Honours

The Honours year consists mainly of a research project carried out in the laboratory of a member of the Academic Staff, who acts as the student's supervisor. Early in the course the student is required to write an extended essay based on the subject of their research project and throughout the year to participate in a weekly seminar. Examination is mainly by thesis, but also by the student's performance in the laboratory and in the end-of-year public seminar.
Opportunities exist to gain teaching experience by casual employment as a demonstrator in under-graduate practical classes. After the Honours year the student may be allowed to undertake a PhD or MSc.

After completion of the requirements for a pass Bachelor of Science (BSc) or Bachelor Medical Science (BMedSci), a student who has majored in Physiology may apply to undertake a fourth, or 'Honours', year.

Gaining entry into Honours is competitive - the standard you need to achieve must meet certain minimum requirements, but will also depend on the number and quality of other applicants in that year.
In some cases students having completed undergraduate training in subjects other than those offered by the Department of Physiology, but deemed suited to particular research programs may also be permitted.

Students who do not qualify for the above Honours courses, may be admitted to a program essentially identical to that of BMedSc(Hons) or BSc(Hons) and obtain the diploma upon successful completion of this one year program. However, the GradDipSc is a full fee course while the Honours courses incur a HECs payment.

Dr Stephen Assinder is responsible for the administration of these programs, and should be contacted for general information or call +61 2 9036 3614.
You are required to meet with the Honours coordinator, Dr Assinder (), to discuss your intentions and submit a completed expression of interest form with him prior to lodging your application with the Faculty of Science. Only those applicants that have attached a completed EoI and that have met with Dr Assinder prior to lodging their application will be approved.

Potential supervisors should be contacted to discuss specific opportunities.

To contact a particular laboratory please click here.

More information regarding the application process can be found in the Honours information booklet Honours information booklet.
For an Honours year, there are particular Honours requirements, briefly you will need to:

  • Thesis (~25,000 words; November submission)
  • Seminar (~20 minute; November). You will present your year's work to the Discipline.
  • Essay (~5,000 words - Literature Review/Introduction to Thesis; May submission)
  • Honours Sessions (attend meetings, 1 hour-1.5 hours/week during semester). At these meetings, each student will present 2 seminars during the year, the first describing the background to and purpose of the project, and suggesting ways of tackling the problem; the second will deal with experimental methods.

Honours Expression of Interest Form
Science Faculty Honours Application Guide
Application Deadline

The deadline by which students must apply for Honours is Sunday 30th November, except if students are applying for Honours Scholarships, as the particular rules of the Scholarship must be met. Ideally students should list a number of choices for laboratories in case they are not successful with their first choice. Academics tend to make decisions about who will be accepted for Honours at the end of Semester 2.