Honours Degree of Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences

Turn high-achieving into a higher degree

There are many reasons we encourage graduates to apply for an honours year. You might want to build a necessary foundation for entry into postgraduate research. You could be seeking answers to medical questions no one else has asked. Perhaps you’re pursuing advanced communication skills and subject knowledge to gain a competitive edge in the health sector.

What will you do?

  • Attend regular classes for advanced coursework.
  • Conduct a research project on a chosen topic within the health and medical sciences.
  • Partner with a mentor who’ll support and encourage your progress.
  • Produce an extended research report or thesis.

Honours projects can be undertaken in the following areas:

  • Acute Care Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics and Trauma
  • Psychiatry
  • Rural Health
  • Surgery
  • Anatomical Sciences
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Public Health.

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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Domestic applicants

Admissions information

SATAC Code 3BH066
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor degree with a GPA of 5.0 or better. Applicants must first find a supervisor and project opportunity, and submit an Expression of Interest. You can find more information about our Honours programs, projects, and the application process here: https://health.adelaide.edu.au/our-research/honours-and-higher-degrees-by-research
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3BH066

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Careers

Career Readiness

Graduates have highly developed research, writing and organisational skills and are prepared for careers in government, industry, higher education and research.

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

Potential careers

Medical Research, Laboratory Manager, Laboratory Technician, Medical Scientist, Non Government Organisation Worker, Clinical Scientist, Occupational Health and Safety Professionals, Policy Adviser, Public Health, Public Health Management, Public Health Officer, Research Manager, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Health Educator, Health Promotion Professional, Community Development Officer, Pharmaceutical Scientist, Pharmaceutical and Medical Supplies Representative, Pharmaceutical and Scientific Equipment Sales Representative

Degree Structure

Students completing research projects in the Adelaide Medical School will complete a common 3-unit Foundation Research Skills course (online) and 3-unit Research Communication and Engagement course, and an 18-unit Research Project course in the discipline that the supervisor and project are based in.

Students undertaking their Honours research project in Public Health will complete 6 units of coursework, including a core 3-unit course: Developing a Research Proposal, and an 18-unit Research Project course.

Areas of Specialisation

Research projects may be available in the following areas:

  • Acute Care Medicine
  • General Practice
  • Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics & Trauma
  • Psychiatry
  • Rural Health
  • Surgery
  • Anatomical Sciences
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • Paediatrics
  • Public Health
Program Coordinators for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences can be found here.

Testimonial

I chose this degree because it offers such a broad range of subjects, so I could explore a variety of fields to find what sparks my interest.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021