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The Bachelor of Science (International) recognises that science involves a global network, which is faced with and addresses global issues and often operates within companies and agencies that have an international focus. The BSc (International) is thus aimed at providing for the needs of students by preparing them for an increasingly globalised work environment.

The program is designed for students wishing to obtain a strong and highly regarded Science program coupled with specific emphasis on cross-cultural skills, knowledge and understanding. The program also provides the knowledge and skills essential for understanding and working in the rapidly changing global environment. It will provide a wide range of career opportunities in global scientific organisations and companies, international government and non-government agencies and in scientific research. The program requires students to undertake a coherent scientific program, achieved by completing a science-based major and adds a series of directed electives to provide a suite of attributes associated with 'global education'. The program also places emphasis on cross cultural understanding, competencies in languages and incorporates a period of overseas study. The Faculty provides a contribution to the expenses of this exchange.

The objectives of the program are:

  1. To graduate scientists with both a breadth and depth of scientific knowledge and professional skills;
  2. To develop the capacity for critical thinking and independent learning;
  3. To expose students to the social context of science, to the globalization of science, the global issues in science and provide a greater appreciation and sensitivity to the cultural context of knowledge and learning in science;
  4. To foster greater cross cultural understanding and the development of international professional networks.


Study Level


Typical duration

4 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Term 1, Term 2, Term 3

Academic Calendar

3+ Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Bachelors Pass


Bachelor of Science (International) - BSc(International)

UAC Code




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Program Structure

Students must complete 192 UOC as a standalone program.

1. 168 UOC including:

  • 60-96 UOC An approved Bachelor of Science (International) Major
  • 36 UOC An approved Language Minor
  • 24 UOC Approved Directed Electives
  • 12-48 UOC Science Elective Courses :'Science' courses are defined in Table 1.

2. 24 UOC Free electives: these courses can be taken from any Faculty at UNSW.

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Prescribed Electives

Prescribed Electives description.

24 UOC of elective courses.

Please Note: Some of these courses require completion of prerequisite courses. If students wish to take these courses they are expected to use their free electives to complete necessary prerequisites.

Students may apply for additional courses to be considered for this list. Courses will be considered by the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Programs) or nominee if they fulfil the objectives of the Bachelor of Science (International) program.

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Recognition of Prior Learning
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University Medal

Award of Pass with Distinction

Additional Information

Definition of 'Science' courses


Table 1

Science Handbook Rules and Editions

Students must follow the program rules and requirements in the UNSW Handbook published in the year they commence their studies with the Faculty of Science.

Students who transfer from another UNSW Faculty into Science (for example, from a Bachelor of Arts into a Bachelor of Science) must follow the program rules and requirements in the UNSW Handbook published in the year of their transfer.

Students, who are readmitted to UNSW after a period of unapproved absence or deferment, or after exclusion, must satisfy the program rules in the Handbook published in the year of their readmission. In addition, these students may be subject to restrictions on which courses taken at UNSW may be counted on their return. In some cases, students returning from an unapproved absence may be required to repeat courses. See the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Advanced Standing section below for more details. Students who take approved leave or deferment will follow the Handbook for the year of their original commencement unless otherwise approved by the Associate Dean (Academic Programs). 

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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