The Bachelor of Life Sciences is a three-year full-time generalist degree, with an emphasis on life and health sciences. It brings together the biological, environmental and medical sciences to answer fundamental questions, from the way things work at the molecular level to the study of entire ecosystems.  

Discoveries in Life Sciences are integral to the advancement of our world and society. 

Choose From a Range of Fascinating Subjects 

If you enjoyed biology at school, the Bachelor of Life Sciences is the right choice for you.

Fields of study can include: 

  • botany 
  • biological chemistry 
  • biology 
  • biotechnology 
  • ecology 
  • marine science 
  • microbiology 
  • molecular and cell biology 
  • physiology 
  • zoology.

Students who excel in Life Sciences can undertake an honours research year in a related field after completing their degree. This is a useful pathway to postgraduate study, especially in health and medical fields. 

Learn With the Best  

UNSW Faculty of Science is at the forefront of exciting new scientific developments. We are renowned for our exciting research and teaching excellence. 

Our mission is to provide innovative academic programs that are relevant to Australian and International students. 

The Life Sciences degree is taught on UNSW’s Sydney campus. Here you’ll find state-of-the-art facilities in the new Biological Sciences building, which houses flexible research laboratories and advanced specialised equipment. 


You can choose from the following majors to specialise within a specific subject area: 

Kickstart Your Career 

Studying a Bachelor of Life Sciences opens a wide range of rewarding career opportunities. Our graduates are working in higher education, conservation and government roles. They’re also employed in commercial enterprises across medical, pharmaceutical, chemical, cosmetics, food and beverage industries. 

What Our Students Say 

“The great thing about coming to UNSW is first-of-all, the atmosphere. People are friendly and really supportive, you have great facilities, the weather’s great, and you can’t beat that”  

- Karl Shamlaye, Science student alumnus 

Find Out More 

You can find more information on this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Degree Finder