Subject focus: Bachelor of science in Australia

  • Study Science at University in Australia. Photo credit: Murdoch University

    Study Science at University in Australia. Photo credit: Murdoch University

This month's subject focus looks at the variety of Bachelor of Science degrees available in Australia and New Zealand. There are many different areas of science, usually grouped into formal sciences (mathematics, statistics etc); physical sciences; life sciences; social sciences and earth and space sciences. At undergraduate level, most of these science subjects are studied within the Bachelor of Science. The BSc is typically a broad-based qualification which will allow you to study a wide range of science subjects while at the same time working towards one specialising in one chosen area.

In New Zealand and Australia, general bachelors degrees in areas such as science are much more flexible than the equivalent degrees in the UK. When you enrol on one of these degrees you’ll select a ‘major’ (the subject you want to specialise and graduate in) but will also have the opportunity to study a number of different subjects during each year of your course. These are known as ‘electives’. This broad approach allows you to effectively construct a degree that is unique to you and your interests, and which is individually tailored to your future career goals.

The standard of science research and teaching in Australia and New Zealand compares very favourably with other World universities, you can find out more about the different ranking systems here.  The two countries are also at the forefront of marine and environmental science study internationally, and often Bachelor of Science programmes offer you amazing opportunities to access and study the natural environment, using Australia and New Zealand’s incredible natural surroundings as living laboratories.

Read the full subject focus on the Bachelor of Science on the Study Options website here.