Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science

Honours is a 1 year program consisting of a research project and associated theoretical work.

An Honours year provides professional training in a chosen area of specialisation, providing the opportunity to experience scientific research first hand.

Researchers in the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide are international leaders in their fields, providing an opportunity for students to work at the cutting edge of science and technology.

During an Honours year, you will learn new techniques and broaden your skill base, opening the doors to increased job opportunities. 

Honours can give you a competitive edge in the job market, or if you are interested in further study, it is an important foundation for postgraduate research.

In the Faculty of Sciences, Honours degrees can be undertaken in the following research areas: 

Research areas
  • Agricultural science
  • Animal science
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology and environmental science
  • Environmental geoscience
  • Evolution and palaeobiology
  • Food and nutrition
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Horticulture
  • Molecular and biomedical science
  • Petroleum geology and geophysics
  • Physics
  • Plant science
  • Soil science
  • Viticulture
  • Wine science 
Professional skills pathway
  • Science communication
  • Science education
  • Science policy

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  • Ranked 104 in world and No. 1 in South Australia for Science*
  • Five star rating for student support in science**
  • Undertake a major research or industry project

*QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021
**Good Universities Guide, 2021

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 3BH021
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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Selection Criteria
Higher Education Study Students who have completed the required undergraduate program to a satisfactory level may be eligible to apply for the Honours program.
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How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3BH021

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $7,560

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Scholarships

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Careers

Career Readiness

The scientific approach to problem-solving, maturity and self-discipline gained during the Honours year equips our graduates for a wide variety of careers.  Examples of the jobs that our Honours graduates find are: policy advisors, consultants, science communicators, analysts and researchers in universities, hospitals, government and industry.   

Further Study

Honours graduates may choose to continue their research training with postgraduate study such as a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).  A PhD is usually a 3 year program that provides students with the opportunity to carry out an original research project and explore in great detail a specific area of science. 

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Graduate Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

Palaeontologist, Plant Scientist, Ecotour Operator, Environmental Manager, Flavour Chemist, Sports Nutritionist, Geobiologist, Geospatial Scientist, Wildlife Conservationist, Public Health Scientist, Research and Development Manager, Toxicologist

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study with a combined total of not less than 24 units, chosen from:

Research areas 

  • Agricultural science
  • Animal behaviour
  • Animal science
  • Chemistry
  • Ecology and evolutionary biology
  • Energy geoscience
  • Environmental geoscience geology
  • Geophysics
  • Molecular and biomedical science
  • Physics
  • Plant science
  • Soil science
  • Wine science
Professional skills pathway
  • Science communication
  • Science education
  • Science policy
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Assessment



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Last updated: Friday, 26 Nov 2021