The Australian Defence Force requires leaders with sound scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills. As Bachelor of Science graduate from UNSW Canberra at ADFA you will possess the intellectual and analytical skills required to be an effective leader and have broad choices about where to take your ADF career. 


UNSW Canberra at ADFA
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Bachelor of Science
Commencing Terms
Semester 1
Duration (Full Time)
3 Year(s)

Science is the foundation of most human knowledge. From the tiny subatomic particles that form the building blocks of existence through to managing the earth’s precious resources, science will deepen your knowledge of the way the world works.

Science is also fundamental to defence specialties such as technology, computers, aircraft, ships, explosives, code-making and code-breaking.   

The Australian Defence Force requires leaders with sound scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills. As Bachelor of Science graduate from UNSW Canberra at ADFA you will possess the intellectual and analytical skills required to be an effective leader and have broad choices about where to take your ADF career.  

Expand your understanding and discover the world of science with a Bachelor of Science from UNSW Canberra.

Key features

A Bachelor of Science degree from UNSW Canberra offers you a diverse understanding of the physical and social world, from chemistry and sub-atomic physics, to large-scale behaviours of oceans and planets, to contemporary transformations in social and cultural life, to computational techniques and data analysis.  

Studying science will develop your scientific literacy and deepen your science expertise in your chosen field of study. You can choose to specialise in:

  • aviation
  • chemistry
  • computer science
  • geography
  • mathematics
  • oceanography
  • physics

The ADF is always looking for leaders with expertise in physical, environmental and mathematical sciences. Should you excel in your Bachelor of Science degree, you may have the opportunity to undertake an additional one-year Honours program – Bachelor of Science (Honours). This is subject to the needs of the individual Services.

Why study this degree at UNSW Canberra?

When you study Science with UNSW Canberra, you’ll join a unique and diverse community. Learning from leading academics and industry experts, your qualifications and skills will be highly sought after in Australia and abroad. Benefit from the best university teacher-to-student ratio in Australia and access world-class research materials and laboratories. 


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    1. 2021 Lowest Selection Rank
      The 2021 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021.
    2. 2021 A levels
      The 2021 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. 2021 IB Diploma
      The 2021 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2021. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. 2021 Lowest ATAR
      The 2021 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.

Assumed Knowledge

Mathematics Advanced, Physics

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.

Program structure

Expand your potential by choosing specialisations that suit your passions and interests. As a student at UNSW Canberra at ADFA, you can select two discipline areas to major in. Detailed descriptions of these majors can be found in the UNSW Handbook.

    • Chemistry
    • Geography
    • Oceanography
    • Mathematics and Statistics
    • Physics
    • Aviation
    • Computer Science

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The UNSW Canberra Bachelor of Science degree develops skills in critical thinking, problem solving and communication. A science degree opens up a wide variety of ADF and non-defence career options.

As an Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Trainee Officer studying science, you will build lifelong skills in creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving and communication. Your degree will equip you with a breadth of technical, strategic and logistical knowledge for a successful career as an Officer in the Navy, Army or Air Force.

Potential Careers

  • Pilot
  • Maritime aviation warfare officer
  • Maritime logistics officer
  • Engineering officer
  • Intelligence officer
  • Air combat officer
  • Infantry officer

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.

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2021 Indicative First Year Fee

Commonwealth Supported Place, Student Contribution Band 2 *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.

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