Flexible study options in Science

Please note: the information on this website is indicative only. Please check the UNSW Timetable website for the most accurate and up to date availability of these courses. 

Flexible study courses are particularly helpful if you:

  • want to fast track your degree
  • need to catch up on a course you have missed, or been unsuccessful in
  • are looking to complete your general education requirements outside of session
  • are undertaking a dual program of study or enrolled in a concurrent diploma
  • began your studies mid-year
  • need a flexible timetable due to other commitments

Flexible Study Course Offerings:

Summer Intensives

The Faculty of Science offers a range of first year courses in summer session providing students with the opportunity to complete Stage 1 requirements in certain disciplines.  Completion of these courses may be necessary for students to progress onto Stage 2 in the following year. The School of BEES also run some field-based courses over the summer session for later-stage BEES major students.  

Students who have passed the “1A” courses in any of the three Science disciplines Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics may enrol in the “1B” course over summer.


Science courses offered in Summer 2017 – 2018

BABS1201Molecules, Cells & Genes
CHEM1021Chemistry B
GEOS1701Environmental Systems, Processes and Issues
MATH1231Mathematics 1B
PHYS1221Physics 1B
PHYS1231Higher Physics 1B
PHYS1110Everyday Physics (Online Course)
PHYS1160Introduction to Astronomy (Online Course)

Science and the Cinema

Note: This course can be taken as a free elective by science students, and a general education course by non-science students. 

BIOS3123Conservation in Practice
BIOS6692Advanced Underwater Field Ecology


Summer 2018/19


Summer 2018/19 will be the last 8-week summer teaching period before the new UNSW3+ academic calendar is introduced.


Some first year courses which have historically run in Summer will not be offered in Summer 2018/19. Instead, they will be running twice, or even three times in the new 10-week terms in 2019.


Information on 2018/19 summer offerings will be updated soon. Please check back here in 2018!


Summer 2019/20


Summer 2019/20 will be a shorter, more intensive teaching period.

Course offerings for this period are not yet finalised. Please check back here in 2019!


Online Courses


We get it. Sometimes you just want to study from the comfort of your living room!

UNSW Science offers a range of fully and partially online courses. 

Online Science Courses 2018

Course CodeCourse NameDelivery Mode
BEES6741Astrobiology: Life in the UniverseFully Online
BEES6800The Science of Science CommunicationFully Online
CLIM1001Introduction to Climate ChangeFully Online
PSYC1022The Psychology of AddictionFully Online
PSYC1023Abnormal PsychologyFully Online
PSYC1024Clinical Perspectives on Anxiety, Mood and StressFully Online
PSYC1025Psychology of WorkFully Online
PSYC1027Forensic Psychology: Crime, Courts and CorrectionsFully Online
PHYS1110Everyday PhysicsFully Online
PHYS1160Introduction to AstronomyFully Online
SCIF1004Science and the CinemaFully Online

Note: Some online courses require in-person attendance for the final exam, during the official UNSW final exam period. Please check the relevant UNSW Handbook entry and course outline for more information on exam attendance requirements.


Online Science Courses for non-Science Students

The online courses below are available to non-science students as general education. Science students are not permitted to enrol in these courses.

Course CodeCourse NameDelivery Mode
GENS0401Introduction to Climate ChangeFully Online
GENS4008Nuclear Arms, Peace and Global GovernanceFully Online
GENS4015Brave New World: Science Fiction, Science Fact and the FutureFully Online
GENS5003Aviation Contemporary IssuesFully Online
GENS5013Workplace SafetyFully Online