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.
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 Faculty's capacity to provide appropriate supervision in the intended field of research.
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.
Application and admission advice
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Program requirements and notes
What will I study
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
- 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)
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
Recommended study sequence
Students who commenced prior to the current semester must complete the courses from their original program structure unless otherwise advised. For courses no longer included in the current sequence, use the course links in your structure for details of requisites and scheduling. This is a recommended study sequence to complete your program within the specified full-time duration.
How to apply
Am I eligible to apply?
- Confirm that you meet the program specific admission requirements, prerequisites and recommended prior study outlined on Why study this program?
- Confirm you meet the English Language Proficiency requirements
- Refer to the application dates for cut-off dates and deadlines
- 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.
- Download the Application for Honours program form
- Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
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