Bachelor of Science (Honours)

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Bachelor of Science (Honours)


Program summary

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Begin your scientific research journey.

This is an ideal pathway to higher degree research such as the Master of Science or PhD. This program gives you the opportunity to research an area you’re passionate about.

Develop advanced analytical, interpretative and communication skills as you carry out your scientific research project. You’ll build your research skills with the support of a Research supervisor with relevant research interests and expertise in your chosen area.

You’ll learn practical scientific skills and gain hands-on experience in our fully equipped laboratories. There are excellent opportunities to further your studies and undertake rewarding research to make a real difference in our world.


Biomedical science; biotechnology; coastal studies; environmental science; food science; health promotion; nursing; nutrition; paramedic science; sport and exercise science; sustainability.

Admission requirements

Students must have completed a Bachelor of Science (AQF Level 7) or a related degree from a recognised higher education institution. A high level of achievement in the intended area of study must be demonstrated, and a grade point average of 5 or higher achieved across second and third year level courses that have been undertaken. These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Importantly, enrolment is contingent upon the School's capacity to provide appropriate supervision in the intended field of research.

Career opportunities

Opportunities in academia, government and corporate arenas. Depending on the research area selected: waste and pollution management, medical and health research, ecological / biodiversity research, environmental management, sport and exercise research, biotechnology, community health.

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What will I study

Program structure

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) structure is usually as follows:

  • a 24-unit coursework component (consisting of two 12-unit courses), and
  • a 72-unit thesis component
Coursework component (24 units)

Coursework comprises:

  • ADR401 Advanced Discipline Readings (students will be assessed on the submission of a research proposal and delivery of an oral presentation)
  • RES401 Advanced Research Methods (students will be assessed on the submission of a literature review)
Thesis component (72 units)

This is a research project conducted over the full year of enrolment. It comprising either a thesis or a thesis accompanied by an exegesis, as described in guidelines provided to students at the beginning of their enrolment. The nature and topic of the thesis is determined by the student's interests, the interests of potential supervisors and the availability of appropriate supervision.

The completed thesis is normally 15,000–25,000 words in length. The required length is determined by the precise nature of the research, in consultation with the supervisor and subject to the approval of the Dean.

Total units: 96

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Make an appointment with the Honours Coordinator within the relevant school to discuss your potential research topic and the availability of suitable supervisors.
  2. Download the Application for Honours program form
  3. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

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