Honours & Masters of Biomedical Science (Biochemistry & Pharmacology)

Honours in 2021?

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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

Biochemistry and Pharmacology Honours / Masters 2022

The former Departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Pharmacology & Therapeutics have now merged! More information on our 2022 Honours program will be available shortly.

2021-2022 Mid-year Honours in Biochemistry & Pharmacology is 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.

Biochemistry Honours / Masters Information Session 2021

The department session was held on Friday 11 September 2020.

The session gave an overview of the Honours course by coordinator Dr. David Stroud.

Watch the 2021 Honours & Masters Information Session

Pharmacology Honours / Masters Information Session 2021


The department session was held on Friday 17 September 2020.

The session gave an overview of the Honours course and presentations from some laboratory heads in Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Want to know more about this session?

View video

The password for the recording is ReQF5z6y3kq^

View info slides

Research Project Guide: Biochemistry

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

Prospective PhD or MPhil Students will 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

Match your interests to a researcher

Honours and Master Project Booklet

In 2019 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 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? The 2020 mid-year coursework 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 ;)”

2020 Honours Cohort (Group)

Research Project Guide: Pharmacology

The Research Project book (PDF) details the research projects that are available for prospective Honours and Masters Students in Pharmacology and Therapeutics for 2021.

Please note:

  • Projects listed in the book for A/Prof Tony Velkov are no longer available for 2021 Honours or Masters students.
  • The project listed in A/Prof Peter Crouch’s laboratory  entitled “Capturing the elemental signature of human disease” will not be offered in 2021.
  • Recently added 2021 projects can be found here.

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.

Biochemistry students with a > 85 average in their third year marks will be awarded a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Honours Scholarship of $5000.

Departmental Contacts

Honours  and Masters Coordinator - Biochemistry

Dr David Stroud
+61 (3) 834 47316

Honours Coordinator & Master of Biomedical Science Coordinator - Pharmacology

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

General Enquiries

Email: biomedsci-gradstudent@unimelb.edu.au