UNSW Bachelor of Science (Honours) enables high-performing students to connect undergraduate study with a supervised independent research project.

Taken over one year of full-time study, the honours degree deepens your knowledge in a specialised area, with choices including biotechnology, ecology, marine science, statistics, and more. 

In addition to conducting research and coursework, students are expected to undertake Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) training, attend and present seminars, write a literature review, and write a thesis.  

The degree also provides an academic foundation for students to pursue further study with a Masters by research or a PhD. 

Eligibility

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 you’re encouraged to contact them.

Contacts

School Office Honours Coordinator

Room 205, Level 2 Old Main Building  

Phone: 9385 5756  

Email: Ask a Question

Dr Julie Hatfield  

Phone: 9385 7949 

Email: j.hatfield@unsw.edu.au

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. You’re required to nominate a minimum of five supervisors in order of preference. Nominated supervisors must be academic staff in the School of BABS or approved external supervisors.

It’s expected that you introduce yourself and discuss projects with potential supervisors before nominating them on your application.

You’re strongly advised to consult the document ‘Honours Information Booklet’ for the list of supervisors and their Honours research projects.

Contacts

Biosciences Student Office Honours Coordinator

BABS school office, Room 520, Bioscience Building D26

Phone: 9385 8915

Email: Ask a Question

Dr Brendan Burns

Phone: 9385 3659

Email: brendan.burns@unsw.edu.au

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

You’re responsible for arranging a supervisor and project before applying for Honours.

You’re advised to consult the BEES Honours website for the list of supervisors and their Honours research projects.

Contacts

Biosciences Student Office Honours Coordinators  

BEES school office, Room 520, Bioscience Building D26

Phone: 9385 2961  

Email: Ask a Question

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 

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 you. You’re required to nominate a minimum of three supervisors in order of preference.  

It’s expected that you introduce yourself and discuss projects with potential supervisors before nominating them on their application. You’re strongly advised to consult the document ‘Honours in Chemistry’ for the list of supervisors and their Honours research projects. 

Contacts

School Office Honours Coordinator

Ms Anne Ayres  

Room 105, Dalton Building (F12)  

Phone: 9385 4666  

Email: a.ayres@unsw.edu.au 

Dr. Neeraj Sharma  

Dalton 216  

Phone: 9385 4714  

Email: neeraj.sharma@unsw.edu.au 

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  

You’re responsible for arranging a supervisor and project before applying for Honours.  

Honours projects and course selection are divided into four streams and you need to consult with the appropriate stream coordinator prior to applying.  

Contacts 

Student Services Office  Honours Coordinators

Julie Hebblewhite  

Room 3088, Red Centre East 

Phone: 9385 7053 

Email: j.hebblewhite@unsw.edu.au

Applied Mathematics 

Dr Shane Keating 

Phone: 9385 7071 

Email: s.keating@unsw.edu.au

  

Pure Mathematics 

Dr Pinhas Grossman 

Phone: 9385 4992 

Email: p.grossman@unsw.edu.au

  

Statistics 

Dr Libo Li

Phone: 9385 7025

Email: libo.li@unsw.edu.au 

  

Quantitative Risk 

Dr John Steele 

Phone: 9385 7060 

Email: j.steele@unsw.edu.au 

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 you. This is done as a formal process for the School's Honours student cohort (at the end of T2 of the preceding year).   

You’re required to nominate a minimum of five supervisors/projects in order of preference. It’s expected that you introduce yourself and discuss projects with potential supervisors before nominating them on their application.  

You’re strongly advised to consult the School's Honours website for the list of supervisors and their Honours research projects. 

Contacts 

School Office Honours Coordinator

Rooms 137, Level 1  

Hilmer Building E10  

Phone: 9385 7298  

Email: Ask a Question

Dr Kevin Laws  

Room 301, Hilmer Building E10  

Phone: 9385 5234  

Email: k.laws@unsw.edu.au 

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  

You’re responsible for arranging a supervisor and project before applying for Honours.  

You’re advised to consult the School of Medical Sciences (SOMS) Honours website for the list of supervisors and their Honours research projects.  

You need to fill out and attach this form to their Intention to Undertake Honours form. 

Contacts 

School Office Honours Coordinator

Email or call Honours Administrator for an appointment.  

Phone: 9385 8195  

Email: SOMShonours@unsw.edu.au 

Dr Cristan Herbert  

Phone: 9385 8679 

Email: c.herbert@unsw.edu.au 

Prior Study Requirement  

3-year full-time bachelor degree specialising in neuroscience.  

WAM Requirement  

Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM)  

Project/Supervisor Allocation  

You’re required to nominate a minimum of three supervisors in order of preference. It’s expected that you introduce yourself and discuss projects with potential supervisors before nominating them on your application.  

You’re strongly advised to consult the Neuroscience Honours Supervisor website for the list of supervisors and their Honours research projects. 

Contacts 

School Office Honours Coordinator

Email or call Honours Administrator for an appointment  

Phone: 9385 8195  

Email: Ask a Question 

Dr Natasha Kumar  

Phone: 9385 1713  

Email: natasha.kumar@unsw.edu.au 

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 you. You’re required to nominate three supervisors in order of preference.  

It’s expected that you meet with and discuss possible projects with potential supervisors before nominating them on your application.  

You’re strongly advised to consult Physics Research Projects

Contacts 

School Office   Honours Coordinator  

Room G06 Old Main Building  

Phone: 9385 5969  

Email: Ask a Question 

Dr Julian Berengut  

Phone: 9385 7637  

Email: julian.berengut@unsw.edu.au 

Prior Study Requirement  

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

WAM Requirement  

Psychology average of 75 or higher. Please refer to the FAQs for a definition of the Psychology average. 

Project/Supervisor Allocation  

Refer to FAQs.

Contacts

School Office   Honours Coordinators  

Level 15, Mathews Building 

Phone: 9385 3236  

Email: Ask a Question 

Dr Denovan Begg / A/Prof Thomas Whitford  

Phone: 9385 2441 / 9385 3936  

Email: honours.psychology@unsw.edu.au 

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 

You’re responsible for arranging a supervisor and project before applying for Honours.  

You’re advised to consult the SOVS Honours website for the list of supervisors and their Honours research projects. 

Contacts 

School Office Honours Coordinator

Rooms 3003, Level 3  

Rupert Myers Building (North Wing)  

Phone: 9385 4639  

Email: Ask a Question 

A/Prof Michele Madigan  

Phone: 9385 9879  

Email: m.madigan@unsw.edu.au 

Your Career 

Honours students have the expertise to work in a variety of science and technology-based industries and businesses in management, research and communication.  

Recent UNSW graduates are employed in areas as diverse as: 

  • pharmaceutical and medical research 
  • environmental science 
  • forensic science 
  • food manufacture 
  • meteorology 
  • oceanography 
  • finance.

What Our Academics Say 

“At UNSW Science, we’re proud to promote a diverse and inclusive faculty, which encourages everyone to socialise, to swap ideas and to have a positive impact on the world.” 

Professor Emma Johnston, Dean of UNSW Science  

Find Out More

You can find more information on this degree, including entry requirements on the UNSW Degree Finder.

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