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Summary
Bachelor of Science Major Physical Sciences (BSCI)
  • CRICOS: 042230E

Study Mode
  • External

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

Number of Units
  • 24 units

Duration
  • 3 year/s 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 approved courses
or 12 x approved courses
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 international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online AUD 28800
On-campus AUD 33120

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 2020 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.

Entry requirements for Semester 3, 2019

  • Subject pre-requisites: English (4, SA) and Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent
  • Assumed knowledge: Mathematics A (4, SA) or equivalent
  • Recommended prior study: one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science or equivalent. 

Find your country's level of qualification and minimum entry requirements for this program.

Entry requirements for Semester 1, 2020

  • Subject pre-requisite: Mathematics B (4, SA) or equivalent. Find your country's level of qualification and minimum entry requirements for this program.

To study this degree we also assume you have sound knowledge in:

  • English
  • Mathematics A

We assume that your knowledge is equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA). Find out more about assumed knowledge.

In addition, it is also recommended that you have studied one of Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science or equivalent. 

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.

Admission pathways

Pathway programs are also available if you don't meet the English entry requirements mentioned above.


How to apply

CRICOS: 042230E

Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - Monday 13 July 2020.
  • Semester 3, 2020 - Monday 16 November 2020.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.