Overview Studying STEM programs
Whether you plan to become a leading geophysicist, a marine biologist or if you just love science—there is a degree for you. With more than 40 science majors to choose from, Australia has you covered.
Australia’s unique climate and habitat, along with world-renowned instructors and field experts, offer study opportunities that prepare students to excel in many different fields. You can pursue an undergraduate degree straight from high school, participate in scientific research, and commence post-graduate study options to take your degree one step further.
Unique Program Options
Combined degree programs (also call double degree) offer opportunities for a greater depth and breadth of study, where you can choose more than one major and explore the world of STEM from various angles.
Several universities provide the option to complete your program on an accelerated schedule, allowing you to fast-track your studies and culminate your program in a shorter time period.
In addition, double degree programs provide the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s and master’s in as little as 4 years.
Health Science and Biomedicine
Agriculture and Environmental Science
Exercise & Sports Science
Data Science/ Computer Science/ IT
In Australia, the standard bachelor degree is 3 years in length. Some universities offer an accelerated structure which can be completed in 2 years and 8 months.
Some programs may offer an honours program which is an additional year of intensive study that students with a superior academic record may undertake upon completion of their undergraduate degree. Typically, an honours year includes some sort of research component.
Graduate studies at the master’s or doctorate level range from 1 to 4 years in length, depending on the degree and specialty.
Australian Study Timeline
Being in the southern hemisphere, the Australian school year is different from here in Canada. The regular school year typically runs from February to November, with summer break falling from November to February.
Common Start Dates
- Semester 1: February/March
- Semester 2: June/August
- Semester 3: October/November* only offered at some universities.
Common Application Deadlines
- Semester 1: October – November
- Semester 2: March – May
- Semester 3: August – October (only offered at some universities)
Regardless of the start date, it is recommended that you start your application(s) well ahead of the deadline!
University of Melbourne
University of Sydney
Charles Sturt University
James Cook University
University of Newcastle
University of Western Australia
University of Otago
University of Queensland
Licensing Practicing in Canada
An Australian STEM degree gives you the option of pursuing careers worldwide, including back home in Canada!
Please note that professional designations in certain fields such as engineering and psychology require additional training and must be verified by the regulatory body in your Canadian province/territory.