Campuses and locations
The University of Newcastle is a multi-campus institution offering programs in a number of locations.
Face to Face
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.
AUD39,485 (indicative annual fee, 2021)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees
3 years full-time.
Face to Face
There’s no one type of scientist. Career opportunities are ever-evolving and exciting. You might work in a lab, discovering life-changing scientific breakthroughs. You could work in science education, sharing your passion and knowledge with the next generation. Maybe you see yourself using science to shape government policy – or something else entirely.
You will learn from leading science researchers who will guide you through a tailored program, specifically designed to give you the skills that employers are seeking. You’ll be able to follow your passions, and customise your study with a wide range of disciplinary choices.
Discover a new way of learning and develop practical skills that will enhance your science knowledge and make you a highly employable science graduate.
Most of the critical issues that face our society today require science to help find the right solutions for our current and future generations. Using the latest scientific developments and advancements, you'll learn first-hand from our actively involved researchers how to deliver innovative solutions for real-world problems. You'll also develop highly sought after and transferable skills in problem solving, communication and independent thinking.
Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
Some typical roles include:
Need some inspiration? Here are 10 types of scientists in the world today.
Communicators share science with the world. They find creative, targeting way to communicate information to a wide range of audiences, and work across diverse industries like TV, advertising, public affairs, museums and cultural institutions.
Entrepreneurs make big ideas a reality. They combine their knowledge of science and business with an entrepreneurial flair, embracing every opportunity to bring new innovations to the world.
Investigators are experts at finding connections between ideas and information, and using this to map the scientific landscape. By working in a team to plot the bigger picture, they allow others to find their way more easily.
Policy Makers use their scientific knowledge and understanding to help shape government policy. Through excellent communication and negotiating skills, they ensure decisions are grounded in sound, scientific evidence.
Regulators are all about safety. They ensure that new science and technology is safe and secure. They require excellent communication skills and must build trust and confidence among other scientists and the public. For example, Regulators check that our food is safe to eat.
Developers take other people’s discoveries and transform them into something practical – like a new product, service or technology. They are practical problem-solvers who embrace challenges with fresh eyes and new ideas.
Explorers take risks. They embrace a bold approach to research in pursuit of new scientific discovery. They aspire to break new ground across a diverse range scientific fields, and it’s hard to know what they might find. Whatever it is, there’s a good chance it’s never been found before.
Some might say the Technician represents the most traditional picture of a scientist. Lab coat, test tubes, experiments – Technicians work in specialised laboratories to carry out crucial scientific tasks. Their findings are essential to a huge range of areas like crime scene investigation, food science, health service, education and research.
Business Scientists combine their understanding of science, technology and business to excel across all industries. They’re not only in demand in obvious fields like pharmaceuticals or IT, but also finance, insurance, marketing, product development and many more.
Educators share their passion and knowledge of science with the world. They help students in schools, colleges, universities, and other institutions like museums, to understand scientific concepts, and inspire them to use their new knowledge to make the world better. They also develop tools and methods to improve the way science is taught, and information is received.
Additional work integrated learning opportunities may include volunteer work with Oakvale Wildlife Park and the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre (CCMDC), a community initiative that aims to promote the sustainable use and enjoyment of our coasts and oceans. Roles may involve supporting displays, special events, education programs and fun activities for the community.