Research Project Subjects

Undertaking a research project is a fantastic way to develop practical scientific skills. It will also provide valuable experience to students considering honours, masters or a PhD in Science.

SCIE30001 Science Research Project

The Science Research Project is an individual program of supervised research in which the student, in consultation with a supervisor, contributes to the design, execution and presentation of a research project.

The project may be ‘stand-alone’ or part of a larger research program being undertaken by the supervisor. The specific details of the project, including its scope and the compilation, analysis and presentation of the results, are negotiated with the supervisor and, as appropriate, the Science Research Project Coordinator(s).

You can undertake a project in most disciplines within the Faculty of Science, and should approach a potential supervisor within a discipline area that is aligned to your research interest. You will receive feedback on progress through ongoing consultation with your supervisor.

This subject provides an opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience of scientific research, and is intended for undergraduate students who have achieved excellent results in the discipline related to the project. Undertaking the Science Research Project provides invaluable insights for students considering a career in scientific research.

Before enrolling into this subject, discuss your intention with the relevant discipline coordinator Links to important information
To learn more about an exciting upcoming International Project opportunity in Delhi, India please click here.  
Area of Study: The following disciplines offer enrolment in this subject. BioSciencesBotany: Associate Professor Andrew Drinnan, School of BioSciences
Genetics: Associate Professor Alex Andrianopoulos,
School of BioSciences
Zoology:
Professor Mark Elgar, School of BioSciences           
Chemistry - students should consult with the School of Chemistry about enrolment in either SCIE30001 Science Research Project or the alternative subject CHEM30013 Chemical Research Project Professor Richard O'Hair, School of Chemistry
Earth Sciences Professor David Phillps, School of Earth Sciences
Ecosystem and Forest Sciences Dr Chris Weston, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences
Geography Professor Barbara Downes, School of Geography
 PhysicsDr Matthew Dolan, School of Physics 
Application process
  1. Discuss potential projects with staff in the relevant school.
  2. Complete the Science Research Project Application Form - this form must be authorised and signed by the relevant school.
  3. Scan and email the completed application form to science-academicprograms@unimelb.edu.au
  4. If your application is approved you will be enrolled into the subject and contacted via email
  5. If your application is not successful, you will be contacted via email
 

Sonia Poetrodjojo, Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemistry

"The Science Research Project was an awesome opportunity to see what goes on in the day-to-day life of a researcher. It gave me an extra push towards further study, and I can now definitely imagine myself as a researcher."

BIOM30003 Biomedical Science Research Project

Before enrolling into this subject, discuss your intention with the relevant discipline coordinator Links to important information
Area of Study: The following disciplines offer enrolment in this subject.
Anatomy & Neuroscience Dr Gary Hime
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Dr Leon Helfenbaum 
Microbiology & Immunology Dr Odilia Wijburg
Pathology Dr Vicki Lawson 
Pharmacology & Therapeutics Assoc Prof James Ziogas 
Physiology Professor Joel Bornstein 
Application process
  1. Discuss potential projects with staff in the relevant department/school.
  2. Complete the Biomedical Science Research Project Application Form - this form must be authorised and signed by the relevant department/school.
  3. The form should then be scanned and emailed to BiomedSci-AcademicServices@unimelb.edu.au.
  4. If the application is approved, you will be enrolled in the subject and sent a confirmation via email.
  5. If your application is not approved, you will be contacted via email.
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Visit the Biomedical Science page for more information about research projects.


ENST30002 Land and Environment Research Project

Before enrolling into this subject, discuss your intention with the relevant departmental coordinator Links to important information
Area of Study The following departments and schools offer enrolment in this subject

Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences

Ros Gall, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences handbook_icon
Application process
  1. Discuss potential projects with staff in the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.
  2. Complete the Land and Environment Research Project Application Form - this form must be authorised and signed by the relevant person.
  3. The form should then be submitted to the Stop 1. (Enrolment Variation Form).
  4. If the application is approved, Stop 1 will enrol you in the subject and will send you confirmation.
  5. If your application is not approved, you will be notified by Stop 1.
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