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While science and arts explore the world through different lenses, both domains are driven by curiosity, discovery and innovation. This double degree will develop your critical thinking, communication and research skills, enabling you to shape a better future.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Science
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
5 Year(s)

Overview

From earth science to psychology, mathematics to biotech, our advanced-level science degree will prepare you for a wide range of careers. No matter which specialisation you choose, you’ll gain in-demand transferable skills that can be applied to almost any industry.

In your arts degree, you can explore humanities, creative arts, social sciences, languages or business. You’ll develop a broader understanding of the world and gain the skills you need to make a difference.

With expertise across two disciplines, this double degree will broaden your skillset and expand your career possibilities.

Key features

Flexibility and variety
This double degree offers you the flexibility to explore a range of study areas to find the path that’s right for you. You can choose from a wide range of study areas, including the creative arts, humanities, social sciences, languages, business, and the physical, natural and human sciences.

Practical experience, here and overseas
We offer a range of internship and international exchange opportunities with our industry partners.

Supervised research project
Your honours year is an integral part of the degree. It involves a supervised research project and, in some cases, advanced coursework. You’ll conduct original scientific investigations and analysis while developing your critical and integrative thinking.

 

Why study this degree at UNSW?

  • Freedom to design your degree, your way
  • A supportive, diverse and inclusive community
  • Practical work experience opportunities
  • Access established industry links and partnerships
  • Connections to a global alumni network
  • World-class teachers and leading researchers in their fields
  • Seven science subjects ranked in the global top 50*
  • Learn in world-class laboratories, clinics and simulators
  • We offer a Talented Students Program (TSP) that gives you the opportunity to engage in world-class research experiences from year one

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022

 

Program Code
3948
CRICOS Code
088877G
Campus
Kensington
UAC Code
429370
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
240
Indicative Enrolments
75

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Entry requirements

2022 Lowest Selection Rank
93
2022 A levels
17
2022 IB Diploma
36
2022 Lowest ATAR
88.05
    1. The 2022 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2022.
    2. The 2022 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. The 2022 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2022. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. The 2022 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
  • At UNSW, we are committed to ensuring prospective students have all the information they need in order to make informed decisions about their study options.

    To assist you in gaining a better understanding of how Admissions works at UNSW, we have provided you with a summary of ATAR offers and the student profile.

    We hope this information will help you identify the degree that is right for you.

Adjustment Factors


We offer a range of adjustment factor schemes that reward students for academic performance and extra-curricular achievements. These schemes also take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies. 

HSC Plus 
This scheme rewards students who perform well in Year 12 subjects that are relevant to their preferred UNSW degree. You may be awarded up to five points. 

Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders (EAPL) 
This program recognises achievements in the areas of sport, academia, leadership and music at an elite level. You may be eligible for up to five points.

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
Factors such as illness, financial hardship, language difficulties or attending a particular school can mean you don't always get the best possible marks in Years 11 and 12. If one of these situations applies to you, submit an application for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) via UAC. Eligible students can receive between 1 and 10 points towards their chosen UNSW degree.

Admission pathways


Your ATAR is not the only measure of your potential to succeed, which is why we offer a range of pathways into university. Explore your options below and get in touch with our future student advisors to discuss your path to UNSW. 

Gateway Admission Pathway
This scheme is open to students in Years 11 and 12 who attend Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for your preferred UNSW degree and provides you with an early conditional offer to UNSW. 

Entry programs for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
We offer entry programs for Indigenous Australians, including the Indigenous Preparatory Programs and the Indigenous Admission Scheme (IAS). The entry pathway program you apply for will depend on the degree you want to study. 

Progression requirements


Entry into the Honours program in Science is subject to academic performance and progression requirements. Students may exit the Advanced Science (Honours) program with a B Science award if they are unsuccessful in applying for entry into Honours.

English language requirements

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

International direct entry

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Admission pathways


UNSW Global has university pathway programs that provide seamless transition to UNSW Sydney so you can achieve your academic and career goals. Learn more.

Progression requirements


Entry into the Honours program in Science is subject to academic performance and progression requirements. Students may exit the Advanced Science (Honours) program with a B Science award if they are unsuccessful in applying for entry into Honours.

English language requirements


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

What will I study?

You must complete 240 Units of Credit (UOC), including 144 UOC for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) and 96 UOC for the Bachelor of Arts. Students undertaking a double degree do not take general education or free elective courses.

Your double degree includes the following components:

  • Advanced science major
  • Advanced science core course (SCIF1131)
  • Advanced science elective courses*
  • Advanced science honours year
  • Two arts majors or an arts major, an arts minor and prescribed arts elective courses

*If SCIF1131 plus your choice of science major requires less than 144 UOC, you’re required to complete additional science elective courses to meet the 144 UOC requirement for the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours).

Study areas

      • Study the physical conditions and physical processes within the ocean such as waves, currents and tides, its interaction with the atmosphere and its role in climate. You’ll gain an understanding of the mathematical equations that describe fluid flow and how these are used in the context of the ocean. This major also explores ocean measurement and the numerical modelling of processes at various scales.

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      • This major explores the laws of nature that govern the behaviour of the universe, from the smallest sub-atomic particles to the universe itself. It applies these laws to the solution of practical and theoretical problems and to the development of new technologies.

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      • Study the structures of the human body. This major covers:

        • gross anatomy (form, arrangement and function of the bones, joints, muscles and internal organs)
        • histology (microscopic structure of tissues and cells)
        • embryology (development of the embryo and fetus from conception to birth)
        • neuroanatomy (organisation and functions of the brain and spinal cord)
        • biological anthropology (applying biological principles to the study of humans and non-human primates).

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      • Develop technologies for analysing and interpreting genetic information. You’ll learn how to design and implement software for activities such as identifying cancer genes. This major covers the foundational disciplines of bioinformatics: biology, computing algorithms and mathematics and statistics.

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      • Study the science of life. Biologists explore how living organisms function, grow, evolve and relate to one another and the environment in which they live. Your study will cover:

        • animal behaviour, morphology and physiology
        • plant morphology and physiology
        • cell biology, evolutionary studies and genetics
        • marine biology.

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      • Explore the various biological processes used to make products and perform services. Biotechnology is used for:

        • the production of food
        • industrial chemicals
        • the development of improved crops and livestock for farming
        • environmental clean-up
        • forensics
        • the production of pharmaceuticals.

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      • Study the world from the ground up - from the sub-atomic, atomic and molecular to the spectacular. This major is designed for students who wish to specialise in the chemical sciences.

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      • Explore the science of the Earth's climate. This major has an emphasis on understanding the dynamic processes within the atmosphere and oceans. This understanding has applications in climate and weather research, forecasting and environmental and resource management.

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      • Gain a broad introduction to the science of the Earth's climate system. You’ll gain an understanding of the fundamentals of atmospheric science, oceanography and chemistry. You’ll also have the option of focusing your studies in areas such as climate and vegetation, hydrology, biology, biogeochemistry or environmental and resource management.

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      • Explore the science of nature and the evolution of our planet. This major covers everything from the structure of natural crystals and formation of fossils to the powerful forces that drive earthquakes and volcanoes.

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      • Explore how various organisms including mammals, invertebrates, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, plants and microbes interact with one another and with their environment.

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      • In humans and all other species, genes influence every characteristic, from appearance to behaviour to disease. This major offers a general introduction to the discipline before delving into more specialised areas including molecular genetics, human genetics, plant and microbial molecular biology and conservation biology.

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      • Study the Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. This major explores how natural and built environments function and change over time. Discover how these environments enhance or constrain human activity.

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      • This major provides in-depth study of immunology, pathology and microbiology. It’ll prepare you to unlock better treatments and prevention strategies for immune-related illnesses. This major is particularly beneficial for students who want to pursue a career in the health sciences.

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      • Explore all aspects of the marine environment, from biology to geology and the many sciences in between. This major can be studied with an emphasis on biology, earth sciences, climatology or oceanography.

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      • Everything we use is made of materials, yet only a handful of these materials occur naturally. The rest have been microscopically engineered originally by nature, but increasingly by materials scientists and engineers. This major is the foundation for creating high-performance components and devices from metals, ceramics, polymers and composites for use in society.

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      • Mathematics underpins all corners of science and technology and is a vibrant and fascinating field of study. Mathematics specialisations can be broadly categorised into the following:

        • Pure mathematics is the study of concepts that transcend specific applications.
        • Applied mathematics develops models to make sense of scientific phenomena, solve technical/industrial problems and for use in the social, economic and natural sciences.

        Statistics can also be studied within a mathematics major or as a stand-alone major.

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      • Study the smallest forms of life: bacteria, viruses, archaea, fungi and protozoa. These fascinating organisms cause disease in humans, animals and plants and spoil our food. On the positive side, they also turn the biological wheels on Earth and are responsible for the sustainability of life.

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      • Explore molecular structures, the processes of cellular life and their roles in the function, reproduction and development of living organisms. Cell biology studies the basic unit of life, the cell, including:

        • cell anatomy
        • cell division
        • cell processes such as cell respiration and cell death.

        Molecular biology is a marriage of biochemistry, microbiology and cell biology.

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      • Study the biological and behavioural aspects of the nervous system. The nervous system includes the:

        • central nervous system (brain and spinal cord)
        • peripheral nervous system (nerves in limbs, muscles and organs).

        This major is based on the neuroscience courses offered by the School of Psychology and UNSW’s Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology Departments.

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      • Examine how and why diseases develop, what happens to our bodies when we’re ill and the effects of diseases. Pathology involves the study of diseases, such as infections and cancers, at the genetic, molecular, cellular and organ levels.

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      • Explore the effect that drugs have on living tissues and the normal body functions of humans and animals. This major looks at the efficacy of drugs, the ability of the body to metabolise them and the toxicology/side effects of drugs.

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      • This major is all about what makes human bodies work. Explore how the organs function, how humans grow and develop, how humans sustain bodily functions and what happens to these processes during disease and ageing.

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      • Study human behaviour and mental processes. Psychology is a broad field that includes:

        • brain-behaviour relationships
        • the processes of perceiving, learning, memory and thinking
        • the assessment of abilities and attitudes
        • the origins of personality and emotional states
        • the nature and effects of social interactions with other people.

        This major is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) and satisfies the minimum requirement for provisional registration. It acts as the first step in the six-year pathway to becoming a registered psychologist. 

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      • This major provides comprehensive training in:

        • probability and stochastic processes
        • statistical inference and modelling
        • modern statistical computing methods.

        Third year electives allow you to further develop your statistical capabilities according to your own interests.

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      • Study the sensory processes that underlie vision and vision-related technologies. This major covers:

        • optics
        • anatomy and functioning of the eye
        • eye disorders
        • clinical optometry
        • ocular therapy
        • sensation and perception
        • psychophysics
        • research design/methods.

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    • You can complete a science minor in:

      • Anatomy
      • Biology
      • Chemistry
      • Climate science
      • Geology
      • Immunology
      • Marine science
      • Mathematics
      • Molecular biology
      • Pathology
      • Pharmacology
      • Physical geography
      • Physics
      • Physiology
      • Psychology
      • Statistics
      • Vision science
    • You can complete a major in the following study areas:

      • Discover our closest neighbours' impact on the world and understand Australia's place within the Asian region. With an "all Asia" approach, learn from multilingual specialists who cover history, politics, social policy, health, philosophy, media and more. Prepare for a future in government, NGO, education, media, and the arts with a genuinely international perspective.

        Learn more about Asian studies.

      • Criminology and criminal justice are growing fields with increasing opportunities to create change in communities. Experience an approach beyond lectures that sees you visiting courts and prisons and hearing first-hand from the people in the justice system. See crime through a big-picture lens. Ask why people commit it. And help imagine a more just future.

        Learn more about studying criminology at UNSW.

      • Hone your writing practice by exploring fresh, experimental writing across genres in fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and ficto-criticism. Learn from award-winning writers, join writing masterclasses and events, and create invaluable industry connections. Plus, have the chance to showcase your work in the UNSW literary journal.

        Learn more about creative writing.

      • We believe English is more than simply academic – it’s an opening to the world, a passport to different realities, and a stick of dynamite to narrow-mindedness and prejudice. Delve deep into memorable stories, poetic patterns, ringing phrases, and imaginative landscapes in one of the world’s top 50 universities.

        Learn more about English literary studies.

      • Want to make a change to climate change? One of the greatest questions of our times is how to meet environmental challenges head-on. From species extinction and GMOs to climate change and nuclear power – immerse yourself in the social, cultural, and political factors shaping human relations with the natural world.

        Learn more about environmental humanities.

      • Europe has a rich history as well as a complicated present. From Britain, Russia, and the Mediterranean to Northern Europe – delve into the intellectual history, politics, religion, and movement of minority peoples throughout history. You'll also have the opportunity to see Europe through our international exchange.

        Learn more about European studies.

      • Film helps us understand the world around us. If you want to tell stories, share human experiences, document reality, and expand horizons as an experimental art form – film studies set the foundation. This specialisation also takes you into the studio to learn practical film-making skills from industry professionals.

        Learn more about film studies.

      • The relationship between people, societies, and the environment underpins the greatest global challenges of our time. As a human geographer, you will explore how physical, social, cultural, economic, and political factors shape places. Together we will discover how we can plan for a better future by combining classroom study with hands-on experience in the field.

        Learn more about geographical studies.

      • Why are some countries developing so quickly while others seem left behind? Global development looks at the impact of change across social, political, and economic environments. Explore issues from urbanisation to widening disparity, environmental threats, and the dominance of communication technologies. Learn the many ways we can create practical and positive change at local, national, and global levels.

        Learn more about studying global development at UNSW.

      • The world we live in is the product of an ongoing, globally connected history. UNSW offers a particular strength in the histories of migration, gender, empires, with a strong focus on our region. Whether you're fascinated with ancient, early modern, or modern history – discover a uniquely global perspective taught by passionate, world-class historians. 

        Learn more about studying history at UNSW.

      • Gain an understanding of diverse First Nation cultures and societies. This program begins with exploring current and traditional Indigenous knowledge, philosophies, and cultural values tied to country. Complex themes cover popular culture, political history, government policy, colonialism, environmental justice, gender, and cultural heritage. Gain profound critical reflection skills and challenge your assumptions.

        Learn more about Indigenous studies at UNSW.

      • Learn to communicate in other languages, gain cross-cultural understanding, and benefit from a deep experience of other countries and cultures. The study of languages and cultures enriches your global perspective, opens you up to international opportunities, and transforms how you engage with the world. 

        You can major or minor in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean and Spanish – whether you are just starting or ready to build on existing skills.In addition to the languages we offer as majors, you can study a minor in modern Greek, Indonesian and Italian.

        Learn more about studying languages at UNSW

      • Explore the foundations of language and the relationship between language, society, and self. Find out how your brain processes and uses language. Expand your knowledge by studying linguistic diversity in urban settings and Indigenous contexts. Prepare for a career using linguistics by learning how language policy impacts multilingual and multicultural communities in Australia and around the world. 

        Learn more about studying linguistics at UNSW.

      • The way we produce and consume media has a profound impact on modern life. It takes critical thinking and analysis to understand how media, technology and culture collide. Cut through the disinformation and understand the history, legacy, and ongoing impact of media through the 20th and 21st centuries across an ever-changing tech landscape.

        Learn more about media, culture and technology at UNSW.

      • The study of music is for anyone who wants to perform to a crowd, record, teach, compose a score, or work professionally in the industry. Learn practical, hands-on musicianship and discover how music can be an expression that defines both cultures and societies as well as an expression of yourself.

        Learn more about music studies.

      • Questions around the nature of reality, knowledge, society, and ethics are fundamental to who we are as humans. Philosophy students learn to ask these questions by thinking clearly, deeply, analytically, and creatively. These skills help you communicate and debate even the most complicated ideas. They set a solid foundation for tackling some of the world's significant challenges and prepare you for a whole world of career opportunities.

        Learn more about studying philosophy at UNSW.

      • Studying politics helps you to understand power. From political instability to conflict, national security to great-power rivalry, climate change to human rights – facing these challenges requires understanding the intricacy of domestic politics and foreign affairs. Pave your way for careers in government and business. Lead with difference and change the world.

        Learn more about studying politics and international relations at UNSW.

      • What makes life meaningful? Why do we disagree, and why do we care? What brings about social change? Answers to these questions differ depending on who you ask, but finding new insights is crucial to navigating reality’s conflicts and challenges. Join Australia’s oldest sociology department and discover insights from diverse cultures and the lived human experience.

        Learn more about studying sociology and anthropology at UNSW.

      • What drives human behaviour? Psychology is a science that aims to understand the causes of psychological disorders. It investigates your interactions with others, learning and memory, and ability to cope with pressure. Understand yourself and others better with analytical thinking skills and scientific methods learned from leading academics.

        Learn more about studying psychology at UNSW.

      • Take the stage and learn why performance matters in a media-savvy world. In this specialisation, you'll learn from industry professionals, collaborate with artists, and gain experience with production companies, venues, and publishers. And have the chance to bring your creativity to life at the unique UNSW Creative Practice Lab with dedicated studio and workshop spaces.

        Learn more about theatre and performance.

    • You can complete a minor in the study areas listed above, as well as:

Future careers

A double degree expands your career possibilities as you’ll have expertise across two (or more) fields. Both degrees offer a wide variety of majors and minors, which allow you to tailor your education to your career goals.

Potential careers

  • Academic
  • Activist
  • Actor
  • Advocate
  • Biologist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Climate scientist
  • Clinical coder
  • Consultant
  • Content producer
  • Data scientist
  • Diplomat
  • Environmental scientist
  • Food scientist
  • Gallery manager
  • Genetic counsellor
  • Geologist
  • Government administrator
  • International representative
  • Journalist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Marine biologist
  • Materials scientist
  • Mathematician
  • Media consultant
  • Medical technician
  • Museum manager
  • Neuroscientist
  • Office administrator
  • Pharmacologist
  • Policy consultant
  • Political strategist
  • Politician
  • Product developer
  • Psychologist
  • Public servant
  • Publisher
  • Researcher
  • Science writer
  • Set manager
  • Social media producer

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Ready to start your application?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2022 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$9,140*

Commonwealth Supported Place multiple Student Contribution Bands may apply for this double degree. See single degrees for the applicable fee bands.*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included.

2022 Indicative First Year Fee
$46,235*
2022 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$238,570*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

Scholarships


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

UNSW has a strong focus on industry collaborations with opportunities for students to network.
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