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Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Develop advanced research capabilities through coursework in this hands-on degree that includes completing a scholarly research project under the supervision of our experienced academics. Apply knowledge to a range of science, health and human services research and practices, supporting your progress into professional work of further learning. Learn in a supportive environment that is creative and critical as well as sustainability focused.

In this program you will:

  • Undertake a research project of your choice on cutting-edge scientific issues
  • Develop scientific knowledge and learn about research methodologies and methods
  • Write a thesis or research project report with scientific rigor following peer-review
  • Learn from experienced academics and industry professionals





1 year 1 year Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2024 fees (A$)

A$8,948 - 2024 Fees CSP
A$28,600 Annual fee
Annual fee


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  • Semester 2
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Career opportunities

  • Agriculture
  • Aquaculture
  • Biotechnology
  • Community health
  • Ecological/biodiversity research
  • Environmental management
  • Medical and health research
  • Pathway to an academic career
  • Science researcher in government or corporate organisations
  • Sport and Exercise research
  • Waste pollution management

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Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
Total units
1 year 1 year
UniSC program code
Program coordinator
Program structure

HNE420 Honours Research - Methods and Planning(24 units)
HNE421 Honours Research-Developing Practice(24 units)
HNE422 Honours Research - Advanced Practice(24 units)
HNE423 Honours Research – Project Examination(24 units)

Calculation of the Honours Classification

The final percentage mark achieved for each course is multiplied by the weighting indicated below. The weighted marks are totalled for all courses to determine the Honours Classification.





HNE420 Honours Research - Methods and Planning

Final mark (%)


HNE421 Honours Research - Developing Practice

Limited grade (PS/FL)


HNE422 Honours Research - Advanced Practice

Limited grade (PS/FL)


HNE423 Honours Research - Project Examination

Final mark (%)




Honours Classifications 

Final grades are converted to Honours Classifications as follows:

- Honours Class I overall percentage in the range 80% - 100%
- Honours Class IIA overall percentage in the range 70% - 79%
- Honours Class IIB overall percentage in the range 60% - 69%
- Honours Class III overall percentage in the range 50% - 59%

  • Students must have completed a Bachelor of Science (AQF Level 7) from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent.
  • 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.

Entry requirements

For entry into most USC undergraduate degree programs, you need to have completed a minimum level of education similar to successful completion of Australian Year 12 with good grades.

Further studies, for example, a semester or more at college or university, can also be considered for entry and may give you credit transfer towards a degree.

Some examples of upper secondary qualifications and a guide to the minimum grades that USC will consider are listed here. These are minimum requirements and do not guarantee entry. Some programs may require higher grades. Alternative qualifications may also be considered on a case by case basis.

If your qualification (grouped by country) is not listed, send the qualification transcripts with your application form to the International Office for assessment.

English language requirements

You will also need to meet the English language requirements for this program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may be able to enrol in our English Language Programs to reach the required level for most of UniSC’s programs (exceptions apply to non-standard English requirement programs).

Program requirements
In order to graduate you must:
  • Successfully complete 96 units as outlined in the Program Structure
Program notes
  • The program includes 4 courses of 24 units each. Full time enrolment is equivalent of 48 units (2 courses) per semester, over two semesters (one year). Part-time enrolment is equivalent of 24 units (1 course) per semester, over four semesters (2 years).
  • It is each students responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates
  • As part of your UniSC program, you may apply to Study Overseas to undertake courses with an overseas higher education provider
  • Only a full-time study option is available to international students on a Student Visa
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.
  • Students will develop advanced disciplinary knowledge through independent study under the guidance of their supervisor. This may include acquiring and demonstrating specific skills or knowledge required for the research to the satisfaction of their supervisor.
  • Students will undertake research training. This may include research methodology, theory development and material about research practice, as well as practice in the formulation of research proposals, in research techniques, and in research ethics.
  • Students will produce a substantial independent research thesis/project of at least 24 units: A project for which students take significant autonomy for planning and conducting research, leading to an extended piece of work, usually presented in the form of a thesis, research paper and literature review, manuscript and associated documentation, project, or creative work and exegesis.
  • The specifications of these components and their assessment will be in keeping with the conventions and standards of scholarship in the relevant discipline.

Headstart Program - Year 11 or 12

The Headstart program lets you study uni subjects while you’re still in high school. If you successfully complete two Headstart courses, you’ll get a selection rank that you could use to get into uni.

Early Offer Guarantee scheme - Year 12

The Early Offer Guarantee scheme enables Year 12 students to be offered a place at USC on the basis of their Principal's recommendation.

Previous qualifications or experience

If you:

  • have completed Year 12 (no matter how long ago)
  • have a TAFE/VET qualification
  • have relevant work experience, or
  • have studied at university before (even if you didn’t complete your studies)

You may be eligible for a selection rank, which can help you get into uni. For more detailed information selection ranks and how applications are assessed, visit Admissions explained.

Tertiary Preparation Pathway

If you don’t have qualifications or experience that will give you a selection rank, you can complete the Tertiary Preparation Pathway as a stepping stone into most degrees. You can also use TPP to complete subject prerequisites.

If you haven’t studied in a while, TPP is also a great way to brush up on essential study skills like critical reading, assignment writing and referencing.

It can also build your knowledge and confidence in the subject areas you’ll need for your degree, like science or maths. TPP courses are fee-free for eligible domestic students.

I identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

You may be eligible for direct entry into a UniSC degree based on your potential to succeed, under UniSC’s Indigenous Direct Entry and Access Scheme (IDEAS). All you have to do is complete an online application through our website.

CSP estimate
A$8,948 - 2024 Fees
Annual tuition fee (A$, 2024)

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

International fee-paying places

Annual tuition fees are based on 2024 rates and the equivalent full-time student load as per the recommended study sequence in the relevant program.

Actual fees payable are based on the actual enrolment load in a teaching period (excluding Study Abroad and Postgraduate Qualifying Pathway).

All prices quoted are in Australian Dollars (A$).

Domestic applicants apply for admission direct to UniSC.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

No matter what kind of future you’re looking for, you can find it at UniSC. Our programs offer the choice and flexibility you need to get started on any career goal.

Visit How to apply for simple steps to submit your international student application and start your UniSC experience today.

Need help with submitting your application?

UniSC has appointed representatives to assist you with submitting your application and provide information about the steps you need to complete to begin your studies. You can contact a UniSC Representative in your area.

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