Honours & Masters by coursework

Can’t decide between Masters and Honours?

Click here PDF, 109.32 KB for an information sheet that outlines some of the positives and negatives of each program.

Click here for general information about our Honours course.

Do you want to:

  • conduct a research project in a dynamic and exciting research department?
  • learn professional skills to help you find a job after your degree?
  • make discoveries that lead to breakthroughs in biochemical science and medicine?
  • attend a retreat in the Yarra Valley?
  • receive a $5000 scholarship*? (*conditions apply)

Join the 2018 University of Melbourne Biochemistry Honours Program!

Download the Honours Recruitment 2018 flyer PDF, 150.11 KB.

Biochemistry Honours Information Session

Friday September 8th 1:00-2:00 pm
ESJ King Lecture Theatre

Followed by a pizza lunch.

Bio21 Tours and Department Meet and Greet

Friday September 15th, 3:00 pm onwards
Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute

It is important that you book for the Bio21 tours and these can be made through Eventbrite.

Thinking about doing a mid year Honours project in Biochemistry?

Application start date: Friday 31st March, 2017

Online application closing date: Friday 30th June, 2017

Project Preference Form Due: Friday 7th July, 2017

Honours commences: Monday 24th July, 2017


For projects refer to the Research Project Guide (below).

Research Project Guide

cover of 2018 biochem honours recruitment book

The MDHS Biochem Honours Recruitment Book (PDF, 1.9 MB) contains details of the research projects that are available for prospective Honours and Masters Students in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

group photo of 2017 honours cohort

Projects at External Institutes

It is possible for students to complete their research project with supervisors in affiliated external institutions. The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has close links with research groups at the following research organisations:

Projects in external institutions must have a strong focus on the use of biochemical and molecular biological approaches and supervisors should be affiliated with the Department and approved by the Honours coordinator. A list of potential supervisors in external institutions is available from the Honours coordinator.

A Combined Honours Course with the Department of Chemistry is also available for students wanting to undertake a research project involving both disciplines. Students taking a combined project will enroll in the Biochemistry/Chemistry degree if their coursework is in Biochemistry and the Chemistry/Biochemistry degree if their coursework is in Chemistry.

How To Apply

  1. More information about the program and available research projects can be obtained:
    • At the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences Honours Expo and individual information sessions held by Departments and Institutes;
    • From the departmental research project guide;
    • From individual supervisors.
  2. You need to identify a potential project and supervisor from the research project guide. Read the project description and any recommended publications to ensure that it is the correct choice for you,and then contact the head of the research group
  3. In some cases, supervisors may be willing to offer you a provisional place in their laboratory (a provisional offer indicates that you have a guaranteed place in the Honours course providing you satisfy all of the entry requirements).
    Students who have received a provisional offer should apply using the link below.

Provisional Offer Form

Students submitting provisional offer forms should expect to receive confirmation via email within 72 hours. If this is not received please contact Dr Justine Mintern: jmintern@unimelb.edu.au.

Students must also apply via MDHS Honours, but first, read these instructions for how to apply via the MDHS PDF, 667.98 KB webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Note that Honours applicants who accept and enrol in a place in an FMDHS Honours course will automatically be considered for available FMDHS Honours Scholarships. These are awarded on academic merit.

Students with a > 83 average in their third year marks will be awarded a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Honours Scholarship of $5000.