With an emphasis on project work, this course provides study at a fourth-year level which builds on the knowledge and skills developed at degree level.
It prepares you for postgraduate research by developing skills in:
- working independently
- critical analysis of information
- devising, designing and conducting experimental work
- written and oral communication.
This course comprises a research project including two oral presentations, a literature review and the project thesis.
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Our students can attend Learning Hubs at one of five VU campuses.
We offer maths, writing, careers and English-language advice and can show you effective ways to study and manage your time.
Our programs include:
- drop-in sessions
- peer mentoring
- maths and writing resources
- resume and career guidance.
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This course equips you for a career in:
- medical research
- further studies to PhD
- research assistant.
The Honours course is a one year (full-time) or two year (part-time) commitment. Students enrol in RBM4002 for two semesters, receiving a single, final mark and grade at the completion of the course. A part-time option is available in which the same structure, content and assessment items are undertaken over four semesters through enrolment in RBM4011.
Honours comprises completion of a research project, including oral presentations, a literature review and research thesis. Honours coursework comprises areas of study in advanced research design, and research conduct, ethics and training. In special cases undergraduate units of studies may be substituted for course work when a student requires further studies of a specialised nature. The lecture or reading programs that make up the course work units will be determined by student's preferences in consultation with the student's approved supervisor(s). Course work will be assessed by oral presentations, written assignments or a written examination.
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We've changed the way we teach our courses, so that you experience a first year like no other - focused on you and your success.
From 2018, the first-year of this bachelor degree* will see units delivered one at a time, in four-week blocks. This means you won't have to juggle the deadlines and demands of studying multiple units at once. Instead you'll complete one unit before moving on to the next.
All units will be conducted in small class sizes with three face-to-face sessions per week. This means you will get more one-on-one time with your teachers.
You will have access to different learning and teaching methods including:
- educator-led delivery
- group work
- laboratory and practical work (where it applies).
You will have access to additional activities designed to extend and improve your skills. These activities foster the skills you need to be an adaptable, resilient, confident and competent learner and employee.
Find out more about our First Year Model.
* Melbourne-based campuses only
This course promotes the development of research skills and training, including ethics; critical appraisal of the literature; and the production of a scholarly piece of writing.
What's a unit?
A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.
Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.
Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.
Fees & scholarships
Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re a Commonwealth supported student or full-fee paying.
If you enrol in a:
- Commonwealth Supported Place, your fees are partly subsidised by the Australian Government.
- full-fee paying place, you’ll need to pay the full amount for all units you study.
To calculate the total cost of your course:
- Select which units you’d like to study.
- Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
- Add up the relevant amounts.
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Applicants for this degree will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.
The minimum criteria for admission varies depending on your education background. If you’re not sure which criteria applies to you, use the help tool on this page or make an enquiry and we can assist.
- Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (e.g. VCE) or
- an Australian or overseas equivalent or
- an International Baccalaureate (IB).
Importance of ATAR for this course
We consider both ATAR and other criteria
ATAR is not a consideration. We use other criteria
Why is ATAR not applicable?
You will not need an ATAR score to meet the admission requirements for this course. Only the successful completion of your secondary school studies, and any additional prerequisites. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their prior experience, ATAR, age, socioeconomic or educational background.
This information is for people who have completed an accredited award at an Australian Registered Training Organisation.
This information is for people who have completed an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) and have also completed:
- a higher education (university) qualification OR
- at least 6 months of continuous study in an undergraduate or higher qualification, at an Australian university within the last 5 years.
To qualify for entry to the honours program, applicants must hold a degree or equivalent with major studies in a relevant discipline. An applicant will usually have attained a Distinction (D) or High Distinction (HD) in units of study related to the intended discipline of Honours study. Entry into the Honours course will normally occur not more than two years after the completion of the first degree.
This information is for applicants who left secondary school more than 2 years ago and do not have any formal academic history.
Pathways & credits
There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.
If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.
Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.
How to apply
All applicants must complete an A310 - Additional Information for Honours Courses.
Before you apply
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
Apply direct to VUApply direct to VU using our admission centre submit applications for one or more courses, track and save your progress and upload additional information.
Direct applications are due on 17 February 2019 for our next intake which starts on 25 February 2019.Apply direct to VU
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (remember to check your Spam folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered