Welcome to undergraduate study at UWA

Congratulations on your decision to study at The University of Western Australia.

UWA's courses will provide you with an outstanding education and a globally recognised qualification. Our undergraduate degrees have been carefully designed for flexibility so you can follow your passion right from your first year or experiment a little before you commit to a major. A wide range of majors and electives mean you can construct a course of study that best suits you and will give you a unique education that sets you apart.

Our courses include the teaching of generic skills including critical thinking, communication skills, problem solving, teamwork and research skills that will give you the employability edge with attributes attractive to employers all over the world. There are exciting opportunities including study abroad, work-integrated learning (such as internships and placements), service learning and practical activities including field trips.

I encourage you to take advantage of the many wonderful opportunities available to you during your study at UWA to enhance your learning now and into the future.

Congratulations again and enjoy your study at this amazing world-class institution.

Professor Graham Brown
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Courses

Bachelor degree

Study pathway overview

The following courses are available to students commencing in 2021.

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Commerce

Degree-specific majors

Bachelor of Commerce students can choose their degree-specific major from the majors listed below.

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Degree-specific majors

Bachelor of Biomedical Science students can choose one of the majors listed below (except Science Communication) as a degree-specific major. Science Communication can only be taken as a second major in conjunction with a degree-specific Science major.

Bachelor of Automation and Robotics

Degree-specific majors

The Bachelor of Automation and Robotics is a specialised, single-major course.

Bachelor of Music

Degree-specific majors

The Bachelor of Music is a specialised, double-major course.

Bachelor of Business

Degree-specific majors

The Bachelor of Business offers these majors.

Bachelor of Environmental Design

Degree-specific majors

The Bachelor of Environmental Design is a specialised, single-major course except for students who choose the Architecture A and Architecture B double major.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Degree-specific majors

The Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics is a specialised course.

Students do not choose a major in the Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics but instead must complete all essential units and choose from a selection of other units in their second and third years to complete their degree.

Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) is a four-year integrated honours degree for high achievers.

Degree-specific majors

Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) students have the freedom to choose a degree-specific major from any of those offered in the undergraduate pass degree courses, subject to the requirements of those individual degrees:

Second majors and minors

Students can also choose a second major or a minor from those offered in the undergraduate pass degree courses.

Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours)

The Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours) is a four-year integrated honours degree for high achievers.

Degree-specific majors

The Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours) offers these specialised single majors.

A full list of all majors across all degrees is available.

You can take a second major from almost all of those offered in any of the other bachelor's degrees except where this is explicitly not permitted.

Important information

Re-enrolling students only

Bachelor of Design

Rescinded subject to continuing students being able to re-enrol and complete.
Degree-specific majors

Bachelor of Design majors have been integrated into our other degree courses.

Honours

If you have enjoyed your undergraduate course and wish to excel in your chosen field or pursue further study at postgraduate level, consider applying for honours. Honours involves undertaking an additional year of study at the end of your three-year bachelor's degree course.

An honours program involves one year of full-time study (or equivalent) and includes both research and coursework components. It comprises the equivalent of eight Level 4 units, normally including a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words (equal to four Level 4 units) which is completed over two consecutive semesters. Honours programs for different disciplines may vary. See your assigned Student Office for more details.

Honours students conduct a research project, developing valuable skills in advanced problem solving, critical thinking, independent learning and communication that are highly regarded by employers and important for further academic study.

You may apply to undertake an honours course in any discipline or field of study in which you have completed a major (either as a degree-specific major or as a second major).

The following honours courses are available to current UWA students as well as students who have completed their undergraduate course at another university:

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

The following specialisations will be offered in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) course as an additional year for suitably qualified graduates from The University of Western Australia as well as other institutions.

See the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules for the course structure of honours courses.

Joint and cognate honours

Arts students who wish to diversify their honours study may also choose to study either joint or cognate honours:

  • In a joint honours program, the student enrols in 18 or 24 points in their second area, and both specialisations are listed on the honours award. The student enrols in the 4700 administrative codes for both areas. Overall the student completes a standard 48 point program (50 per cent dissertation; 50 per cent seminar units).
  • In a cognate honours program, the student enrols in 6 or 12 points in their second area, and only the main specialisation is listed on the Honours award. The student enrols in the 4700 administrative code for the main area only. Overall the student completes a standard 48 point program (50 per cent dissertation; 50 per cent seminar units).

Honours available

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours)

The following specialisations will be offered in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) course as an additional year for suitably qualified graduates from The University of Western Australia as well as other institutions.

See the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules for the course structure of honours courses.

Honours available

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)

The following specialisations will be offered in the Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) course as an additional year for suitably qualified graduates from The University of Western Australia as well as other institutions.

See the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules for the course structure of honours courses.

Honours available

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Students enrolled in the four-year Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) course will undertake honours as part of their course structure. Advanced training in research and communication skills commences in the first year of the course.

Re-enrolling students only

Bachelor of Design (Honours) Only available to re-enrolling students.

The following specialisations will be offered in the Bachelor of Design (Honours) course as an additional year for suitably qualified graduates from The University of Western Australia as well as other institutions.

See the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules for the course structure of honours courses.

Honours available

Students cannot complete honours in Architecture, Integrated Design or Landscape Architecture ? research components are incorporated within the Master of Architecture and Landscape Architecture if they wish to pursue this option. Integrated Design is also in teach-out mode and is not available to new students.

Diplomas

Diplomas for undergraduates

Undergraduate diplomas can be studied concurrently with your undergraduate bachelor's degree.

Diplomas for graduates

Graduate-entry diplomas are available to students who already have a bachelor's degree.

Re-enrolling students only.

Advanced diploma

Advanced diploma courses provide a dedicated pathway for mature-aged Indigenous students preparing them for entry to UWA's professional postgraduate courses in law or medicine

Undergraduate certificate

Course advice

All enrolled students are allocated to a Student Office according to their individual study choices. Your Student Office will provide you with course information and advice. You can ask a question in person, online or via phone with an adviser. To find out which Student Office you are assigned to, login to studentConnect.