A Bachelor of Science (BSc) keeps your Defence career options open. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) requires leaders with sound scientific knowledge and problem-solving abilities. As a BSc graduate, you will have the intellectual and analytical skills required of an effective leader and have broad choices about where to take your ADF career.

You will gain a broad understanding of the physical universe, from chemistry and sub-atomic physics to large-scale behaviours of oceans and planets, to computational techniques and data analysis.

The degree develops your skills in critical thinking, problem-solving and communication. It also enhances your scientific literacy and provides detailed scientific knowledge in your chosen fields of study.

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UNSW Canberra

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Why choose this degree?

A Science degree will give you the skills to deal with technical and management issues within the ADF that require scientific knowledge and intellectual and practical problem-solving skills developed through studies in physical, environmental and mathematical sciences.

Who should choose this degree?

The Bachelor of Science is designed for ADF personnel looking to develop critical thinking, problem-solving and communications skills, as well as scientific knowledge within their chosen fields in the physical, environmental, and mathematical sciences.

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Career opportunities

  • Pilot
  • Maritime aviation warfare officer
  • Maritime logistics officer
  • Engineering officer
  • Intelligence officer
  • Air combat officer
  • Infantry officer

Assumed Knowledge


Entry requirements

2018 Lowest Rank

ATAR + DFR entry

2019 Guaranteed Entry


2018 A Levels

A Levels + DFR entry

2018 IB Diploma

IB Diploma + DFR entry

2018 QLD OP

OP + DFR entry

Additional selection criteria

Undergraduate entry to the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is open to Australian residents who are members of the Australian Defence Force and selected members of overseas Armed Forces. Trainee Officers are selected by one of the three services (Navy, Army or Airforce) in the Australian Defence Force and must also meet academic entry requirements for UNSW Canberra at ADFA.

Applying for ADFA is a dual application process. As selection for the Australian Defence Force is a competitive process, which can take up to 12 months, it is preferable that you apply to Defence Force Recruiting in Year 11. Visit this site for more information on both application processes.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the ‘Apply’ section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply.

For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January.

Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

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