Faculty of Science - Leading creativity and innovation in the sciences

Frequently asked questions

What is the Science Scholars Programme?

Completed in conjunction with the Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor of Advanced Science (BAdvSci(Hons)), the Science Scholars Programme combines one-on-one mentoring with the cross-disciplinary interaction and research opportunities that aren't usually available in undergraduate study. As you earn your degree, you will develop the skills you need to truly excel in a science or technology-based career, taking part in research activities and participating in dedicated lectures, seminars and activities.

What are the entry requirements?

The Science Scholars programme is aimed at the best and brightest students. We seek applications from students who exhibit intellectual curiosity and interest in science in a broad context. We are particularly interested in students who excel beyond formal tests and assignments. As part of the application process you will be asked for a referee report from a science teacher and to write an essay. These items, along with your grades, will form the basis for our decision on who to admit.

Can I do Science Scholars in my first year if I plan on going to Medical School in my second year?

You certainly can! We have a lot of students doing first year Biomedical Science in order to obtain entry to Medical School. If you are lucky enough to gain entry to Medical School in your second year you will need to leave the programme at this stage, although we have had some students decide to finish their BSc as they are enjoying the programme so much.

What subjects can I major in?

You can major in any subject that you would normally be able to major in doing a BSc or BAdvSci(Hons):


Anthropological Science Anthropology is the study of humankind (both past and present), in terms of its biology, culture and diversity.                                                                              


Applied Mathematics Applied mathematics is all about developing mathematical techniques to address a wide variety of real-world problems.                                                      


Biological Sciences Biology is concerned with the study of life including the structure and function of living organisms, their relationships, interactions and evolution.


Biomedical Science Biomedical Science is designed for very able students with an interest in emerging areas of medical science and its applications to improve human and animal health.


Biotechnology Biotechnology, in its broadest sense, is the commercial exploitation of living organisms or their components, such as proteins.


Chemistry Chemistry deals with molecular structure and synthesis, interactions between molecules, chemical reactions, and theoretical models that explain molecular behaviour.


Computer Science Computer Science gives you an understanding of the conceptual building blocks of computers, software, and communications between computers.


Data Science Big data is ubiquitous, but to extract information individuals require the ability to both manage − and analyse − the data. 


Earth Sciences The Earth Sciences major explores the processes that have shaped Earth, from its deepest interior to its surface, and into neighbouring space.


Ecology Ecology is the study of the distribution and abundance of life and the interactions between organisms and their environment.


Environmental Science Environmental Science aims to understand the environment using input from a wide variety of science disciplines in conjunction with social sciences.


Exercise Sciences Exercise Sciences provides skills for working with people in exercise science, movement science, health, wellness, rehabilitation and sport science.


Food Science and Nutrition This Programme offers distinct pathways in both Food Science and Nutrition.          


Geography Geographers study the natural processes of the physical environment, as well as the activities and consequences of humans in this environment.


Geophysics Geophysics is the study of the Earth and environment using physics and mathematics. It spans from the deep interior of the Earth to its surface, oceans and atmosphere.


Information Systems Information Systems is designed for students wishing to study the applications of computing in business, without undertaking a full conjoint BCom/BSc.


Logic and Computation The Logic and Computation major focuses on the development of computer languages, with strong applications to artificial intelligence and speech recognition.


Marine Science Marine Science is an interdisciplinary endeavour encompassing the physical, biological and some social and economic dimensions of the marine environment.


Mathematics The core purpose of mathematics is to solve problems, which can be challenging, beautiful, powerful, fascinating, and even mysterious.                                  


Medicinal Chemistry Medicinal Chemistry is the study of the design, biochemical effects, regulatory and ethical aspects of drugs for the treatment of disease.


Pharmacology Pharmacology requires a detailed understanding of both how the body functions (physiologically and biochemically) and the problems which can occur.


Physics A degree in physics will give you an understanding of the nature of matter combined with training in experimental methods and the mathematical analysis of physical processes.


Physiology Physiology is a science concerned with explaining how living organisms work.


Psychology Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour which ranges from a strictly quantitative and scientific approach to a more qualitative and personal approach.


Statistics Statistics is the human side of the computer revolution, an information science, the art and science of extracting meaning from seemingly incomprehensible data.