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Discover our new Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Health)

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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in 2021 and 2022.

Students commencing some subject areas in this course in 2021 and 2022 are required to commence their studies in-person on campus. Remote study is not available for the following subject areas:

  • Anatomy and Histology
  • Applied Medical Sciences
  • Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology 
  • Theatre and Performance Studies

Applicants will be eligible for admission for these subject areas only if they are able to demonstrate they are physically present in Australia on the date specified in the offer made to them by the University.

About this course

Health is one of Australia's fastest growing sectors. This course provides a thorough grounding in health and health systems at the local, national and global levels. You will graduate with the ability to navigate the complexity of health in different sociocultural, political and economic contexts, and develop core skills in critical thinking, complex problem-solving, communication and empathy.

You will complete a major in health with core units in areas such as human biology, psychology and eHealth, and gain broad knowledge of healthcare and its latest developments before specialising in your area of interest and pursuing an optional second major.

Upon graduating, you will be ready for a range of positions in a variety of health industries, including corporate health, government and policy, and not-for-profit organisations.

In the Bachelor of Advanced Studies you'll complete Open Learning Environment units throughout your four-year degree. These are short, modular courses that will give you foundational knowledge and methods from a variety of disciplines along with workplace-ready skills. You will also have the opportunity to lead a research project under the mentorship of key health researchers and to undertake experience in the community to enhance your health expertise.

This degree will set you up to become a leader in health services and an advocate for better health.

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

In the final year of your degree, you have two options, Advanced Coursework OR Honours: 

  • Advanced Coursework: Enhance your leadership, critical thinking and problem-solving skills and increase your employment prospects. You will undertake challenging coursework and experience work outside the classroom by collaborating with other students on a substantial real-world project.
  • Honours: Develop deep analytical skills and prepare yourself for further research opportunities, such as pursuing a PhD. You will undertake a supervised but independent research project as well as connected discipline-based and/or research-focused coursework. Admission to the honours pathway is subject to meeting the specified WAM and additional entry requirements. Check with your faculty for details.

Subject areas

You are required to complete a major in Health and a second major from the faculty options below or from our shared pool of majors.

Honours subject areas: Only available to students who meet the eligibility criteria for the honours pathway. Minimum WAM and additional entry requirements apply.

Shared pool

Admission, fees and how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

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 (February) 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 - 15 January of the commencing year.
Semester 2 - 25 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 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

As a student in this course, you will complete the Health stream (including a major in Health), a second major, and 12 cp of Open Learning Environment units. In first year you will complete 48 cp, including 12 cp of mathematics degree core units and a selection of biology and psychology units. In second year you will undertake a unit on Research Methods in Health. In third year you will choose four units from a selection of research, interdisciplinary, disciplinary and health units.

For your fourth year you can either undertake an Honours year, if you qualify, or take the coursework pathway, which consists of 4x4000-level coursework units that deepen your knowledge of your discipline area(s), and provides further experiential opportunities such as research, industry, or community related projects.

Units of Study

Sample study plan

 Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Advanced Studies (Health)

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1   Maths
Health Major
Health Major
Minor/Major 2
Minor/Major 2
2   Health Major
Health Major
Minor/Major 2
Minor/Major 2
Open Learning Environment units
Open Learning Environment units
3   Health Major elective
Health Major elective
Health Major elective
Health Major elective
Minor/Major 2
Minor/Major 2
Elective/Major 2
Elective/Major 2
4   4000-level coursework
4000-level coursework
4000-level project
4000-level project
4000-level coursework
4000-level coursework

Assumed knowledge

Until 2024: Mathematics Advanced or higher, other assumed knowledge depends on majors or units of study chosen.

From 2024: Mathematics Advanced or higher, biology, other assumed knowledge depends on majors or units of study chosen.

Admission criteria

Admission to this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.


Mathematics Advanced (Band 4) or Mathematics Extension 1 or 2 (Band E3). For details on the prerequisite, and how it applies to you, visit: Mathematics course prerequisites.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course opportunities

If you have a high ATAR you may be invited to join the Dalyell Scholars program.

Career Pathways

  • Health promotion
  • Policymaking
  • Project and case management
  • Consulting
  • Logistics and procurement
  • Health insurance
  • Business development
  • Marketing
  • Public relations

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