Bachelor of Science (Honours)

If you want to extend your skills in research, consider adding an honours year to your Bachelor of Science – a challenging and rewarding year of additional study.

Honours is a one-year program building on your undergraduate degree. It is a pathway to further studies in research higher degrees such as a PhD.

You will integrate what you learned in your undergraduate degree with advanced studies in a specialised field while working on an exciting piece of original research.

Course structure

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) is a 100-point program (equivalent to eight 12.5-point subjects) made up of advanced coursework and research project components. Each stream has a different mix of coursework and research.

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) program is taught through the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, Melbourne School of Psychological Science, or the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences depending on the research stream.

Course components

There are two components to the honours program:

1. Advanced coursework component

Advanced coursework will provide opportunities for you to learn more about a particular area of interest and expand on the theoretical basis of your research work.

You will develop expertise in the broad scientific field(s) where your research project is placed, including the methodology and the use of scientific literature in your specialist area of study.

2. Research project component

The research component gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and technical skills in a supervised research project. You will develop skills in experimental design, project implementation and the communication outcomes of a research project.

You will develop your technical and data acquisition skills, problem-solving and critical thinking capabilities for research. This will help you with your communication skills and the application of appropriate risk assessment and ethical approval processes.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) you must:

  • Have completed a three-year undergraduate degree with at least two years in science or technology areas of study
  • Have completed at least 50 points at third year level in science or technology areas of study (or equivalent)
  • Have achieved a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 65% in your undergraduate degree
  • Meet the specific requirements for the discipline area or research project you apply for.

Selection is subject to linking you with the appropriate project and supervisor to maximise your experience. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of your application in accordance with the Admission and Selection into Course Policy.

How to apply

To apply for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) your application must be tailored to the discipline area or research project you are interested in. The application process can vary between disciplines.

Contact the relevant school or department for information relating to supervisors and project availability before submitting your application.

Current University of Melbourne students apply through:


Non-University of Melbourne students apply through:


Faculty of Science streams

Application deadlines

Start year entry Mid-year entry
30 November 31 May  

Late applications may be accepted if places are available. If accepted, start-year applications received after the deadline will receive an outcome prior to 31 January. Geography will not accept late applications.

Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Science streams

Application deadlines

2021 Application deadlines for start-year entry:

  • First round applications close Saturday 31 October 2020
  • Second round applications close Monday 25 January 2021

How to apply

Visit the How to apply website.

Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences Stream

Application deadlines and how to apply

Psychology Honours applicants should visit Fourth Year Psychology on the Study Hub for a detailed application process. The process and key dates below do not apply to you.

Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science Streams

Application deadlines

The application closing date for formal applications is the end of November each year.

Late applications may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

How to apply

Applicants are required to arrange a supervisor and a research project, and provide these details through the completion of an Expression of Interest Form (EOI). Once the EOI is complete, then a formal online application can be submitted.

Visit the How to apply website for further information.