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Laws - Science (Chemistry), Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Melbourne, Australia
The Bachelor ofLaws - Science (Chemistry) from the Swinburne University of Technology   offers students a course focused on commercial law with emphasis on intellectual property law. As the only double degree in Victoria with this specialisation, students learn about trademarks, patents, copyright, the prohibition of misleading or deceptive conduct and competition law.
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The Bachelor ofLaws - Science (Chemistry) from the Swinburne University of Technology  course provides an understanding of complex scientific information.

Students complete law-related professional experience placements and are introduced to the practical aspects of legal practice through moot court scenarios and advocacy exercises.

The combination of degrees equips students with the skills to work within the knowledge economy and information technology businesses, as patent attorneys, and in legal fields specialising in intellectual property, media, and science.

Course learning outcomes

The Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Science provides an accredited qualification in law whilst enabling learning to be contextualised to the discipline of science. The degree also provides students with a broad, well-rounded legal education that inculcates an understanding of the role the law plays in our society and of how it can assist Australia as a trading nation. This is achieved by addressing policy and ethical issues and incorporating international perspectives in key units and discrete units dealing with international law, the law of some of Australia’s principal trading partners and professional scientific environments.

Upon successfully completing the Bachelor of Laws, the students will be able to:

  • describe and demonstrate the application of the fundamental areas of Australian law and the Australian legal system and of the principles and doctrines that underpin them
  • describe and demonstrate the application of ethical and professional responsibility in the practice of the law and a commitment to the pursuit of justice
  • analyse and evaluate the interdisciplinary contexts in which legal issues arise and the disciplines and policy considerations that influence the content and operation of the law
  • describe and compare the international legal order and the law and legal systems of Australia’s major trading partners
  • critically evaluate events or factual situations, identify the legal issues to which they give rise and develop and articulate appropriate and creative responses
  • undertake and critically evaluate research from a variety of sources to make judgements to solve complex legal problems with intellectual independence
  • demonstrate effective and persuasive communication capabilities with legal and non-legal audiences
  • communicate proficiently in professional practice to a variety of audiences, function as an effective member or leader of a diverse team and critically reflect on individual performance and professional development. 

Upon successfully completing the Bachelor of Science, the students will be able to: 

  • demonstrate a coherent understanding of science by articulating the methods of science, explain why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry and explain the role and relevance of science in society
  • exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge by demonstrating well-developed knowledge in at least one science disciplinary area
  • critically analyse and solve scientific problems by evaluating information from a range of sources, designing and planning an investigation, selecting and applying practical and theoretical techniques for that investigation and collecting, recording, interpreting and drawing conclusions from scientific data
  • effectively communicate science by presenting information or arguments, to a range of audiences, for a range of purposes using a variety of modes
  • adopt ownership of their own learning and scientific work by being independent and self-directed learners, working effectively and safely in an individual or team context, demonstrating knowledge of the regulatory framework relevant to the disciplinary area and practising ethical conduct.

Career opportunities

Graduates will have the theoretical and practical knowledge required to operate effectively in diverse settings such as law firms and barristers’ chambers, professional scientific environments, not-for-profit organisations, government, small businesses, corporate organisations and as patent attorneys.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 60 months
    • Duration description

      Part-time available for domestic students

  • Credits
    500 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Chemistry 
  • Essential Mathematics 
  • Analytical end Forensic Chemistry 
  • Investigative Organic Chemistry  
  • Spectroscopy and Instrumentation 
  • Advanced Analytical Chemistry 
  • Surface and Colloid Chemistry  
  • Inorganic Chemistry 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

CRICOS code: 085633G

  • General Mathematics
  • Note that General Mathematics studies must be equivalent to the Year 12 Further Mathematics subjects: VCE Further Mathematics 3 and 4, that include topics in data analysis, recursion and financial modelling; matrices; networks and decision mathematics; geometry and measurement; graphs and relations.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    35200 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 35200 AUD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    10340 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10340 AUD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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National fee is Commonwealth supported

Living costs for Melbourne

  • 1501 - 2660 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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