- We encourage students from outside of Monash to apply for Honours at Monash.
- It is possible to enrol in Honours prior to finishing a double degree at Monash.
- Some discipline areas offer a mid-year intake (limited projects available) as well as intakes at the start of each academic year.
- All applicants, domestic and international, currently at Monash or external to Monash, except those applying for Psychology honours, should view the online project information for the relevant Honours discipline and contact the relevant supervisor and/or School/Department Honours coordinator regarding project availability and internal processes for allocating projects BEFORE commencing the application process.
- Project information for most disciplines is updated in late August for the following year.
- Various Honours scholarships are available including the University wide Jubilee Honours Scholarship and School/Departmental Honours Scholarships.
- If you are a Bachelor of Science Advanced - Global Challenges (Honours) student, your application process is different. Please see Science Student Services for assistance.
Honours will give you a competitive advantage in your career. Most importantly, Honours will give you the first big chance to 'stretch your legs' on your very own project. It will also give you an excellent preparation for a higher degree by research (research master's, or the PhD) to further consolidate your communication and research skills, hone your project management and problem-solving ability, and make you stand out from the crowd as a future leader in your field.
As an honours student you will work one-on-one with an academic on a research project. Academics are excited about their research and take great pride in mentoring the next generation of scientists.
The honours program is available in most of the science areas of study listed in the Undergraduate Handbook. In special circumstances, the dean, acting on the recommendation of the head of school, may approve candidature embracing more than one discipline. Depending on the area of specialisation, you can begin in either semester one or semester two in any year. It is normally completed in one year of full-time study. Two years of part-time study may be available in some areas of study.
How to apply for Honours for semester two, 2016 – Clayton Campus
- Apply using the hardcopy application form (PDF, 0.19 MB)
- Apply using the hardcopy application form (PDF, 0.19 MB)
Internal and External (Non-Monash) International Applicants applying for a separate one year honours course
- Complete the hardcopy application form (PDF, 0.19 MB).
- Apply ONLINE through Monash International Admissions. Please UPLOAD the completed hardcopy faculty application form which is one part of the documentation required for the online application.
- Please note, when applying online you will be applying for an UNDERGRADUATE course.
How to apply for Honours for semester two, 2016 – Malaysia Campus
How to apply for Honours for semester one, 2017
- Application details for Semester 1, 2017 will be available in early September, 2016.
Honours is a fourth year of study comprising two units: BIO4100 and BIO4200. BIO4100 focuses on a research project and involves: a written literature review and research proposal, research seminars, and a research thesis based on the project. BIO4200 is a unit of advanced coursework and involves modules on: experimental data analysis and presentation, current research colloquia and written critique, and critical analysis of School seminars.
Research projects are designed by students in consultation with a supervisor, and with advice from other members of the academic staff who act as examiners. Honours research is time-consuming and demands a lot of independence and initiative, but it is also an exciting and rewarding year. An Honours research thesis reporting the results of your work is written at the end of the year. Many thesis results are eventually published in scientific journals. The Honours year will sharpen your skills in independent research, critical analysis of data, and the oral and written presentation of your work, and also provide training in specialist techniques for field and/or laboratory-based research.
Download a PDF copy of all available Biological Sciences Honours projects.
Dr Damian Dowling
Biology Honours Coordinator (BIO4100 - Research Project)
+61 3 990 20479
Dr Tim Connallon
Biology Honours Deputy (BIO4200 - Advanced Coursework)
+61 3 9905 0899
Biology Honours Technical Co-ordinator
+61 3 990 50508
Biology Honours administrator
Room 105, Zoology Building (Bldg. 18)
School of Biological Sciences
Monash University VIC 3800
What are the Prerequisites?
BIO3011 or any level three GEN unit, or by permission of the Head of School.
Students must also meet Faculty requirements for entry into Honours, which include being course complete, having an average above 70 for your top-four Level 3 BIO/GEN units, and having the agreement of a supervisor.
Students from other universities who wish to pursue Honours research in the School of Biological Sciences should have qualifications comparable to those above. Please contact the Honours co-ordinator for more information.
Can I start at mid-year?
Yes. Biology Honours may commence in either Semester 1 (mid-February) or Semester 2 (mid-July). However, the Semester start should be discussed or negotiated with your supervisor. Note that some projects, particularly involving fieldwork, may require a Semester 2 start date due to the seasonal nature of the flora or fauna being studied.
How are projects allocated?
For each applicant, the Honours co-ordinator will calculate the average for the top-four Level 3 BIO/GEN units, and check that the student meets the Faculty requirements for Honours entry (note that the ultimate decision for Honours entry is made at Faculty level).
The Honours co-ordinator will allocate projects in late November-December. Projects will be offered to students based on their marks. The top-ranked student will be offered their first preference, then the second-ranked student will be offered their highest remaining preference, and so on until all available projects have been allocated. Students will need to be contactable via email during this time to accept or decline project offers. Note that both the Semester 1 and Semester 2 projects are allocated during this time, for projects starting the following year.
For students that receive (and accept) a project offer from the School, they will also receive a separate notification from the Faculty regarding their enrolment in Honours. Honours commences two weeks prior to Week 1 of Semester. This is to enable students to undertake a 2-week Induction Program before they start their honours projects. Successful applicants will receive an email from Fiona close to the commencement date outlining the Induction Program.
What does the induction program involve?
The School runs a two week induction program for new Honours students, which starts two weeks prior to Week 1. The program is compulsory and students should be available between 9am-5pm for these two weeks. A detailed program will be emailed to students by Fiona prior to the commencement of the program. The Induction Program consists of:
- Meeting School staff
- Information and workshops on the honours program and assessment
- Introduction to a range of technical, safety and administrative matters
- Library information and workshops
- Occupational health and safety sessions
- A series of relevant programs
The School of Mathematical Sciences is leading the way towards finding effective solutions to some of society's most pressing problems. Maths is the language of science and forms the basis of most of modern science and engineering. Our enthusiastic mathematicians love finding the true magic and beauty in maths and subsequently pass this passion on to their students. The School of Mathematical Sciences focuses on these main areas of research:
- Applied and Computational Mathematics
- Pure Mathematics
- Stochastic Processes
You can find out more information on our Research page.
Each honours student will need to complete one project. A complete list of the available projects can be found in the topics list.
School of Mathematical Sciences – Honours Scholarships*
The School of Mathematical Sciences offers its own Honours Scholarships for incoming 2016 Honours applicants who have obtained an average of 85% or above in 24 points of relevant 3rd year units as required for honours entry.
In addition to the above requirements students must also have obtained a final mark of 70% in each individual undergraduate unit in mathematical sciences that counted towards completion of their degree.
For students who meet the above requirements and who have received an average of at least 90% in these units, the value of this award is $2,500.
For students who meet the above requirements and who have received an average of 85% - 89% in these units, the value of this award is $2,000.
You do not need to apply for this scholarship: when you submit your honours application you will be registered for this scholarship through Monash Scholarships Unit automatically.
*Note that if you are awarded another university honours scholarship such as the Monash Jubilee Honours Scholarship or the Monash Vice Chancellors Honours-PhD Scholarship you are unable to hold the School of Mathematical Sciences Scholarship as well.
AMSI Summer School 2016
2016 Honours Students in all disciplines within the School of Mathematical Sciences are able to take one or two of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) Summer courses as credit to their honours degree.
The 2016 AMSI Summer School will be held at the RMIT University between 4 and 29 January 2016.
To receive more information about the Summer School please visit the 2016 AMSI Summer School in the Mathematical Sciences website here.
Travel grants are available for interstate applicants.
First registration deadline: 1 November 2015 – for students seeking Travel Support.
Final registration deadline: 25 November 2015 – for students not seeking Travel Support.
If you plan on taking any of the summer courses, please contact Dr Jerome Droniou.
An Honours year in chemistry is offered to students who have achieved good chemistry grades at level three. The major component of the honours year is an advanced research project.
If you are a third year student studying chemistry, you are eligible to take a fourth honours year of study, provided the requirements to study honours are met, and a supervisor is available. You will be allocated to supervisors and projects on the basis of your third year results and your personal choice.
The School of Chemistry has guidelines on allocation of Honours students. Great care is taken to ensure all our students are treated fairly, and that they will generally be allocated to the area and supervisor of their choice, but this is not always possible. However, past experience indicates most students will receive either their first or second preference.
The honours projects booklet is intended to provide an overview of the research activities within the School of Chemistry and give you an overview of the Honours projects available in 2016. We recommend you review these projects and speak with at least four potential supervisors before choosing your preferred project.
Download a PDF copy of all available Chemistry Honours Projects.
Please note that the project descriptions are very short and full details are given when speaking to supervisors.
Associate Professor Michael Grace
+61 3 9905 4078
Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
The Earth, Atmosphere and Environment (EAE) based Honours program is diverse and covers all major sub disciplines taught by the School. Our Honours graduates are sought after by industry and government agencies and many continue to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) studies to build research careers.
Climate science and tropical meteorology
Structural Geophysics & 3D Modelling
Field geophysics, seismic methods, regolith studies, engineering geophysics
Structural Geology, Structural Geophysics, Proterozoic tectonics
Structural Geology and Precambrian tectonics/AD Research Training
Environmental geochemistry and Economic geology
Synchrotron Geoscience & Geochemistry
Hydrochemistry, groundwater, Surface water, Isotope tracers in Hydrogeology
Geodynamics and Basin Analysis
Climate science and Midlatitude weather
Experimental Tectonics and Structural Geology
Climate science; Tropical Meteorology
Geomorphology and Ecohydrology
Biogeochemical interactions between minerals, microbes, and metals in aqueous solutions
Climate science, Palaeoclimatology
Structural Geology and Basin Analysis
Economic Geology, Igneous Petrology and Mineral Economics
Palaeoecology, Palynology and Biostratigraphy
Understanding the metal behaviour in ore forming fluids by molecular modelling
Theory, Observations and Modelling, understanding climate variability and change
Structural and Economic Geology
Low-temperature environmental Geochemist
Geochemist, focus on high temperature processes
Igneous Petrology and Geochemistry
Tropical, Mesoscale Meteorology, Severe storms and Numerical modelling
Dynamical and Tropical Meteorology/Numerical modelling
Geodynamics of Subduction zones
Climate science, Micrometeorology and Numerical modelling
Systematic and Applied Palaeontology
Climate Science Micrometeorology
Economic Geology & Planetary Science
Volcanology, Igneous Geochemistry and Magma Transport Dynamics
Structural Geology, Granites & Crustal Fluid Flow
Structural geology, Tectonics, gold deposits, Glaciology, Microstructure and Numerical modeling
Environmental Mineralogy and geochemistry, Carbon Sequestration
GIS and Environmental Management
What projects are offered?A list of projects and potential supervisors will be made available each September for the coming year, but students are encouraged to discuss options with academic staff prior to that. A wide range of projects are available, but we are not able to offer projects in every field or offer large numbers of projects in any one discipline. Potential Honours supervisors include the regular teaching and research staff, our research only staff and adjunct staff within the School.
Choosing a supervisor?It is your responsibility to make contact with potential supervisors to express an interest in one of their projects or to discuss potential projects. Supervisors may not be able to take on all students who are interested. In the case of a supervisor receiving too many applications, the decision on which students obtain a project with that supervisor is based on merit. You need to talk to multiple potential supervisors and list preferences on your application. Honours supervision is a considerable workload for supervisors and typically supervisors do not take on more than three or four students. We will try to offer all eligible students a project but we cannot guarantee you a place in the program and you may not be able to obtain a project in any specific field.
When do I start?Once the Faculty of Science has made you an offer, the Honours year commences in the last week of January or the first week of February and runs until late October. The first week is an induction week that you must be here to attend (i.e. if you miss it, your enrolment lapses). Mid-year entry is also possible (start of Semester 2 in July and runs until early June the following year); however, projects may be more limited.
Further information is available from our Honours pages on our website or contact either:
+61 3 9905 5767
Honours Coordinator, ESC
+61 3 990 51526
+61 3 990 54464
Student Services Coordinator
+61 3 990 54464
What projects are offered?
A list of projects and potential supervisors will be made available each September for the coming year, but students are encouraged to discuss options with academic staff prior to that. A wide range of projects are available, but we are not able to offer projects in every field or offer large numbers of projects in any one discipline. Potential Honours supervisors include the regular teaching and research staff, our research only staff and adjunct staff within the School.
Choosing a supervisor?
It is your responsibility to make contact with potential supervisors to express an interest in one of their projects or to discuss potential projects. Supervisors may not be able to take on all students who are interested. In the case of a supervisor receiving too many applications, the decision on which students obtain a project with that supervisor is based on merit. You need to talk to multiple potential supervisors and list preferences on your application. Honours supervision is a considerable workload for supervisors and typically supervisors do not take on more than three or four students. We will try to offer all eligible students a project but we cannot guarantee you a place in the program and you may not be able to obtain a project in any specific field.
When do I start?
Once the Faculty of Science has made you an offer, the Honours year commences in the last week of January or the first week of February and runs until late October. The first week is an induction week that you must be here to attend (i.e. if you miss it, your enrolment lapses). Mid-year entry is also possible (start of Semester 2 in July and runs until early June the following year); however, projects may be more limited.
Physics and Astronomy
Studying Honours in the School of Physics & Astronomy allows you to strengthen your experimental, numerical, computational, analytical and problem solving skills. The School can guide you in pursuing your own research in astrophysics (computational or observational) or physics (theoretical or experimental).
As an Honours student in the School you will be allocated a desk and a computer, and have access to all the School's facilities, including: photocopiers, scanners, imaging services, computer services, research laboratories, and excellent technical support including the services of the Monash Facility for Instrumentation and Technology Development which can provide a range of support in electronics and mechanical applications.
- Honours studies in Physics or Astrophysics may be undertaken full-time or part-time.
- There are mid-year intakes as well as intakes at the start of each academic year.
To enrol in Honours you need to choose a research project in consultation with an academic from the School of Physics & Astronomy. We provide you with several resources to help you with this choice:
- In the Research Groups section, you can find a list of researchers and their areas of interest.
- In the Example Projects section you can find a list of possible projects, which you can sort, or filter, by "Academic" and "Research Group".
You need to contact the academic(s) related to the area(s) of interest in which you wish to pursue a research project and discuss possible projects with them. You can start a conversation about possible projects by emailing the relevant academic(s).
- You can contact an academic about a possible project, even if they do not have any example projects listed.
- Even if you are interested in pursuing research similar to one of the example projects, you still need to contact your potential supervisor to discuss the details with them.
- Potential projects, and academics' research interests, are not limited to the example projects listed.
- Many academics are listed under more than one Research Group.
- Previous Honours projects in the School of Physics & Astronomy have led to students publishing papers in high-impact research journals - this could be you!
Part-time study for Honours in Physics involves the units PHS4110 and PHS4120 (in place of PHS4100), and PHS4210 and PHS4220 (in place of PHS4200) - they only differ in the time taken to complete the course.
Whether you enrol in Honours in Physics (PHS4100 & PHS4200) or Honours in Astrophysics (ASP4100 & ASP4200) will depend on the academic field of the research project you choose. Your potential Honours project supervisor will provide advice in regards to this.
Your final mark is an average of your coursework and research project units. Your overall mark for Honours will appear on your transcript under PHSHONS or ASPHONS along with one of the standard Monash grade indicators as detailed in the Honours section of the Results Legend.
Science Honours disciplines taught by other faculties/schools/departments
Honours / Disciplines
|Anatomy and Developmental Biology||A/Prof Craig Smith|
A/Prof Anne Chidgey
*See the relevant discipline
(internal students enrolled in course 3527 only)
|Dr Justin Hamilton|
(Central Clinical School)
Prof Julian Rood (Deputy)
|Psychology (Semester 1 only)||A/Prof Antonio Verdejo-Garcia|
|Pharmacology (Semester 1 only)|
|Physiology||A/Prof Roger Evans|
Dr Siew Yeen Chai
Dr Reeetu Singh
|Regenerative Medicine (Semester 1 only)||Dr Cristina Keightley|
Projects are also available, in conjunction with coursework to be done via one of the Honours Disciplines above, at:
|Hudson Institute of Medical Research||A/Prof Mark Hedger|
|School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health||Dr Paul King|
Faculty administration contacts
For general science honours application and enrolment enquiries:
Mrs Janette Skoufis
+61 3 990 54604
Monash University Malaysia
Ms Zurina Samsudin
(+603) 5514 6000, ext: 46186 (DID: 5514 6186)
Honours Policies and Procedures
The 2016 Honours program policy, procedures and guidelines (DOCX, 0.13 MB) provide details of good practice and specific information on matters including period of candidature and enrolment, intermission, and special consideration.
Intermission from Honours programs will only be granted in exceptional circumstances. In order to apply for intermission, both of the following forms must be completed and submitted to the relevant science office on your home campus:
Special consideration for in-semester assessment should be lodged with and approved by the Honours coordinator of the relevant school/department.
Extension of thesis submission or deferment of final assessment for Honours coursework units will only be granted in exceptional circumstances and must be lodged with the relevant Faculty of Science, Student Services office for approval by the Associate Dean (Education) upon the recommendation of the relevant school/department Honours coordinator.Eligibility criteria and application process details and forms are available here.