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. There is some flexibility depending on student interest and supervisor availability. BABS offers Honours programs in the following areas:
- Molecular Biology
- Medical Microbiology and Immunology
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.
Prospective Honours students should consult the following pages for more information about eligibility and how to apply:
Dean's Honours Relocation Scholarship
This is a new scheme 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. This scholarship, valued at $5,000, goes 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 have obtained a supporting statement for the Honours topic they propose to undertake. For full details, please see the Faculty of Science website
Application Deadline for 2013 commencement: 15 November 2012
Alternative to Honours - Master of Philosophy (BABS)
Students should consider the MPhil (BABS) as an alternative to Honours. This program includes advanced treatment of all areas of biotechnology, and replaces the Master of Biotechnology (all coursework). It can provide students with a stronger qualification through emphasis on research training supplemented with a substantial coursework component. This combination includes laboratory experience with modern, sophisticated techniques and equipment that apply to a wide range of biotechnology and molecular biology fields.
For information on how to apply for any of the above programs, click here