Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





1 year full-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

$9,359.00* per year (more)
* 2019 indicative annual CSP fee

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Admission requirements

  • Related bachelor degree with 5.0 GPA over second and third year


Commencing in

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2

Next start date

Trimester 1, 2020 (more)

Applications close

Friday, 31 January 2020

Why choose this program?

This Honours Program is designed to provide research training for graduate students from the School of Natural Sciences. The degree consists of research training and completion of a research project in the School of Natural Sciences. The degree will be assessed by coursework, research project performance, thesis and seminar.

Attendance information

The Bachelor of Science (Honours) Program is offered full-time on-campus at the Nathan campus. You may choose to study courses at other campuses if or where the program structure allows. Students who commence in this program in Trimester 1 will begin their project work on the first Monday in February and their coursework at the start of Trimester 1. Students who commence in this program in Trimester 2 will begin their project work on the first Monday in July and their coursework at the start of Trimester 2.

In the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Program, you must normally maintain a full-time study load. If you have reasons why you cannot maintain enrolment in 40 credit points per trimester, you must seek approval from the Program Director to take a reduced study load.

Students enrolling in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Program are required to complete coursework and a dissertation.

Coursework: You are required to attend approximately 2-6 hours of scheduled classes per week per 10 credit point course. Classes may be held during the day and evening.

Dissertation: During your enrolment in the dissertation component of this program, it is expected that you will be able to work independently for most of the time. The requirement for on-campus attendance is relatively flexible and unstructured. However, you will be required to meet regularly with your supervisor and it is recommended that you discuss the on-campus attendance requirements with your supervisor at the start of the dissertation.

Intensive study periods: It is compulsory to enrol in some safety courses in the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Program in intensive mode. Intensive courses are delivered in short blocks of five days, usually from 9am to 5pm on weekdays during Orientation week. It is expected that if you enrol in the program you will be available to attend. Enrolment in safety courses is not required if undertaking Honours in Applied Mathematics.

Student Income Support

To be classed as a full-time student, you are required to enrol in a minimum number of credit points each standard study period. The minimum credit points for full-time enrolment in this program is 30 credit points.

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 are deemed standard study periods. As Trimester 3 is a non-standard study period, continuing students moving from one year to the next will not be required to study during this trimester to be eligible for student income support.

Domestic students who commence in Trimester 3 may be eligible for student income support from the onset of study provided they are enrolled full-time in this study period.

Please refer to the Australian Government website for more details.

Work-integrated learning

Work-integrated learning activities integrate theoretical learning with its application in the workplace. Whilst there are no formal work placements, the research project component will equip students with real laboratory skills and experience as carried out in research laboratories everywhere. Depending on availability, area, timing and supervisor, some Honours Projects may involve some work in outside companies or institutions.

My career opportunities

It is expected that graduates of the program will be able to plan and conduct quality research and contribute as part of a team to the research culture of their speciality.

Professional recognition

Professional recognition will vary depending upon your choice of major:

Applied Mathematics: Honours graduates are eligible to join the Australian Mathematical Society (AUTMS).

Physics: Honours graduates are eligible to join the Australian Institute of Physics (AIP).

Chemistry: Honours graduates are eligible to join the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).

Biosciences: Honours graduates are eligible to join the Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) (dependent upon project research area) and the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) and Ausbiotech Limited.

Commonwealth supported students

  • The fee is indicative of an annual full-time load (80 credit points) in a program categorized to one of the Australian Government's three broad discipline areas (student contribution bands). A student's actual annual fee may vary in accordance with his or her choice of majors and electives. The Australian Government sets student contribution amounts on an annual basis.
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Fee-paying undergraduate (domestic) students

These fees are only applicable to domestic students who are not Commonwealth supported including:

  • Full-fee paying domestic students who commenced their program prior to 2009.
  • International students who have been approved to pay domestic tuition fees after obtaining Australian or New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency or a permanent humanitarian visa and who have not obtained a Commonwealth supported place.
Tuition fees
  • A fee-paying undergraduate student pays tuition fees.
  • Students are liable for tuition fees for the courses they are enrolled in as at the census date.
  • The tuition fee is charged according to the approved program fee for the trimester in which the student is enrolled.
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Program fees for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) (2112)

Year of study Fee category/Band Fee per CP Tuition fee 80cp
2020 Fee Band 33.0 $412.50 $33,000.00
2019 Fee Band 31.5 $393.75 $31,500.00

Eligible undergraduate fee-paying students may defer their tuition fees by taking out a FEE-HELP loan which is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). Payment of the loan is via the taxation system when income reaches a specified level.

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