Flexible study options for undergraduate Science

Please note: the information on this website is indicative only. Please check the UNSW Timetable 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 electives and fast-track the completion of their degree. The School of BEES also runs some field-based courses over the summer session for later-stage BEES major students.  


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 can be found here.


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* Undergraduate Science Courses 2019

Course CodeCourse NameDelivery Mode
AVIA3013Workplace SafetyFully Online
BABS1111Big Fat MythsFully Online
BEES2741Introduction to AstrobiologyFully Online
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
PSYC1062Psychological Science of WellbeingFully 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
GENS1111Big Fat MythsFully 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