Bachelor of Science - CDF

Explore the World of Science

Science is the foundation of most human knowledge. From the tiny subatomic particles forming the building blocks of existence through to managing Earth’s precious resources, science deepens your knowledge of the way the world works.

Science is also fundamental to defence specialties such as technology, computers, aircraft, ships, explosives, code-making and code-breaking.   

The Australian Defence Force requires leaders with sound scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills. As a Bachelor of Science graduate from UNSW Canberra at ADFA you will possess the intellectual and analytical skills required to be an effective leader and have broad choices about where to take your ADF career.  

Expand your understanding and discover the world of science with a Bachelor of Science from UNSW Canberra.

Chief of the Defence Force Programs

The Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) programs offer the opportunity for students entering UNSW Canberra with a high Entrance Rank, and who maintain a high level of performance in their studies, to undertake research in a range of disciplines that will develop their critical thinking and independent research skills beyond that available in the standard bachelor degree programs. 

The range of CDF programs are characterised by the inclusion of specialist courses in critical analysis and/or research methods appropriate to the area of study. All programs also include discipline-specific research projects. The research projects will be supervised by academic staff from the relevant discipline. With the approval of the Head of School, multi- or cross-disciplinary projects may be undertaken. Students in the research courses may work independently or as part of a team, depending on the nature of the project undertaken, though all students will submit individual assessment. Final assessment will be based on a written paper or report and oral presentations.  

Throughout the program, students will be engaged with cohort activities so as to develop and maintain their interest and continuing involvement in the program via invited lectures, seminars, general reading and social events.

World-Class Teaching & Facilities

When you study Science with UNSW Canberra, you’ll join a unique and diverse community. Learning from leading academics and industry experts, your qualifications and skills will be highly sought after in Australia and abroad. Benefit from the best university teacher-to-student ratio in Australia and access world-class research materials and laboratories. 

Find out more