9,224

Indicative annual fee 2020 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Science 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.

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Additional costs

  • Courses that include a field trip component may incur additional costs to cover transport, accommodation and food.

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 Science is 731001.

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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 Science is 2030.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Science and we'll send you everything you need to know about applying to UQ.