Bachelor of Science (Honours)

A challenging and rewarding year of additional study.

An honours program provides a challenging and rewarding year of additional study to your undergraduate degree. This course will equip you with an opportunity to integrate previous knowledge acquired through your undergraduate degree with advanced studies in a specialised field while working on an exciting piece of original research.

Honours is a one-year program, and is a pathway to further studies in research higher degrees such as a PhD.

There are two components within an honours program:

1. Advanced coursework

The advanced coursework component provides opportunities for increasing students’ depth of knowledge in their particular areas of interest and expanding the theoretical basis on which they will undertake their research work.

It provides students with the opportunity to develop expertise in the broad scientific field(s) in which their individual research project is placed, including the methodologies of the relevant field(s), and the use of the scientific literature in their specialist area of study.

2. Research project

The research component of an honours program provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and technical skills in a supervised research project, and develop skills in experimental design, project implementation and the communication of the outcomes of a research project. The project develops students’ technical and data acquisition skills, their problem-solving and critical thinking capacities in the context of research, their skills in communicating to a variety of audiences, and the application of appropriate risk assessment and ethical approval processes.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) programs are prescribed 100-point programs (equivalent to eight 12.5-point subjects) comprising advanced coursework and research project components.

The balance between the advanced coursework and research project components may vary from program to program, which each comprising at least 25 points and no more than 75 points of the 100-point program respectively. The balance specific to each program will be specified in the University Handbook entry for each program.

Entry requirements

In order to be eligible for the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours), applicants must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Completion of a three-year undergraduate degree (at least two full years must be in science or technology areas of study);
  • Completion of at least 50 points at 300-level in science or technology areas of study (or equivalent);
  • Course Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 65% in your undergraduate degree;
  • Specific requirements for the discipline of interest (see below);

Note that selection is subject to linking the student with an appropriate project and supervisor.

The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Admission and Selection into Course Policy.

How to apply

Before applying for the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours) you must be aware that the process for submitting your application varies depending on the discipline area that you are interested in pursuing.

You are advised to contact the relevant school or department for information relating to supervisor and project availability prior to submitting an honours application.

In addition to the specific application process outlined for each stream below, all applications must be made through my.unimelb (for current University of Melbourne students) or through the Future Students website (for non-University of Melbourne students).

Bachelor of Science (degree with honours) - Faculty of Science streams


Application Deadlines

Start Year Intake Mid-Year Intake
30 November 31 May

For the 2018 start year, applications that are submitted prior to the application deadline will receive an outcome before 22 December.

*Late applications may be accepted based on availability of places. If accepted, start year applications received after the deadline will receive an outcome prior to 30 January.

**Note – Geography only accepts applications that are submitted prior to the application deadline. No applications will be accepted after this date.


Bachelor of Science (degree with Honours) - 
MDHS Specialisations

Application Deadlines 2018

Timely applications for 2018 start-year entry first round into the MDHS Specialisation Honours ends on Friday 10 November 2017. Applications for the second round occur from Saturday 11 November 2017 to Friday 19 January 2018.

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences (MDHS) Honours projects are available in the following areas for the Bachelor of Science (Degree with Honours):

Applications for these streams are submitted by selecting ‘MDHS Specialisations’ in the online application form. For more information about MDHS Honours, please see the ‘How to Apply’ website.

Bachelor of Science (degree with honours) - Discipline areas administered by the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences

Bachelor of Science (degree with honours) - Discipline areas administered by The Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences streams