Undertaking an Honours degree in the School of Biological Sciences at Flinders University provides many opportunities for students to experience the intellectual fertility that arises from a broad base of disciplines all working together, that are normally separated into departments in many universities.The Honours degrees are designed to give a rounded experience in biological research including gaining more sophisticated skills in communication, scientific writing, research and project planning. They provide a sound basis for future development in a research career or in other careers where critical and analytical skills are valued.
The Honours degrees are open to students from other Universities, provided that the student has an appropriate undergraduate degree and also meets other requirements. The School also offers Honours as a part-time course over two years. The full-time or part time degrees may be commenced in either February or July. Many projects involving field studies and experiments are best started in August because many ecosystems are most active in the Spring or Summer months.

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All Honours Degrees are available within a 4 year or 1 year program.

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science (Enhanced Program for High Achievers)
  • Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour)  
  • Bachelor of Science (Aquaculture)
  • Bachelor of Science (Biodiversity and Conservation) 
  • Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology)
  • Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology and Aquaculture)
  • Bachelor of Science (Forensic and Analytical Science)
  • Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)









Entry requirements

  • must have obtained a Bachelors degree from a recognised tertiary institution; and
  • is expected to have achieved a grade point average of 5 or above, and a high standard in the area relating to the proposed field of study.

Choosing a project

  1. To identify a project that interests you, visit the Research webpage of the School of Biological Sciences.
  2. The  2016 Honours Manual  gives a list of supervisors with their research interests and potential projects. 
  3. Make an appointment with relevant academic staff and discuss potential projects.

How to apply

Students are expected to have chosen a research project and to have approval of their supervisor(s) prior to submitting an application.

Applications should be submitted to the Academic/Student Administrative Officer in the School Office.



Flinders University Scholarship Information

To view the wide range of scholarships available to students studying honours programs follow the above link and then select Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards; select Study Level (Honours); select Faculty (Science and Engineering and/or Social and Behavioural). Then 'click' on 'Show scholarships'.

The School of Biological Sciences has established Honours scholarships to provide financial project support for Honours students. Scholarships are to be negotiated with the project supervisor(s).


Honours Coordinator 

Prof Peter Fairweather

Biological Sciences, Room 018 
Phone: +61 8 8201 5021 
Email: peter.fairweather@flinders.edu.au

Deputy Honours Coordinator 

A/Prof Duncan Mackay  

Biological Sciences, Room 026 
Phone: +61 8 8201 2627 

Student Administrative Officer

Ms Jamie Petrie

Biological Sciences, Rooom 201
Phone: +61 8 8201 3505 
Email: jamie.petrie@flinders.edu.au



The  2016 Honours Manual  details what is involved in the Honours course in the School of Biological Sciences. 




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