Bachelor of Biological Science (Honours)

Course summary for international students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Bachelor of Biological Science (Honours)
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusNo
Length1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1), July (Trimester 2)

Fee paying annual fee - commencing 2017$32,240 for 1 yr full-time AUD
CRICOS course code070234B
English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent). More information is available at

Deakin course code S411
Faculty contactsDeakin International
Tel +61 3 9627 4877
Online enquiry

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Bachelor of Biological Science (Honours) provides you with exposure to a range of possible career paths and a deep understanding of your chosen discipline through research exploration in a chosen area of biological science. Honours projects may be conducted in research areas such as (but not limited to) biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, physiology, genetics, animal behaviour, evolution, bioinformatics and biotechnology.

You’ll get the chance to undertake focused research in your area of interest and boost your skills before launching into a successful career.

You’ll be exposed to research of national and international significance and acquire skills in research design and implementation, critical thinking and data analysis, digital literacy, and scientific communication. You’ll also develop valuable skills for life-long learning; an essential professional attribute in this ever-evolving field.

The coursework component of the honours program provides you with essential theoretical knowledge underpinning robust research, while the research project develops the practical skills necessary to investigate an area of interest through research exploration.

You’ll have the support and supervision of our experienced staff throughout your honours program, and will graduate with skills that provide you with a competitive edge in the job market and an ideal pathway to further study and research.

Fees and charges

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLOs)

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • Graduates will have advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in information technology.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • Communicate effectively the design and outcomes of research using a range of verbal, graphical and written forms customised for diverse audiences.

3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

  • Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, employ, evaluate, critique, and disseminate outcomes from the research project.

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • Use critical and analytical thinking to identify problems and the design of solutions using established theories, models, constructs and practice.

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

  • Apply theoretical constructs, advanced skills and critical analysis to demonstrate well developed judgement adaptability and evaluation of solutions to research problems.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • Develop and apply knowledge and skills in creative ways to demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy, initiative and ethical behaviour in research.

7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • Work independently and/or collaboratively within a research team, receiving advice and guidance from supervisor/s that contributes to achieving the outcomes of the Honours project.

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

  • Apply scientific knowledge and skills with a high level of autonomy, judgement, responsibility and accountability in collaboration with stakeholders to articulate the place and importance of scientific inquiry in the local and global context.

Approved by Faculty Board 14 July 2016

Course rules

To complete the Bachelor of Biological Science (Honours), students must attain 8 credit points.

The 8 credit points will include four 2 credit point units of study.

Course structure


SLE420Introduction to Biology Research

SLE421Honours Biology Coursework

SLE422Honours Biology Thesis A

SLE423Honours Biology Thesis B

Entry requirements - general

General admission requirements for entry into undergraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.
Some courses may have additional entry requirements.
Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

Entry requirements - specific

Normally an overall level of academic performance at 70% or greater in level 3 units within the Bachelor of Biological Science (or equivalent) is required to be eligible to join the honours program, with an alternative entry pathway to further consider relevant work experience assessed through an interview process.

Credit for prior learning - general

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

How to apply

Tracking your application
If you have already applied and wish to enquire about your application please refer to the relevant area through which you originally applied.

  • If you applied through a Deakin representative please contact your representative.
  • If you applied through a Deakin International office please contact

Further study

Graduates may wish to apply for further study in Higher Degrees by Research.