Direct applications to Deakin for Semester 1 2024 close 8 January 2024
Deakin’s Bachelor of Science (Honours) continues your studies in the exciting world of scientific discovery, while you forge your own unique path through research exploration in either life and environmental sciences, chemistry or mathematics. You will undertake focused research in your area of interest, developing key skills before launching into a successful career.
Honours is an optional year of specialised study that allows you to combine the theory and practical skills gained throughout your undergraduate degree. You’ll explore research of global significance and develop crucial skills in research design and implementation, critical thinking, data analysis, digital literacy and scientific communication. You will also develop valuable skills for lifelong learning – an essential professional attribute in this ever-evolving field.
Ready to see how far your scientific curiosity can take you?
The coursework component of the honours program provides you with essential knowledge in key principles of research – experimental design, quantitative analysis and science professionalism. The research project component enables you to develop the research skills necessary to investigate your area of interest.
Importantly, you will be guided every step of the way by experts who are leaders in their field. Our teaching staff are active contributors to the science industry, putting them right at the forefront of scientific research and making them well placed to pass on the skills that are most valued by employers. You’ll graduate with skills that provide you with a competitive edge in the job market or ready to embark on further study and research training (including masters and PhD programs).Read More
- Award granted
- Bachelor of Science (Honours)
2024 course information
- Deakin code
- CRICOS code?
- 063355G Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
- Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
- Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
To complete the Bachelor of Science (Honours), students must attain 8 credit points, which must include the following:
- six (6) core units within your chosen research specialisation (6 credit points)
- two (2) core units that cover coursework in scientific disciplines (2 credit points)
- completion of DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit point compulsory unit).
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.
Students are required to complete all units within one of the following discipline areas:
Biology - unit set code SP-S000066
Chemistry - unit set code SP-S000067
Mathematics - unit set code SP-S000068
Intakes by location
The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Semester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Semester 2. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.
Semester 1 - January
- Start date: January
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Application closing date: Monday 9th January 2023
Semester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Application closing date: Monday 12th June 2023
Additional course information
Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.
Projects and Supervision - additional information
As part of your application for this course, you will be required to first contact potential supervisors and discuss projects. Once you have met with a supervisor and agreed on a project, you will need to complete an application form and submit this via the Deakin applicant portal.
Information on How to Apply, important dates and the 2024 Honours projects booklet can be
found on the Honours in Life and Environmental Sciences page.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.
Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.
To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet all the following criteria:
- completion of a bachelor degree or higher or major in a related discipline with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) (or equivalent average grade indicator) of at least 65 in third year units, or where relevant, final year units
English language proficiency requirements
To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:
- VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an Additional Language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL
- IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (or equivalent)
- other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)
Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2023 students (PDF, 354KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.
Recognition of prior learning
The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.
You can also refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.
Fees and scholarships
Estimated tuition fees - CSP: 2024 fees are currently unavailable due to a delay in the student contribution rates set by the Australian Government.
The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of 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 on our Current students fees website.
A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships
Before you apply you need to identify a project and supervisor to support your application. Take a look through the projects booklet (PDF, 2.0MB) to see if there is an existing project that interests you. Contact the project supervisor to discuss the project and seek their written (e-mail) agreement to supervise you.
You may also contact the Honours Campus Coordinator to discuss your own project proposal and identify a potential supervisor.
After you have had a discussion and agreed upon a project, you will need to complete the honours application form and attach to a formal application through the application portal.
Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
Further study options
Graduates may wish to apply for further study in Higher Degrees by Research.
Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.
The Bachelor of Science (Honours) will produce high quality graduates with the generic skills, theoretical knowledge, and specialised practical skills to either gain employment in their relevant discipline (biology, chemistry or mathematics) or to succeed in further study such as Higher Degrees by Research.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Graduates will have advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in one of biology, chemistry or mathematics.
Communicate effectively the design and outcomes of research using a range of verbal, graphical and written forms customised for diverse audiences.
Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, employ, evaluate, critique, and disseminate outcomes from the research project.
Use critical and analytical thinking to identify problems and the design of solutions using established theories, models, constructs and practice.
Apply theoretical constructs, advanced skills and critical analysis to demonstrate well developed judgement adaptability and evaluation of solutions to research problems.
Develop and apply knowledge and skills in creative ways to demonstrate advanced levels of autonomy, initiative and ethical and professional behaviour in research.
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.
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 27 June 2019