Honours

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Do you want the chance to do real research under the guidance of some of the most highly respected scientists in Australia? Your Honours year of research in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences will give you that and much more, as you delve into your area of interest in a year-long research project.

Choose from an array of exciting projects in life and environmental sciences, and delve into detail like you’ve never had the chance to before, as you focus on your sustained research project.

You’ll get technical training in research techniques and instrumentation, as well as invaluable skills in communication, project management and critical analysis.

Check out the research clusters in the School to choose who you may like to work with for your Honours research, and find out more about the Honours year in science.

Why do Honours


If you are looking to improve your career prospects, open the door to further academic study, or simply indulge a passion, then Honours is your next step.

For some students, an Honours year is an introduction to further academic research with many using it as a pathway to undertake a PhD; for others, it is a stepping stone to an interesting career in science and an opportunity to extend your knowledge on a topic of interest.

Today’s job market for scientific positions is very competitive. In fact, many entry-level positions now require an Honours degree. Our Honours graduates find employment in a wide variety of fields - including federal and state government departments and agencies, and non-government organisations within medical, environmental and conservation areas. They tell us that the skills they learned in verbal and written communication and critical analysis of issues, along with their broader scientific knowledge, have been crucial to them in their work.

Others enter environmental consultancy companies, pharmaceutical companies, zoos, museums, hospitals or research institutions such as CSIRO.

An Honours year is challenging, but one students look back on as a very rewarding period in their life.

Honours course objectives:

  • Train students to carry out independent research
  • Enable students to develop a specialist understanding of one area of science
  • Integrate specialist knowledge into a broad appreciation of life and environmental sciences
  • Enable students to use skills in research methodology and philosophy
  • Continue to engender and encourage enthusiasm and curiosity in science

Professor Chris Dickman, from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science, shares his passion for mentoring early career researchers. Over the past 30 years, he has supervised over 140 higher research degree students and 20 postdoctoral researchers who have gone on to successful careers in their own right.