Undergraduate - your first degree

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Why study at UWA?

At UWA, you'll join a community of people who seek to inspire progress and challenge the status quo.

Whether you know exactly what you want to do or are still figuring out, our flexible course structure allows you to find your pathway. Whatever aspirations you may have, studying with us will equip you with the skills needed to succeed in our rapidly changing world.


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Student life

University life is about so much more than just study. We have a host of clubs and societies you can join to take part in activities you already enjoy or get involved in something new. There are events throughout the year, from the O-Day Festival at the start of the year to food fairs, regional trips, wellness sessions and themed activity weeks like Pride Week.

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Study Abroad and Student Exchange

As part of your learning experience at UWA, you can undertake a semester or a year abroad. UWA has 180+ exchange agreements with tertiary institutes all over the world. If you can’t commit to a full semester away or want to build on your previous exchange experience, completing an internship, practicum, short course or research program overseas are other alternatives.

Career and industry connections

Our graduates consistently exceed the national average starting salaries and State graduate employment rates. We celebrate strong industry partnerships, offering you practical, real-world experiences in addition to valuable networking opportunities.

As a student, you can connect with an industry professional for one-on-one advice and develop your skills. Our network of industry placements also allows you to find uncredited placements, and for-credit placements or practicums can be arranged as part of your degree.

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Our courses

Your first degree, or undergraduate degree, starts you on a path towards your future career. At UWA, our five undergraduate degrees offer a broad range of options and a high degree of flexibility, allowing you to combine subjects in a way that matches your career goals with your personal interests.

More than 65 majors (specialisations) are available at this level, with a number of professional pathways offered at postgraduate level (your second degree).

You'll complete at least one degree-specific, or main, major within your first degree. In most cases (some exceptions apply), you'll have the opportunity to incorporate a second major if you wish.

UWA's six undergraduate degrees

We offer more than 65 majors within our undergraduate degrees.

Bachelor of Arts

Degree specific majors 26

Explore what it means to be human. The Bachelor of Arts can include study of the humanities, social and cultural studies, languages and music.

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Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Degree specific majors 13

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science, a new degree commencing in 2018, encompasses the biological basis of human structure and function and the application of this knowledge to disease, wellbeing and society. 

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Bachelor of Commerce

Degree specific majors 8

Make a positive difference in the world. UWA Commerce graduates bring together people and organisations across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

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Bachelor of Design

Degree specific majors 4

Learn how to devise and produce objects, places, spaces and processes in response to economic, technical and social needs and desires. Note: the last intake of this bachelor's degree is Semester 2, 2017. Most Design majors will then fall under the Bachelor of Arts.

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Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Degree specific majors 69

An inspiring and research-oriented four-year degree for high-achieving students.

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Bachelor of Science

Degree specific majors 25

Reason, logic, observation, analysis, resourcefulness, creativity, imagination, experimentation and synthesis – these are the essence of science.

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Our degree structure

UWA's three-year undergraduate degrees consist of 24 units or subjects. You’ll complete at least one degree-specific major, with the option to choose a second, as well as a number of units designed to broaden your learning experience. A full-time study load usually involves four units per semester.

The Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) has a similar structure to other bachelor’s degrees and has an additional year of honours. This is an integral part of the course and involves an extended research project in the final year of study. During the course you will attend a pre-semester residential camp, study overseas and have advanced training in communication and research skills.

Direct Pathways

We offer assured places for Year 12 students wishing to pursue a professional career in a range of fields. These allow you to reserve a place in – or progress to – your desired professional postgraduate degree (your second degree). For areas such as law, pharmacy, dental medicine and medicine, there is a limited number of places in postgraduate courses. Depending on the area, you may also be required to maintain a specified academic mark to retain your place.

Our Direct Pathways are available in the following areas:

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