Honours & Masters of Biomedical Science (Biochemistry & Pharmacology)

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Biochemistry & Pharmacology Honours 2022 Information Session

Honours & Masters Information Session 2022.

View the Honours and Masters information booklet (PDF 4.9 MB)

View the changes being made to the Honours course in 2022 (PDF 271.7 KB)

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.

Due to the merger of the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology with the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in 2021 the Honours course has been redesigned. This includes restructure of both the coursework (25%) and research (75%) components. Handbook entries for the redesigned subjects noted above will be available in late 2021, subject to academic board approval. Please see the this document for more information.

Please see the this document for more information.
(PDF 271.7 KB)

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

Research Project Guide

Thinking about Honours or Masters in Biochemistry or Pharmacology? Not sure which lab to do a research project in? Use these handy guides to help!

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

Researcher’s describe their interests

Honours and Master Project Booklet (PDF 4.9 MB)

Apply for Honours!

Enrollments for 2022 Honours in Biochemistry & Pharmacology are now open!

See the available projects here!

To access the project listing please login with the login and password "MDHSHonours"

Provisional Offer Form

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 David Stroud: david.stroud@unimelb.edu.au .

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

Honours is a fourth-year program which gives you the opportunity to draw together your previous science or health science studies and focus your knowledge, skills and intellect on an exciting piece of original research.

In 2019 Biochemistry  Honours was rated 4.8/5 for overall Honours experience and 4.9/5 for Honours coordination.
“I just loved it”
“It was an incredible and meaningful year”
“Best thing was doing real science for the first time in my life and the whole journey of the year”
“A very rewarding and enjoyable experience!”

Worried about the impacts of COVID-19? On site research in our department has continued throughout the pandemic. The 2021 mid-year survey returned a rating of 4.4/5
“Course has been brilliant so far. Seamless transition with covid, everything well-organised.”  
“Appreciate the support from everyone despite COVID-19 ;)”
"The subject opened my eyes to what it means to be a researcher. It allowed me to understand what is required of me if I decide to pursue such career."

2021 Honours Cohort (Group)
2021 Honours Cohort (Group)

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 Pharmacology 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/Masters coordinator/s.

Please contact the relevant Honours/Masters Coordinator below for a list of potential supervisors in external institutions.


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.

Departmental Contacts

Honours coordinator

Dr David Stroud
+61 (3) 834 47316

Master of Biomedical Science Coordinator

A/Prof Christine Wright
Email: cewright@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 9035 7119

General Enquiries

Email: biomedsci-gradstudent@unimelb.edu.au