Honours & Masters of Biomedical Science (Pharmacology)

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

Research Project Guide

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

Please note that the projects listed in the book for A/Prof Tony Velkov are no longer available for 2021 Honours or Masters students. Also, 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.

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

Honours Information Session

Find below details of the recording and slides following from the Honours Information Session on Thursday 17 September 4-5 pm. The session gave an overview of the Honours course and presentations from some laboratory heads in Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

There is no audio giving an overview of the session, refer to the slides. The recording commences with Dr Graham Mackay talking about PHRM40002.

Shared Screen With Speaker View (Video) (651.2 MB)

The password for the recording is ReQF5z6y3kq^

Link to the slides here.


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 Graham Mackay
Email: DBP-honours@unimelb.edu.au

Master of Biomedical Science Coordinators

Dr  Robyn Brown &  Dr Laura Edginton-Mitchell
Email:robyn.brown@unimelb.edu.au laura.edgingtonmitchell@unimelb.edu.au

General Enquiries

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