Honours in Animal and Veterinary Bioscience

Honours is available to students who complete an alternative set of units of study in the final year of the degree program. Admission to the honours program is by permission of the program coordinator after the completion of the third year. Students must have achieved a minimum credit average during years two and three of the course to be eligible for honours.

The level of honours is determined by performance across years two, three and four of the program.

Structure of the honours program

Honours students complete an alternative set of units of study in the final year of the degree, consisting of 24 credit points of research project units of study and 24 credit points of advanced coursework units. Coursework units are selected from the standard year 4 coursework elective list year 4 coursework elective list.

Units of Study

Credit Points
AVBS4015 - Research Project A1  6
AVBS4016 - Research Project A2  6
AVBS4017 - Research Project A3  6
AVBS4018 - Research Project A4  6
And 24 credit points of coursework units  24

The Research Project

Honours students complete a small scale, individual research project in an animal science area of their choice. Students may work with a broad range of species for their research projects, from traditional & emerging production animals (eg. sheep, cattle, fish, poultry, alpacas, crocodiles, bison) to companion animals (eg. dogs and cats) and native or exotic wildlife (both captive and free-ranging), in any of the following disciplines:

  • Animal welfare science
  • Animal behaviour science
  • Improving animal nutrition and feed technology
  • Improving animal production and husbandry practices
  • Animal Reproduction and assisted reproductive technologies
  • Investigating animal health and disease
  • Veterinary public health and biosecurity
  • Production or companion animal genetics and biotechnology
  • Conservation genetics and biotechnology
  • Biomedical research, animal models for human disease
  • International Research & the global food crisis

Transitional Provisions

This new honours program applies to students who commenced their candidature after 1 January, 2014 and students who commenced their candidature prior to 1 January, 2014 who elect to proceed under the new resolutions.
Students who commenced prior to 1 January, 2014 may complete the requirements in accordance with the resolutions in force at the time of their commencement, provided that the requirements are completed by 1 January, 2017. The Faculty may specify a later date for completion or specify alternative requirements for completion of candidatures that extend beyond this time.