The world of Psychology beyond clinicians and couches
Kurt Lancaster's keen interest in human behaviour has led him beyond the realms of traditional psychology
You could develop solutions to global challenges.
All our degrees incorporate practical training like fieldwork, lab work, and projects with industry partners meaning you'll have plenty of opportunities to help make life-changing discoveries. See yourself here in 2020.
There’s no one type of scientist. Career opportunities are exciting and always evolving. You might work in a lab – discovering life-changing scientific breakthroughs, or in science education – sharing your passion and knowledge with the next generation. Science can also play a significant role in solving the environmental challenges we continue to face. From coastal and marine conservation, to working with cells and living organisms, you can help improve the health of our communities and planet. A science degree gives you the flexibility to explore your interests and make an impact through the pathway that’s right for you.
The immense field of science is exciting and always evolving. It underpins areas such as technology, industry, business, agriculture, environment, research and development, health, and the information revolution. Start your science career in roles like climatologists, marine scientists, oceanographers, conservationists, chemists, statisticians, and biotechnologists. You’ll develop practical business and communication skills that will complement and enhance your science knowledge – making you a highly-skilled and employable graduate.
We understand that sometimes you don't know exactly which degree you'd like to pursue, especially in a discipline as diverse as science and the environment. You might, however, know which scientific field excites you. Use these areas of interest to narrow down your study options based on your interests and career goals.
|Degree name||Selection rank|
|Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science|
|Bachelor of Biomedical Science|
|Bachelor of Biotechnology|
|Bachelor of Biotechnology (Honours)|
|Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours)|
|Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science|
|Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours)|
|Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science|
|Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science|
|Bachelor of Development Studies|
|Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours)|
|Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Business|
|Bachelor of Development Studies / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)|
|Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science|
|Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours)|
|Bachelor of Environmental Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science|
|Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management|
|Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (Honours)|
|Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management / Bachelor of Business|
|Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science|
|Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Honours)|
|Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition|
|Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition (Honours)|
|Bachelor of Mathematics / Bachelor of Science|
|Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science|
|Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science|
|Bachelor of Psychological Science (Advanced)|
|Bachelor of Science|
|Bachelor of Science (Advanced)|
|Bachelor of Science (Honours)|
|Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship|
|Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)|
Biology is the science of life. Within a biology major you will study the structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution of living organisms. Biology is an integral part of society due to our reliance on the natural world for our survival. The study of biological sciences spans a wide range of interests from genes to the environment.
Chemical engineering graduates learn to apply their knowledge of the synthesis and processing of chemicals to convert raw material into useful products. Your degree will prepare you to help develop everyday products like toothpaste, beer, puff pastry, chocolate, lipstick, paracetamol and petrol. Chemical engineers work in fields such as energy production, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
Almost everything you touch in the modern world will have a chemist’s input at some stage. Chemistry students study the manipulation of atoms and molecules for real-world applications and it plays a key role in virtually all sciences. Within a chemistry major, students learn how to help solve problems affecting the world we live in. Chemistry graduates are involved with developing new drugs, new computing devices and better energy storage materials.
Earth science is the study of the Earth and its neighbours in space. It is made up four basic areas: geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy. We live in a time where graduates who have learned how to approach the challenges faced by the Earth and its inhabitants are in high demand. Your degree may focus on issues such as climate change, alternate energy sources, over-population and natural disasters, just some of the issues Earth scientists are dealing with.
By studying ecology you will specialise in the scientific analysis and study of interactions between organisms and their environment. Your science degree will focus on understanding plant and animal populations and communities, as well as their ecosystems. Ecology students learn to research everything from tiny bacteria’s role in nutrient recycling to the effects of tropical rain forests on the Earth’s atmosphere. There are many practical applications of an ecology major in conservation biology, wetland management, natural resource management, city planning, community health, economics and human social interaction.
Environmental engineering graduates learn to apply their knowledge of chemistry, geomechanics, hydrology and land surface processes to find solutions for complex environmental problems, such as water pollution and soil erosion. Your degree will prepare you to be responsible for developing sustainable engineering practices that have a profound impact on our health and quality of life. Studying in this major will show you how environmental engineers work with other specialists to optimise the use of resources and minimise long-term impacts on the environment.
Exercise science explores the complex nature of human movement and how the body reacts to acute and chronic physical activity pursuits such as general fitness regimes, recreational activities and elite sports. With the increase of health problems due to lifestyle and inactivity and the high profile of elite sport, there is an increasing need for qualified specialists with an understanding of the relationship between exercise and health.
Food science is the study of the physical, biological, and chemical makeup of food; and the concepts underlying food processing. Food science degrees draw from many disciplines such as biology, chemical engineering, and biochemistry to help students learn about food processes and ultimately improve food products for the general public. Your study will focus on the physical, microbiological, and chemical makeup of food. Food science graduates are responsible for developing safe, nutritious foods and innovative packaging that lines supermarket shelves everywhere.
The Geography major focuses on the study of the environment of humans, and the complex ways humans and environments shape each other. Students aim to understand the processes that form cultural and physical environments, the geographical organisation of human practices and physical phenomena. Through their study of geography, graduates learn to analyse the interplay between human practices, environments and social political objectives.
When you major in Marine science, you will explore the impacts of fishing, climate change, pollution and how to manage these resources given our reliance on the marine environment for food, recreation, transport and energy. Students will learn about the interaction between humans and marine ecosystems within the approximately 16.1 million square kilometres of coastal shallows and ocean floor for which Australia is responsible. This specialisation produces graduates prepared for a range of challenges including the conservation of resources, control of pollution and management of species in these areas.
Medical research is conducted to aid and support the development of knowledge in the field of medicine. The study of medical research is heavily grounded in biology and can either focus on biomedical science or biotechnology. Biomedical science students learn about the human body, its structure and function in health and disease. Students who study biotechnology, however, will learn about the use of living organisms to modify products for a specific human purpose. Biotechnology plays a key role in the development of genetically modified crops or the creation of vaccines.
Medical radiation science is a field that’s constantly evolving. Medical radiation science degrees create healthcare professionals who perform complex testing and treatment to help diagnose and solve medical issues. Students can study three main branches of this scientific field: diagnostic radiography, nuclear medicine and radiation therapy.
Diagnostic radiography is an important first step to diagnosing, treating and managing injuries and disease. Nuclear medicine scientists conduct nuclear medicine scans of a person’s body using radioactive material called radioisotopes. Radiation therapy, also known as radiotherapy, uses sophisticated radiation technology to target and destroy cancer cells and shrink tumours – allowing cancer to be treated, managed and cured.
Photonics students study the science of producing, manipulating and detecting light. You will learn how this field incorporates optical fibres and their use in modern communications technology, which is the only apparent solution for the growing societal demand for bandwidth. Photonics underpins technologies of daily life from smartphones, laptops and the Internet, to medical instruments and lighting technology. A major in photonics has led students to diverse career paths.
Physics is one of the oldest natural sciences dedicated to the study of how the universe works. Majors in this branch of science are concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. Students will learn how physics explains the fundamental mechanisms of the other sciences, underpins the technologies that are the focus of engineering and opens up new areas of research.
By studying psychology, students will learn about the science of human behaviour, the human brain and its effect on the way we act and why. Your psychology degree covers a broad range of areas such as memory, decision-making and developmental studies. As a psychology graduate, you can apply this field of study in a broad range of industry sectors, enabling you to choose the career path that’s right for you.
The study of sustainable resource management is about learning how to strike a balance between protecting and using our environment. Achieving sustainability in the management of Australia’s natural resources is vital if we are to ensure the country’s ongoing social, economic and environmental well-being. A degree in sustainability and resource management will prepare graduates for diverse career opportunities.
Studying a combined degree gives you two qualifications at once. The advantage is that you graduate with two degrees in less time than doing them separately. You may also gain a competitive edge in the employment market as employers are increasingly looking for staff with diverse skill-sets.
Watch Joseph's story
Are you driven by curiosity to seek knowledge and solve problems? Biotechnology (Honours) alumnus and current PhD Candidate in Biological Science Joseph Pegler credits his own curiosity as the reason he became a scientist, studying how to create plant life that will survive climate change.
“I got into science research out of pure curiosity about how the world around us works,” says Joseph. “In third year, I was paired up with an academic on a placement. His research and his enthusiasm for plant-based research really drove me to the field.”
Specifically, Joseph went on to study how to maintain food security in the event of catastrophic global warming.
“By the year 2050, the global population is supposed to reach 9.5 billion people. And conditions surrounding global warming are supposed to get worse. Being able to maintain yield in the face of climate change will provide food for such an exponentially growing population” says Joseph.
Through the University of Newcastle, he earned the opportunity to travel to Katowice, Poland, to attend the COP24 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2018. Joseph describes the experience as a key milestone in his scientific career.
“[The conference] brings together like-minded people who want to make a difference in the face of climate change,” says Joseph. “The conference left me feeling motivated and inspired to make a difference.”
Another proud moment in his professional journey was a project that aimed to use plant-based science to improve lives in Kenya.
“I was a part of a project that aimed to bring clean drinking water to a small community in Kenya” he explains. “We aimed to use plant seeds to filter dirty water to allow people to drink it.”
“It’s always motivating to do research when you can see there’s real world application for the findings and discoveries you made.”
When Joseph reflects on his chosen field, he feels grateful to be making a difference while doing what he loves, at an institution that supports him.
“The University of Newcastle encompasses all the positive features and activities students seek from their tertiary education. Quality learning facilities and academics, a range of educational and entertaining activities, and an inclusive and encouraging space for students from a diverse range of personal and cultural backgrounds.”
He’s eager to spread his love of science on to future generations.
“Science is pretty amazing. You’re pushing the envelope with knowledge to try to develop new approaches and solutions to issues facing the world” he says.
“When I finish my PhD I want to get into academics, so I can inspire the next wave of students the same way I was, and also continue my research.”
Kurt Lancaster's keen interest in human behaviour has led him beyond the realms of traditional psychology
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