Course Description

Honours is a fourth-year program which gives you the opportunity to draw together your previous science or health science studies and focus your knowledge, skills and intellect on an exciting piece of original research. Honours programs in the Biomedical and Health Sciences areas are open to eligible students who have completed an undergraduate degree.

A student may choose an area of study from the range of Schools/Departments and affiliated research institutes within MDHS.Honours program in Psychology is an APAC accredited Fourth Year Program, which provides an equal combination of advanced coursework subjects and research with leading experts in their field. Bachelor of Oral Heath Honours is available to graduates with a Bachelor of Oral Health or equivalent.

  • How will Honours help me?

    Investing in the additional year at University required to complete Honours gives you the opportunity to draw together your early years of study and add significant value to your resume. Honours is very different from earlier undergraduate years, allowing and requiring a greater degree of independence and flexibility that will help you develop the maturity and skills for transition to employment in a range of occupations and industries or a research higher degree.

  • What benefits does Honours provide?
    1. Enhance your employment prospects
      1. Analysis of the Graduate Destination Survey for students completing Honours compared with a three-year science degree has shown that students are significantly more likely to gain employment that is related to their field of study if they have completed the additional Honours year.
      2. In particular, if you are interested in becoming a professional scientist then it is a general expectation that you will have undertaken the additional year. The greater exposure to the research process, additional knowledge and wider experiences of Honours graduates are all attractive to employers.
      3. In recognition of the professional skills that students' gain in Honours, many non-science employers - including state and federal government - also now expect graduates to have undertaken an Honours year.
    2. Develop skills that employers seek
      1. The Honours year is your first chance to engage in significant research; the process itself will help you develop a variety of transferable skills that go beyond those learnt earlier in your university career.
      2. Managing a research project over two semesters develops time- and project-management skills, while the need to work with staff or other students develops negotiation and communication skills.
      3. Interaction with your supervisor, writing your project thesis and delivering your end-of-year presentation will all hone your skills in communicating complex scientific or technological concepts. These activities will also increase your understanding of how scientific or technical arguments are constructed.
      4. Most importantly, the whole research project is about advanced problem-solving. This is a critical skill that can be used in any industry, government or scientific setting.
    3. Work closely with a senior researcher and their research group
      1. Many of Melbourne’s academic staff are internationally recognised leaders in their fields of research. You may have been taught by them in your earlier years, now you will have an opportunity to learn from them directly and become part of the research group. You will gain insight into the research process through observing leading researchers and senior postgraduate students up close, and gain from their advice as you pursue your own novel research.
    4. Learn advanced research techniques and processes
      1. The advanced research project components of all Honours programs are designed to integrate and expand on the techniques and scientific processes learnt during your earlier undergraduate studies. You will develop the ability to work independently and start to develop an understanding of how to guide an extended program of research. In the process you will develop teamwork skills which are important in reaching larger, long-term research objectives.
    5. Gain advanced knowledge in your particular discipline
      1. The advanced coursework components of each program focus on taking you towards the edges of your discipline and broadening or deepening your knowledge base. You will be able to pursue your specific areas of interest as well as being exposed to cutting-edge developments in your field.

Honours Courses

  • Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours)

    In 2011, the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) was introduced, offering increased study opportunities for Biomedicine students within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. The course code for this is BH-BMED.

    The Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) year provides students with the opportunity to integrate their previous studies with advanced studies in their field of interest within the biomedical and health sciences, and focus their knowledge, skills and intellect on an exciting piece of original research.

    Each program within the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) is comprised of two components:

    • The advanced coursework component provides opportunities for increasing students’ depth of knowledge in their particular areas of interest and expanding the theoretical basis on which they will base their research work. It provides students with the opportunity to develop expertise in the broad scientific field in which their individual research project is placed, including the methodologies of the relevant field(s), and the use of the scientific literature in their specialist area of study.
    • The research project provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and technical skills in a supervised research project and develop skills in experimental design, project implementation and in the communication of the outcomes of a research project. The project develops students’ technical and data acquisition skills, their problem-solving and critical thinking capacities in the context of research, their skills in communicating to a variety of audiences and the application of appropriate risk assessment and ethical approval processes.

    Honours applicants who are offered a place will be automatically considered for a scholarship (if it is available in the relevant year), which will be awarded on academic merit.

  • Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours)

    The Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) is an intensive course of study which involves advanced coursework and a research component in a specific area of science. The course code for this is BH-SCI.

    Whether you are planning to pursue a career in industry, research, government or communications, an honours year will provide you with a great opportunity to complement and expand the first years of your undergraduate science or health sciences degree. The additional year of Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) draws together the theory and practical skills gained in your previous undergraduate studies, enables you to develop new research and professional skills, and gain in-depth knowledge in your particular discipline.

    Honours applicants who are offered a place will be automatically considered for a scholarship (if it is available in the relevant year), which will be awarded on academic merit.

    Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) Honours projects are available in the following areas for the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) and Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours):

  • Bachelor of Oral Health Honours
  • Honours/Graduate Diploma (Advanced) in Psychology
  • Honours projects in the following discipline areas are administered by the Faculty of MDHS:
  • Honours projects in the following discipline areas are not administered by the Faculty of MDHS:

    Applicants for these non-MDHS Honours streams as well as others are advised to contact the relevant departments/schools directly. More information can be found on the Faculty of Science  webpage.

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