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QUT (Queensland University of Technology)

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Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours) (Biological Sciences)

  • Bachelor (Honours)

Contribute to solutions for global challenges such as food security, energy and species extinction. Advanced learning in laboratories alongside staff at the top of their research fields from your first semester.

Key details

Degree Type
Bachelor (Honours)
4 years full-time
Course Code
ST20, 102820D
Study Mode
In person
Intake Months

About this course

  • Designed for high-achieving students interested in a career in science research.
  • Bypass general science units to get straight into Biological Sciences.
  • Immerse yourself in real-world research from your first year - with authentic research environments and projects.
  • Study alongside other high-achieving students, with leading QUT researchers in the labs and facilities.
  • Specialised quantitative mathematics minor to build analytical skills needed to underpin your scientific research.

Study locations

Gardens Point

What you will learn

In this new, embedded honours specialised course, you can expect to study alongside a small cohort of high-achieving fellow science enthusiasts for four years. You'll be immersed in real-world research from your first year in authentic research environments, with leading QUT researchers and projects.

Specialising in Biological Sciences, you will study living things and how they evolved: animals, insects, plants, and microorganisms; everything that breathes, grows and feeds us.

Biologists are curious about all these things and want to know how they work, how to grow and protect them-how to get involved with life on this planet.

Biologists love a challenge. How will we feed a population of eight billion people in 2025? Can we use biological waste to solve our energy crisis? How can we protect our plants and animals from exotic diseases? How do we conserve ecosystems and biodiversity?

Career pathways

Careers and outcomes

As a graduate of Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours), you will be an emerging research scientist, having played a significant role in designing, planning and executing an independent research project at the forefront of science and technology. Possessing advanced knowledge and skills in scientific research and analysis methods, you will have experience in applying these skills to design experiments and solve complex real-world problems. High-level communication skills will ensure you can present knowledge and ideas clearly and effectively, in both oral and written forms, to diverse audiences. You will be a critical thinker, able to apply judgement, to develop new understanding, to consolidate and synthesise new knowledge, and to adapt readily to different contexts.

These transferable skills will make you a highly valued as a STEM professional and are applicable across multiple industries. Those skills, together with your depth of knowledge in your specialist study area, will provide a myriad of employment opportunities, including:

  • Biotechnologist
  • Ecologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular geneticist
  • Research scientist
  • Laboratory manager.
Professional recognition

Professional recognition can be achieved through membership of an appropriate scientific society, such as the Genetics Society of Australasia, the Ecological Society of Australia, the Australian Society of Horticultural Science, the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and others.

Research pathways

This honours-level qualification has a strong focus on research pathways in STEM and provides you with a more specialised degree, for a particular science discipline. As a graduate, you will be ideally prepared to enter a PhD program.

Possible careers
  • Biotechnologist
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Geneticist
  • Inventor
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Microbiologist
  • Plant Biotechnologist
  • Population Ecologist
  • Science Researcher