What will I learn?

The Bachelor of Science (Professional) provides you with a broad science overview with the ability to specialise and complete a built-in 12-month work placement.

The course aims to equip you with the skills, knowledge and key theoretical insights required to work in a range of professional scientific environments. You'll practically apply what you learn through project-based units of study, which are a distinctive feature of the course.

Drawing on the expertise of leading teachers, researchers and a variety of industry experts, the course allows you to tailor your degree and develop a unique range of interdisciplinary skills.

The topics covered seek to blend a range of key scientific skills and knowledge required by current and projected industry needs.

All our bachelor degrees include a guaranteed Work Integrated Learning opportunity, which could be a placement, internship or industry-linked project. This Professional Degree includes a mandatory 12-month paid work placement. You'll benefit from Swinburne’s unique industry partnerships, gain invaluable full-time work experience and earn credit towards your degree. In Grand Challenges in Science (NPS30003), you’ll also have the opportunity to work on an individual research project to develop valuable research and development skills.

Selected major: Chemistry

Learn far-reaching applications of chemistry, including forensic science, polymer formation, water analysis, the creation of new materials, agricultural chemistry, environmental science and analytical chemistry.

Course learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • articulate the methods of science, explain why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry and explain the role and relevance of science in society
  • exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge by demonstrating well-developed knowledge in at least one science disciplinary area
  • critically analyse and solve scientific problems by evaluating information from a range of sources, designing and planning an investigation, selecting and applying practical and theoretical techniques for that investigation and collecting, recording, interpreting and drawing conclusions from scientific data
  • effectively communicate science by presenting information or arguments, to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes using a variety of modes
  • adopt ownership of their own learning and scientific work by being independent and self-directed learners, working effectively and safely in an individual or team context, demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory framework relevant to the disciplinary area and practising ethical conduct.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology



Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$35,200.00 (19,06,826) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

28 February 2022


Swinburne University of Technology

Hawthorn Campus,

John Street,



3122, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Successful completion of a Year 12 qualification undertaken in Australia, such as the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE), International Baccalaureate or interstate Year 12 equivalent. Non-Year 12 qualifications, Foundation Year and qualifications undertaken overseas will not be accepted.

Entry requirements vary depending on the course students choose.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP 5 Advanced level) with overall 70%, all skills 65%
  • minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) minimum score of 79 with a reading band no less than 18 and writing band no less than 20
  • Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 58 (no communicative skills less than 50)
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) - 64 (no less than 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking, 21 in writing)
  • Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 50 (no communicative skills less than 50)
  • C1 Advanced: 169, no band less than 169
  • any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Swinburne University of Technology

Swinburne is one of the world’s top young universities, offering industry-aligned courses taught by teachers who are experts in their field.

  • 45th in the Top 50 Under 50 universities in the world
  • Ranked 81st in the world by THE Young University Rankings
  • Rated 82.2% for overall teaching quality
  • 5-stars for teacher- student ratio & overall experience