Course summary

The Bachelor of Science with Honours is a challenging and rewarding year of full-time (or part-time equivalent) directed study, which is offered to those students who demonstrate a meritorious performance in their undergraduate studies.

The honours degree may be a completion point for those students who are seeking an opportunity to focus on an area of environmental, marine or forest science or management and improve their employment prospects. Alternatively, honours may provide a pathway into postgraduate studies.

Studying honours involves a close working relationship, and mutual responsibilities, between supervisor and student. Students are introduced to research methodology under the close supervision of a member of staff with expertise in the chosen area of study.

In the research component, students can apply their knowledge and technical abilities in a supervised research project and develop skills in: data acquisition, design experimentation, problem solving and critical thinking, project implementation, risk assessment and ethical approval process applications, and communicating research outcomes to various audiences.

Interested applicants need to contact the University to discuss their eligibility and to find a suitable honours supervisor for their proposed honours topic prior to lodging their application. 

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

Demonstrate cognitive and technical skills in scientific research.


Demonstrate imagination, initiative and enterprise in problem-solving

Respond creatively to intellectual, professional, environmental and social challenges

Ethical practice

Evaluate issues with reference to sound ethical frameworks and sustainability

Practice ethical enquiry and communication.

Knowledge of a discipline

Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in one or more scientific disciplines

Lifelong learning

Exercise autonomy in one's learning and responsibility in one's practice as a scholar and researcher.

Communication and social skills

Demonstrate written and verbal communication skills to present a clear and coherent exposition of a component of scientific research and the capacity to disseminate research findings in diverse contexts.

Create a thesis that demonstrates research and design skills, critical thinking, and judgement.

Cultural competence

Practice inclusive enquiry and communication.

Course overview

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Domestic duration

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

International duration

1 year full-time

Availability details


Location Session UAC code QTAC code
Lismore 1 N/A N/A
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour 1 N/A N/A
Online 1 N/A N/A

Domestic fees

Commonwealth supported


Location Session Annual Fees CRICOS
Lismore 1 $23,520 ($2,940 per unit) 085420K
National Marine Science Centre Coffs Harbour 1 085420K

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

Rules concerning Bachelors Degrees with Honours (where Honours is taken as a separate year) can be found under Rule 5 in the University’s Rules Relating to Awards.

The Honours course comprises a Proposal, a Major Study, a Minor Study and a Research Seminar. The Major Study may be taken in any topic area that suitable supervision can be provided.

The Minor Study will normally be taken from the topic of the Major Study. However, another topic may be chosen with approval of the Head of School. The Minor Study may also be substituted by prescribed coursework and examination with approval of the Head of School.

All units listed below must be successfully completed.

Course progressions

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment


Note 1: Double-weighted unit