2021: February

1 year

2021: A$15,350*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.


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
  • problem-solving
  • 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:

  • 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.

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.

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This course equips you for a career in:

  • medical research
  • further studies to PhD
  • research assistant.

Course structure

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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Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

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.


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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.

Entry requirements

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

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

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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