Science Honours

Biochemistry

In order to study Biochemistry in an Honours year, eligible students can enrol in the Biochemistry Honours Program at the School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

During honours, students will be involved in a study program designed for those wishing to further develop their laboratory skills and critical thinking. The program is strongly recommended for any student wishing to enter a research career or undertake further work leading to a higher degree. It provides the opportunity for individual laboratory research work under the direction of a supervisor. This project culminates in the production of a research thesis and presentation of the key findings in a seminar. During the year each student is also expected to attend research seminars and complete a coursework component that consists of tutorials and an exam based on the critical evaluation of scientific manuscripts. Assessment is based on the research project (including laboratory performance, written report and oral presentation) and the coursework (tutorial performance and written exam).

Honours research areas

Biochemistry Honours is conducted within the School of Life and Environmental Sciences. The school offers projects in a wide range of research areas including:

  • structural biology
  • proteomics and biotechnology
  • nutrition and metabolism
  • molecular biology and genetics, and
  • microbiology.
Applying for admission to Honours

The Honours program offers entry at the beginning of the academic year (Semester One, commencing in February) and a limited number of places for mid-year entry (Semester Two, commencing in August).

Please refer to the school website for application details, dates and schedules. Students should arrange to speak with potential supervisors and are able to nominate up to 10 supervisors in order of preference on the School of Life and Environmental Sciences online Honours application form.

Attempts will be made where possible to assign students to the supervisor of their choice. In such cases the school will work with students to find an available project.

Students should note that some supervisors cannot accommodate mid-year entrants. The usual requirement for acceptance into the Honours program is a credit average in a major relevant to the project of interest; any student with an undergraduate background relevant to specific projects (including chemistry, biochemistry, nutrition and dietetics, microbiology, immunobiology, physiology, neuroscience, mathematics, physics, biology or other related medical sciences) may be admitted.

It should be noted that the number of students accepted into the Honours program may be limited because of resource restrictions (availability of a supervisor and/or laboratory space) and that, in the event of there being more applicants than resources will allow, offers will be made on the basis of academic merit.


Honours Coordinator, Associate Professor Andrew Holmes
T +61 2 9351 2530
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General Honours Advice:
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Unit of study Credit points A: Assumed knowledge P: Prerequisites C: Corequisites N: Prohibition Session

Biochemistry Honours

BCHM4011
Biochemistry Honours A
12   

School permission is required for enrolment. Entry into the School Honours program normally requires a credit average in a major relevant to the chosen project or relevant 24 cp of senior study. The School will consider entry by students who do not have this requirement if their overall academic performance indicates an equivalent performance in other subject areas or if their SCIWAM exceeds 65.
Semester 1
Semester 2
BCHM4012
Biochemistry Honours B
12    C BCHM4011


School permission is required for enrolment. Entry into the School Honours program normally requires a credit average in a major relevant to the chosen project or relevant 24 cp of senior study. The School will consider entry to students who do not have this requirement if their overall academic performance indicates an equivalent performance in other subject areas or if their SCIWAM exceeds 65.
Semester 1
Semester 2
BCHM4013
Biochemistry Honours C
12    C BCHM4012


School permission is required for enrolment. Entry into the School Honours program normally requires a credit average in a major relevant to the chosen project or relevant 24 cp of senior study. The School will consider entry by students who do not have this requirement if their overall academic performance indicates an equivalent performance in other subject areas or if their SCIWAM exceeds 65.
Semester 1
Semester 2
BCHM4014
Biochemistry Honours D
12    C BCHM4013


School permission is required for enrolment. Entry into the School Honours program normally requires a credit average in a major relevant to the chosen project or relevant 24 cp of senior study. The School will consider entry by students who do not have this requirement if their overall academic performance indicates an equivalent performance in other subject areas or if their SCIWAM exceeds 65.
Semester 1
Semester 2

Biochemistry Honours

BCHM4011 Biochemistry Honours A

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Andrew Holmes Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: Lectures (4.5 hours), tutorials (12 hours), seminars (26 hours), research project. Assessment: Coursework presentation (3%), coursework participation (7%), coursework examination 4 hours (15%), oral presentation of research (10%), thesis (65%) Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: School permission is required for enrolment. Entry into the School Honours program normally requires a credit average in a major relevant to the chosen project or relevant 24 cp of senior study. The School will consider entry by students who do not have this requirement if their overall academic performance indicates an equivalent performance in other subject areas or if their SCIWAM exceeds 65.
Students enrolled in the Honours program study various advanced aspects of Biochemistry. Students undertake a research project, complete coursework relating to the critical evaluation of scientific literature and biostatistics, and attend seminars.
BCHM4012 Biochemistry Honours B

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Andrew Holmes Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: See BCHM4011. Corequisites: BCHM4011 Assessment: See BCHM4011. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: School permission is required for enrolment. Entry into the School Honours program normally requires a credit average in a major relevant to the chosen project or relevant 24 cp of senior study. The School will consider entry to students who do not have this requirement if their overall academic performance indicates an equivalent performance in other subject areas or if their SCIWAM exceeds 65.
See BCHM4011.
BCHM4013 Biochemistry Honours C

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Andrew Holmes Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: See BCHM4011. Corequisites: BCHM4012 Assessment: See BCHM4011. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: School permission is required for enrolment. Entry into the School Honours program normally requires a credit average in a major relevant to the chosen project or relevant 24 cp of senior study. The School will consider entry by students who do not have this requirement if their overall academic performance indicates an equivalent performance in other subject areas or if their SCIWAM exceeds 65.
See BCHM4011.
BCHM4014 Biochemistry Honours D

Credit points: 12 Teacher/Coordinator: A/Prof Andrew Holmes Session: Semester 1,Semester 2 Classes: See BCHM4011. Corequisites: BCHM4013 Assessment: See BCHM4011. Campus: Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Note: School permission is required for enrolment. Entry into the School Honours program normally requires a credit average in a major relevant to the chosen project or relevant 24 cp of senior study. The School will consider entry by students who do not have this requirement if their overall academic performance indicates an equivalent performance in other subject areas or if their SCIWAM exceeds 65.
See BCHM4011.