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Multidisciplinary Science

Bachelor of Science (Multidisciplinary Science) - - MJRU-MTDSC Science and Engineering
Guaranteed ATAR 70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry Written English, Verbal and Quantitative STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July

July intake: Course duration may exceed three years due to unit prerequisites.

Duration 3 years full time

Course overview

In many areas of scientific endeavour, knowledge across multiple disciplines has provided innovative solutions to important problems. A bachelor's degree in multidisciplinary science provides well-rounded and diverse capabilities across traditional science boundaries, and you will be ideally placed to develop a career that can span science, technology and mathematics.

Multidisciplinary science is a flexible course that allows you to design a major that suits your background and particular career goals. You have the freedom to personalise your study plan in consultation with faculty members in the relevant disciplines, while meeting the requirements for a degree in science. 

This course can be used as an alternative pathway into other science, engineering and health science courses. You can undertake mathematics and science foundation units in order to meet the prerequisites of your desired course.

What the course involves

You can choose to study a primary discipline from areas such as:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics.

*Note, some disciplines may take longer than 3 years of study, subject to having the essential WACE courses. See individual Bachelor of Science Majors for required pre-requisites.

You can combine with a secondary Science discipline above, or go outside the physical sciences to areas such as:

  • Molecular or Human Biology (Genetics, Bioinformatics)
  • Social Sciences (Media, Education)
  • Spatial Sciences (Geographic Information)

Career opportunities

Complementary skills allow you to compete effectively in industrial or government occupations, or develop a very broad science background that can enrich a teaching career. Opportunities exist across a wide spectrum, depending on your choice of units. For example, you could aim to become a professional science writer by combining science units with journalism.

You could also be ideally placed to pursue a career in secondary science education, through the development of a very broad science or mathematics background and the flexibility to include an education minor for a teaching specialisation. You could also choose to undertake postgraduate study to further expand your career options.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

English language proficiency

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.


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

Selection rank adjustments (previously referred to as ATAR-related adjustments)

Details of the types of adjustment factors (bonus points) commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.

Mature age entry

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Essential WACE courses

  • Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

Desirable WACE courses

Animal Production Systems, Aviation, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Human Biology, Integrated Science, Marine and Maritime studies, Physics , Plant Production Systems, Psychology, Computer Science, Applied Information Technology


July intake: Course duration may exceed three years due to unit prerequisites.

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

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 do 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.

Professional recognition

Graduates of this course may be eligible for membership in the relevant society or institute of their chosen area of study.

Advanced standing/credit transfer/recognition of prior learning (RPL)

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on or 1300 222 888.

Why Multidisciplinary Science?

  • The multidisciplinary science major allows for the greatest flexibility in course design, combining an individualised combination of units which may not be possible through any other route.
  • This course allows for a primary Science discipline supported by a secondary or combination of Science disciplines. Final year students may conduct a significant research project in their chosen area of study, in conjunction with research groups involved in world-class research.
  • Opportunities exist across the broad science spectrum, depending on the choice of subjects. For example, becoming a professional science writer by combining science units with journalism, or being able to model complex environmental systems by combining mathematics units with environmental biology.
  • Graduates are also ideally placed to pursue a career in teaching, through developing a very broad science background from which to teach, and the flexibility to meet the requirements for Education Major and Minor Teaching Specialisations.
  • This course can be used as an alternative pathway into other courses. You can undertake mathematics and science bridging units in order to meet the prerequisite requirements of your desired courses, including engineering and health sciences.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.