Science

Honours in Science

Honours in the Faculty of Science enables students who have performed well at undergraduate level to deepen their knowledge of approaches, perspectives and traditions in their chosen scientific discipline and undertake a significant research project. It is designed to connect undergraduate study with supervised independent research and provide an academic foundation for students continuing on to a Masters by research or a PhD.

The Faculty of Science offers Honours programs in a broad range of disciplines:

Each discipline has variations in entry requirements and program details. Prospective students are advised to contact the relevant School for their area of interest before applying. A summary of entry requirements and contact details for each School are provided below.

 

How to Apply

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

 Schools offering Honours in Science

 

     
 AVIATION   
     
   
 

http://www.aviation.unsw.edu.au/future/honours.html

 

Prior study requirement:

3 year full-time bachelor degree specialising in Aviation

 

WAM requirement: 

Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM).

 

Project/supervisor allocation:

The student is responsible for arranging a supervisor and project before applying for Honours. However, the Honours Coordinator can help to facilitate discussions with a potential supervisor, and prospective students are encouraged to contact him.

 

Contacts:

School Office

Room 205, Level 2 Old Main Building

Phone: 9385 5756

Email: aviab@unsw.edu.au

Honours Coordinator

Dr David Tan

Phone: 9385 7181

Email: david.tan@unsw.edu.au

 
   

 

 

     
 

BABS (Biotechnology & Biomolecular Sciences) 

   
     
   
 

https://www.babs.unsw.edu.au/future_students/future-honours-students

 

Prior study requirement:

3 year full-time bachelor degree specialising in biotechnology, bioinformatics, genetics, microbiology, molecular and cell biology, or medical science fields. 

 

WAM requirement: 

Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM) for overall degree, and a minimum credit (65) WAM for stage three (final year) science subjects. 

 

Project/supervisor allocation:

The School allocates a supervisor and project to the student. The student is required to nominate a minimum of five (5) supervisors in order of preference. Nominated supervisors must be academic staff in the School of BABS or approved external supervisors. It is expected that students introduce themselves and discuss projects with potential supervisors before nominating them on their application. Prospective students are strongly advised to consult the document “Honours Information Booklet” for the list of supervisors and their Honours research projects.

 

Contacts:

Biosciences Student Office

Room G27 Biological Sciences Building

Phone: 9385 8047

Email: BABStudent@unsw.edu.au

Honours Coordinator

Dr Brendan Burns

Phone: 9385 3659

Email: brendan.burns@unsw.edu.au

 
   

 

 

     
 BEES (Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences)   
     
   
 

http://www.bees.unsw.edu.au/honours

 

Prior study requirement:

3 year full-time bachelor degree specialising in biology, ecology, environmental sciences, genetics, geography, geosciences, or marine sciences. 

 

WAM requirement: 

WAM requirement: Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM) for overall degree, and a minimum credit (65) WAM for six level three courses in BEES. 

 

Project/supervisor allocation:

The student is responsible for arranging a supervisor and project before applying for Honours. Prospective students are advised to consult the BEES Honours Website for the list of supervisors and their Honours research projects.

 

Contacts:

Biosciences Student Office

Room G27 Biological Science Building

Phone: 9385 2961

Email: beesinfo@unsw.edu.au

 

Honours Coordinators

Main contact: Professor Angela Moles

Phone: 9385 8302 

Email: a.moles@unsw.edu.au

 

Secondary contact: Dr Lisa Schwanz

Phone: 9385 0034

Email: l.schwanz@unsw.edu.au

 

 
   

 

 

     
 CHEMISTRY   
     
   
 

http://www.chemistry.unsw.edu.au/current-students/undergraduate/honours-research

 

Prior study requirement:

3 year full-time bachelor degree specialising in chemistry, medicinal chemistry or nanoscience. 

 

WAM requirement: 

Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM).

 

Project/supervisor allocation:

The School allocates a supervisor and project to the student. The student is required to nominate a minimum of three (3) supervisors in order of preference. It is expected that students introduce themselves and discuss projects with potential supervisors before nominating them on their application. Prospective students are strongly advised to consult the document “Honours in Chemistry” for the list of supervisors and their Honours research projects.

 

Contacts:

School Office

Ms Anne Ayers

Room 105, Dalton Building (F12)

Phone: 9385 4666 

Email: a.ayres@unsw.edu.au

Honours Coordinator

Dr. Neeraj Sharma

Dalton 216 

Phone: 9385  4714

Email: neeraj.sharma@unsw.edu.au

 
   

 

 

     
 MATHS & STATISTICS   
     
   
 

https://www.maths.unsw.edu.au/currentstudents/honours-mathematics-and-statistics

 

Prior study requirement:

3 year full-time bachelor degree specialising in mathematics or statistics OR at least 30 units of credit in stage three (final year) mathematics. 

 

WAM requirement: 

Minimum 70 weighted average mark (WAM) in stage three (final year) mathematics courses, and a minimum 70 WAM in core stage three (final year) mathematics courses for the specialisation in which they will undertake Honours.

 

Project/supervisor allocation:

The student is responsible for arranging a supervisor and project before applying for Honours. Honours projects and course selection are divided into four streams and students must consult with the appropriate stream coordinator prior to applying (see below). 

 

Contacts:

Student Services Office

Room 3088, Red Centre East

Phone: 9385 7053

Email: ug.MathsStats@unsw.edu.au

 

Honours Coordinators

Applied Mathematics stream: Dr Shane Keating, Ph: 9385 7071 E: s.keating@unsw.edu.au

Pure Mathematics stream: Dr Pinhas Grossman, Ph: 9385 4992 E: p.grossman@unsw.edu.au

Statistics stream: Dr Libo Li, Ph: 9385 7025, E: libo.li@unsw.edu.au

Quantitative Risk stream: Dr  John Steele, Ph: 9385 7060, E: j.steele@unsw.edu.au

 
   

 

 

     
 MATERIALS SCIENCE   
     
   
 

http://www.materials.unsw.edu.au/current-students/honours-projects

 

Prior study requirement:

3 year full-time bachelor degree specialising in materials science or related discipline (the latter will be considered on a case-by-case basis).

 

WAM requirement: 

Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM) for overall degree, and a minimum credit (65) WAM for all Level II and III courses in the Materials Science major.

 

Project/supervisor allocation:

The School allocates a supervisor and project to the student and this is done as a formal process for the School's Honours student cohort (at the end of S2 of the preceding year).  The student is required to nominate a minimum of five (5) supervisors/projects in order of preference.  It is expected that students introduce themselves and discuss projects with potential supervisors before nominating them on their application. Prospective students are strongly advised to consult the School's Honours website for the list of supervisors and their Honours research projects.

 

Contacts:

School Office

Rooms 137, Level 1

Hilmer Building E10

Phone: 9385 7298 

Email: enquiries.materials@unsw.edu.au

Honours Coordinator

Dr Kevin Laws

Room 301, Hilmer Building E10

Phone: 9385 5234

Email: k.laws@unsw.edu.au

 
   

 

 

     
 MEDICAL SCIENCES   
     
   
 

https://medicalsciences.med.unsw.edu.au/students/soms-honours/overview

 

Prior study requirement:

3 year full-time bachelor degree specialising in Anatomy, Pathology, Physiology, Pharmacology or other relevant science specialisation.

 

WAM requirement: 

Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM) for overall degree, and a minimum credit (65) WAM for stage three (final year) relevant science subjects. 

 

Project/supervisor allocation:

The student is responsible for arranging a supervisor and project before applying for Honours. Prospective students are advised to consult the SOMS Honours website for the list of supervisors and their Honours research projects.

 

Contacts:

School Office

Email or call Honours Administrator for an appointment.

Phone: 9385 8195

Email: v.sawatt@unsw.edu.au

Honours Coordinator

Dr Greg Smith

Phone: 9385 8075

Email: g.smith@unsw.edu.au

 
   

 

 

     
 NEUROSCIENCE   
     
   
 

https://medicalsciences.med.unsw.edu.au/students/undergraduate/neuroscience/honours

 

Prior study requirement:

3 year full-time bachelor degree specialising in neuroscience. 

 

WAM requirement: 

Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM).

 

Project/supervisor allocation:

The student is required to nominate a minimum of three (3) supervisors in order of preference. It is expected that students introduce themselves and discuss projects with potential supervisors before nominating them on their application. Prospective students are strongly advised to consult the Neuroscience Honours Supervisor website for the list of supervisors and their Honours research projects.

 

Contacts:

School Office

Email or call Honours Administrator for an appointment.

Phone: 9385 8195

Email: v.sawatt@unsw.edu.au

Honours Coordinator

Dr John Power

Phone: 9385 2910

Email: john.power@unsw.edu.au

 
   

 

 

     
 PHYSICS   
     
   
 

https://www.physics.unsw.edu.au/current-students/honours

 

Prior study requirement:

3 year full-time bachelor degree specialising in Physics. Students are expected to have completed the UNSW courses PHYS3111 Quantum Mechanics; PHYS3113 Thermal Physics and Statistical Mechanics; and PHYS3114 Electrodynamics (or equivalent).

 

WAM requirement: 

Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM).

 

Project/supervisor allocation:

The School allocates a supervisor and project to the student. The student is required to nominate three supervisors in order of preference. It is expected that students meet with and discuss possible projects with potential supervisors before nominating them on their application. Prospective students are strongly advised to consult the Physics Research Projects webpage

 

Contacts:

School Office

Room G06 Old Main Building

Phone: 9385 5969

Email: info@phys.unsw.edu.au

Honours Coordinator

Dr Oleg Sushkov

Room G61D, Old Main Building

Phone: 9385 5324

Email: sushkov@phys.unsw.edu.au

 
   

 

 

     
 PSYCHOLOGY   
     
   
 

http://www.psy.unsw.edu.au/current-students/undergraduate/honours

 

Prior study requirement:

Please carefully read the information available at the above link, review our FAQs, and contact the School should you have any questions.

 

WAM requirement: 

See above.

 

Project/supervisor allocation:

See above.

 

Contacts:

School Office

Level 15, Mathews Building

Phone: 9385 3236

Email: psychology@unsw.edu.au

Honours Coordinators

Dr Denovan Begg / A/Prof Thomas Whitford

Phone: 9385 2441 / 9385 3936 

Email: d.begg@unsw.edu.au / t.whitford@unsw.edu.au

 
   

 

 

     
 VISION SCIENCE   
     
   
 

http://www.handbook.unsw.edu.au/undergraduate/plans/2018/VISNBH4500.html 

 

Prior study requirement:

3 year full-time bachelor degree specialising in Vision Science

 

WAM requirement: 

Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM).

 

Project/supervisor allocation:

The student is responsible for arranging a supervisor and project before applying for Honours. Prospective students are advised to consult the SOVS Honours website for the list of supervisors and their Honours research projects.

 

Contacts:

School Office

Rooms 3003, Level 3

Rupert Myers Building (North Wing)

Phone: 9385 4639

Email: optometry@unsw.edu.au

Honours Coordinator

A/Prof Michele Madigan

Phone: 9385 9879

Email: m.madigan@unsw.edu.au

 
   

 

Science Honours FAQs

 

I want to start honours mid-2018. How will this work with trimesters in 2019?

You may start honours in mid-2018, if the School you wish to do honours with currently has a mid-year entry. We plan to ensure that the Honours experience for students is impacted as little as possible, despite the introduction of trimesters part-way through your honours program.

Our aim is that your enrolment and submission deadlines mimic the semester model as closely as possible so that you are not disadvantaged in any way as a result of the transition to trimesters. For most* students commencing honours in semester 2, 2018, this will involve enrolling into 24 UOC in T1, 2019 and being provided with an extended honours thesis submission deadline to more closely align with a semester submission timeline (May/June) rather than the T1 end date (April/May).

More explicit advice for your 2019 enrolment will be provided to you by your School when you have received your official offer into Honours.

Note: students intending to start Physics Honours in Semester 2, 2018 should speak with the School of Physics about how the year will be structured as it is expected that full-time Honours students starting in July 2018, would finish at the end of T2 2019 (September).

How many intakes will there be for honours in 2019 and beyond?

4500 B.Science (Honours) as a standalone degree will have two intakes, term 1 and term 3 in 2019 and beyond.

If you are enrolled in an embedded honours program, such as Advanced Science (Hons), Advanced Maths (Hons) and Biotechnology (Hons) you may be able to commence the honours component in either T1, T2 or T3, subject to School approval and course availability.  Students hoping to commence honours in T2 should contact the School first to discuss options.

4518 B.Psychological Science (Hons) and the final year of B.Psychology (Hons) will only commence in T1 (this is not changing from current arrangements)

Can I start honours in T2?

It will not always be possible to start honours in Term 2, so consult with the relevant School early. You may need to plan your enrolment to complete all coursework in either term 2 or term 3, to be eligible to start honours in either term 1 or term 3. Students should seek advice from their School or Program Authority regarding enrolment planning, if they have any concerns.

Note: Honours in the School of Psychology will only commence once per year in Term 1.

Will honours be available part-time?

If a School currently allows students to take honours part-time, this arrangement will continue. Please note that not all Science Schools allow students the option of doing honours part-time so you should check with the School you are intending to do honours with.