Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Extend your prior learning in science to gain a deeper understanding of your chosen discipline through research exploration within this honours degree.

Key facts

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Semester 1 2022 close 10 January 2022

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

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 and develop skills before launching into a successful career.

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 the areas that underpin 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’ll 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).

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Course structure

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 STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core

Students are required to complete all units within one of the following discipline areas:

Biology -  unit set code SP-S000066

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Honours Biology Research 1A
  • Honours Biology Research 1B
  • Honours Biology Research 2 (2 credit points)
  • Honours Biology Research 3 (2 credit points)
  • Science Professionalism
  • Research Design and Data Analysis

  • Chemistry - unit set code SP-S000067

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Honours Chemistry Research 1A
  • Honours Chemistry Research 1B
  • Honours Chemistry Research 2 (2 credit points)
  • Honours Chemistry Research 3 (2 credit points)
  • Science Professionalism
  • Advanced Topics in Chemistry

  • Mathematics - unit set code SP-S000068

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Science Professionalism
  • Research Design and Data Analysis
  • Honours Mathematics Research 1 (2 credit points)
  • Honours Mathematics Research 2 (2 credit points)
  • Honours Mathematics Research 3 (2 credit points)
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Bachelor of Science (Honours)
    Year

    2022 course information

    Deakin code
    S400
    CRICOS code?
    063355G Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
    Level
    Undergraduate
    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.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per semester. This means that a course offered in Semester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Semester 2. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Semester 1 - January

    • Start date: January
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

      Application closing date: Monday 10th January 2022

    Semester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

      Application closing date: Monday 13th June 2022

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional 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. Click here for more information.

    See potential projects and supervisors for Honours

     

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree or major in a related discipline with a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65% in all level 3 and level 4 units (for Deakin awards) or final year units (for awards from other providers) OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

     

    Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    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

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $7,710 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    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.

    Scholarship options

    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

    Apply now

    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Before you apply you need to identify a project and supervisor to support your application. Take a look through the projects booklet (PDF, 1.4MB) 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.

    Entry pathways

    Further study options

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

    Contact information

    Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
    School of Life and Environmental Sciences
    deakin.edu.au/life-environmental-sciences

    Prospective student enquiries
    Are you looking to apply for this course or would like further information?
    Call 1800 693 888 or email us at myfuture@deakin.edu.au
    Enquire online

    Current student course and enrolment enquiries
    Call 03 9244 6699 or email us at sebe-enquire@deakin.edu.au
    Submit an online enquiry

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    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.

    Communication

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

    Digital literacy

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

    Critical thinking

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

    Problem solving

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

    Self-management

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

    Teamwork

    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.

    Global citizenship

    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