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.
VU’s Learning Hubs are welcoming spaces where you can improve your study and employability skills.
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.
At VU you can spend part of your degree studying overseas all while gaining credits towards your course.
Immerse yourself in a new culture and learn from a new perspective, while building experiences that will help you to stand out in the competitive job market.
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) commitment. Students enrol and complete RBM4003 (48cp) and RBM4002 (48cp) , receiving a single, final mark and grade at the completion of the course. Students will receive a GPA grade after completion of both Science Honours 1 and Science Honours 2 with the grade allocated to the unit Science Honours 2. Science Honours 1 will be weighted 35% and Science Honours 2 will be weighted 65% of the GPA grade for the Science Honours course. This weighting reflects the whole of year nature of the Honours degree and allows development of higher level written, oral and analysis skills, using feedback from assessors and their supervisor during the year, thus placing the bulk of the marks associated with the final thesis when all AQF level 8 skills have been obtained. This is also necessary for application and entry to many doctoral programs which require the thesis to form more than 50% of the grade.
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
|1.||Devise a novel research project and postulate testable hypotheses;|
|2.||Interrogate and critically review relevant research papers;|
|3.||Design experiments to generate novel data and conduct qualitative and/or quantitative analysis and data interpretation to deduce conclusions;|
|4.||Plan, implement and articulate an independent and critical investigation of a science research topic; and|
|5.||Contextualise research findings and argue and defend research process and outcomes to a professional audience using advanced oral communication skills.|
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 for this course: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or a full fee-paying place.
Students who enrol in a:
- Commonwealth supported place pay tuition fees that are partly subsidised by the Australian government
- full fee-paying place need to pay the full amount for all enrolled units before census each study period.
In addition to your tuition fees, you may also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).
Scholarships & assistance
Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.
We can help with fee assistance and advice.
Applicants for this course will need to have met the academic requirements and prerequisites for this course outlined below.
Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.
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 whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course.
To qualify for entry to the honours program, applicants must hold a degree or equivalent with major studies in a relevant discipline. An applicant is required to have a Credit (C) average (usually >65) in their final year of undergraduate degree study. 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 two years ago and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then.
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.
Use our credit calculator to find out how much credit you could get towards your course, based on your previous 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 chair or academic adviser.
How to apply
Available start dates:
- 19 February 2024
Before you apply
Before applying, you should consider whether you also want to apply for:
- Special admission programs: Depending on your life circumstances you may be eligible for special consideration of your application.
- Advanced standing: If you have significant experience or studies elsewhere you may be eligible for credit for some units of your course and not have to undertake them.
All applicants must complete an A310 - Additional Information for Honours Courses.
Find out more about applying for our courses.
Apply direct to VU
Direct applications are due on 11 February 2024 for our next intake which starts on 19 February 2024.
Already a VU student?
If you are already a VU student, apply direct to VU using our Admissions centre to transfer into this course. Remember it’s best to be accepted into your new course before withdrawing from your current one.
After you apply
- It’s important to check for emails from us (which may go to your spam/junk folder).
- Complete any requests for information by the given dates, otherwise your application may not be considered