Impact through science
Business and enterprise projects
In the second year of the course innovation and design are at the centre of the program with our ‘Impact through science units’. They explore fields from business and entrepreneurship to advocacy and biomimicry. This includes concept development and ideation, effective lobbying and advocacy using citizen-driven movements, as well as considerations regarding the legal, ethical and compliance requirements that arise when creating change in complex societies.
Students will go through the process of implementing these tools first on a real-world business and then extend this experience towards a conceptual business of their own design to ensure that they can fully utilise the knowledge learnt in class but apply it in a variety of situations. Students also have numerous interactions with industry leaders, including those from start-ups, big business, social enterprises and government organisations, to hear first-hand what it is like to work in these roles and gain an appreciation for the broad-spectrum approach needed to deal with the issues that face businesses today.
12-week industry project
The Global Challenges students undertake a third year project with an external organisation as part of their studies.
This year provides the opportunity for students to further cultivate their persuasive communication, leadership and innovation skills through a self-directed and real-world project.
These projects are conducted in consultation with the industry partner and serve as an experience-rich preparation for the full fourth-year honours project.
They work closely with their industry partner to examine one of three broad themes:
- A new product or service utilising the scientific research
- Closing the gap between science and policy/politics
- Science communication to the general public.
Students have the chance to develop and use new and creative approaches to address an industry partner's needs, harnessing the skills learnt from both the first and second years of the degree in combination with further Global Challenges in-house workshops. Each student is required to consider the diverse viewpoints and perspectives on a particular issue to generate solutions which consider the wider community rather than a specific group and contribute to projects which clearly benefit the global community in areas including:
- Environmental protection, conservation or rejuvenation
- Human rights, gender and LGBTQI+ equality
- The UN sustainable development goals
- Advanced technologies
We offer a truly unique honours year program where our students work collaboratively with industry during their entire final year.
They address a specific, challenging, real world problem. This work is done ‘on the ground’, with students required to bring their suite of leadership, communication, innovation and scientific thinking strategies developed in the preceding years to a business problem.