Adelaide's Faculty of Sciences

At the University of Adelaide and your science degree will give you the power to tackle world challenges including extending life, eradicating world hunger, curing cancer and turning around the effects of climate change.

By studying alongside our leading researchers, world-class educators and industry partners, you’ll graduate ready to make an impact on the world, whether you’re improving one life, or saving millions.

With 75% of the world’s fastest-growing careers requiring a background in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), you’ll be glad you made the decision to study science with The University of Adelaide.

Start your career in one of the fastest-growing, most innovative and exciting industries there is. Study with South Australia’s leading university.


Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
Duration:3 Years     Intakes:  Feb, Jul

Biotechnology focuses on biology and technology, leading to the development of new products for feeding, fuelling and healing the world. This might include vaccine, antibiotic or hormone production and genetic modification.

It’s a fast-evolving industry with huge potential for improving global health and wellbeing. When we modify living things, all sorts of marvels become possible.

What will you do?
Our Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology) combines traditional science with aspects of engineering and computer science. You will:

  • give your experimentation meaning as you learn how to take your discoveries from the lab to the market and broader community
  • delve into areas like drug development, gene therapy or the identification of biomarkers for cancers
  • learn how to produce food, drugs and other products
  • study alongside research-active experts
  • explore molecular, genetic, animal and plant biology
  • discover microbial biotechnology and bioprocess engineering
    consider social and ethical issues, patents and waste management.

Where could it take you?
You could concoct world-changing pharmaceutical drugs in the lab. You might work to clone animals. Perhaps you’


Bachelor of Science
Duration:3 Years   Intakes :Feb, Jul   (Please note that not all disciplines have July entry)

The Bachelor of Science lets you design your own degree based on your strengths and emerging interests. From Chemistry to Palaeontology, Genetics to Geophysics… we support your scientific curiosity.

This degree is ranked best for Science in South Australia, and among the top 100 in the world*.

What will you do?
Whether you want to use your critical thinking to help drive global change or join the cutting-edge of research, our Bachelor of Science will give you the skills you need. You will:

  • become an adaptable scientist as you learn the skills to evolve with one of the fastest-growing sectors
  • learn from world-class researchers who are experts in their field
  • develop connections in the science world through internships
  • engage with new ideas through discovery and experiential learning
  • develop in-depth discipline knowledge through a major
  • build highly sought-after skills in communication, critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • access research facilities of international significance.

You can pursue any of the following major areas of study:

  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Microbiology and
  • Immunology
  • Palaeontology
  • Physics
  • Plant Biology
  • Soil Science
  • Theoretical Physics

You can also undertake a double major in:

  • Chemistry (double)
  • Ecology and Spatial Science
  • Experimental and Theoretical Physics
  • Palaeontology – Evolution
  • Palaeontology – Geology

Where could it take you?

You could surround yourself with plants as botanist, work in stem cell research, take up teaching or apply your skills in the business world. You might help the public engage with science through games and apps. Perhaps you’ll launch your abilities as a space entrepreneur, one of the many emerging science roles we’re only just beginning to imagine.


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