Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Blended learning – on-campus and digital learning
The primary focus of the Honours course in Science at Swinburne is on research skills with a mix of advanced theory, professional training, research training, and a research project leading to a thesis. An Honours degree in Science provides a competitive advantage for employment in research positions and is a requirement for studying at PhD level.
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Whether you’re living in Australia or overseas, you’re automatically considered for a scholarship of up to 30% off your course fees. Please check our updated entry requirements.
An honours year can improve your job prospects or provide a pathway to postgraduate study.
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- Semester 1 - 27 February 2023
- Semester 2 - 31 July 2023
1 year full-time
A$38160 (annual for 2023)*
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As part of my degree I worked at Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) for a year, which changed how I view science and taught me to view things from different perspectives.
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
- Description, course structure and career opportunities.
Successful completion of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) requires students to complete units of study to the value of 100 credit points. All units of study are valued at 12.5 credit points unless otherwise stated.
View course rules and special requirements
A range of research projects are available to honours students in Physics, as well as those in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Environmental Science.
Choose a specialisation:
4 units (0 credit points)
Choose from a combination of the following course components to complete a total of 100 credit points for the course. Students may also select elective units (12.5 credit points each).
Work Integrated Learning
Swinburne's Work Integrated Learning program provides additional opportunities for you to gain valuable skills and real industry experience in the form of placements, internships or study tours - all while earning credit towards your degree.
Choose a Work Integrated Learning option:
You'll get paid to work in an area related to your field of study for 12 months, where you'll combine hands-on learning with academic submissions, workplace reflection and feedback from your host organisation. Most students undertake their placements in the third year of their degree, so you’ll want to map out your electives as soon as you can and register for a placement at least 6 months before your preferred start date.
The Professional Placement co-major has four 25 credit point units.
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You'll get paid to work in an area related to your field of study for 6 months, where you'll combine hands-on learning with academic submissions, workplace reflection and feedback from your host organisation. Most students undertake their placements in the third year of their degree, so you’ll want to map out your electives as soon as you can and register for a placement at least 6 months before your preferred start date.
The Professional Placement minor has two 25 credit point units.
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A Professional Internship is all about gaining valuable real-world skills in your area of study all while earning credit points towards your degree. Plus, it looks great on your CV as it shows you’ve had real industry experience before you’ve even graduated!
You might choose to complete your internship part-time over a semester or in a more intensive block during Summer or Winter terms.
Travel overseas, discover other cultures, enrich your professional experience and enhance your CV all while gaining credit towards your course.
- Full-time study: 100 credit points/eight standard units of study per year
- Part-time study: 50 credit points/four standard units of study per year
- One credit point is equivalent to one hour of study per week per semester (including contact hours and private study)
- See the course planner for an example degree structure
The course is divided into various strands which allow student to focus on their specific discipline. Lectures and, in particular, the research component of the honours degree are expected to focus on that specific discipline.
The following strands are available:
- environmental science
- physics - *Note this major has an earlier commencement date of 24 February 2020
Course learning outcomes
At the completion of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) course, graduates will be able to:
- demonstrate advanced understanding of the methods and processes of science as a creative endeavour
- demonstrate the ability to critically analyse a challenging, complex or multifaceted problem, identify research questions, design and plan a project, complying with any regulatory frameworks and practicing professional ethics
- select and apply practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools to address a research question
- integrate research findings with the current body of disciplinary knowledge/paradigms and demonstrate the potential to make original contributions to scientific knowledge
- communicate scientific ideas and research findings to informed professional audiences using a variety of modes
- demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility.
To qualify for a Bachelor of Science (Honours), a student must complete 100 credit points comprising coursework and thesis units within one area of specialisation:
- environmental science
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) with First Class Honours (H1) for students who achieve 80%-100%
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) with Upper Second Class Honours (H2A) for students who achieve 70%-79%
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) with Lower Second Class Honours (H2B) for students who achieve 60%-69%
- Bachelor of Science (Honours) with Third Class Honours (H3) for students who achieve 50%-59%
This course equips graduates for careers in a variety of science areas including medical, health, food and beverage, wine, agricultural, sports, chemical and environmental industries. It is also specifically designed as a pathway into higher research degrees (Masters and PhD).
At Swinburne scholarships are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students.
How to enter this course
- Entry requirements and English language requirements.
How to apply
Find out more about how to apply.
Closing date for applicants:
It is recommended applicants apply a minimum of one month prior to start of semester. Students will need to confirm supervisor and project as part of the Entry Requirements to this program.