Honours degrees

2015 Information Sessions

Honours information sessions for Semester 1 2015 will be held on Thursday 18 September 2014 at 1-2pm and 5-6pm in the Level 4 Common Room in the Molecular Bioscience Building. Please register for these sessions by either clicking here or hitting the button to the right.

What is Honours?

A research Honours year is the perfect way to find out whether you have the aptitude or ability for research and is available for each of the disciplines of Biochemistry, Human Nutrition, Microbiology and Molecular Biotechnology. It allows you to focus on the intellectual and practical challenges of a research project by conducting original research under the supervision of a member of our academic staff, culminating in the presentation of a thesis.

The Honours program is an excellent introduction to a career in science and a significant first step towards a PhD or a Masters degree by research. If you are currently unsure about whether or not you have the aptitude or ability for research, Honours is the opportunity to find out.

Entry requirements

Since the Honours degree is an advanced degree there are some specific academic requirements. For research Honours, students must have:

  • a completed pass degree from a relevant area in Science;
  • completed a minimum of 24 credit points of Senior Units of Study relating to the intended Honours area;
  • either a Credit average in 48 credit points of relevant Intermediate and Senior Units of Study or a SCIWAM of at least 65; and,
  • additional criteria as required by the discipline in which students intend to undertake Honours.

A WAM or Weighted Average Mark is the average mark in the units of study completed by a student, weighted according to the credit point value and academic level of the particular unit.

Even if you have plans to move into a different area in the future, an Honours degree in one of the School's disciplines is an important qualification that will have a significant impact on how your academic achievements at university are judged in future years. In many instances, an Honours degree is seen as a minimum qualification for appointment to an employment position, particularly one with a research focus.

The Information Handbook for Honours is available here.

Information for Current Students