UNSW Science bridging courses in physics, chemistry and mathematics are short, in-depth courses designed to strengthen your knowledge in the key areas required for your first year of study.  

The bridging courses are meticulously designed to help you attain the level of assumed knowledge required to successfully manage first-year course content. 

While the physics bridging course is taught entirely online, the chemistry and mathematics bridging courses give you the option of face-to-face tutorials. This lets you experience how they are taught at UNSW through 40 hours of tuition consisting of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • laboratory classes
  • demonstration sessions.

Assumed Knowledge

Assumed knowledge is what your lecturer or tutor will reasonably expect you to know from the beginning of your course. If you don't have the assumed knowledge for your course, you can still apply to UNSW, however, we strongly encourage you to undertake bridging or other preparation courses to ensure you get the most out of your first year of undergraduate study. 

If you’re not sure whether you meet the assumed knowledge requirements for your degree of choice, you can ask us a question or call us on 02 9385 6125.


UNSW Science bridging courses are open to domestic or international:  

  • school leavers 
  • mature-age students 
  • deferred students 
  • currently enrolled UNSW students. 

You may undertake the bridging courses at UNSW even if you’re intending to enrol at another university. 

However, we advise you to first ensure that the UNSW bridging course(s) you select is approved by that institution. 

Additional Information

Registration is now open for 2020.

Register for the Mathematics Bridging course.

Register for the Chemistry Bridging course.

Register for the Physics Bridging course.

Each of UNSW’s bridging course includes an examination as outlined in the timetable below. 

Students who successfully complete the course(s) including the examination(s) by achieving a mark of 50 or above will be issued a certificate.

You can visit the Science Student Centre in the Robert Webster Building (room 128) for any enquiries about physics, chemistry, and mathematics bridging courses. 

Alternatively, you can call (02) 9385 6125 or email us

Find Robert Webster Building (G14) on the campus map.

You can email the Science Student Centre to request a withdrawal or transfer from one bridging course to another. 

Withdrawals and transfers will incur a $50 administration fee. The cut-off date for withdrawals for all courses with a refund is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, 22 January 2020. 

Refunds are made by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). 

Bridging Course Timetable: Summer 2020

All times TBC.

Physics  Chemistry  Mathematics 

Taught entirely online 

From 20 January to 5 February 2020. 

Optional tutorials and lab work (face-to-face) 

From 3 February to 6 February 2020. 

Optional tutorials (face-to-face) 

On 20, 22, 24, 28, 29 and 31 January & on 3

and 5 February 2020. 

Final exam: 6 February 2020    Final exam: 7 February 2020  Final exam: 7 February 2020