Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours) (Atmospheric Science)

Course summary

The Bachelor of Science Advanced Honours (Atmospheric Science) degree is for high-achieving students interested in a challenging program leading to a career in scientific research. The UOW Honours website provides lots of useful information regarding research opportunities, scholarships, and application procedures.

Progress in atmospheric science relies heavily on the analysis of data produced by satellite-borne and other types of instruments designed by physicists. Atmospheric scientists need a broad scientific basis as well as experience in computing. With the growing field of climate science and increasing demand for tools and instruments to predict and monitor the environment, atmospheric scientists use their broad range of skills to contribute toward innovations in design and prototyping of instruments, and the analysis and interpretation of data.

What you will study
The Bachelor of Science Advanced Honours (Atmospheric Science) requires completion of subjects in physics, mathematics, chemistry, earth and environmental science and statistics. You will also study specialist subjects in remote sensing and the physics of atmospheric processes. You will participate in various enrichment activities and develop a close association with an appropriate member of one of the Faculty’s research teams.

This degree will suit students who possess both an aptitude for physics and mathematics alongside a broad interest in science.

The University of Wollongong collaborates widely with Australian and international atmospheric science communities including other universities, CSIRO, ANSTO, the Bureau of Meteorology, federal and state government departments and international networks.

Course information

Study area




Course Code



4 years full-time (8 sessions) or part-time equivalent.


On Campus



UAC Code


Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Recent Secondary Education Admission Criteria These criteria may be used to gain admission to this course for students who are currently in year 12 or have recently completed their secondary education.

Recent secondary education students can gain admission to this course via non-ATAR or ATAR-based options.

NON-ATAR ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options students may be admitted on the basis of criteria other than ATAR.

Non-ATAR admissions at UOW take an individual approach to understanding potential for academic success. Each student is assessed based on key qualities across academic readiness, motivation & passion, planning & persistence, and communication & collaboration.

Early Admission

Students may be admitted to this course via Early Admission (where year 12 students are assessed on a combination of their results so far, and a personal interview with UOW staff).

Students with results indicated below will gain an Early Admissions interview for this course.

ATAR-BASED ADMISSION OPTIONS With these options, students may be admitted on the basis of ATAR or ATAR plus additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

Guaranteed entry selection ranks

The minimum score for guaranteed entry (or for consideration if this course has limited places) is an ATAR Selection Rank of 95. This includes the effect of ATAR adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors

You may be eligible for additional ATAR points, based on factors such as the subject areas you are studying, the area you live in (catchment), and equity and access schemes. Find out more about UOW's ATAR adjustment factors.

Other Admission Criteria

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION & TRAINING Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

HIGHER EDUCATION STUDY Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

WORK & LIFE EXPERIENCE Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.


This flexibly designed program provides exemption from some first year subjects for the high achieving student.


Commonwealth supported students are required to pay a student contribution amount towards the cost of their course. The amounts are calculated based on the subject cluster and the Equivalent Full-time Study Load (EFTSL) value of the subject. For information regarding student contribution amounts, please refer to the UOW Current Students website.


Applicants need to have achieved the required score in a qualification equivalent to the completion of 13 years of schooling in Australia.
In order to succeed in your chosen course, it is assumed you have completed relevant subjects in your senior high school studies or other relevant qualifications. This is particularly important for degrees which have a strong basis in Mathematics or Science.


The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score





IELTS Academic






TOEFL (Internet-based)






UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Pass (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


This flexibly designed program provides exemption from some first year subjects for the high achieving student.


Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.






On Campus

$17,496 (2018)

$139,968 (2018)

* Session fee(s) are for one session in 2018. The indicative total course tuition fee shown is an estimate based on normal course length and progression, and the 2018 tuition fee.

Admission Profile



This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2017.

Applicant background

2017 intake

2017 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.



Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.



Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.



ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an auditionor individual subject results).



Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).



Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.



International students All other students.



All students



L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2017

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer



Median rank to receive an offer



Lowest rank to receive an offer



L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates




2018 Autumn


Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close
Second Friday in December in year preceding enrolment

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February
Session: 26 February - 21 June

2018 Spring


Enrolment & Orientation: 16 July 2018
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Applications Close

International Applicants: 1 June
Domestic Applicants: 29 June
Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

CLO Description
1 Integrate knowledge of a variety of fundamentals physical laws to analyse behaviour and properties of physical systems.
2 Demonstrate advanced knowledge of research principles and methods associated with physics.
3 Integrate advanced technical and gognitive skills in reviewing, analysing and synthesising information to address specific themes in physics.
4 Exercise critical thinking, initiative and judgment in understanding complex concepts and constructing new understandings in contemporary physics.
5 Communicate advanced knowledge and ideas clearly and coherently by written and oral means to an expert and non-expert audiences.
6 Demonstrate initiative and creativity in planning and executing a research project pertinent to physics.


Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Accreditation & professional recognition

The Bachelor of Science Advanced Honours (Physics) degree conforms to the requirements for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics.

Why choose this course

When you study at UOW you join a vibrant community made up of leading fundamental physics and medical radiation physics researchers and teachers.

You’ll be part of the highly regarded UOW School of Physics, one that is ranked “above world standard performance” by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) in Condensed Matter Physics and Medical Radiation Physics.

Many physicists at UOW work under the aegis of the Institute for Superconducting and Electronic Materials (ISEM). ISEM is recognised as a flagship research strength of UOW.

The Department operates a 0.4m telescope equipped with modern electronic cameras and photometers, and collaborates with the Illawarra Science Centre in developing an astronomy teaching program.

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