Honours: how to apply

Students learning in the Science facilities at the UNSW Kensington campus

Eligibility

Each area has its own special application and entry requirements. It's imperative that you understand the special terms before applying. Failure to follow the requirements of your nominated honours area may result in your application being declined.

Note: if you wish to apply for more than one honours area in UNSW Science, you must complete separate applications for each nominated area.

  • Prior study requirement

    3-year full-time bachelor degree specialising in Aviation.

    WAM requirement

    Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM).

    Project/supervisor allocation

    The student is responsible for arranging a supervisor and project before applying for Honours. However, the Honours Coordinator can help to facilitate discussions with a potential supervisor and you’re encouraged to contact them.

    Contacts

    School Office Honours Coordinator

    Room 210, Level 2 Old Main Building  

    Phone: 9385 5756  

    Email: Ask a question

    Dr Tay Koo

    Phone: 9385 6737

    Email: t.koo@unsw.edu.au

  • Prior study requirement

    3-year full-time bachelor degree specialising in biotechnology, bioinformatics, genetics, microbiology, molecular and cell biology, or medical science fields.

    WAM requirement

    Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM) for overall degree and a minimum credit (65) WAM for stage three (final year) science subjects.

    Project/supervisor allocation

    The school allocates a supervisor and project to the student. You’re required to nominate a minimum of five supervisors in order of preference. Nominated supervisors must be academic staff in the School of BABS or approved external supervisors.

    It’s expected that you introduce yourself and discuss projects with potential supervisors before nominating them on your application.

    You’re strongly advised to consult the document ‘Honours Information Booklet’ for the list of supervisors and their honours research projects.

    Contacts

    Honours Admin Coordinator

    Julna Zhao

    Phone: 9385 8915

    Email: j.zhao@unsw.edu.au

  • Prior study requirement

    3-year full-time bachelor degree in any discipline.

    WAM requirement 

    WAM requirement: Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM) for overall degree.

    Project/supervisor allocation

    You’re responsible for arranging a supervisor and project before applying for Honours.

    You’re advised to consult the BEES Honours website for the list of supervisors and their honours research projects.

    Contacts

     School Office Honours Coordinator

    General Enquiry
    Faye Mo
    Phone: 9385 2961
    Email: faye.mo@unsw.edu.au

    Prospective students Contact
    Dr Laura Parker
    Email: l.parker@unsw.edu.au

     

    Enrolled students Contact
    Dr Mariana Mayer Pinto

    Email: m.mayerpinto@unsw.edu.au

  • Prior study requirement 

    3-year full-time bachelor degree specialising in chemistry, medicinal chemistry or nanoscience.  

    WAM requirement  

    Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM). 

    Project/supervisor allocation  

    The school allocates a supervisor and project to you. You’re required to nominate a minimum of three supervisors in order of preference.  

    It’s expected that you introduce yourself and discuss projects with potential supervisors before nominating them on their application. You’re strongly advised to consult the latest Honours Project Booklet found on the Chemistry website, via the 'Learn more' link below.

    Contacts

    School Office Honours Coordinator

    Ms Anne Ayres  

    Room 105, Dalton Building (F12)  

    Phone: 9385 4666  

    Email: a.ayres@unsw.edu.au

    Dr Neeraj Sharma  

    Dalton 129

    Phone: 9385 4714  

    Email: neeraj.sharma@unsw.edu.au

  • Prior study requirement 

    3-year full-time bachelor degree specialising in mathematics or statistics OR at least 30 units of credit in Level III Mathematics. For Quantitative Data Science stream, students must have 30UOC appropriate Level III mathematics, statistics, business, or computing courses, including at least 18UOC of mathematics or statistics.

    WAM requirement 

    Minimum 70 weighted average mark (WAM) in stage three (final year) mathematics courses and a minimum 70 WAM in core stage three (final year) mathematics courses for the specialisation in which they will undertake Honours. 

    Project/supervisor allocation  

    You’re responsible for arranging a supervisor and project before applying for Honours.  

    Honours projects and course selection are divided into five streams and you need to consult with the appropriate stream coordinator before applying.  

    Contacts 

    Student Services Office  Honours Coordinators

    Teaching Support Officer

    Markie Lugton

    Email: m.lugton@unsw.edu.au  

    Honours Director

    Professor Jeya Jeyakumar

    Email: v.jeyakumar@unsw.edu.au
    Phone: (02) 9385 7046
    Room: RC-2073

     

    Applied Honours

    Dr Amandine Schaeffer

    Email: a.schaeffer@unsw.edu.au
      

    Pure Mathematics

    Dr Lee Zhao

    Email: l.zhao@unsw.edu.au

      

    Statistics

    Dr Libo Li

    Email: libo.li@unsw.edu.au

      

    Quantitative Data Science

    Dr Boris Beranger

    Email: b.beranger@unsw.edu.au

     

    Physical Oceanography

    Dr Amandine Schaeffer

    Email: a.schaeffer@unsw.edu.au

  • Prior study requirement 

    3-year full-time bachelor degree specialising in materials science or related discipline (the latter will be considered on a case-by-case basis).  

    WAM requirement 

    Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM) for overall degree and a minimum credit (65) WAM for all Level II and III courses in the Materials Science major. 

    Project/supervisor allocation 

    The school allocates a supervisor and project to you. This is done as a formal process for the school’s honours student cohort (at the end of T2 of the preceding year).   

    Students should declare their major by the end of Term 1 2020 in order to be identified as a Materials Science student. Students will be emailed the honours research project options for Term 3 2020 and Term 1 2021, in early Term 2 2020.

    Based on the project options, you’ll be required to nominate a number of supervisors/projects in order of preference. It’s expected that you introduce yourself and discuss projects with potential supervisors before nominating them on their application. 

    Contacts 

    School Office Honours Coordinator

    Rooms 137, Level 1  

    Hilmer Building E10  

    Phone: 9385 7298  

    Email: Ask a question

    Dr Kevin Laws  

    Room 301, Hilmer Building E10  

    Phone: 9385 5234  

    Email: k.laws@unsw.edu.au

     

    *Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science & Engineering (3131) students have a separate honours year project application process and should not follow this process.

  • Prior study requirement  

    3-year full-time bachelor degree specialising in anatomy, pathology, physiology, pharmacology or other relevant science specialisation.    

    WAM requirement 

    Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM) for overall degree and a minimum credit (65) WAM for stage three (final year) relevant science subjects. 

    Project/supervisor allocation  

    You’re responsible for arranging a supervisor and project before applying for Honours.  

    You’re advised to consult the School of Medical Sciences (SOMS) Honours website for the list of supervisors and their honours research projects.  

    You need to fill out and attach this form to their Intention to Undertake Honours form. 

    Contacts 

    School Office Honours Coordinator

    Email or call Honours Administrator for an appointment.  

    Phone: 9385 8195  

    Email: SOMShonours@unsw.edu.au

    Dr Trevor Lewis

    Phone: 9065 9730

    Email: t.lewis@unsw.edu.au

  • Prior study requirement  

    3-year full-time bachelor degree specialising in neuroscience.  

    WAM requirement  

    Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM)  

    Project/supervisor allocation  

    You’re required to nominate a minimum of three supervisors in order of preference. It’s expected that you introduce yourself and discuss projects with potential supervisors before nominating them on your application.  

    You’re strongly advised to consult the Neuroscience Honours Supervisor website for the list of supervisors and their honours research projects. 

    Contacts 

    School Office Honours Coordinators

    Jennie Cederholm

    Email: j.cederholm@unsw.edu.au 

    Phone: 02 9065 7495

    Dr Jennie Cederholm & Dr Teri Furlong

    Phone: 9065 7495 or 9065 6070

    Email: neurhonoursadmin@unsw.edu.au

     

  • Prior study requirement  

    3-year full-time bachelor degree specialising in physics. Students are expected to have completed the UNSW courses PHYS3111 Quantum Mechanics; PHYS3113 Thermal Physics and Statistical Mechanics; and PHYS3114 Electrodynamics (or equivalent).  

    WAM requirement 

    Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM) 

    Project/supervisor allocation  

    The school allocates a supervisor and project to you. You’re required to nominate three supervisors in order of preference. 

    It’s expected that you meet with and discuss possible projects with potential supervisors before nominating them on your application.  

    You’re strongly advised to consult Physics Research Projects

    Contacts 

    School Office   Honours Coordinator  

    Room G06 Old Main Building  

    Phone: 9385 5969  

    Email: Ask a question

    Dr Julian Berengut  

    Phone: 9385 7637  

    Email: julian.berengut@unsw.edu.au

  • Prior study requirement  

    Completion of an APAC-accredited undergraduate or bridging sequence in psychology – either a Bachelor degree with a psychology major of at least 78 UOC, or a Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

    WAM requirement  

    Admission is competitive and depends on the availability of School resources and is subject to academic performance, based on your Psychology Average (Distinction minimum). A Psychology Average of 75 is the minimum eligibility requirement but does not guarantee a place.

    Refer to the School of Psychology website or University Handbook for information about the Psychology Average.

    Project/supervisor allocation  

    Please review the information available on the School of Psychology website.

    Contacts

    School Office  Honours Coordinators  

    Phone: 9385 3236  

    Email: Ask a question

    A/Prof Denovan Begg / Prof Thomas Whitford

     

    Prospective students contact the School Office

     

    Enrolled students email honours.psychology@unsw.edu.au

  • Prior study requirement  

    3-year full-time bachelor degree specialising in Vision Science.  

    WAM requirement  

    Minimum credit (65) weighted average mark (WAM) 

    Project/supervisor allocation 

    You’re responsible for arranging a supervisor and project before applying for Honours.  

    You’re advised to consult the SOVS Honours website for the list of supervisors and their Honours research projects. 

    Potential VISN4016 Honours Projects for 2021

    Please find a list of potential projects following. There may be other projects available via direct contact with SOVS Research Groups.

    Contacts 

    School Office Honours Coordinator

    Rooms 3003, Level 3  

    Rupert Myers Building (North Wing)  

    Phone: 9385 4639  

    Email: Ask a question

    A/Prof Blanka Golebiowski

    Email: b.golebiowski@unsw.edu.au

     

Term 3 2022

Applications are now closed.

Late applications may be considered. Please contact the School Office or the Nucleus: Student Hub for more information.

Term 1 2023

Intention to undertake Honours in Science is now open.

The application deadline is 15th November 2022. Late applications may be considered.

Application steps

Depending on your category, there are three or four steps involved in the application process: 

  • Internal UNSW applicants in three-year undergraduate programs; all external applicants *1.

    Step 1: Attend honours information events for the schools/areas you are interested in applying for (if applicable). Decide which honours area you would like to apply for.  

    Step 2: Continue to consult with the school that offers honours in your chosen area. Some schools allocate students to honours projects, other schools require students to arrange their own projects. 

    Step 3: Term 1 2023 Intention to undertake Honours in Science is now open! The application deadline is 15th November 2022. Late applications may be considered.

    Step 4: Submit a formal application for the program 4500 Science (Honours) or 4518 Psychological Science (Honours) by the deadline via “Apply Online”. Remember to choose “undergraduate” on Apply Online *2.

    Note 1: External Psychology applicants don’t need to fill out the intention to undertake honours form. Only fill out the 4518 Psychological Science Honours application. Please view UNSW School of Psychology for more information.

    Note 2: You will be asked to upload a copy of the “Intention to Undertake Honours” form with your Apply Online application. 

  • Internal UNSW students in "embedded" programs (honours is a compulsory part of the program).

    Step 1: Attend honours information events for the schools/areas you are interested in applying for (if applicable). Decide which honours area you would like to apply for.  

    Step 2: Continue to consult with the school that offers honours in your chosen area. Some schools allocate students to honours projects, other schools require students to arrange their own projects.

    Step 3: Term 1 2023 Intention to undertake Honours in Science is now open! The application deadline is 15th November 2022. Late applications may be considered.

    Medical Science applicants, see note *1

    Note 1: All Medical Science students must fill out the SoMS Honours Application form and attach to the "Intention to Undertake Honours" form.