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Multidisciplinary Science

Undergraduate Major

MJRU-MTDSC

Major
Multidisciplinary Science Major (BSc Science)
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70
Credit
600

Outline

Combine more than one science discipline and graduate ready to work across merging scientific boundaries.

Multidisciplinary Science

Top 1%

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019)

Cutting-edge

Graduate ready to work in environments where research and discovery abound.

Broad career options

Can be used as a pathway into other courses if you don't have the prerequisites you need.

This information is relevant for students commencing study in 2019. If you plan to commence study in 2020, please view the planned offering.

In many areas of scientific endeavour, knowledge across multiple disciplines has provided innovative solutions to important problems. This course provides a well-rounded and diverse skill set, preparing you for 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 career goals. You have the freedom to personalise your study plan in consultation with Curtin staff, while meeting the requirements for a degree in science.

You can combine science disciplines from areas such as agriculture, astronomy, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computing, environmental, geology, geographic information science, mathematics or physics, opening the door to further education or a number of STEM careers.

Alternatively, you can combine study of a science discipline with study from another faculty for careers in biomedical science, bioinformatics, genetics, food science, digital design, visualisation, management, professional writing or languages.

Multidisciplinary Science can be used as a pathway into other courses, including those listed below, if you lack the prerequisites for entry into those courses.

Data Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Physics

If you lack one or more prerequisites for entry into Data Science, Engineering, Mathematics or Physics, you can undertake them in Multidisciplinary Science along with other units from your desired course.

If you need to improve your ATAR score, you’ll need to complete a minimum of 100 credit points in one semester, including the prerequisite subject(s) you lack, and achieve a semester weighted average of more than 65 per cent.

Medical Radiation Science

If you lack the mathematics or physics prerequisites for entry into Medical Radiation Science, you can undertake them in Multidisciplinary Science along with other units from Medical Radiation Science.

If you need to improve your ATAR score you will need to complete a minimum of 75 credit points in the semester preceding the application, including the prerequisite subjects you lack, and achieve a course weighted average of more than 80 per cent to be considered. Places are limited and entry is competitive, so you may require a higher average in a given enrolment period.

This major sits within the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Science (Science).

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • 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.

Career information

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.

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in at least two scientific areas of study; recognise the limitations of scientific theories and the problem-solving capability of science; apply scientific principles and methodology to the solving of scientific problems
  • plan and design with guidance, experiments to test scientific theories; perform measurements with due regards to accuracy and precision; provide solutions to study problems and experimental designs, thinking creatively to develop innovative solutions
  • access a variety of existing information in the chosen scientific areas of study; determine the physical meaning, application, and societal implication of physical data and phenomena
  • competently use information technology and a variety of tools to retrieve, manipulate, transform and present data and information
  • communicate effectively, through the written word and by oral presentation of project work, within an ethical and professional framework of their chosen scientific area of study
  • design, construct and use appropriate experimental apparatus or algorithms to solve problems; apply and develop computational and statistical processes to experimental data with due regard to accuracy and precision; recognise and assess the limitations of experimental apparatus or methods, or algorithms in solving scientific problems
  • develop independent study and time management skills that will enhance learning capabilities in subsequent years of study and in professional life
  • recognise the universal nature of scientific disciplines; recognise that while nature/science and its language are acultural, the application and ways of working may have cultural dimensions
  • demonstrate a professional attitude to the conduct of project work; apply an ethical approach to analysis of scientific data and information

Admission criteria

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

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

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

I recently attended high school

Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, but also includes those who may have completed their senior secondary studies with a TAFE or other VET provider within the same time frame. This includes applicants whose secondary education was undertaken interstate or overseas.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    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.

  • STAT entry : Written English, Verbal and Quantitative

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

Other admission options

Lowest selection rank to which a recent Year 12 student offer was made (including the consideration of any equity or other adjustment factors)

View the lowest selection rank (incorporating ATAR plus any adjustments) of an applicant to which an offer of a place was made in the most relevant recent intake period, this includes any ATAR adjustments.

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 webpage.

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 relevant recent intake period.

I have work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are those who left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    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.

  • STAT entry : Written English, Verbal and Quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

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

I’ve studied at TAFE or done an apprenticeship

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

  • Guaranteed ATAR : 70 OR
  • TAFE:
    • AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of Higher English language proficiency is required; or
    • AQF Diploma; or
    • AQF Advanced Diploma

    AND

    • satisfied the prerequisite.

    The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

    • Maths Applications ATAR; or
    • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
    • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    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.

  • STAT entry : Written English, Verbal and Quantitative
  • Portfolio entry is available for those who can demonstrate equivalence to Curtin’s ATAR entry through the submission of a portfolio that includes evidence of your academic achievements, qualifications and ability.

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

I’ve gone to university before

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This includes applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It also includes applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

  • Curtin offers a variety of bridging courses to help you meet the admission criteria for this course. Find out more about our bridging courses.
  • Essential WACE subjects (pre-requisites)

    Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    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.

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

Curtin course switcher criteria

To switch into this course, you need to have met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • the prerequisites.

The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with:

  • Maths Applications ATAR; or
  • MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or
  • MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • Maths Applications ATAR or unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Applications ATAR.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Email: crl@curtin.edu.au

Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Science (Science) degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-MTDSC
  • Last updated on: December 10, 2019