The course is offered by the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The program requires one year of full-time study or the equivalent part-time.

Students who withdraw during the honours year will not be permitted to re-enrol as an honours student except with the permission of the relevant school.

Students who commenced prior to 2017 should refer to the previous course rule.

Admission requirements

A student who has completed all the requirements of the Bachelor of Science with a major or specialisation (or extended major in accordance with the previous course rules) in an appropriate discipline area, or completed another qualification which the Faculty Board agrees is equivalent, may be accepted for admission to an honours program provided a sufficiently high standard has been achieved in fulfilling the requirements of the bachelors degree.

Students who complete the Bachelor of Science with no major or extended major, or who hold a lesser qualification, may be admitted after completing additional work as prescribed by the Board.

As well as the student's undergraduate record the availability of an academic supervisor for the research project will be taken into account.

The Bachelor of Science (Specialisations) also has an alternative 4 year program:  Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Specialisation) where students apply directly for the 4 year program through SATAC or via internal transfer.

Course aims

The aim of the Honours program is to provide students who have completed to a sufficiently high standard all the requirements of the Bachelor of Science, or another qualification which the Faculty Board agrees is equivalent, the opportunity to pursue relevant coursework and research project that will prepare them for higher degree study.

The course provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study in a science or non-science related discipline or for a career in a science related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course students will be able to:

  • plan and execute an individual research project, applying relevant methodologies and knowledge
  • develop, manage and communicate the outcomes of a research project
  • have a sound understanding of the theories and concepts relevant to an area of specialised study.

Program of study

To qualify for the honours degree, a student must complete 36 units with a grade of P or NGP or better in each topic, according to one of the study programs specified below.

The name of the program will not appear on the parchment.