More about what is involved


  • Course content advises on the research proposal, literature review, and other activities during the Honours year.
  • The 2014 Honours Manual details what is involved in the course.

Undertaking an Honours degree in the School of Biological Sciences 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. Fellow students may be undertaking projects in marine biology, plant sciences, animal sciences, microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology or ecology. In many ways the traditional divisions between these groups do not exist in the School of Biological Sciences and many projects cross these boundaries leading to exciting discoveries.

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 meets our 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 Semester 1 or Semester 2 (mid-year intake). Many projects involving field studies and experiments are best started in Semester 2 because many ecosystems are most active in the spring or summer months.

Why study Honours?

pencil writing - Why? - on paper An Honours degree is the starting point for a professional career in science.  It signifies to a potential employer your ability to plan, organise and carry out independent research.

An Honours degree gives one a competitive edge in the job market and is the minimum requirement for entry into postgraduate study. The School provides a range of degrees to suit the backgrounds and interests of a diversity of students. The B.A. and B.Sc. Honours degrees provide opportunities to study a wide range of topics under fairly general guidelines, whereas the degrees that follow the "niche" degrees in aquaculture, ecotourism, biodiversity and conservation, and marine biology are more restricted in their focus.

It is important to appreciate that the Honours year is much more demanding, both academically and personally, than any of your ‘ordinary’ undergraduate years.  It involves a very heavy commitment of time and energy from students, and you may feel continual pressure for much of the 40 weeks from February to November (or July to May) once you have started.  You should not just "drift" into Honours, but make a considered decision.  It will be valuable to discuss the matter with staff members and with this year's Honours students.

Honours degrees offered by our School

  1. Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Enhanced Program for High Achievers) (1 year)
  2. Bachelor of Science (Honours) (Enhanced Program for High Achievers) (4 year)
  3. Bachelor of Science (Honours) (1 year)
  4. Bachelor of Science (Honours) (4 year)
  5. Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) (Honours) (1 year)
  6. Bachelor of Science (Animal Behaviour) (Honours) (4 year) 
  7. Bachelor of Science (Aquaculture) (Honours) (1 year)
  8. Bachelor of Science (Aquaculture) (Honours) (4 year)
  9. Bachelor of Science (Biodiversity and Conservation) (Honours) (1 year)
  10. Bachelor of Science (Biodiversity and Conservation) (Honours) (4 year)
  11. Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology) (Honours) (1 year)
  12. Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology) (Honours) (4 year)
  13. Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology and Aquaculture) (Honours) (1 year)
  14. Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology and Aquaculture) (Honours) (4 year)
  15. Bachelor of Science (Forensic and Analytical Science) (Honour) (1 year)
  16. Bachelor of Science (Forensic and Analytical Science) (Honour) (4 year)