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Essential Science Honours Guide

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    Honours Information Session - held 14 September 2016

    The Honours information session for 2017 was held on the 14th of September and featured representatives from some of the Schools in the Science Faculty. In case you missed it, you can view the presentation here.

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.

Honours disciplines, projects and co-ordinators

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. Some disciplines offer a mid-year intake (limited projects available) as well as intakes at the start of each academic year.

Please refer to the tables below for full details and links to projects offered under each specialisation.

Discipline

Honours co-ordinator

Start date

Study mode available

Anatomy and developmental biology

A/ Prof Craig Smith

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time and part-time

Astrophysics

Prof. Michael J. Morgan

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time and part-time

Atmospheric science

Dr Laurent Ailleres

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time and part-time

Biochemistry

A/Prof Timothy Cole

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time and part-time

Chemistry

A/Prof Mike Grace

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time and part-time

Computational science

Dr Yuan-Fang Li

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time

Earth Science

Dr Laurent Ailleres

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time and part-time

Ecology and conservation biology

Dr Damian Dowling (BIO4100) and Dr Tim Connallon (BIO4200)

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time

Genetics

Dr Damian Dowling (BIO4100) and Dr Tim Connallon (BIO4200)

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time

Geographical science

Dr Laurent Ailleres

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time and part-time

Human pathology

Dr Justin Hamilton

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time and part-time

Immunology

A/Prof Margaret Hibbs

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time and part-time

Materials Science

Dr Nikhil Medhekar

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time and part-time

Mathematics and statistics

Dr Jerome Droniou

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time and part-time

Microbiology

A/Prof John Boyce

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time and part-time

Pharmacology

Dr Barbara Kemp-Harper

Semester 1

Full-time and part-time

Physics

Prof. Michael J. Morgan

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time and part-time

Physiology

A/Prof Roger Evans

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time and part-time

Plant sciences

Dr Damian Dowling (BIO4100) and Dr Tim Connallon (BIO4200)

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time

Psychology

A/Prof Antonio Verdejo-Garcia

Semester 1

Full-time and part-time

Regenerative medicine

Dr Cristina Keightley

Semester 1

Full-time and part-time

Zoology

Dr Damian Dowling (BIO4100) and Dr Tim Connallon (BIO4200)

Semester 1 or 2

Full-time

Research project at Monash Medical Centre with the Hudson Institute of Medical Research (HIMR) or the School of Clinical Sciences (SCS)

Malaysian Honours specialisations

Honours application process

Minimum entry requirements

Qualifications

Successful completion of a Bachelor of Science (or equivalent) with at least distinction average (70 percent) in 24 points of level three units (or equivalent) in the intended honours discipline.

For students enrolled in a four year program with Honours embedded you must have  completed 144 credit points and all stage 1-3 requirements.

Double degree students: If you are enrolled in a Monash double degree course and who have not yet completed the requirements for the two degrees, you may be eligible to enrol in the honours program if you have completed 144 points of study, including all requirements for the Bachelor            of            Science component.

The level three units upon which admission to the Honours program is based must have been completed no more than five years prior to commencement of the course.

Please note:

  • We encourage students from outside of Monash to apply for Honours at Monash.
  • Check the University undergraduate handbook for level three requirements for your discipline and seek advice from your Honours coordinator and Science Student Services.
  • All applicants, domestic and international, currently at Monash or external to Monash should view the online project information for the relevant Honours discipline (see table above for links) 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.
  • You may also be required to complete an internal school/department project preference form in addition to the online application. Check with the relevant school/department.
  • Psychology – you must apply online via School of Psychological Sciences by 31 October
  • Offers are made by the Faculty of Science and are subject to eligibility and the availability of suitable supervision and resources.
  • Achievement of the 70% average does not guarantee admission to Honours as in some disciplines there are limited projects available and/or competition for certain projects.
  • Various Honours scholarships are available including the University wide Jubilee Honours Scholarship and School/Departmental              Honours              Scholarships.

How to apply for Honours for semester one, 2017– Clayton campus

Applications open on 19 September and close on 18 November 2016. The Faculty may accept late applications if you meet admission requirements and project and supervision is available.

If you are applying for Honours in Psychology – you must apply online to the School of Psychological Sciences by 31 October 2016.

Application process

Step one: Contact the relevant Honours co-ordinator regarding a potential Honours project and supervisor.

You may be required to complete an internal school/department project preference/selection form. Refer to the table above and check with the relevant school/department for further details and relevant closing dates.

If you are applying for Honours in Psychology – you must apply online to the School of Psychological Sciences by 31 October 2016. (Domestic students do not need to complete step two of this process.)

If you are applying for a research project at Monash Medical Centre with either the Hudson Institute of Medical Research (HIMR) or the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS) then you must contact A/Prof Mark Hedger (HIMR) or Dr Paul King (SCS) for project approval. This is in addition to contacting the discipline Honours co-ordinator for approval.

Step two:

S3701 – Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Apply online

Things to note when applying on-line:

  • Honours is an undergraduate course
  • Domestic students - can apply for full-time or part-time; International students on a student VISA must apply for full-time
  • Domestic students do not need to complete this step if applying for Honours in Psychology
  • Monash students do not need to lodge proof of identity or their Monash academic transcript with their online application
  • You need to select your Honours discipline (called a unit set)
  • If you are applying for two Honours disciplines you only need to lodge one online application but you will need to include two course preferences for the Bachelor of Science (Honours) and select a different Honours discipline (unit set) for each course preference.
  • External students need to upload a certified copy of their academic record and a statement that they have qualified for a pass degree as soon as this is available.

4 year science courses with an Honours component

If you are completing stage 3 of your course by the end of semester two 2016, you will receive an email from the Faculty inviting you to complete an ‘Expression of interest’ for Honours. (You need to have completed step one).

Please refer to the School of Science in Malaysia for details of how to apply.

Monash domestic students

After your semester two results are published, you will receive an outcome via email by 16 December 2016.

If successful, you will receive instructions on how to accept your offer and enrol. This can all be done online.

External domestic students

Once you have supplied your final transcript of results and evidence of course completion to Monash you will receive the outcome of your application via email. If successful, your email will outline the enrolment process.

International students(Monash and external)

After your semester two results are available, you will receive your outcome from Monash International Recruitment and you will enrol in person on 14 February 2017.

Find out more about Honours Scholarships.


Faculty administration contacts

For general science honours application and enrolment enquiries:

Clayton campus
Science Student Services
+61 3 990 54604
sci-enquiries@monash.edu

Monash University Malaysia
Ms Zurina Samsudin
(+603) 5514 6000, ext: 46186 (DID: 5514 6186)


Honours Policies and Procedures

Honours

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.

The 2017 Honours booklet will be available soon.

Honours intermission applications

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:

Honours special consideration applications

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 Science Student Services 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.