Start date

1 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

AUD$ 36,600 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024
AUD$ 38,800 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2025

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • Study at SA's number one university for teaching quality1 and quality education2 in maths and science.
  • Prepare for advanced study and research in a range of science disciplines including, chemistry, applied physics, materials science, agricultural and food science, environmental science, earth science and ecology.
  • Enhance your problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Complete a one-year research project working with leading scientists and industry partners.
  • Work alongside research and industry experts at the Future Industries Institute and UniSA STEM.

1ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Science and Mathematics – Teaching Quality Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.
2ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Science and Mathematics – Overall Quality of Educational Experience Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.



Take your undergraduate achievements to the next level with an Honours degree in science.

This degree is ideal if you are preparing yourself for postgraduate research, or if you are seeking an advantage in your career as a professional scientist. You’ll complete advanced study and research in your chosen science discipline including nano- and biomaterials, chemistry, applied physics, materials science, agricultural and food science, environmental science, earth science or ecology.

This one-year degree is for students who have completed a bachelor degree in a relevant field of science, technology, engineering, environmental science or health with a high level of academic achievement. This degree will train you to undertake research and help you to develop higher level scientific and problem-solving skills.

If you’re thinking of applying, please contact the Program Director as early as possible to discuss the suitability of your qualifications and possible Honours projects.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Over the course of the year you will study courses in research methods, principles and ethics, research communication, as well as research project preparation. You will complete a research project that involves laboratory and/or field work, data collection and analysis, interpretation of your results in the context of current scientific literature, preparation of an Honours thesis and presentation of a final seminar to academics, student peers and relevant industry and government stakeholders.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Methods INFT 4017 4.5
Honours Minor Thesis Preparation NASC 4019 4.5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Honours Minor Thesis 1 NASC 4017 4.5 Note(s): 3
Scientific Practice NASC 4021 4.5 Note(s): 3
Honours Minor Thesis 2 NASC 4018 9 Note(s): 3

Study hours

For each course you will need to allocate time for classes including lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. You will need additional hours to study in your own time and complete assignments, readings and projects, and contribute to online discussion forums.

Generally, if you are studying full-time you will need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week. Your research project will likely require additional time spent on the university campus and may involve significant time spent off-campus conducting fieldwork or site visits.



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
  • online training modules
  • planning and research
  • practical work and seminars
  • Honours thesis

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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.

Sustainable Infrastructure and Resource Management concentration has three major research strands: Natural Resources and Environmental Resilience, Innovative Infrastructure and Asset Management, and Smart Communities. It conducts specialist and interdisciplinary research to support improved environmental and socio-economic sustainability.

Why Bachelor of Applied Science (Honours)

Why this Degree

UniSA is SA's number 1 university for research in environmental sciences1. This research informs the basis of our science programs, and it is inspired by the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.

As a graduate of this Honours degree you will be well positioned to work as a professional scientist in an area such as product development, quality control, natural resource management or consultancy, or undertake professional scientific research in your field of study.

1The only university in SA to have all its assessed Environmental Sciences research rated well-above world standard. 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

You will work alongside research and industry experts at the Future Industries Institute, Sustainable Infrastructure and Resource Management and UniSA STEM 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.

Career outcomes

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 consider a career in:

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

Industry facts


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are essential to Australia's top five growth industries

(National Centre for Vocational Education Research)


Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills are essential to 75 per cent of Australia's fastest growing employment areas

(AMSI: Australia Must Embrace Mathematics for Innovation)

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.


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

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

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

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

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

You’ll have access to our world class laboratories and dedicated STEM facilities on Mawson Lakes campus.  Depending on your research project, you might do fieldwork anywhere from the outback to the coast, in pristine wilderness or urban areas, across Australia or even overseas.

Your study spaces

Your program director

I am a geologist and geochemist. I am particularly interested in how mountains form in the centre of tectonic plates, how fluids control the strength of rocks and trigger earthquakes, and how some of the hottest rocks in the world are distributed through southern Australia. I am proud to have been chosen as one of ABC Radio National and UNSW's "Top 5 Under 40" for 2017. As part of this honour, I will have a short residency at the ABC studios in Sydney where I can share my research and my passion for science via the media.

AsPr Craig Styan

Program Director

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AsPr Craig Styan

Program Director


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