Bachelor of Science (Honours)

An honours degree is designed to give students a competitive advantage for employment, or to provide a first step in a research or academic career.

The Bachelor of Science Honours course provides an opportunity for students with a Bachelors degree to:

  • study a specific aspect of science in depth
  • gain experience and training in research techniques and principles
  • develop written and oral communication skills
  • work collaboratively on projects with industry and government partners.

The major component of this course is a two semester (full time) research project.

This research project can be done in a wide range of fields, including biology (e.g. aquaculture, biochemistry, botany, ecology, marine biology, molecular biology, zoology); biomedical science, nursing, midwifery, social work and other allied health areas; sports science; chemistry; GIS and remote sensing; and information technology.

See the list of recently completed projects for examples.

The other components of the course are course-work units designed to develop specific research skills, including the communication of research results.

The course can be done full-time or part-time and is available off-campus in external mode (depending upon the availability of projects and supervisors).

Many projects are available and some have scholarships.

Bachelor of Science Honours Graduates may be eligible to apply for a Higher Degree by Research. For more information on HDR study please visit the Office of Research and Innovation website here.

Course and Project Information

Staff at CDU, and associated research institutes, may have projects available which are not on the list above. People interested in enrolling in the course should browse the list of potential projects and also contact staff doing research in appropriate areas. The BSCIH course is coordinated through the School of Environment, with projects and supervisors from a range of disciplines across the Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment. Projects may be offered by staff in the following schools or institutes:

How to apply for admission in the Bachelor of Science Honours

  • Admission and course information: Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • General information: How do I apply for a course at CDU
  • To make an application: Go to the SATAC site. Students studying at Alice Springs should use the SATAC code 1BH007; students studying at Casuarina campus, or in external mode, should use the SATAC code 1BH004.
  • Prospective students need to identify both the general area of investigation for their research project and their supervisor when they apply for Honours.
  • Prospective students are encouraged to discuss their application with the Honours Course Coordinator
  • Consider applying for a BSCIH Scholarship

Information for Current BSCI Honours Students and Supervisors

  • The Bachelor of Science Honours Handbook has general information including applications, ethics, expenses, fieldwork, important dates, project proposals, course study plans and thesis presentation and submission.
  • Current students can refer to the timeline of assessment items and due dates
  • Supervisors and students should complete the Supervisory Agreement Form at the commencement of their course

Please contact the coordinator if you have other questions.
Bachelor of Science (Honours) coordinator:
Associate Professor Alison King
T: 08 8946 6754