Biochemistry & Pharmacology Honours 2022 Information Session
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.
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
Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)
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
Coursework subjects: 25 points
Coursework subjects: 75 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.
Apply for Honours!
Enrollments for 2022 Honours in Biochemistry & Pharmacology are now open!
To access the project listing please login with the login and password "MDHSHonours"
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: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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)
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:
- St Vincent's Institute
- Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
- Florey Neuroscience Institute
- The Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
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.