Honours & Masters of Biomedical Science (Anatomy & Physiology)

The following degrees each have an advanced coursework component and a research project and are grouped together on this page for convenience:

  1. Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) following completion of Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline
  2. Master of Biomedical Science - entry requirements are an undergraduate degree with a major in a relevant discipline with a weighted average mark of at least H3 (65%), or equivalent. This program is an alternative to the Honours to PhD pathway.

If you have not already done so, you should familiarise yourself with the structure, entry requirements, fees and scholarships and the application process for your chosen Degree.

What is Honours?

Honours is a fourth-year undergraduate course that consists of a combination of a research project and coursework subjects. The course is designed to develop the student’s capacity to solve problems, to analyse data, to read and think critically, and to communicate clearly.

Honours can give you a taste of what working as a scientist would be like as a career, allows you to demonstrate academic excellence in an area of special interest to you, and provides an entry point for further research higher degree study (i.e. PhD) and coursework courses. These skills are highly sought after by employers in biological, medical and industrial areas.

What is the Master of Biomedical Science?

The Master of Biomedical Science at the University of Melbourne is a coursework master’s degree incorporating a substantial research project. This course is an alternative to the Honours as a PhD pathway. Students undertake a major research project and discipline-specific coursework subjects. In addition, a suite of professional business and communication subjects are offered to complement and enhance the research undertaken and to progress students’ career opportunities.

The course encourages students to think innovatively and provides an awareness of the health and economic benefits of biomedical research. Graduates of this course gain an understanding of the research process, specialist knowledge and professional skills that are attractive to employers.

Honours & Masters Info





1 year (full time)

2 years (full time), part time available




Fee Types

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
International Full Fee Place

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
Australian Full Fee Place
International Full Fee Place

PhD Scholarship scoring

Considers marks from 3rd year of Bachelor degree and Honours

Only Masters marks are considered

International Market recognition

Australian Honours degrees may not be recognised overseas as many countries do not have an equivalent degree.

Recognised as a graduate Masters degree

How to apply



Course Structure

Coursework subjects: 25 points
Research project: 75 points

Coursework subjects: 75 points
Research project: 125 points

Information Session 2023

Anatomy and Physiology Honours / Masters

Date: Friday 8 September (in-person)
Time: 12.00 - 1.00pm
Location: Ian Potter Auditorium, Kenneth Myer Building

Research Project Guide: Anatomy and Physiology

The Research Projects Guide details the projects available for current Honours and Masters students of Anatomy and Physiology.

Prospective PhD or MPhil Students will find the handbook useful as it gives an indication of the diversity of research within the Department of Anatomy and Physiology.


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

The Department of Anatomy and Physiology also offer two Research Scholarships and Studentships for student to facilitate students to conduct short term research projects within the department over the summer break before commencing Honours/Masters of Biomedical Science.

Vacation Research Scholarship
RD Wright Studentship


Honours Coordinators

Dr Avnika Ruparelia
Phone: + 61 3 8344 8786

Dr Lincon Stamp
Email: lstamp@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: + 61 38344 9695

Dr Marlene Hao
Email: hao.m@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: + 61 38344 9695

Masters Coordinators

Dr Garron Dodd
Phone: + 61 39035 3918

Dr Ben Parker

Masters Coordinator for Anatomy and Physiology students at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Dr Sarah Gordon
Phone: + 61 3 8344 8158

PhD Coordinator

Dr Simon Murray
Phone: + 61 3 8344 5813

General Enquiries

Email: http://forms.your.unimelb.edu.au/4747167?SID=a3xOY00000002Hx