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The University of Queensland

Brisbane , Queensland ,Australia

Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)

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 26 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.

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.

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

  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Geographical Sciences
  • Geological Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Campus Information

St Lucia

Situated on 114 hectares of Brisbane River-bound land, UQ’s main campus is a vibrant mix of majestic sandstone buildings and contemporary architecture, landscaped gardens and lakes. Fanning out from the heritage-listed Great Court, you’ll find modern teaching and research facilities, including laboratories, lecture theatres, and Queensland’s largest research library. The expansive grounds are also home to a variety of sporting facilities, museums, cafes, and those famous Jacaranda trees. The St Lucia campus is only seven kilometres from Brisbane’s city centre, making it an appealing place to study, work or visit.


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Application Process


Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

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

PSW Opportunity

2 years of Post-Study Work (PSW) rights to international students post completion of their respective Bachelor's 


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

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.

Entry scores
All international applicants need to have successfully completed Queensland Year 12 (or an equivalent qualification) and 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.

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