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.

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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

    Mid Year Intake

    Application Closing Date Monday 20 July 2020
    Project Preferences Submission Monday 27 July 2020
    Rolling Offers Within 5 business days after you submit your preferences
    Course Commencement Monday 3 August 2020
  • 2021 Intake Dates

    Start Year Intake

    Round 1 Application Closing Date Saturday 31 October 2020
    Round 1 Project Preferences Submission Deadline Friday 13 November 2020
    Round 1 Application Outcomes Issued By Wednesday 23 December 2020
    Round 2 Application Closing Date Monday 25 January 2021
    Round 2 Project Preferences Submission Deadline Monday 1 February 2021
    Round 2 Application Outcomes Issued By Monday 8 February 2021
    Course Commencement Date Monday 15 February 2021

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 Mid 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

  • Honours in Biomedical and Health Sciences: webinar

    Join our website to hear from the Faculty Honours Director Dr Chris French to talk about course content, structure, disciplines, research themes, Melbourne Biomedical Precinct, graduate pathways and career outcomes. You will also find detailed information about entry requirements, application process and scholarships from our admissions team.

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    The Insider Story: Honours (Biomedical & Health Sciences) – student insight and Q&A

    Wednesday 16 September 2020, 5.00–6.00pm

    Do you have questions about our Honours program in Biomedical & Health Sciences?
    Are you curious about what it is like and what it takes to be an Honours student at the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences?

    Join our Honours Director, Dr Chris French, Honours Coordinator, Ms Pauline Li, and our Honours graduates. We will cover an in-depth discussion on the Honours program, tips to be successful in your Honours application, and our alumni will share their Honours experience.

    We will also discuss key dates so you don't miss important admission milestones. Please bring along your questions for us to answer in this webinar.

    Register to attend


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