Honours in Life and Environmental Sciences

What is Honours?

An Honours degree provides an important year for learning and improving scientific skills in research design and implementation, critical thinking and data analysis, digital literacy, and scientific communication. These skills are recognised by external employers as essential in the workplace and therefore can make you more employable. An Honours degree also exposes you to research of national and international significance. It can also lead to further study as a postgraduate student, undertaking Masters or PhD level research.

How do I get into Honours?

Admission to the Honours program will require students to have a Bachelor degree in the relevant study area with an average of at least 70% in their level-3 units and a suitable research project and an available supervisor. An alternative entry pathway is available with consideration of relevant work experience addressed through an interview process.

Honours project booklet

A booklet with specific Honours projects for 2015 for each campus is available:


During the Honours year, students join a research team in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and undertake a supervised research project that produces a written thesis. Honours students will also present their research via oral presentations and coursework.

  • Research project thesis 60%
  • Research design presentation - 5%
  • Research final presentation - 10%
  • Coursework modules 25%

Honours Dates and Thesis Submission

These dates apply to Research Based (Type A) Honours programs only.

  • For students commencing in Trimester 1, 2015: Commencement  January, 2015 and thesis submission last week of October (likely Monday 26 October, 2015).
  • For students commencing in Trimester 2, 2015: Commencement Monday 13 July 2015 and thesis submission April, 2015. (Date to be confirmed).


The first step in securing a place in the program for 2015 is to contact supervisors and discuss projects.
When you have met with a supervisor and agreed on a project, please apply at the online application portal
Students need to complete both a paper based Honours Application Form 2015 and an online application via the above link.

Application forms should be completed and signed by the nominated Supervisor and submitted to the relevant Course Advisor (as noted below) by 19 June 2015 (for Trimester 2, 2015)

Course Advisors
Burwood: Mr Vincent Kavenagh
Geelong: Ms Rosie Robertson
Warrnambool: Ms Janet Keith

Honours Coordinators

Academic information about the Honours programs can be obtained from the following staff:

Burwood Campus - Dr Matthew Symonds

Geelong Campus: Chemistry and Forensic Science Honours - Dr. Fred Pfeffer

Geelong Campus: Life Sciences Honours - Dr Stuart Linton

Warrnambool Campus -Dr Ty Matthews

In addition, your local Faculty course advisor can assist with information about entry into Honours.

Further information can be obtained from the School website at:

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