Science Research Project units

We encourage our undergraduate students to gain early exposure to research. Our science research project units enable you to develop research skills and discover new knowledge.

You will be able to work with experienced research staff on a research project. The skills you gain in academic research – to reason and reflect, to think critically, to analyse data and to communicate ideas verbally and in writing – will serve you well whether you decide to take on a research degree or go straight to the workplace.

We offer a number of research project units within our science degrees. They normally involve an individual research project in a discipline relating to a major area of study, conducted under supervision, and may involve field or laboratory work. You must maintain regular contact with your supervisor(s) and unit coordinator.

Completion of a research project unit will appear on your Australian Higher Education Graduate Statement, giving you an edge when you begin your career.

Available science research units:

  • BCH3990 Action in biochemistry research project*
  • BIO3990 Biology in action research project
  • BTH3960 Interdisciplinary advanced practical in pharmacology and chemistry
  • CHM2990 Introductory chemical research project
  • CHM3980 Chemistry study abroad (by invitation only)
  • CHM3990 Chemistry project
  • DEV3990 Action in anatomy and developmental biology research project*
  • EAE3000 Earth, atmosphere and environment research project
  • FIT3161 Computer science project 1
  • FIT3162 Computer science project 2
  • GEN3990 Genetics in action research project
  • HUP3990 Human pathology in action research project*
  • IMM3990 Immunology in action research project*
  • MIC3990 Action in microbiology research project*
  • MTH3000 Mathematics research project level 3
  • PHA3990 Action in pharmacology research project*
  • PHS2350 Physics and astronomy introductory research project 1
  • PHS2360 Physics and astronomy introductory research project 2
  • PHS3350 Physics and astronomy research project 1
  • PHS3360 Physics and astronomy research project 2
  • PHY3990 Action in physiology research project*
  • SCI3990 Science in action research project (Malaysia)

For availability of research project units over summer semester and the closing dates please refer to the Science summer semester web page.

How to enrol

Biology, Chemistry, Earth, Atmosphere and environment, Computer science, Genetics, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy and Science in Action (Malaysia) research units:

  • To enrol in one of these science research project units you need written permission from the unit coordinator. You must meet the unit pre-requisites, which requires a high academic standard, and approval is dependent on the availability of appropriate supervision and resources
  • You can download the Research Project Approval form or collect from Science Student Services. This form needs to include your project and supervisor and must be signed by the unit co-ordinator
  • Submit your completed Research Project Approval form to Science Student Services by completing an online enrolment amendment form.

Note: MTH3000:

  1. Ensure that you have the prerequisite of at least two high distinctions (>80%) in MTH3 units.
  2. Find a supervisor within the School of Mathematics who can offer a project that interests you. This can be done either by asking the coordinator ( for guidance or simply emailing potential supervisors directly and discussing projects.
  3. Email mathematics administrator Linda ( and coordinator Mark ( for a permission form.
  4. Fill out the form with the help of the supervisor.
  5. Send the form to Mark Flegg for signing.

*Biochemistry, Developmental biology, Human Pathology, Immunology, Microbiology, Pharmacology and Physiology research units:

  • To enrol in one of these science research project units you apply online.
  • Application process:  You must meet the unit pre-requisites, which requires a high academic standard, and find a supervisor and research project (which your department convenor can help with). Then apply online for the relevant semester.
  • You will be contacted regarding the outcome of your application. If approved, Science Student Services will email you about your enrolment.