Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Nanotechnology)

Fast facts

Course type: Honours
Course length: 4 years
Location: On campus

2016 Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR): 80.00
Guaranteed entry ATAR:
Diploma or above
Bonus points: Yes

International students
FISC Foundation: 6.6, A Levels: 9, IB Diploma: 27, Gao Kao: Tier Two
English requirements

Course overview

Nanotechnology is a specialisation within a Bachelor of Science (Honours). This specialisation is also available within the 3 year Bachelor of Science.

This pioneering degree – the first of its type in Australia when introduced in 2000 – will equip you to be a part of this new industrial revolution. You will graduate ready to start working in a variety of scientific professions and to play a leading role in the future as nanotechnology grows, matures and reveals its full potential.

Nanotechnology draws on the strengths of all the basic sciences and the course will give you a strong background in these sciences. In particular, there is an emphasis on developing computational skills and an awareness of the roles and uses of computers in science and society.

From Second Year you will choose to specialise in one of two areas:

  • Biomedical Nanotechnology
  • Quantum Nanostructures.

By taking an Honours year, you will further develop your professional skills, particularly those relevant to research and development, as well as your technical expertise and knowledge.

What will I study? 

Refer to the course rule.

What is Nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology is science at the molecular level and, like biotechnology and information technology, it is a growth industry with the potential to change the world.

Why study Nanotechnology at Flinders?

  • We were the first Australian university to offer an undergraduate degree in nanotechnology and we continue to set the pace in teaching innovation. We have, for example, recently piloted a program funded by the State Government to place students in industries for both summer jobs and Honours projects.
  • Our teachers are also leading researchers who attract several million dollars each year in research funding and receive many invitations to present at national and international conferences. They also contribute to the Molecular Technologies Research Group, which is one of the University’s flagship research concentrations. More than 50 specialist scientists are working on molecular assembly processes, nanostructure development, and the regulation and manipulation of molecular processes.
  • Our expertise is underpinned by combined strengths in chemistry, biology and materials science and by the fact that we share our campus with a world-class medical research centre. This overlap of expertise is unique.
  • Among other accolades, Professor Nico Voelcker received a Tall Poppy in Science Award as an outstanding young researcher in South Australia and Professor Joe Shapter received a National Carrick Institute Citation for his work in establishing this degree, and in 2009 received an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Award for Teaching Excellence.

Career Opportunities

What can I do with my Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology) degree?

Combined degree options

You can combine this degree with any other bachelor degree within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, subject to meeting entry requirements.

Combine with the Bachelor of Letters

The Bachelor of Letters is available to all students studying a degree at Flinders and is available in languages, English and creative writing. It enables you to follow your interests and aspirations and enhance your career prospects by undertaking a second area of study in addition to your primary degree. You will graduate with two qualifications, expanding your employment opportunities.

Entry requirements

Prerequisities: Biomedical Nanotechnology stream: SACE Stage 2 Chemistry
Quantum Nanostructures stream: SACE Stage 2 Chemistry, Physics and Mathematical Studies or equivalent.

International students: Biomedical Nanotechnology stream – you are expected to have completed senior secondary chemistry; Quantum Nanostructures stream – Senior secondary chemistry, physics, and mathematical studies.

Domestic students: You can qualify for undergraduate courses through: year 12 qualifications, adult entry (STAT/Bridging Program), TAFE/VET qualification, higher education transfers. Flinders also offers a range of special access schemes. Refer to undergraduate study applications.

International students: Entry and English requirements

Applications and annual fees

Domestic students
SATAC code: 224271
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: SATAC Uniweb 
Annual fees:

Place type: Commonwealth-supported

2016: $8,471

International students
CRICOS code: 089676J
Mid year entry: Yes
Applications: How to apply 
Annual fees:

2016: $28,100
2017: $29,000




  • Domestic student fees are indicative only. Further information: How are these fees calculated?
  • We accept international applications for programs commencing beyond the year advertised and tuition fees for these years will be higher. Please note that your tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase.

Credit transfer

Refer to credit transfer for further information.

Related courses

Further study options

Course brochures

Domestic students
Science & Mathematics (PDF 4MB)

International students
eBrochure: Undergraduate international prospectus