Bachelor of Science Extended

4 year full time (part-time options available from 2nd year onwards)
Honours available
Parkville campus
Available to Domestic students
Semester 1 entry
VTAC code: 3800510021

The Bachelor of Science (Extended) is a four-year degree that provides a pathway for Indigenous students to embark on careers that build on a strong science background. You will have access to the full range of opportunities available in the Bachelor of Science, together with additional support and resources to provide a strong foundation for success in science study.

A key element of the Bachelor of Science (Extended) is that this program is residential – students live in University residential colleges and benefit from the extra support and opportunities that colleges provide.

Additional support services are available for all students through Murrup Barak, the Melbourne Institute of Indigenous Development and Murrup Barak Indigenous Student Programs.

Key features:

  • The first two years of the degree focus on practical workshops and tailored academic support across science, mathematics and communications subjects
  • Choose from 41 majors
  • 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.

The Bachelor of Science (Extended) is delivered by the University of Melbourne and is the tertiary education element of a broader Indigenous STEM education project managed by CSIRO in partnership with the BHP Billiton Foundation.

Entry requirements for the Bachelor of Science Extended

Clearly-in Rank 2018
Range of criteria used for selection 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
55.00 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 2018
50.00 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 1 and 2: Satisfactory completion of one of Biology, Chemistry, General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Physics; and Units 3 and 4: A study score of at least 25 in English/English Language/Literature or at least 30 in EAL.

This specialised degree is for talented Indigenous Australians who may not meet the regular Bachelor of Science entry requirements. It includes integrated support and academic skills subjects alongside our popular Science program. Applicants for guaranteed entry to the Bachelor of Science (Extended) also require a passing score in a Year 12 Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics or Physics subject.


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 the University of Melbourne’s Bachelor of Science (Extended), you can choose to gain a professional qualification in one of the following areas of science: 

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