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Summary
Bachelor of Science Major Physical Sciences (BSCI)

Study Mode
  • External

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 3 (November)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

Duration
  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • -

The Physical Sciences major is available via external study only. Therefore, this major is not available to international students who wish to study on-campus. This program is currently being re-accredited and is as a consequence likely to undergo some changes.
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A flexible degree program in physics & astronomy

Like to learn more about the universe? Physics reveals the natural laws at work in our everyday world and across the cosmos, and teaches us the fundamental principles underpinning modern science and technology. The Bachelor of Science (Physical Sciences) is designed for those seeking broad and durable scientific knowledge and skills. Course offerings range from general physics to astronomy, climatology, medical physics and various electives. Those studying astronomy also have the opportunity to experience hands-on and remote-control astronomical observations using modern telescopes.

If you would like to pursue a career in science, technology or education, study with us. Graduates of this degree will be equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to help prepare them for work as a scientist, with a wide range of career options including education, astronomy, climatology, research and science outreach, and with potential employers including government, university, or industry. The degree also provides a basis for postgraduate studies in physics and related fields.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 4
plus 1 x first 8-unit major
8
plus 1 x second 8-unit major plus 4 x electives
or 12 x electives
12
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 8710
Domestic full fee paying AUD 19060

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

15/66
OP/Rank
This is the 2017 OP / Rank for this program.

Entry Requirements

  • Subject pre-requisite: English (4, SA) or equivalent; until 2019 Mathematics A (4, SA) will be a pre-requisite; from 2019 Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent will be a pre-requisite.
  • Recommended prior study: Mathematics B (until 2019) and one of Biological Science, Chemistry, Physics or Science or equivalents. If you do not have the recommended Mathematics B Level for entry then you will be recommended to undertake MAT1000 Mathematics Fundamentals as an elective.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Alternate pathways

A number of other pathways are also available if you haven't been able to study previously or don't meet the requirements for entry into your program of interest.


How to apply

Apply with QTAC
If you're new to USQ
OR
Apply with USQ
If you're a current or previous USQ student (Not Head Start students)

QTAC codes

Mode Codes
External/Online 906125

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 3, 2017 - applications close Monday 6 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 13 November 2017.
  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 26 February 2018.
  • Semester 2, 2018 - applications close Monday 2 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 16 July.

If you are applying via QTAC, you will need to check the QTAC closing dates.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.