Future Honours Students

The BABS BSc (Hons) Degree provides an opportunity for students to experience the thrill of scientific research first-hand. Honours students become part of a research team within one of the research labs in the School, and complete a supervised research project and thesis during the year-long program. Students normally complete an Honours project in the research area of their major, but there is some flexibility depending on student interest and supervisor availability.

BABS offers Honours programs in the following areas:

  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular and Cell Biology

Prospective Honours students should consult the School's Honours Information Booklet for full information about eligibility and how to apply.

CLICK HERE for the current (2017) Honours Information Booklet



The following links provide guidelines on eligibility and answers to Frequently Asked Questions:

Benefits of an Honours Degree

The Honours degree is an important first step for students who intend to enrol in a graduate degree program. However, this is not the only reason for completing Honours. Evidence gathered over recent years shows that Honours graduates have acquired much greater competencies and confidence in the practice of scientific methods than students at the end of the third year. These attributes are well recognised by employers, greatly increasing the possibilities of gainful employment in industry, agriculture, hospitals or research organisations.

To achieve these outcomes, BABS Honours students will be exposed to:

  • extensive use of information technology
  • extensive training in oral and written presentation skills
  • extensive use of online database manipulation and data analysis
  • exposure to industrial research collaborations and commercialisation of science, nationally and internationally
  • development of critical thinking skills

Another benefit of the Honours year is that it provides a different type of learning experience. The pace is largely determined by the individual student, who is not burdened by the pressures of undergraduate coursework and exams. Further, it is not just an additional year of study, but also a time for the student to enjoy unhurried, rational decision making about their scientific future. While successful completion of an Honours research project and thesis requires a large commitment, the student's dedication is rewarded with a high level of enjoyment and personal satisfaction.

Dean's Honours Relocation Scholarship

This scheme is sponsored by the Dean of Science, and is designed to provide opportunities for high-performing students to study their Honours year in the Faculty of Science at the University of New South Wales. The scholarship, valued at $5,000, is to cover the costs of relocation of non-UNSW students.

Students must have made contact with a potential supervisor in the relevant School they are proposing to undertake Honours prior to applying for this scholarship, and must have obtained a supporting statement for the Honours topic they propose to undertake. For full details, please refer to the Faculty of Science website.