The entry requirements and structure of the Honours programs varies across the departments.

If you are considering the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) or Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) you will need to look carefully at the options available to you. Your background, research interests, program structure and location may affect your choice.

Whether or not you have the right entry requirements for a particular department’s Honours program will affect the range of choices available to you. While planning your early undergraduate years, or determining your eligibility for Honours, you need to look at the particular entry requirements of the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) or Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) program as well as any additional requirements which exist for some Departments.

Please find the contact details of Departments/Institutes in the list below and find out as much as you can about the experience at the Departments/Institutes you are considering.

  • Choosing a Supervisor and Research Area

    A critical element of success in Honours is choosing a research area that interests you. Department websites have information on the range of research areas they offer, as well as areas of interest of academic staff members who can supervise your project.

    It is very important for you to talk to supervisors and current/previous Honours students. It’s one thing to be interested in the project but you need to get along with your supervisor too. If possible, try to get some work experience in the lab to get an idea about the environment.

    If you are passionate about a particular area that is not offered by any department don’t be afraid to approach your lecturers and tell them about your interests and research ideas. In many cases, your lecturers will be thrilled that you are interested in something and might try to design a project that meets your interests.

  • Program Structure

    The Advanced Coursework component is normally comprised of 400-level lectures and tutorials, journal clubs, literature reviews, oral presentations, and other departmental activities. The Research Project component comprises a research project in a specific area completed under the guidance of an academic who specialises in that area. The relative weightings of each of these components may vary between programs.

    You may be interested in a number of disciplines or a study area (eg molecular biology) which is offered in several departments. Looking at the structure of the program may influence your choice and it is recommended that you talk over your ideas with the department honours coordinator or your lecturers.

  • Course Requirements

    In order to be awarded an Honours qualification, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) or Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) must pass all components and obtain an overall average mark of at least 65% for both the Research Project subject and the Advanced Coursework subject. Some departments have other hurdle requirements. Refer to the departmental entries in the Honours section of the Handbook for further information.

  • List of Departments / Institutes

    List of Departments / Institutes

    Find out as much as you can about the experience at the Departments you are considering.

    Department Location Contact Name Contact Details Email
    Anatomy & Neuroscience On-campus Dr Peter Kitchener 8344 6746
    Ms Deeya Jankee 8344 7423
    Biochemistry & Molecular Biology On-campus Dr Justine Mintern 8344 2976
    Ms Irene Koumanelis 8344 5918
    Clinical Pathology On-campus A/Prof Frederic Hollande 8559 7023
    Ms Kimberly Yu 8344 6579
    General Practice (Primary Care) On-campus Prof Meredith Temple-Smith 8344 3371
    Ms Weilun Nien 9035 3821
    Medical Biology (Walter & Eliza Hall Institute) Off-campus Dr Keely Bumsted-Obrien 9345 2984
    Kerry Ko 9345 2149
    Medicine (Austin Health) Off-campus Dr Barbara Fam 9496 3257
    Ms Jo Mayall 9496 3590
    Medicine (Royal Melbourne Hospital) Off-campus Dr Adrian Achuthan 8344 3298
    Ms Kimberly Yu 8344 6579
    Medicine (St. Vincent's Hospital) Off-campus Dr Amanda Edgley 9288 3275
    Ms Nora Hanafi 9288 3601
    Microbiology and Immunology On-campus A/Prof Scott Mueller 8344 9044
    Prof Damian Purcell 8344 6753
    Prof Katherine Kedzierska 8344 7962
    Ms Melissa Hofsteter 9035 3878
    Optometry and Vision Sciences On-campus Prof Trichur Vidyasagar 8344 7004
    Dr Jia Jia Lek 8344 5156
    Ms Calista Sim 9035 4137
    Oral Health Science (Dental Science) On-campus A/Prof Glen Scholz 9341 1545
    Brigitte Nguyen NA
    Otolaryngology (Hearing Sciences) Off-campus Dr Hayden Eastwood na
    Ms Nora Hanafi 9288 3601
    Paediatrics Off-campus Dr Belinda McClaren 8341 6415
    Ms Helen D’Cruz 9345 6671
    Pathology On-campus Dr Theo Mantamadiotis 8344 5861
    Ms Kim Williams 8344 5791
    Pharmacology and Therapeutics On-campus Prof Gary Anderson 8344 8602
    Prof Danny Hoyer 9035 7119
    Pharmacology Information 9035 7119
    Physiology On-campus Dr Angelina Y Fong 8344 6707
    Ms Shahreen Rahman 8344 4203
    Population and Global Health On-campus Dr Lucio Naccarella 8344 4535
    Elizabeth Dent 9035 6304
    Surgery (Austin Health) Off-campus Dr Theodora Fifis 9496 5468
    Ms Jo Mayall 9496 3590

    Institutes / Centres

    Students will enrol for Honours projects from the following research institutes via one of the nominated departments listed above.



    Contact Name

    Contact Details

    Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute


    Ms Leonie Cullen

    Phone: 8532 1161


    Burnet Institute


    Dr Raffi Gugasyan

    Phone: 9282 2108


    Dr Megan Lim

    Phone: 8506 2403


    Florey Dept. of Neuroscience & Mental Health


    Dr Tom Keeble

    Phone: 9035 7748


    Murdoch Childrens Research Institute


    Dr Belinda McClaren

    Phone: 8341 6415


    Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute


    Ms Kerryn Westcott

    Phone: 9496 5512

    (formerly Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research)


    Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre


    Dr Caroline Owen

    Phone: 8559 5948



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