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Next intake: 
23 July 2018
1 year full time or longer for part time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications for next intake due 15 July 2018


Work towards an honours degree by completing a fourth year of study in a specific science field.

You will undertake an independent research project in one of the following areas:

  • biotechnology
  • chemistry
  • computer science
  • ecology
  • physics.

The Honours year builds on the knowledge and skills developed at the undergraduate degree level. It allows you to focus on particular areas of interest as should you wish to proceed to higher degrees by research. 

It prepares you for postgraduate research by developing skills in:

  • working independently
  • critical analysis of information
  • problem-solving
  • devising, designing and conducting experimental work.

You will also participate in a series of workshops irrespective of your research discipline. These workshops cover the topic areas of:

  • advanced research design
  • statistics
  • literature/database search and referencing
  • written and oral communication skills
  • research conduct, including ethics.

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:

  • workshops
  • drop-in sessions
  • peer mentoring
  • maths and writing resources
  • resume and career guidance.

We also have accessibility support services and counselling services available to all students.

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Careers in science

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

Depending on your area of study, your honours degree could lead to employment opportunities in:

  • government research institutes
  • the chemistry industry
  • the biotechnology and ecology industry
  • the ICT industry.

Course structure

For students to successfully complete the Bachelor of Science (Honours), students must complete a total of ninety-six (96) credit points consisting of either of the following:

  • One (1) unit (equivalent to forty-eight (48) credit points), over two (2) semesters (fulltime option);


  • One (1) unit (equivalent to twenty-four (24) credit points), over four (4) semesters (part-time option)



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:

  • online
  • educator-led delivery
  • tutorials
  • 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

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Exhibit advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in the discipline area by critically reviewing and evaluating relevant scientific literature;  
  2. Design, implement, troubleshoot and manage a research project to successful completion;  
  3. Analyse, evaluate and interpret data within the context of key literature;  
  4. Communicate professionally with a range of people including direct supervisor, peers, researchers, and industry representatives;  
  5. Produce a scholarly honours thesis based on their research project which complies with requisite academic conventions;  
  6. Critically reflect on own learning and progress of professional goals.  

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:

To calculate the total cost of your course:

  1. Select which units you’d like to study.
  2. Look up the individual unit costs in the higher education unit of study fees list.
  3. 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.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Mature: To qualify for entry to the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program, applicants must hold a degree with major studies in a relevant discipline and should normally have obtained a 'credit' average, or higher in their final year of undergraduate study.

    Applicants who do not meet the normal admission requirements may be admitted on the basis of exceptional experience, circumstances or achievements relevant to successfully undertaking the program.

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.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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

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Direct applications are due on 15 July 2018 for our next intake which starts on 23 July 2018.

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