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Honours projects (FoSHEE)


A stimulating and rewarding year of supplementary study

The Faculty Honours degree offers you the opportunity to develop your skills as a scientist in readiness for postgraduate study and/or your working career.

Completing an Honours degree develops your ability to design and complete a research project relatively independently within a given time frame. This style of independent learning can give you an advantage when entering the workforce. The short timeframe for the program means that it is very demanding, requiring high levels of analytical and communication skills.

Typically, supervisors meet with their students on a weekly basis, guiding you through the research proposal, instructing you on analytical techniques and helping prepare the thesis. This interaction with your supervisor/s is seen as the most crucial aspect of the program.

We value your contribution to the life and intellectual environment of the Faculty and hope that you enjoy your Honours experience. Honours can be one of the most challenging and rewarding years in your career and we wish you well with your research project during the year ahead.

Steps to study

Unlike a normal undergraduate degree, Honours applications go directly to the admissions office here at USC.

The nominal closing date for applications is December each year, although some flexibility exists for late applications.

Please contact the relevant key contact for your area of study for more information.

Remember, you must already hold a Bachelor degree with a Grade Point Average (GPA) above 5 to be eligible for Honours. The high academic demands of Honours means that you must have maintained at least a credit average during your bachelor’s degree for your application to be considered. Exceptions may occur where students have attained high levels of achievement during the latter stages of their degree.

Before submitting your application, it is important that you complete the following steps:

  1. browse the website for the project area you are interested in studying and available scholarships
  2. make an appointment with the supervisor within your particular interest area
  3. make an appointment with the Honours Coordinator within the Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering to discuss your potential research topic and the availability of suitable supervisors
  4. download the Application for Honours program form
  5. lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date

Please note that International students must apply direct to USC International and that if you are enrolled in an embedded Honours program, you will need to refer to advice specific to that program.

Honours program format

No doubt the greatest challenge for Honours students is the extremely limited time line imposed by the program.

The Honours program starts in O-week and runs from the start of semester for 37 weeks for full-time students, or 74 weeks (excluding 4 weeks) for part-time students. Full-time students finish in November of each year; while those studying part-time finish in September the following year (Exact dates will be advised by your supervisor).

The Honours program consists of a combination of coursework and research project. There are two courses (RES401 Advanced Research Methods and ADR401 Advanced Discipline Readings) which will be run mainly in an intensive mode in Orientation Week that runs over three days immediately prior to commencement. Some components of the coursework will be run as tutorials and workshops during the Semester.

What projects are being offered?

Students can apply their knowledge and technical abilities in a supervised research project and develop skills in a wide range of discipline areas/supervisors including:

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