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We’re the only online university to be awarded the maximum 5 stars for student satisfaction, every year for the last 14 years*

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We’re the only online university to be awarded the maximum 5 stars for student satisfaction, every year for the last 14 years*


See why UNE gets the maximum 5 star rating from graduates for Overall Experience year after year.
Number 1 in Overall  Experience  in NSW - Good Universities Guide 5 Star Rating


UNE has a long history of excellence in teaching and research in science. The Bachelor of Science is one of our oldest and most popular degrees, offering a broad spread of majors, from Archaeology to Zoology, and many varied areas of study in between.


Most of our courses are available for study online, with periodic intensive schools conducted on campus for many units, so you can put into practice in the lab what you have learned in your studies.

Science Pathways

The Science Pathways program in the Bachelor of Scientific Studies is designed for students who may have little or no scientific background. It aims to build your skills and knowledge to help prepare you for more specialised science-based degrees. It includes foundation units in basic sciences and allows you to choose units from a range of specific study pathways. On completion of the program you can transfer into the science degree of your choice, and receive credit for units already completed.


More information about the Science Pathways Program.

Bachelor of Science

This degree offers you the opportunity to study a wide range of science topics to provide you with the skills and techniques necessary for solving problems associated with a broad cross-section of issues.


The extensive range of majors available in established and emerging, generalist and specialist sciences, are all underpinned by cutting edge research. In first year students are encouraged to establish a broad science base which allows for flexibility in choosing an appropriate major or majors coupled with the option of a minor. The major completed will appear on the academic record and testamur.


You can complete majors in Animal Science and Veterinary Studies, Applied Physics, Archaeology, Biochemistry/Biotechnology, Biodiversity, Botany, Chemistry, Computational Science, Forensic Science, Genetics, Geography, Geoscience, Mathematics, Medicinal Chemistry, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Palaeobiology, Physiology, Psychology and Zoology. All majors are underpinned by cutting-edge research.


Postgraduate Science Degrees

Graduate Certificate in Science

The Graduate Certificate in Science is a course designed for students who wish to expand on their undergraduate program. Intensive study is available at graduate level with majors in Biochemistry (including some aspects of microbiology and biotechnology), Biodiversity Science (including botany, ecology and zoology), Biomedical Science (which includes biochemistry, genetics and physiology with some pharmacy, neuroscience and human development), Chemistry (including forensic chemistry), Genetics (including immunology and bioinformatics), Mathematics (including pure and applied mathematics), Neuroscience, Physical Sciences (including chemistry, physics and pure mathematics), Regulatory Science, Research Methods, Statistics and Zoology (including ecology).


Graduate Diploma in Science

The Graduate Diploma in Science provides an opportunity for graduates to upgrade or extend their qualifications in a field of study not covered in depth in their undergraduate studies. Study programs are designed to meet the candidate's interests and academic background and involve a combination of course work selected from a chosen field of study. Available fields of study are: Applied Statistics, Biochemistry, Biodiversity Science, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Computational Data Science, Genetics, Health, Mathematics, Medicinal Chemistry, Neuroscience, Physical Sciences, Quantitative Ecology, Regulatory Science and Zoology.


Master of Scientific Studies

This is a coursework plus research degree designed to provide specialised training in a specific field of study. You will be required to complete one of the following majors: Biochemistry, Biodiversity Science, Biomedical Science, Chemistry, Genetics, Mathematics, Medicinal Chemistry, Quantitative Ecology, Regulatory Science or Zoology. You will also complete either a thesis or two mini-research projects.


Master of Neuroscience

Neuroscience is one of the fastest growing areas of study in human physiology. The Master of Neuroscience will provide you with the opportunity to study Neuroscience from a research or clinical perspective and develop specialised knowledge of the specific neurobiological processes that underlie a range of behaviour.


Neuroscience is also available as a major in the Graduate Certificate in Science and Graduate Diploma in Science.

Available Courses


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Please see course details for individual course rules and admissions criteria. Note some degrees have mandatory intensive schools which require attendance on campus.
Course list subject to change

Studying Online

At UNE, online study is about the kind of flexibility and support that can only come from a university that has long understood the challenges faced by adults studying from home.


We have three teaching periods (trimesters), giving you greater choice about when and how much they study each year.


We know that a vital part of online study is your engagement with the learning community. Communication with your classmates, teaching staff and university support staff will enhance your study experience and ensure that your skills extend beyond the subject matter. UNE’s teaching staff are experts in their field which is why UNE consistently receives five stars from students for teaching quality.

How Does
Online Study Work?


Online study can also be referred to as 'distance education' (also off-campus, or external study) and provides an opportunity for you to study without having to physically attend a campus.


To make sure your learning can take place when it suits you, UNE provides online facilities which allow you to send questions, submit assignments, engage with other students, order library books, check your results and access other resources, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 



As a UNE student, you will have access to our professional support services including:

  • 24/7 Online Tutor Support
  • Academic Skills & Assignment Support
  • Career Development
  • Individual Counselling — for personal and academic issues
  • Special Needs Office — if you need adjustments to how you study because of temporary or permanent disability
A small number of units have intensive schools that enable students to engage in practical exercises, tutorials and lectures during intensive periods on campus in Armidale. These are a requirement for some units that have an important practical component, often in the sciences – please check the Course & Unit Catalogue for details.

Life On Campus at UNE

Studying on campus in Armidale gives you the traditional university experience, with the added benefit of small class sizes and great access to lecturers. Our Academic staff are passionate about what they teach and are keen to see you succeed.


We have affordable accommodation options that put you right at the heart of the action, giving you maximum independence and access to academic, sporting and social facilities.


Our Residential Colleges give you the benefit of academic and social support networks and a rich tradition of vibrant inter-college competitions in sporting and cultural activities.


All of this means that you get every opportunity to reach your full potential and get the very best start (plus some great memories along the way).

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Free Pathways to Study

The Pathways Enabling Course prepares you for admission to an undergraduate course at UNE. It is free from course fees and available online. The course awards you with the minimum entry requirements and can provide credit towards your UNE degree.
  • Prepare for university without paying course fees
  • Gain admission to university
  • Flexible online study
  • Develop valuable skills and knowledge
  • Complete study that can count towards your degree
  • Start in any three teaching periods


Complete the UNE “MyFutureFinder” and in 10 minutes you’ll have a free, detailed report delivered to your inbox, including a comprehensive profile of your personality, a customised matching of careers to your personality, and finally, the UNE courses that qualify you for those careers.

  • No cost
  • Completed in just 10 minutes - we understand your time is valuable
  • Individualised report based on your unique answers
  • Comprehensive, insightful and useful
  • Plain language explanations
  • Immediate delivery of your report on completion
  • Share and compare with your family and friends

How to Apply

Applications now open for Trimester 1, 2020 (March).

Prior to applying we suggest you:
1. Check out our 
Course and Unit Catalogue
, to see all the degrees UNE has to offer. You can search by course or for specific subjects. If you find yourself thinking 'that might be good', then have a look at which degree program is linked to those subjects.
2. Check if you need to add any 
entry requirement documentation
 to your application.
Check the closing dates for applications.
 Some courses have earlier closing dates and requirements.
4. You may also be eligible for credit for study you've previously undertaken successfully, find out about 
Advanced Standing
Please note: International students who wish to study wholly online are only permitted to do so if they are studying online from overseas or are studying in Australia on a visa other than a student visa.

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