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Multidisciplinary Science

Bachelor degree

Gain the knowledge and skills of multiple science disciplines that are increasingly important for addressing environmental and industry issues.

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  • ATAR
    Minimum ATAR 70
  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Science
  • Duration
    3 years full-time
  • Credit
    600
  • CRICOS
    108988J
  • Location
    Curtin Perth
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Select your preferred campus:

New-to-Curtin applicants for first semester 2023 apply through TISC. See TISC application deadlines.
You may also be able to apply directly to Curtin from 16 January 2023 if places are still available.

2023

Semester 1

On campus and online

Semester 2

On campus

2024

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2025

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

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Why study Multidisciplinary Science at Curtin?

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Global education

You’ll have access to a range of international study opportunities.

Outline

Outline

The application of science to real-world problems continues to evolve and become increasingly complex and truly multidisciplinary in nature. Nowadays, in many areas of scientific endeavour, no one science discipline is sufficient to deliver advances and innovation. This is reflected in multidisciplinary fields such as astronomy, biochemistry, bioinformatics, environmental science, forensic science and nanotechnology.

In this course you will learn to apply scientific principles and concepts to real-world problems that are multidisciplinary in nature. You’ll also learn the communication, creative, entrepreneurial and cultural-awareness skills that are important in multidisciplinary, collaborative careers throughout government and industry.

You’ll have a choice of studying one of four majors: Computational Sciences, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Engineering Science or Physical Sciences.

Computational Sciences

In this major you will study various aspects of modern computing and gain the knowledge and practical skills that are sought by employers. The course covers fundamental programming and introduces C and Java as the tools for learning core concepts such as object orientation and algorithms. You’ll also learn Linux skills and study the fundamental aspects of artificial intelligence, computer science, and cybersecurity.

Earth and Environmental Sciences

In this major you will study Earth dynamics and its relationships with environmental science. Earth scientists are essential to resources and environmental industries and use sophisticated techniques for the analysis of earth and planetary materials. Environmental scientists apply their expertise in physical and biological sciences to generate innovative and sustainable solutions to environmental issues. Upon graduating, you’ll have the skillsets for careers involved in monitoring the impacts of industrial, urban, mining and agricultural development; measuring and analysing pollutants; and developing conservation and management plans.

Engineering Science

In this major you’ll gain the mathematical, practical and problem-solving skills to tackle various engineering challenges from a science perspective. This course has a cross-disciplinary focus so that you learn the fundamental principles of the various engineering fields, and also gain the theoretical grounding and practical knowledge to devise solutions to complex societal challenges. This major also provides a pathway to further discipline-specific engineering studies.

Physical Sciences

In this major you’ll study fundamental aspects of physics, astronomy, chemistry, mathematics and geology, and how these are drawn together to tackle emerging scientific challenges. Physics and astronomy utilise the four known forces to explain relationships among the smallest through to the largest structures; chemists explore the properties and behaviour of matter; whereas geologists study the solid Earth, the composition of rocks and how these change over time. These scientific fields are all underpinned by mathematics as a framework for explaining observations and predicting outcomes.

Multidisciplinary Science as a pathway

If you haven’t studied science before or you don’t meet the prerequisites for our Science course majors, this course is also a pathway for admission to our Bachelor of Science majors and STEM courses – such as Computing, Engineering, Actuarial Science, Health Sciences and Medial Radiation Science. After you graduate, you may instead choose to study for a career in science education.

See our handbook for more course information. 

What you'll learn

  • have demonstrated knowledge and understanding across more than one field of study that is typically at a level that, whilst supported by advanced textbooks, includes some aspects that will be informed by knowledge of the forefront of the fields of study.
  • apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to their work or vocation, and have competencies typically demonstrated through devising and sustaining arguments (to both specialist and non-specialist audiences) and solving problems across their fields of study.
  • understand the constructs of the scientific method and apply these principles in representative exercises using digital technologies.
  • gather and interpret relevant data (usually within and across their fields of study) to inform judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues, including being aware of the diversity of international perspectives associated with the sciences, and how these impact upon the practice of science.
  • understand and appreciate cultural diversity and how it impacts on the practice of science.
  • display a high standard of professional behaviour, including effective time management, both independently and as a team member.

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 70

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 70

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    There are no essential WACE subjects for this course.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

Alternative pathways

  • UniReady

    If you don’t meet our minimum admission criteria, the UniReady Enabling Program can help you qualify for entry into a range of undergraduate courses.

  • Certificate IV + English Competency

    The certificate IV is the minimum requirement for university entry. It qualifies you for entry to Curtin courses with a 70 ATAR. You must also meet English language proficiency.

  • Indigenous applicant

    If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

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Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $7,300*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
  • Online
Semester 2
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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