Choosing to undertake your Honours degree in the environment discipline at Flinders University will provide you with a unique learning environment hosted by people sharing a breadth of disciplinary expertise and knowledge. The Honours year offers you the opportunity to enhance your understanding of core aspects of your chosen field of study and to undertake your first independent piece of research. It will provide you with intensive training in theory and research methods and you will develop your skills of project planning, writing and communication. Honours is the primary route to post-graduate study, but it also provides significant advantages in the job market. An honours degree is a signal to employers that you have research training and capacities, and conceptual skills well beyond those to be expected from an applicant with an ordinary bachelor degree.

Although the honours year is intensive and demanding, most students find it very rewarding. You get to choose your own research project topic, with the help of a supervisor, but guided primarily by your own interests. The opportunity to pursue an area of research interest using the skills accumulated over three years of undergraduate training poses an exciting new challenge, and you will discover in yourself capabilities of which you were not previously aware.

The honours year consists of an Honours thesis (27 units), one research training core topic, and one elective topic. Honours may be taken full-time, or part-time over two years (the coursework in the first year and the thesis in the second year).

Environment Honours Degrees:  Honours students


Entry requirements

Entry to the honours year is based on academic merit. It requires that students have attained a GPA of 5.0 or above during their three year Bachelor degree.


How to apply

Students are expected to have identified a supervisor(s) with whom they have nominated a suitable research project prior to submitting an application.

After finding a suitable research project and supervisor, apply online for Honours.

 Enter the study code HBSC to be directed to the correct course.

Choosing a project

  1. To identify a project that interests you, as a starting point visit the Research webpage of the School of the Environment to see what staff of the School are currently investigating. This may help you to refine your options.
    You can also find a research project on this Research Project List: SotE Student Research Projects List-2017 (PDF 96KB)  
  2. The  Honours Guide 2018 (PDF 687KB)  also gives a list of supervisors with their research interests and potential projects.
  3. Make an appointment with relevant academic staff and discuss potential projects.



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 (Health Sciences and/or Science and Engineering and/or Social and Behavioural). Then 'click' on  'Show scholarships'.

Contact persons

Honours Coordinator:

Associate Professor Jochen Kaempf

Earth Sciences, Room 310, Phone: +61 8 8201 2214, 
Email: jochen.kaempf@flinders.edu.au

Honours Committee Member:

Dr Kirstin Ross

Health Sciences Building, Room 5.24, Phone: +61 8 7221 8584,

Chair of Research Higher Degree Committee:

Professor Howard Fallowfield

Health Sciences Building, Room 5.22, Phone: +61 8 7221 8581, Email: howard.fallowfield@flinders.edu.au



Honours Guide 2017 (PDF 809KB)  


School of the Environment Honours Degrees Brochure (PDF 310KB)