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1 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

2018: AUD$ 30,400 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Key features

  • Focus on advanced study and research in nano- and biomaterials.
  • Prepare for additional postgraduate study or a career as a professional scientist.
  • Explore materials science, biomedical engineering, nanomedicine and biology, manufacturing, biotechnology and nanotechnology.
  • Complete a one-year research project in an area that interests you.
  • Access the multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub and work alongside research and industry experts at the Future Industries Institute.
  • Research rated at well above world-class in physical chemistry, biochemistry and cell biology, environmental science and management1.

1 Source: 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



Have you been a high achiever in your undergraduate degree? Prepare yourself for postgraduate research, or get a head start in your career as a professional scientist.

In this degree you’ll do advanced study and introductory research in the field of nano- and biomaterials.

Over the course of the year you will do a research project that involves laboratory work, data collection and analysis, interpretation of your results in the context of current scientific literature, presentation of a final seminar, and preparation of an honours thesis.

This one-year degree is for students who have completed a Bachelor degree in a relevant field of science, technology or engineering with a high level of academic achievement.

If you’re thinking of applying, please contact the Program Director as early as possible (preferably in November of the year before) to discuss the suitability of your qualifications and possible honours projects.

Why Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Nano- and Biomaterials)

Why this Degree

Our world-class facilities at Mawson Lakes campus offer an inspiring learning environment such as the multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub.

UniSA research is rated at above world-class in physical chemistry, biochemistry and cell biology, environmental science and management1. This research informs the basis of our science programs, and it is inspired by the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.

We are also rated well above world-class for research supporting the development of new materials for green industries, and for our innovations and advances in bio-nanotechnology. These innovations are revolutionising our approaches to drug development, wound treatments, and biosecurity1.

As a graduate of this honours degree you will be well positioned to work as a professional scientist in an area such product development, quality control or consultancy or undertake professional scientific research in the field of nano- and bio-materials.

1 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

UniSA is home to several research centres in the fields of biomaterials and nano-medicine, environmental science, phenomics and bioinformatics, energy, and minerals and resources science. 

You will work alongside research and industry experts at the Future Industries Institute where our teams of researchers and research fellows collaborate across disciplines and work with industry partners to deliver innovative solutions.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

With an honours degree in science you will be ideally qualified to proceed to postgraduate degrees by coursework or research. You could consider continuing with a PhD to further your knowledge and research skills.

As a graduate, you could also consider a career in:

  • product development
  • quality control or consultancy
  • professional scientific research

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will study courses in research project preparation and complete a research project that involves laboratory work, data collection and analysis, interpretation of your results in the context of current scientific literature, presentation of a final seminar, and preparation of an honours thesis.

You will also study advanced topics in materials and interfaces relating to nano- and biomaterials, such as:

  • materials science
  • colloid science
  • polymer science
  • biomimetic materials
  • nanoparticle preparation and modification
  • wetting
  • surface chemistry
  • biomaterials and bio-interfaces
  • mineral processing
  • spectroscopy
  • surface modification and analysis

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • essays, assignments
  • honours thesis
  • online training modules
  • planning and research
  • examinations
  • practical work

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities


Our research centres provide a dynamic teaching and learning base for students. They maintain ongoing relationships and collaborate with industry, other universities and various professional associations around the world.

The Future Industries Institute brings together our world-class strengths in advanced manufacturing, nanomedicine, minerals and resource engineering and environmental science. It encourages researchers to blur the boundaries and build new relationships between industry and academia.

The Phenomics and Bioinformatics Research Centre (PBRC) enables advances in biological science through the development and application of mathematical, statistical and computational techniques. Research focuses on real-world problems such as the resilience of food crops to environmental stresses.

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Project Preparation NASC 4003 4.5
Advanced Topics in Materials and Interfaces 1 NASC 4004 9
Honours Research Project 1 NASC 4005 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Topics in Materials and Interfaces 2 NASC 4006 4.5
Honours Research Project 2 NASC 4007 13.5

I am the program director for the Science program and a lecturer in the mathematics discipline.

My research interests lie in the area of schedule optimisation, particularly in the transport industry, and I have supervised many student projects.

The courses I teach involve calculus, statistics and the mathematics of computing.

Dr Kevin White

Program Director

Portrait image for Dr Kevin White
Portrait image for Dr Kevin White

Dr Kevin White

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Mawson Lakes

Nestled in amongst engineering and tech companies in Technology Park, Mawson Lakes has state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. On-campus there are large open green spaces, cafés, wetlands, interactive learning spaces, the largest strong-floor in Australia, a planetarium and a gym. It is 20 minutes from the city centre, easily accessible by bus, train and car. Explore Mawson Lakes >

Your study spaces

You will have access to our multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub at the Mawson Lakes campus. The $50 million facility supports our world-class research in minerals and materials science. It’s a place that blends teaching and research environments, making you part of a vibrant learning community.

Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

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