STEM degrees are available online from Australian universities. As this degrees list shows, distance learning options exist for many Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects.

100% online study is supported for: most science fields, information technology programs, some non-professional engineering degrees, and for just about any maths unit you can think of.

Where students may have to attend a campus, at least occasionally, are for hands-on STEM fields. These include certain science majors and 4-year engineering degrees.

Around 1 in 8 external university students (or more than 24,000 people) are studying for a STEM degree. The largest STEM fields are Engineering (3.7% of all enrolments), Natural and Physical Sciences (3.1%), and Information Technology (2.4%). SOURCE: uCube (extracted 25 Sep 2017)

You can study science online with Australian universities. Some degrees can be completed 100% online. For others, online study is balanced with occasional residential schools (lasting 1-5 days) on campus. These are necessary for any hands-on program components.

Dozens of science majors are available for distance learning. In terms of choice, you may be advantaged by living in New South Wales. Two of the strongest online science universities, Charles Sturt University and the University of New England, are based in the state. Living within visiting range of a campus allows you to enrol as an external student in almost any science program.

Bachelor of Science

Animal science

Environmental Science

Bachelor of Environmental Science
Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science)
Master of Environmental Management
Master of Environmental Science and Management
Master of GIS and Remote Sensing


Bachelor of Health Science (Food and Nutrition)
Bachelor of Medical Science (Nutrition)


Bachelor of Health Science (Psychological Science)
Bachelor of Health Science (Psychology for Professional Development)
Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

Technology is important across many disciplines. However, with respect to STEM and online university degrees, “technology” essentially refers to computer science and information technology.

Most online technology students are enrolled in a Bachelor of Information Technology or Master of Information Technology program. Core subjects may include programming, systems analysis, multimedia applications, database management, networking and communications, security, and technology support. At both undergraduate and masters levels, you can specialise by selecting units from a certain study stream (see below).

Bachelor of Information Technology

Big data and analytics
Cloud and enterprise computing
Games development
Information systems
Mobile app development
Networking and security
Software development

Master of Information Technology

Business analysis
Computer networking
Data science
IT management
Network security
Software design and development
Systems analysis

Engineering is a hands-on discipline. For this reason, a 4-year Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree is only possible through a combination of online study, residential (on campus) multi-day sessions, and work placements.

Para-professional and postgraduate qualifications are also available by distance learning. 100% online study is supported for some programs.

Many specialisations are offered, including civil, electrical and electronics, environmental, mechanical, and mechatronics. You can also study software engineering, and urban and regional planning.


Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Bachelor of Engineering Science
Bachelor of Engineering Technology
Master of Advanced Engineering
Master of Engineering Practice
Master of Engineering Science

Urban and Regional Planning

Bachelor of Spatial Science (Urban and Regional Planning)
Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning
Master of Urban and Regional Planning

Engineers Australia is dedicated to bringing innovative STEM learning initiatives to children across Australia. Our goal is to inspire students to pursue science and engineering careers. When the collaborative, creative aspects of engineering are accessible to children they become motivated to delve deeper into STEM pathways.

~ EngQuest

Mathematics is a building-block subject at university level. Many online students do maths without majoring in the discipline. Mathematics and statistics units can be completed in programs for business, education, engineering, information technology, science and social science.

Even within a “non-maths” unit, mathematical concepts and methods may feature prominently (e.g. in a social research or marketing unit).

If you want to major in maths, generally you do this as part of a science degree. However, maths specialisations are also listed elsewhere.


Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)


Bachelor of Science (Mathematics and Statistics)

One subject that is common to every STEM degree is a first-year mathematics course. Maths courses aren’t just for mathematics majors, they’re ubiquitous in STEM degrees. Mathematics is the language of a scientist. Most universities list their prerequisites and assumed knowledge on their faculty pages.

~ Art of Smart