Combined Science Courses

A combined course gives you a program of study where you graduate with two degrees. Combined courses are usually five years in length and very popular as they allow you to combine a range of interests at university. Combined degrees are an excellent choice if you have enjoyed a range of disciplines at school, or if you would like to add another dimension to your science study. If your ATAR is sufficient you may study the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) or Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) with your combined course.

How Combined Courses work

Each combined course offered in the Faculty of Science will have it's own individual structure and enrolment plan, however this is a general guide to how combined degrees can work:

In the first three years, we recommended that you spend most of your time studying in one degree area whilst using "elective" options in that degree to study in the second degree area.

Thus when you reach the end of three years, you may have completed the requirements for one half of your combined course and many of the junior units for the second half. You can then spend the next two years completing the second course area.

Studying at the Advanced Level in a combined course

If you wish to do the BSc (Advanced) as part of a combined course, you must apply using the UAC code for the normal level combined course and then bring in evidence of your ATAR when you come in to enrol (ie. there is no separate UAC code for combined courses where you want to combine one course with an advanced science course). At enrolment, provided that you have the required ATAR, you can then be placed in the Advanced stream where available.

You must meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) or Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics) to gain admission into those streams of combined courses.

The Bachelor of Science in combined courses

Each combined course has an enrolment guide which staff will help you with when you come in to choose your subjects.

For more information on the Bachelor of Science element of Combined Science courses, visit the course information for the BSc.

Combined Courses and Honours in Science

In some combined courses, once you have completed the requirements for the BSc, you may elect to study honours in science for a year before continuing with the second half of your combined course.

Or you may choose to complete all five years of the combined course before deciding to study an honours year.

Science & Arts

2014 ATAR cut-off: 83.25
UAC Course code: 512094

You will normally complete four years, studying 48 credit points each year. These must include:

  • 12 credit points of mathematics
  • 24 junior science credit points
  • at least 96 credit points from science subject areas including a major
  • at least 72 senior credit points from the major studies in arts

Administered by the Faculty of Science, the Science/Arts program allows you to combine a range of interests and complete a major in both science and arts.

If you meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Advanced) or the Bachelor of Science (Advanced Mathematics), you can gain admission to the BSc (Advanced)/BA or the BSc (Advanced Mathematics)/BA. (There is no separate UAC code for students wishing to combine advanced science with arts; so to apply for a Bachelor of Science (Advanced)/Arts degree, you apply through UAC using the same UAC code as the normal BSc/BA degree. At enrolment, you must supply evidence of your ATAR if you wish to be enrolled into the advanced science stream of the BSc/BA degree.)

More information about the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts.

You may also wish to contact the for further information.

Commerce & Science

2014 ATAR cut-off: 95.30
UAC Course code: 511535

If you have an interest in science and commerce, you can do this combined course for five years and obtain two degrees. Although there are some set units, the number of possible combinations is extensive. You will study a mixture of science and commerce units throughout your course.

For more information visit Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science or contact Sydney Business School.

Science & Law

2014 ATAR cut-off: 99.70
UAC Course code: 511801

The combined science and law course meets a demand for science graduates with legal training. If you want to study combined science and law you will study for five years full-time. In your first three years, you mainly study science units with some law units. In your final two years you will complete law units. You can major in any science area available in the Bachelor of Science. It is also possible for you to combine the BSc (Advanced) or BSc (Advanced Mathematics) with law. If you don’t gain entry into Science/Law you have the option of completing your science course and then, if you do well enough, completing the graduate law program. Graduate law requires three additional years of full-time study.

For more information visit Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Laws or contact Sydney Law School.

Information Technology & Science

2014 ATAR cut-off: 93.25
UAC Course code: 511764

This program emphasises the natural synergy between information technology and science: all science areas involve using information technology and many science graduates work in information technology.

For more information visit Bachelor of IT/Bachelor of Science or contact the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Information Technology & Medical Science

2014 ATAR cut-off: 96.75
UAC Course code: 511763

If you are interested in information technology and medical science you can study both courses simultaneously over five years. Your multidisciplinary study will equip you to adapt to the changing needs of the profession.

For more information visit Bachelor of IT/Bachelor of Medical Science or contact the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Engineering & Science

2014 ATAR cut-off: 90.50
UAC Course code: 511770

There are two ways you can study combined science and engineering. You can enter directly into engineering and apply to study the combined program after you have completed second or third year in engineering. Alternatively, you can enter directly into the combined science and engineering program.

For more information visit Bachelor of Engineering Honours/Bachelor of Science or contact the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Engineering & Medical Science

2014 ATAR cut-off: 93.65
UAC Course code: 511790

This program combines the core elements of engineering and medical science. After graduating, you will be able to work in the areas of medical technology, biomedical engineering and biological applications.

For more information visit Bachelor of Engineering Honours/Bachelor of Medical Science contact the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Education (Sec: Mathematics) & Science

2014 ATAR cut-off: 83.00
UAC Course code: 511607

In this combined course program, you study science and mathematics units alongside education units. In your final two years you will do a full professional program in teaching. You can undertake a double teaching method in mathematics only or mathematics combined with a science teaching area. There are a number of exit points within this combined course. At the end of third year you can choose to leave with a Bachelor of Science, at the end of fourth year with a Bachelor of Education or go on to complete both courses in five years.

For more information visit Bachelor of Education (Mathematics)/Bachelor of Science or contact the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Education (Sec: Science) & Science

2014 ATAR cut-off: 83.00
UAC Course code: 511608

In this combined course you study science units alongside education units. In your final two years you will do a full professional program in teaching. You can undertake a double teaching method in one science teaching area or choose to study two different areas of science teaching. There are a number of exit points within this combined course. At the end of third year you can choose to leave with a Bachelor of Science, at the end of fourth year with a Bachelor of Education or you can go on to complete both courses in five years.

For more information visit Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Science or contact the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Science & Nursing

2014 ATAR cut-off: 83.45
UAC Course code: 511914

This program is designed for you if you wish to develop a deeper understanding of an area in science and relate it to health care. This might include pharmacology, psychology, physiology or biomedical science. This course has the potential to greatly enhance your career and employment choices.

For more information visit Bachelor of Science/Master of Nursing or contact the Sydney Nursing School.

Science & Medicine

2014 ATAR cut-off: 99.95*
UAC Course code: 512097

The combined medicine courses are seven-year programs of study which leads to registration as a general medical practitioner.

Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and Doctor of Medicine

Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine

* Plus additional selection criteria. For more information visit the
Sydney Medical School double medicine degrees page.

Science & Nutrition

2014 ATAR cut-off: 97.55
UAC Course code: 512099

The Bachelor of Science and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics is a five-year combined course, designed for you to follow a career in nutrition and dietetics. The master's component has full accreditation from the Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA).

For more information go to the Bachelor of Science/Master of Nutrition and Dietetics.