Bachelor of Science (Honours)

VU course code: HHSC | CRICOS: 115012G | Level of study: Undergraduate
1 year full time
In person
Footscray Park
29 July 2024
21 July 2024
Stella Rose Lay in a VU lab coat in a lab


Enhance your scientific knowledge and career prospects with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at Victoria University.

An honours degree in science builds on your bachelor degree with a fourth year focused on a specialist research thesis. It presents the chance to pursue a topic of personal interest and career aspiration, in biomedicine, environmental sciences, food sciences, nursing, midwifery, sport science, exercise science, and other related areas.

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) gives you an edge in the competitive job market, and prepares you for postgraduate research by developing your skills in:

  • independent research
  • critical analysis
  • problem-solving
  • devising, designing and conducting experimental work
  • written and spoken communication
  • research conduct, including ethics.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

ATAR requirements

No minimum ATAR required

This course does not have a minimum ATAR requirement for entry. Read the entry criteria for this course below.

Why ATAR is not applicable

You do not need an ATAR score to apply for this course. Instead, you need to have successfully completed secondary school and to meet any requirements outlined below. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their ATAR, age, education or socioeconomic background.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To attain the Bachelor of Science (Honours) students are required to complete 96 credit points consisting of two 48cp units, RBM4003 Science Honours 1and RBM4002 Science Honours 2.
Science Honours 1 is weighted 35% and Science Honours 2 is weighted 65% of the overall GPA grade for the Science Honours course. A single, final mark and grade is awarded at the completion of the course, with the grade allocated to the RBM4004 Science Honours 2 unit. The weighting aligns with the requirement for application and entry to many doctoral programs which require the thesis to form more than 50% of the Honours grade.

Fees & Scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is subsidised by the government, reducing it to the amount listed here. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens will qualify for a CSP place. If your course is not Commonwealth supported, or you don't qualify, you'll pay full fees.

Learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places




Your honours degree prepares you for studies at the postgraduate master and PhD levels.

Depending on your area of study, your Bachelor of Science (Honours) could lead to employment opportunities in:

  • government research institutes
  • healthcare
  • medical research and development
  • sustainable food industry
  • biotechnology industry
  • ecology and environmental science organisations.