Bachelor of Science

3 years full time (part-time study options available)
Honours available
Parkville campus
Available to Domestic and International students
Semester 1 & 2 entry
VTAC code: 3800538271
International VTAC code: 3800538273
Course CRICOS code: 002153M

The Bachelor of Science provides a multitude of study options, graduate pathways and career outcomes, and the opportunity to tailor your degree to suit your interests and goals.

The Bachelor of Science spans the sciences, health sciences, technology and engineering systems.

As well as preparing you for a professional career in science, the Bachelor of Science is the first step towards a career in fields such as engineering, veterinary science or health practice, which can be pursued through further study. This course is an ideal pathway, along with the Bachelor of Biomedicine, to graduate professional entry programs in dental science, medicine, nursing, optometry and physiotherapy. It is also the shortest pathway to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Melbourne.

Key features

  • Choose from 41 majors in which to specialise
  • The University of Melbourne is ranked #1 in Australia for physics and astronomy (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017)
  • It is home to research centres like the Melbourne Brain Centre and the Bio21 Institute, the University's $140 million, state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary research facility and one of the largest biotechnology research centres in Australia. Significant infrastructure and expertise is accessible to students through specialist platforms such as Melbourne Bioinformatics, Bioimaging, Advanced Microscopy and others.

Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship

The Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship offers very high-achieving students at Melbourne a guaranteed place in the graduate program of their choice, along with a program of enrichment activities during their undergraduate studies.

Learn more about the Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Science

Clearly-in Rank 2018
85.00 Guide only

The Clearly-in Rank is the lowest score at which students were granted entry in 2018. i

The Clearly-in Rank should be used as a guide for entry. It is not set in advance and may vary from year to year. The Clearly-in Rank is determined by the number of places available, the number of applicants listing the course as a preference and the academic achievement of those applicants.

Access Melbourne 2018
78.00 Guaranteed entry

Access Melbourne allows you to be considered below the Clearly-in Rank. Guaranteed entry is available to eligible students from a rural area or disadvantaged financial background. i

Access Melbourne can help you gain a place in a course, even if your ATAR is below the Clearly-in Rank. Eligible students must apply through Access Melbourne and meet prerequisites.

Find out more about Access Melbourne

Minimum ATAR 2019
85.00 Guide only i

You must achieve the minimum ATAR (if indicated) to be considered for entry to this degree. The Clearly-in Rank may be above the Minimum ATAR, depending on the demand for the course and the number of places available.


Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL, and a study score of at least 25 in Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics and in one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics; OR Units 3 & 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL, and a study score of at least 25 in both Mathematical Methods (CAS) and Specialist Mathematics.

Applicants intending to progress to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine are encouraged to complete VCE Units 3 and 4 in Chemistry or equivalent.


All domestic undergraduate students enrol in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), which is subsidised by the Australian Government. Students pay a contribution amount that is determined by the Australian Government, based on the subjects undertaken. More details on fees and student contribution amounts.

Credit/Advanced standing

If you have completed post-secondary study, you may be eligible for credit/advanced standing towards your studies at the University. Find out more

Pathway options

Once you’ve graduated from this degree, you can choose to continue your graduate study in one of the following areas in the sciences:

You can also choose to undertake further study to gain a professional qualification in one of the following areas:

Concurrent diplomas (study alongside your undergraduate degree)

You can choose to study one of the following concurrent diplomas alongside this undergraduate degree at Melbourne: