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.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

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

Assumed Knowledge

Mathematics Advanced, Physics

Entry requirements

2020 Lowest Selection Rank 1

75.00 + Defence Selection

2021 Guaranteed Entry 2


2020 A levels 3

13 + Defence Selection

2020 IB Diploma 4

29 + Defence Selection

2020 Lowest ATAR 5


1. 2020 Lowest Selection Rank

The 2020 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2020.

2. 2021 Guaranteed Entry

Find more information on Guaranteed Entry here.

3. 2020 A levels

The 2020 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.

4. 2020 IB Diploma

The 2020 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2020. It is to be used as a guide only.

5. 2020 Lowest ATAR

The 2020 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

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, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders 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.



2020 Indicative First Year Fee


The Australian Defence Force covers tuition fees for defence students.

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