Honours & Masters by coursework

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

The project guide (PDF, 2.8 MB) details the research projects that are available for prospective Honours and Masters Students in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Bio21 Hons students 2016
2016 Biochemistry Honours and Masters cohort  (Photo taken by Alan Ching)
Bio21 Hons Students 2016
Did someone say jump?  (Photo taken by Alan Ching)
Bio21 Hons students 2016
Mid Year Honours students 2016.  (Photo taken by Alan Ching)

Information Session

Date: To be advised.    

Location: ESJ King Theatre, Level 3, Building 181.    

Find out about everything you need to know about Honours, Masters and more!

This session will include an overview of the 2018 Honours and Masters programs and an introduction to the Research Projects available. Hear from 2017 students about their experiences. Take home a handbook to read more about the Research Projects on offer. Followed by pizza lunch!

Bio21 Tours and Research Project Meet and Greet

Date: To be advised.

Location: Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute, 30 Flemington Rd, Parkville.

Go on a tour of the Bio21 Institute with a current Biochemistry PhD student. Have a look at the labs and student offices where your Research Project will take place. Tours will be followed by a meet and greet poster session with Research Project supervisors. Drinks and snacks provided!

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 submit a ‘Supervisor Provisional Offer Form’ (final page of the research project guide booklet) signed by the supervisor by 13 November.
  4. Apply online.


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.

Departmental Contacts

Honours Students

Dr  Justine Mintern - Research Training Coordinator
Email: jmintern@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 8344-2976   (42976 if calling from a landline phone on campus)
Location: Rm 230 Level 02, Bio21 Institute, Parkville

Undergraduate Students

Dr Terry Mulhern
Email: tmulhern@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 8344 2277 (42277 if calling from a landline phone on campus)

Masters Students

Associate Professor Marie Bogoyevitch
Email: marieb@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 8344 2289 (42289 if calling from a landline phone on campus)