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Overview

Exclusive to high-achieving students with an ATAR (or equivalent) of 98+, the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Dalyell Scholars) program is an opportunity to challenge yourself alongside your most promising and talented peers.

The Dalyell Scholars program allows you to collaborate and network with like-minded world influencers.

In your first year, you'll gain essential knowledge in the fundamental sciences with broad subjects, including mathematics, and the option to choose units outside of the sciences. In second and third years you'll specialise in your chosen program with the option to take subjects from across the University. Throughout the four years of the Bachelor of Advanced Studies you'll complete a second major and get involved in cross-disciplinary, community, professional, research or entrepreneurial project work.

Throughout your degree you will also undertake exclusive Dalyell units of study that cover research showcases and methods and give you an opportunity to mentor.

In addition to completing distinctive Dalyell units of study with other high achievers, you will have access to enrichment opportunities including:

  • acceleration to master's level study
  • exclusive research and entrepreneurship programs
  • direct access to industry-based project learning
  • tailored mentoring and professional skills development to enhance your study and career opportunities
  • international experiences to develop your global perspective, including a global mobility scholarship.

Also available within the Dalyell stream is a special program in mathematical sciences for students who are looking for a career in maths and statistics.

Bachelor of Advanced Studies Streams
You can undertake the 'parent' version of the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies, or you may be interested in undertaking one of the streamed versions of the course:

For your second major you may wish to select your subjects from our academic schools:

Subject areas

You are required to choose one major from the faculty listing below and a second major or minor either from your faculty options or from our shared pool of majors and minors.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

My qualification is

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

Your fee

How to apply

Prospective domestic students apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) for a Commonwealth supported place . Refer to the UAC website for key dates. Separate scholarship deadlines apply, visit the scholarships website for details.

For other useful information, visit our How to apply page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Current students applying to transfer from a diploma to a bachelor's degree must apply through UAC.

Refer to the UAC website . Separate Scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

Visit the How to apply page for detailed information on if you need to apply directly to the University or through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). If you are a direct applicant, when you are ready to apply select the `Apply’ button on this course page.

Current University of Sydney students applying to transfer from one bachelor's degree to another apply directly to the University. The exact process will depend on the course you are currently in and the course to which you wish to transfer. For more information visit the Change your course page.

Standard closing dates:

Direct applicants:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year.
Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - visit the scholarships webpage for details.

UAC Applicants: Refer to the UAC website

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

You can undertake the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Daylell Scholars) full-time over four years or part-time over eight years.

To complete the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Daylell Scholars) you must complete a total 192 credit points (cp) worth of units of study. A typical unit of study has a value of 6cp. Full-time students normally enrol in 48 cp worth of units each year. Each student is required to complete two majors, at least one from Science Table A.

The combined degree incorporates either an embedded Honours program of study for those who qualify or 4 x 4000-level coursework and project units that deepen your knowledge of your discipline area(s), and provide further experiential opportunities such as research, industry, or community related projects.

Science Daylell scholars will also offered the opportunity to complete 12 credit points of distinctive Dalyell units of study within the degree. This will include 2 x 2cp showcase units, a 6cp Research Methods unit and either a 2cp mentorship or research project. Dalyell Scholars in Science will also tailor their own suite of enrichment opportunities, from: acceleration within their major or to masters level study in the student’s discipline; additional third level and fourth level enrichment units of study outside of the student’s discipline; mentoring and professional skills development; a global mobility experience and access to high achiever programs in mathematical sciences.

You may exit Dalyell stream at any time and an average mark of 75 s to be maintained for progression through the degree in the Dalyell stream.Should the average not be maintained, students will be moved out of the stream but remain in the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies.

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Dalyell Scholars including Mathematical Sciences)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1   Maths
Maths
Major 1
Major 1
Major 2
Major 2
Elective
Research Showcase (Dalyell unit)
Open Learning Environment unit
2   Major 1
Major 1
Major 1
Major 1
Major 2
Major 2
Research Methods (Dalyell unit)

Open Learning Environment unit
3   HMajor 1
Major 1
Major 2
Major 2
Major 2
Major 2
Elective
Research Showcase Mentoring (Dalyell unit)
Open Learning Environment unit
4   4000-level coursework
4000-level project
4000-level project
4000-level project

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1. All students undertake some study in mathematics.

Admission criteria

Admission as a Dalyell scholar is on the basis of the following criteria:

  • a secondary education qualification such as the NSW Higher School Certificate (including national and international equivalents) with an ATAR  of 98 or equivalent, or the first year of full time study in a bachelor's degree with an average mark of 80 or equivalent.
  • English language requirements where these are not demonstrated by sufficient qualifications taught in English.

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors. To be considered for admission as a Dalyell scholar via an admission pathway, as a guide, the following minimum ATARs are required:

  • minimum ATAR of 95 for Broadway, E12 and Future Leaders applicants
  • minimum ATAR of 90 for Cadigal (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) applicants
For details, visit  admission pathways.

Prerequisites

This course has a mathematics course prerequisite. For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Credit for previous study

If you've already completed university-level or equivalent subjects, you may be able to apply for credit for previous study.

Course opportunities

The mathematical sciences program is only available in the Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Dalyell) stream.

Professional accreditation

Most majors are recognised by the relevant professional association. For example, if you complete a major in chemistry you are eligible for graduate membership of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).

Career Pathways

  • Agricultural scientist
  • Astronomer
  • Biosecurity researcher
  • Data scientist
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental policy
  • Food chemist
  • Hydrologist
  • Investment banker
  • Journalist
  • Mathematician
  • Medical scientist
  • Nanoscientist
  • Nutritionist
  • Psychologist
  • Plant geneticist
  • Soil scientist
  • Statistician
  • Veterinarian (with further study)

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