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.
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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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 for this course: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
Fee type definitions
The amount you pay for your course depends on whether you’re offered a government subsidised place or a full-fee paying place.
If you enrol in a:
- Government subsidised place pay a VET tuition fee and may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee and course materials contribution. This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.
- Full-fee paying place pay the full-fee tuition rate (which includes Student Services and Amenities Fee and any material fees).
To calculate the total cost of your course either use our fee calculator, or:
- 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 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 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.
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.