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Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) / Law

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Sharpen your thinking with the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)/Law and gain the flexibility of learning new disciplines designed to propel your career. You’ll gain real-world experience in our community legal centre, bringing unique insights to your studies.
Commencing Terms
Term 1
Duration
6 Year(s)
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Campus
Kensington
Codes
UAC code 426000
Program code 3997
CRICOS code 088861E
Entry Requirements
ATAR/2023 lowest selection rank
94.25 + LAT
View all admission criteria
Fees
2024 Indicative first year full fee
$12,000*
2024 Indicative full fee to complete degree
$84,500*

Overview

This globally-recognised, six-year double degree explores the connection between science and law. Through a balance of theory and practical experience, you’ll develop analytical, research and investigative skills to examine future challenges through an objective, considered lens. 

With a progressive law degree from one of the world’s top Law & Justice faculties, you’ll learn to investigate and understand complex legal issues across various contexts. You’ll develop a capacity for scholarly research, communication, ethical practice and critical analysis to prepare you for a role as a practising legal professional.

As part of Advanced Science (Honours), you’ll take part in immersive research experiences and an embedded honours year, exposing you to an advanced-level science education with an emphasis on practical skill building. This degree will position you as a leader in your field and empower you to build a better future.

Key features

  • Placing your goals and interests at the centre

With 24 Advanced Science (honours) majors to choose from, you can tailor your degree to your interests. Our flexible degree structure enables you to explore different disciplines in your first year to find the field that’s right for you.

  • Multiply your opportunities

     

    At UNSW, you’ll be part of a diverse cohort of interdisciplinary thinkers that combine their passion for science and law. Our graduates have applied their studies to countless industries as critical thinkers and problem-solvers who bring the added perspective of two specialisations. 

  • Put your skills to the test

     

    UNSW takes a career-ready approach to learning, which is why many of our programs include Work Integrated Learning (WIL) and Research Integrated Learning (RIL) opportunities.

     

    In Advanced Science, you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside renowned researchers on real-world projects. In Law, you’ll put theory into action through legal clinics, internships, research projects and clerkships. 

Why study this degree at UNSW?

  • Learn from leading educators at a global top 20 university.* UNSW Law & Justice is ranked 12th in the world** and UNSW Science holds eight subjects ranked in the world’s top 50**. 

    With over $450 million invested in our state-of-the-art facilities, UNSW Science is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, clinics and simulators, while UNSW Law & Justice gives students access to real-world legal clinics and dedicated teaching facilities to give you a feel for the courtroom. 

    *QS World University Rankings 2024

    **QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024

    ^United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • We've built hands-on learning and research experiences into both degrees to ensure you have the tools to thrive in your future career. You can join the STEM Career Launchpad – an extra-curricular program that helps you prepare for your career, explore different STEM careers and expand your professional network. Alternatively, you can utilise UNSW Law & Justice’s in-house careers service, which offers one-on-one counselling sessions, a jobs board and a range of resources, presentations and workshops to maximise your employability.

  • At UNSW, you’ll join a diverse global community that’s working together to shape a better future. ​You’ll build up your professional identity through SciConnect – an innovative online system that is integrated into your Science degree. With a range of clubs and societies, programs such as Women in STEM  and international exchange opportunities, you’ll gain invaluable experiences at UNSW that extend far beyond the classroom.

  • Prepare for legal practice all in one place. All law graduates in Australia must complete PLT to practise as a lawyer. UNSW’s PLT is the Graduate Diploma in Legal Professional Practice (GDLPP), so you can graduate from one place with all the qualifications you need to launch your legal career.

Program Code

3997

CRICOS Code

088861E

Campus

Kensington

UAC Code

426000

Total Units of Credit (UOC)

288

Indicative Enrolments

32

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Entry requirements

2023 Lowest Selection Rank
94.25 + LAT
2023 A levels
17 + LAT
2023 IB Diploma
37 + LAT
2023 Lowest ATAR
85.2*
    1. The 2023 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2023.
    2. The 2023 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 2023 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2023. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. The 2023 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.

Additional selection criteria

All domestic applicants*^ who wish to study an undergraduate law double degree at UNSW need to sit the Law Admission Test (LAT), including those:

  • enrolled in their final year of secondary schooling (Year 12 HSC or equivalent)
  • who have already completed their secondary schooling (e.g. those on a gap year)
  • who are currently studying at another university and wish to apply to transfer to Law & Justice
  • students in Year 11 who wish to sit the LAT before their HSC year (LAT results are valid for two years)

*Domestic applicants include Australian citizens and permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens.

^Domestic applicants that aren’t required to sit the LAT as they’re assessed under multiple other criteria include:

Assumed knowledge

Chemistry, Mathematics Advanced or Mathematics Extension 1 (depending on your chosen area of study in the Bachelor of Science). Plus, one or more Biology, Earth and Environmental Science or Physics.

Adjustment Factors

We offer adjustment factor schemes that take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies. 

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:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

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

 

UNSW Internal Program Transfer (IPT)
Every year UNSW Law & Justice provides up to 100 places for students studying a non-law degree at UNSW to transfer into a Law double degree. Alternative entry through Internal Program Transfer (IPT) doesn’t require you to sit the LAT and providing you receive full credit for your first year of studies, it won’t take you any longer to complete a law double degree.

Find out more

 

Credit Transfer Policy
If you've completed prior learning at another tertiary institution or in another UNSW degree, you may be eligible for a credit transfer. Find out more in the Credit Transfer Rules and Regulations.

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:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

The Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)/Bachelor of Law is a double degree that you can complete in six years with full-time study. You’ll complete a minimum of 288 units of credit (UOC) through a combination of majors, minors and electives.

Be empowered to lead your learning with SciConnect

SciConnect is an innovative online system that's integrated across your whole science degree. It will be there to help you settle into university, track your professional development and showcase your skills to future employers. The platform focuses on connecting you with four key areas to help you get the most out of your student experience including orientation, co-curricular opportunities and communities, career development and a graduate portfolio.

SciConnect enables you to shape your university experience and supports you in showcasing your talents to potential employers with a comprehensive impression of who you are, beyond your academic transcript.

Full program structure

Your double degree consists of:

144 units of credit from Advanced Science (Honours), including:

  • Two core research skills courses
  • One Science major
  • An optional minor
  • One Science Honours specialisation
  • Science elective courses (if required)

144 units of credit from Law, including:

  • 96 UOC of coure courses
  • 6 UOC of prescribed theory electives
  • 42 UOC of Law electives
    • 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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    • 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 an 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 for the social, economic and natural sciences to make sense of scientific phenomena and solve technical/industrial problems.

      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 when combined with honours, it 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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Future careers

Studying Advanced Science and Law as a dual degree at UNSW will open up a wide range of career opportunities upon graduation. You’ll gain transferable skills that can be applied across industries and functions with proficiency in logical, analytical and creative thinking.

From oceanography to neuroscience, biotech to quantum physics, a science degree unlocks a world of career possibilities. This degree will equip you with a strong foundation in logical, analytical and critical thinking – all critical traits for roles within universities, government departments, startups and research institutes. 

Alternatively, you may choose to continue your legal studies to launch a career as a lawyer or legal professional. UNSW Law & Justice is ranked 1st in Australia and 15th globally for employer reputation (QS World University Rankings by Subject (Law and Legal Studies), 2024).

After completing the Bachelor of Laws (LLB), you’ll need to complete Practical Legal Training (PLT) in order to practise as a lawyer. UNSW’s PLT is the Graduate Diploma in Legal Professional Practice (GDLPP).

Explore the range of potential career paths available across the fields of science and law.

Potential careers

  • In-house counsel in research and technology industries 
  • Patent attorney
  • Product development and analysis

Accreditation

Legal Profession Admission Board (NSW)

How to apply

 

To apply for our Law double degrees at UNSW, you will need to apply for Double Law (426000) through the UAC application portal. Upon receiving an offer to for this degree, you will choose the second degree to pair with Bachelor of Laws during the acceptance process.


Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students* 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.

When applying for UNSW Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours)/Law through UAC, you’ll need your Law Admission Test (LAT) registration number to ensure your LAT results are considered in the admission process. The LAT registration opens in May and is held in September each year. Keep up to date with LAT key dates and requirements here.

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, most offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Find out more information on how to apply here.

*Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens

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

2024 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$12,000*
2024 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree
$84,500*

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.

2024 Indicative First Year Fee
$54,000*
2024 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$356,000*

*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 here.

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.


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