Bachelor of Science

  • CRICOS Code: 002153M
  • VTAC Code: 3800538271
  • International VTAC Code: 3800538273

What will I study?


Science at Melbourne maintains the highest standard and quality of teaching and research in Australia, attracting the highest calibre of students.

The Bachelor of Science (BSc) is truly yours to customise. Its flexibility and breadth mean that if you already know what you want to study, you can start shaping your career today. If you're not sure and have interests in many areas of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, you can leave your options open during your first year while you explore.

Whether you already have your dream career in sight or are still searching, we know that planning your degree can feel both exciting and a little overwhelming. We'll work with you throughout your studies to make sure you're on the right track.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Science requires the successful completion of 24 subjects (300 points), including a major. Most students study eight subjects each year (usually four subjects in each semester) for three years full-time. The 24 subjects must comprise:

  • 18 core science subjects (225 points) made up of At least 5 subjects (62.5 points) at level 1 (usually first year), at least 5 subjects (62.5 points) at level 2 (usually second year) and 6 subjects (75 points) at level 3 (usually third year) which includes 4 subjects of your chosen science major.
  • 4-6 breadth subjects (50-75 points) With at least 1 subject at both level 2 and level 3.
  • And up to 2 elective subjects (25 points) either science subjects or breadth subjects at level 1, 2 or 3.

Your major

Your major is your chosen specialisation that you'll focus on throughout your degree. In most cases you'll be able to try a few different study areas before deciding on your major(s) in third year. In your final year you will usually take four subjects in a particular study area which are quite focused and specialised. These subjects are the culmination of your major.

Your breadth studies

Breadth is a unique feature of the Melbourne Model. It gives you the chance to explore subjects outside of science, developing new perspectives and learning to collaborate with others who have different strengths and interests — just as you will in your future career.

Some students use breadth to explore creative interests or topics they have always been curious about. Others use breadth to improve their career prospects by complementing their major with a language, communication skills or business expertise. Many discover new passions through breadth and some even change their career plans!

'Breadth tracks' (groups of breadth subjects in the same sort of study area taken throughout your degree) may even qualify you for graduate study in a field that's very different to your major.

Explore this course

Explore the subjects you could choose as part of this degree.