Flexible Study

Providing the Flexibility to Study Your Way

We understand that university may be just one of many commitments that you have. UNSW Science gives you the freedom to take control of your studies, to help you get the most out of your university experience.

Take advantage of studying online or customise a flexible timetable to study wherever and whenever suits you best. You can opt to fast track your degree with intensive courses over the summer break, catch up on a course you’ve missed or failed previously, or complete your general education requirements outside of session.

Our flexible study options are also helpful if you'd like to begin your studies mid-year, if you’re undertaking a double degree or have enrolled in a concurrent diploma.

Please check the UNSW Timetable for the most accurate and up to date availability of these courses. The information below is indicative only.

Flexible Study Course Offerings

Online* Undergraduate Science Courses 2020

Summer 2020 will begin on 6 January 2020 and run for 5 weeks, which is a shorter, more intensive teaching period than previous years.  

Course Code 

Course Name 

2020 Term Offerings 

Delivery Mode 

AVIA2025 

Introduction to Airborne Drone Management 

Term 3 

Online tuition, In-person final exam 

AVIA3013 

Workplace Safety 

Term 3 

Fully Online 

BABS1111 

Big Fat Myths 

Term 1, Term 3 

Fully Online 

BEES2741 

Introduction to Astrobiology 

Term 2 

Fully Online 

BEES6741 

Astrobiology: Life in the Universe 

Term 3 

Fully Online 

BEES6800 

The Science of Science Communication 

Term 1, Term 3 

Fully Online 

CLIM1001 

Introduction to Climate Change 

Term 2, Term 3 

Fully Online 

PSYC1022 

The Psychology of Addiction 

Summer, Term 1, Term 2, Term 3 

Fully Online 

PSYC1023 

Abnormal Psychology 

Term 1, Term 2, Term 3 

Fully Online 

PSYC1024 

Clinical Perspectives on Anxiety, Mood and Stress 

Summer, Term 2, Term 3 

Fully Online 

PSYC1025 

Psychology of Work 

Term 1, Term 3 

Fully Online 

PSYC1027 

Forensic Psychology: Crime, Courts and Corrections 

Term 1, Term 3 

Fully Online 

PSYC1062 

Psychological Science of Wellbeing 

Term 1 

Fully Online 

PHYS1110 

Everyday Physics 

Term 1, Term 2, Term 3 

Fully Online 

PHYS1160 

Introduction to Astronomy 

Term 1, Term 2, Term 3 

Fully Online 

SCIF1004 

Science and the Cinema 

Summer, Term 2 

Fully 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 Code 

Course Name 

2020 Term Offerings 

Delivery Mode 

GENS0401 

Introduction to Climate Change 

Term 2, Term 3 

Fully Online 

GENS1111 

Big Fat Myths 

Term 1, Term 3 

Fully Online 

GENS2025 

Introduction to Airborne Drone Management 

Term 3 

In-person final exam 

GENS4008 

Nuclear Arms, Peace and Global Governance 

Term 2 

Fully Online 

GENS4015 

Brave New World: Science Fiction, Science Fact and the Future 

Term 1 

Fully Online 

GENS5013 

Workplace Safety 

Term 3 

Fully Online