Faculty of Science - Leading creativity and innovation in the sciences


Life at university can be a juggling act between study, work, social activities and family life. If you know what commitment is required for full or part-time study, you can have a strategy to fit everything into your schedule.



BSc enrolment: The normal and recommended full-time enrolment in your first year of study as a Bachelor of Science student is 8 courses per year (120 points). As a BSc student, it is not usually necessary to take a heavier workload.

Conjoint enrolment: If you are taking a conjoint degree you will need to take 9 courses (135 points) each year to complete in the minimum time. Typically students will enrol in four courses in Semester 1 of their first year, and five in Semester 2. Taking courses in Summer School to spread the workload is a good idea.

To be a full-time student, a minimum of 100 points over two semesters, 50 points in any one semester, or 25 points at Summer School must be taken. Fewer points than this will classify you as a part-time student.

Being a part-time student will have implications on your student loan if you have one.

Your weekly timetable

You should expect to spend about 10 hours per week on each 15 point science course you are studying. This includes class hours and personal study time.

Lectures: Most first year science courses involve three - four hours worth of lectures each week.

Tutorials: Some courses include tutorials (usually one hour per week).

Laboratories: may range from 1-3 hours, either weekly or fortnightly.

Field Trips: A number of subjects also involve fieldtrips. Depending on the subject (and level) these can range from a single day to a week long trip.

Assessments: Science courses typically have some written work or tests during the semester, including lab assignments and reports, and a two or three hour examination at the end. All courses will require regular self-directed study (i.e. outside of the lab or lecture theatre).