The Honours degree is a separate fourth year of study which may be undertaken following successful completion of an undergraduate degree. As well as a completion point for tertiary study itself, Honours also represents the starting point for entry into further postgraduate research degrees. The Honours degree provides an indication of a student's research potential and introduces students to basic research training.
Prior to lodging an application, interested applicants must contact the University to discuss their eligibility and to find a suitable honours supervisor for their proposed honours topic. For more information refer to the School of Health and Human Sciences Honours information.
Applicants for admission to candidature shall normally have satisfied the requirements prescribed in the Rule 5 of the University's Rules Relating to Awards; and shall hold an AQF Level 7 Health Science Bachelor Degree or equivalent with a Credit Grade Point Average.
Honours in health and human sciences is designed to develop a student's research skills in an area of their interest. The course provides students with a solid foundation for undertaking postgraduate study (Masters or PhD), as well as essential skills for careers involving research, policy or public/private consultancy work. Undertaking Honours builds high level skills for managing a project and developing independent research skills.
To be eligible to receive the Bachelor of Health and Human Science Honours or Health and Human Science Honours (Clinical Specialty), students must complete the equivalent of 8 units (96 credit points), comprising:
Class of Honours
This degree may be awarded in the following classes:
1. First Class;
2. Second Class (Division 1);
3. Second Class (Division 2); or
4. Third Class.
The Honours course comprises:
a. Advanced theory and research training
b. A research seminar presentation
c. A research project leading to a thesis paper.
Where a candidate has been found by the School Board to be deficient in an area, they may be required to undertake units of study which address any deficiency, and which do not count towards the class of Honours awarded.