Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)/Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences)

Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)/Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences)

UNDERGRADUATE

Discover a rapidly growing area of science.  Build knowledge in physics and chemistry, and learn to design smart materials at the molecular level.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not published*

Duration:
Full-time 4 years
Part-time 8 years
Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not published

Duration:
Full-time 4 years
Fees:

AU$37,440 (2023 annual)

Next intake:
February
Location:
Melbourne City
The Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)/Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences) (BP229) has been replaced with the NEW Bachelor of Science (BP350).  Visit BP350 for more information and to apply.

Overview

This branch of science is radically changing industry and society, and is creating exciting new job opportunities.

It's been almost half a century since Richard Feynman first imagined nanotechnology, but it’s only recent developments that have allowed scientists to fully explore this theory – leading to a world of potential benefits and commercial applications from mobile phones to solar panels; and from cosmetics to breakthrough medicine.

The Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology) / Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences) degree is truly multidisciplinary. By combining fundamental physical theory, chemistry principles, and a focus on applications to the design and study of nanomaterials, it is designed to give you the skills and knowledge you’ll need to work in the rapidly growing area of nanotechnology. Through your studies, you’ll receive a strong grounding in the science and applications of nanoscale materials, with the opportunity to major in either chemistry or physics.

There is a strong emphasis on using state-of-the-art instruments and practical applications vital to a successful career in nanoscience.

Why study nanotechnology at RMIT?

Leaders in nanotechnology

RMIT is at the forefront of education and research in the rapidly evolving field of nanotechnology - the science and engineering of materials less than a micrometre in size.

Multidisciplinary learning

RMIT’s double degree encompasses physical, chemical, biological and engineering nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Purpose-built facilities

RMIT’s equipment and facilities are readily accessible, including the $30 million MicroNano Research Facility which is driving leading advances in micro- and nanotechnologies.

Details

As a student of this degree, you’ll have access to specialised facilities, including the MicroNano Research Facility and the Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility.

Blended learning options

Courses offered as part of blended learning programs include a meaningful blend of online, on-campus, and workplace based learning tailored to the type of study you undertake. This learning is active, prioritising tasks that involve exploration and development of skills and knowledge through interaction and engagement.

Online aspects provide positive benefits such as flexibility and adaptability using digital activities and materials, while also strengthening the interaction and connection with timetabled and on-campus experiences such as tutorials, practicals, or workshops.

You'll have the opportunity to work on research projects and practical activities, often undertaken in collaboration with industry.

The final-year Science Project will also provide you with the opportunity to develop an independent research project which can involve an industry partner.

Global work, exchange and study experiences

RMIT offers a range of opportunities for our students to study abroad through global work, exchange and study experiences with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

Year 1

You'll study the fundamental sciences of chemistry, physics, scientific skills and mathematics and be introduced to the integrated and multidisciplinary nature of nanotechnology.

Year 2

From second year, you'll start to focus on your chosen major in either chemistry or physics.

You'll also start to study more advanced areas of science, including analytical spectroscopy, semiconductor device fabrication, and atomic-level materials characterisation methods which are applied in current nanoscience research.

Year 3

You'll further your study of advanced nanotechnology including using neutron and X-ray scattering and self-assembly, surfaces and interfaces in nanotechnology, as well as continue to study courses from your chosen major.

Year 4

Your final year will focus on advanced studies in your chosen major.

You'll also be prepared for the workforce through work-integrated learning opportunities, which are part of the Professional Scientist and Science Project courses.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)/Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences)
Program code: BP247

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)/Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences)
City Campus
4 years full time or 8 years part time
BP247ASCDD
060826E
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full time or 8 years part time
Plan code
BP247ASCDD
CRICOS
060826E
Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)/Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences)
City Campus
4 years full time
BP247ASCDD
060826E
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full time
Plan code
BP247ASCDD
CRICOS
060826E

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan BP247ASCDD - 3200332113

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

Career

Nanotechnology graduates are in demand for research or industry-based careers in Australia and overseas.

Our recent graduates have found employment in government research centres such as the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO); in industry research, including the Commonwealth Serum Laboratories (CSL) Pty Ltd; and in medical research facilities, including St Vincent’s Hospital.

There are graduate shortages in the nano-enabling specialisations of chemistry, particularly polymer, colloidal, organic and bio-inorganic chemistry; materials science and engineering; microelectronics fabrication and meteorology.

Graduates can work in areas such as:

  • telecommunications
  • computing
  • defence
  • solar energy
  • medicine
  • aerospace
  • paints and coatings
  • cosmetics
  • environmental remediation.

Graduates may also complete a Master or PhD and become researchers.

Admissions

The Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)/Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences) (BP229) has been replaced with the NEW Bachelor of Science (BP350)Visit BP350 for more information and to apply.

Additional information

View the ATAR profile and selection rank from students offered a place into this program wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most relevant recent intake period.

The student profile provides insight into the likely peer group for this program.

*ATAR refers to the lowest selection rank to which an offer was made (including consideration of any adjustments) for current and recent Year 12 applicants.

RMIT is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your undergraduate study options. Find out more about admission to RMIT.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 70% (see calculator below).

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.

Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.

Entry score calculator
Minimum Score Required

Don’t meet the requirements?

Higher Mathematics & one of Chemistry or Physics; or Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) Units 3 and 4 in Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics & one of Chemistry or Physics, with study scores of at least 20.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

Understanding pathways

Even though there are no formal pathways into this course, there are often other ways you can gain entry. For more information, use our Pathways finder or contact Study@RMIT to discuss your options.

Even though there are no formal pathways into this course, there are often other ways you can gain entry.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

When you successfully complete this degree, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Honours or Postgraduate degree.

You can gain entry to this degree from RMIT Foundation Studies or a range of vocational study programs.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

When you successfully complete the Bachelor of Science (Nanotechnology)/Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences) you may be eligible for entry to the Bachelor of Science (Applied Sciences) (Honours).

Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry into other RMIT honours or postgraduate degrees.

Fees

2023 indicative fees

In 2022, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$4,124 to AU$15,142*.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$326 maximum fee for 2023.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.

Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

New government eligibility rules in 2022 - low completion rates

From 2022, there are new government rules about eligibility for higher education student funding as part of the Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates legislation. If you're starting a program in or after 2022 and are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or have a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, these changes affect you. For details, please see Low completion rate and government funding.

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.

How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?

The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package

The fees in the table below apply to students who commence their program in 2023. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.

Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.

You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2023 for commencing students

Student contribution band by course (subject)

Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2023

Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture $4,124 per standard year
$515 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $8,301 per standard year
$1,037 per standard (12 credit point) course
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science $11,800 per standard year
$1,475 per standard (12 credit point) course
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture $15,142 per standard year
$1,892 per standard (12 credit point) course

HECS-HELP Loans

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2023 is $326. 

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

The annual tuition fee for 2023 is AU$37,440.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2023 commencement is AU$149,760.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

This qualification has been superseded.

Local applicants visit BP350 Bachelor of Science for full details and to apply.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.