Honours & Masters of Biomedical Science

Further information

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.





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

Physiology Honours / Masters Information Session 2021

Date:  The department session was held on Friday 25th September 2020. For those who would like to watch this session or prefer to review the slides please refer to below:

Video link to watch this session:


Information session slides: Physiology Honours/Masters Information session slides

Research Project Guide

The 2021 Research Project book - details the research projects that are available for prospective Honours and Masters Students in the Department of Physiology for 2021.

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


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.

RD Wright Summer Research Studentship 2021

The Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences, is offering four short-term research studentships (min 5 weeks) to Undergraduate Students for the forthcoming summer (non-instruction) period. The purpose of the Summer Research Studentships is to provide an opportunity for undergraduates to gain first-hand experience in research.

Students currently enrolled in the Third Year of the Science or Biomedicine courses at this University who will be doing Honours or Masters in 2021 are eligible to apply. Each student will be paid $2,000 for the period of the award and will be directly supervised by a nominated member of staff who will be responsible for the work undertaken.

Please note that you must discuss a project with the appropriate supervisor who will confirm your application via email before applying. The online application form requires the pdf email from the supervisor and your transcript results for 2020. The deadline was extended to allow for the finalisation of student results hence the deadline is Wednesday 16th December 2020. Outcomes will be notified before Christmas and transfer of funds will be scheduled for early January 2021.

RD Wright Summer Studentship 2021 application

Departmental Contacts

Honours Coordinators

Dr Garron Dodd - physiology-masters@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 (3) 903 53918

Dr Angelina Fong - physiology-honours@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: + 61 (3) 834 48801

Masters Coordinator

Dr Garron Dodd - physiology-masters@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 (3) 903 53918

PhD Coordinator

Assoc/Prof Rene Koopman - rkoopman@unimelb.edu.au

General Enquiries

Email: biomedsci-gradstudent@unimelb.edu.au