Transfers to and from the Faculty of Science

For the purposes of explanation the term "Science degree" when used on this page refers to any degree offered by the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney.

Students who are already enrolled in a Science Degree

Below is a list of allowable course transfers. If the transfer you wish to make is not on this list you must apply through UAC.

Please take note of the available internal transfers:

Transfers into the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Advanced)* and Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics)* (Degree code: LH000) are available from the following:

  • BSc/ BSc (Adv)/ BSc (Adv Maths) LH000
  • BSc (Environmental) LH017
  • BSc (Molecular Biology and Genetics) LH018
  • BSc (Bioinformatics) LH019
  • BSc (Marine Science) LH021
  • BSc (Nutrition) LH020
  • BSc (Molecular Biotechnology) LH022
  • Combined Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise & Sport Science)/BSc (Nutrition) SH115
  • Combined Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Laws (BSc/LLB) LH006
  • Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (BSc/MND) LH026
  • Combined Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Arts degree LH011/ LH039/ DH018
  • Combined Bachelor of Engineering/ BSc degree HH015
  • Combined Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Commerce degree LH014/FH034
  • Combined Bachelor of Nursing/ Bachelor of Science GH010
  • Combined Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing GH015
  • Combined Bachelor of Education/ Bachelor of Science XH0**
  • Combined Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Medicine LH033/LH034
  • Bachelor of Medical Science LH010
  • Bachelor of Psychology LH013, LH057 (Science stream)
  • Bachelor of Liberal Studies AH010
  • Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Science HH049
  • Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of Medical Science HH048

*Students who apply for transfer into the Advanced or Advanced Mathematics stream and are not successful will still be considered for transfer into the Bachelor of Science.


Transfers into the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Degree code: LH056) are available from the following:

  • Bachelor of Liberal Studies AH010 (including the International Stream)
  • Bachelor of Arts and Sciences DH032


Transfers into the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws (Degree code: LH006) are available for any current enrolled combined Law student.

Transfers into the Bachelor of Science/ Bachelor of Arts (Degree code: LH039) (four year degree) are available from the following:

  • Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts LH011 (five year degree)
  • Bachelor of Arts/ Bachelor of Science DH018 (five year degree)

If you are already enrolled in a Science degree and wish to transfer to a different Science degree, you must do one of the following:

Category 1
Internal transfers - a small number of transfers, usually dropping one half of a combined degree or dropping from a stream [BSc (subject) degrees] to the BSc are internal and can be applied for through the Faculty Office.

Download the internal transfer form.

Applicants for internal transfers are not notified of the outcome of their application until after the results for that semester are released.

Category 2
Students who wish to transfer between Science degrees but the transfer is not listed on the internal transfer form will need to apply to transfer through UAC.

This includes moving from a Science degree to a Combined Science degree, applying for second year entry to Medical Science and all other transfers which are not on the Internal Transfer form.

Category 3
Students who wish to move out of the Faculty of Science entirely should contact the institution or Faculty that they are transferring to, to find out their procedures.

Students who are offered a transfer external to the Faculty and take this up will need to discontinue their Science degree.

Students from other Faculties

A very limited number of students from other Faculties in the University of Sydney may be able to make an internal transfer (i.e. not through UAC).

This includes some students in the Bachelor of Engineering who wish to transfer to the Bachelor of Science under Resolution 100 in the Science Handbook, Bachelor of Liberal Studies students who wish to transfer to the Bachelor of Science and students studying a combined law degree wishing to transfer to Science/Laws.

If in doubt students should check their degree regulations in the Handbook or contact their Faculty.

All other students from other Faculties

In order to transfer into a Science degree other students will need to apply through UAC.

Students from other Universities

Students from Universities other than the University of Sydney will need to apply to transfer through UAC.

Transferring to the Bachelor of Psychology - all students

Students who have completed at least 48 credit points of study and have obtained a High Distinction average in at least 12 credit points of Junior Psychology can apply to transfer into the Bachelor of Psychology.

Applications should be made through UAC and all transfers are competitive.

Transferring to 2nd year Bachelor of Medical Science - all students

All students who wish to apply to 2nd year entry to the BMedSc will need to apply through UAC.

A limited number of students may be permitted to transfer into the BMedSc course at the beginning of the Intermediate year from other degrees offered by the Faculty, from other degrees offered by The University of Sydney or from other institutions.

In order to transfer students must achieve a Pass or better in all of the qualifying units of study, or units of study deemed equivalent by the Faculty - equivalency is not pre-assessed however students may like to compare their subjects with the first year Medical Science enrolment guide in the Science Handbook.

Selection is based solely on performance in the first year subjects. Applicants should anticipate a WAM of about 75 would be necessary to gain admission.

If the transfer into second year Medical Science is offered then students will not need to apply for credit from their previous studies.

Transferring to combined Science/Medicine

There are no transfers to this degree. Students may like to read about the Graduate Medical Program offered by the Sydney Medical School.

How transfer applications are assessed

Generally, when applying to transfer your ATAR (or equivalent) and the results from your tertiary study will be considered. It may help to think of these being given an approximately 50/50 weighting and assigned an overall rating similar to a ATAR.

Results from tertiary study will be only considered if you have been enrolled for at least one full-time year or an equivalent period part-time. These studies would normally need to be part of a recognised award course of at least associate diploma level or higher for your results to be considered.

Students should note that applying to transfer to the Faculty of Science is competitive, the exact standard required for each intake is determined by a comparison of the number and quality of applications with the number of places available in courses.

Minimum requirements are sometimes listed in the Faculty Handbook. Overall, a higher ATAR for a degree would be indicative of requiring a higher ATAR/Tertiary combination to successfully transfer to that degree.

Applicants with a record of failure at tertiary study are less competitive for a place than those with a successful academic history.

Credit for prior tertiary study

Most students who accept a transfer will need to apply for credit from their previous degree.

For more information, please visit the undergraduate credit for prior tertiary study information.