Honours is a fourth-year program which advances your technical sophistication and aptitude for independent research, providing you with a platform toward clinical pathways, further research or a higher degree including the Doctor of Medicine. Enrol directly into real world, cutting edge research under the supervision of renowned experts.

Honours programs in the Biomedical and Health Sciences areas are open to eligible students who have completed an undergraduate degree. Students choose an area of study from the range of Schools/Departments and affiliated research institutes within MDHS.

The 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.  

The Bachelor of Oral Health (Degree with Honours) is available to graduates with a Bachelor of Oral Health or equivalent.

Hear more about our students' experiences

       

Course Description

  • 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.

Key Dates

  • 2020 Intake Dates

    Start Year Intake

    Round 1 Application Closing Date Extend to Friday 8 November 2019
    Round 1 Project Preferences Submission Deadline Friday 15 November 2019
    Round 1 Outcomes are issued By Friday 13 December 2019
    Round 2 Application Closing Date Friday 17 January 2020
    Round 2 Project Preferences Submission Deadline Friday 17 January 2020
    Round 2 Outcomes are issued From Wednesday 22 January 2020
    Round 3 Application Closing Date Friday 7 February 2020
    Round 3 Project Preference Submission Deadline Friday 7 February 2020
    Round 3 Outcomes Issued From Monday 27 January 2020

2020 Honours Research Projects

  • How to choose your project

    The honours research project database contains all the research projects that are available to Honours applicants for 2020 Start Year Intake.

    Please follow the instructions below to access the database. This is a view access ONLY. If you have already submitted a course application, you need to use your own access to submit project preferences.

    Step 1: Go to https://unimelb.sonialive.com/School.aspx?SchoolId=18

    Step 2: Log in with the username and password below (DO NOT USE University Sign In):

    Username: MDHSHonours2020

    Password: MDHSHonours2020

    Step 3: Click on the ‘Honours Project Placements’ in the top menu bar

    Step 4: Click on the purple ‘Review’ button from the next page

    Step 5: Pull out the hidden Filters on the left side of the page to search for projects. You can enter full/partial project title, keywords and supervisors in the ‘Name’ field to search for projects. You can also use ‘Department’ dropdown list to view projects from one or multiple departments. Please disregard other search fields. You need to close the filters to be able to view the project details.

    Step 6: Click on the project title or the white arrow on the left to view project details including project site, primary supervisor, department and full project description.

    Step 7: Please contact relevant supervisors for more information regarding their projects.

Information Sessions

  • How to Apply for Honours (presentation slides are available)

    ‘How to Apply for Honours’ information session is to find out more about the program, student experiences and application process.

    How to Apply for Honours - presentation

  • Honours at Melbourne: webinar

    If you miss out the How to Apply for Honours information session, you can join our webinar to hear from the Faculty Honours Director, chat to our current students and learn about the application process.

    WATCH WEBINAR

  • Department/Research Institute Information Sessions/Open Days

    Discipline Date Time Location Website Link (Registration)
    Anatomy and Neuroscience Friday 13 September 12.00 - 2.00pm Harry Brookes Allen Museum, Level 3, East, Medical Building (181), The University of Melbourne  
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Wednesday 28 August 1.00 - 2.15pm Building 125 WEBS (WESTERN EDGES BIOSCIENCES) Level 2 and terrace  
    General Practice (Primary Care) Wednesday 11 September 4.00 - 6.00pm 780 Elizabeth St  
    Medical Biology (WEHI) Wednesday 4 September and Tuesday 10 September 4.00 - 6.00pm Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, 1G Royal Pde Parkville http://go.unimelb.edu.au/uc8r
    Medicine (Austin Health) Tuesday 15 October 2.30 - 3.30pm Education Centre, Level 4 Austin Tower, Austin Hospital Heidelberg RSVP to: jmayall@unimelb.edu.au
    Medicine (Royal Melbourne Hospital) Thursday 5 September 4.00 - 6.00pm Foyer, Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville http://go.unimelb.edu.au/h42r
    Medicine (St Vincent's Hospital) Thursday 19 September 5:30 - 7:00pm St Vincent's Hospital Art Gallery, Ground Floor, Daly Wing, 35 Victoria Parade http://go.unimelb.edu.au/a3pr
    Medicine (Western Health) Monday 14 October 3.00 – 6.00pm (Arrive at 2.00pm to join a guided tour and meet with potential supervisors) Atrium and Lecture Theatre area in the WCHRE Building, Sunshine Hospital, 176 Furlong Road, St Albans http://go.unimelb.edu.au/wo7a Ms Aloka Carbone aloka.carbone@unimelb.edu.au
    Microbiology and Immunology Monday 9 September 4.00 - 6.00pm PDI Auditorium, 792 Elizabeth St, Parkville http://go.unimelb.edu.au/vc8r
    Optometry and Vision Sciences Tuesday 17 September 12.00 - 1.00pm Alice Hoy Building (Level 4, enter from western staircase)  
    Otolaryngology (Hearing Sciences) Thursday 19 September 5:30 - 7:00pm St Vincent's Hospital Art Gallery, Ground Floor, Daly Wing, 35 Victoria Parade  
    Paediatrics (Murdoch Children's Research Institute) Wednesday 11 September 5.00 - 7.00pm 5th Floor, Synapse Cafe, Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Royal Children's Hospital, Flemington Road, Parkville http://go.unimelb.edu.au/dc8r
    Pharmacology and Therapeutics Wednesday 25 September 5.00 - 7.00pm Building 125 WEBS (WESTERN EDGES BIOSCIENCES) Level 2 and terrace  
    Physiology Friday 20 September 1.00 - 2.30pm Building 125 WEBS (WESTERN EDGES BIOSCIENCES) Level 2 and terrace  
    Population and Global Health Tuesday 1 October 4.00 – 5.30pm Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie St, Carlton Honours Program for 2020
    Surgery (Austin Health) Tuesday 15 October 2.30 - 3.30pm Education Centre, Level 4 Austin Tower, Austin Hospital, Heidelberg rsvp to:jmayall@unimelb.edu.au
    Research Institutes
    Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health Wednesday 28 August 12.00-2.00pm Foyer, Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville http://go.unimelb.edu.au/8d2r
    Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Tuesday 17 September 3.30 - 7.00pm Level 7, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, 305 Grattan Street, Melbourne VIC 3000 http://go.unimelb.edu.au/tc8r
    Murdoch Children's Research Institute (Dept Paediatrics) Wednesday 11 September 5.00 - 7.00pm 5th Flr, Synapse Cafe, Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Royal Children's Hospital, Flemington Road, Parkville http://go.unimelb.edu.au/dc8r
    Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research Wednesday 4 September and Tuesday 10 September 4.00 - 6.00pm Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, 1G Royal Pde Parkville http://go.unimelb.edu.au/uc8r
    Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity Monday 9 September 4.00 - 6.00pm PDI Auditorium, 792 Elizabeth St, Parkville http://go.unimelb.edu.au/vc8r
    Burnet Institute Thursday 8 August 6.00pm A+ Education Centre, 80 Commercial Road, Melbourne http://go.unimelb.edu.au/5c8r

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