Bachelor of Science (Extended)

The BSc (Extended) is a four-year degree providing a pathway for Indigenous students to embark on careers that build on a strong science background.

As a student of this program you will have access to the full range of opportunities available in the Bachelor of Science (BSc) – including opportunities for: study abroad and exchange; scholarships, awards and prizes; volunteering and leadership opportunities; as well as career opportunities such as internships.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Extended) will be equipped to enter into professional science careers, or pursue further graduate study in the sciences, health sciences, technology and engineering. You are able to browse through our range of graduate study options at Further study.

What is the Bachelor of Science (Extended)?

The Bachelor of Science (Extended) is a four-year program that aims to build a strong foundation for success in science study.

The first two years of your study, you will be focusing on practical workshops and tailored academic support through a number of science, mathematics and communication subjects that are only available in the Extended program. Once you have established your foundation in science, you embark on further subjects available in the standard Bachelor of Science program.

A key feature of this program is the residential component – students in the Bachelor of Science (Extended) will live in University residential colleges in their first year, and benefit from the extra support and opportunities offered as part of this experience. Find out more about University college life from the Residential Colleges of the University of Melbourne website.

Other specialised services for Indigenous students are also provided through Murrup Barak, the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development.

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What are the eligibility requirements?

To be eligible for the Bachelor of Science (Extended), you must:

  • Be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Have completed VCE, or an interstate equivalent with an ATAR of 50 or above
  • Have satisfactorily completed biology, chemistry, physics or mathematics to at least Year 11 level, and English at Year 12 level
  • Demonstrate the potential to succeed in tertiary science study
  • Mature age and non-school leaver applicants are encouraged to apply

All eligible applicants will be required to attend an interview.

How will the degree prepare students for academic success?

The first year of the degree is taken full-time. The integrated science subjects, as well as mathematics and communication subjects specifically catering for students in the Extended program will cultivate and refine your academic skills, and provide you with a strong foundation for the rest of your degree.

In first year, you will also have the opportunity to complete one science, mathematics or technology subject each semester from the Bachelor of Science curriculum. This will enable you to prepare for the subsequent years of your science studies.

Once you have completed the first year of your degree, you will move to a standard Bachelor of Science course structure.

What areas of study are available?

Students can choose from 41 majors that span the following areas of study:

  • Chemical Sciences
  • Earth Sciences
  • Engineering Systems
  • Environmental Science
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychological Sciences

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science (Extended) will be equipped to enter into professional science careers, or pursue further graduate study in the science, health sciences, technology and engineering.

Where do students live on campus?

For the first year of your course, you will be housed on-campus in one of the University residential colleges.

Your College will also provide all meals and extensive academic, pastoral and social support. As part of this experience, you will benefit from the extra support and opportunities available. Find out more about University college life from the Residential Colleges of the University of Melbourne website.

Residential Colleges of the University of Melbourne

How and when to apply?

The Bachelor of Science (Extended) is only available to students starting in Semester 1 (February intake).

Applications for the Bachelor of Science (Extended) must be submitted via VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre). Timely applications close at the end of September each year, a VTAC late application processing fee will be charged if applications are submitted after this time.

The process for application:

  1. Visit the VTAC website, create a user account and submit your course preference/s
  2. Fill in the SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme) form when applying through VTAC, you must select Category 1 'Recognition as an Indigenous Australian' as part of this application
  3. Submit your application to VTAC

What financial support is available?

If you are eligible for Abstudy, your college fees may be fully paid through the residential cost option.

Some fully funded College scholarships may be available to students who are not eligible for Abstudy.

Your college will provide all meals as well as extensive academic, pastoral and social support.

Indigenous students are also eligible to apply for other undergraduate scholarships, through the Murrup Barak Institute for Indigenous Development.

What happens after I submit my applications?

Applications are assessed individually, and all applicants will be contacted.

Can I defer my offer?

Students cannot defer their offer for the Bachelor of Science (Extended).

I'm not sure if I want to study a Bachelor of Science

The following programs are great ways to develop an interest in science and to find out more about the doors science can open for you:

  • The Residential Indigenous Science Experience (in November, for Year 9 and Year 10 students)
  • The Science Experience (in January, for Year 10 students)

More questions?

For more information on the Bachelor of Science (Extended), please contact the Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development (Murrup Barak) directly:

Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development