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  • Specialise in your particular area of interest, acquiring knowledge and analytical skills you can apply throughout your career.
  • Opportunity to progress on to the PhD program.
  • Gain research and development skills with specialist facilities, laboratories, hardware and software.
  • Work with a supervisor to complete a research project in your field of study.
QUT course code ST10
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 1 year full-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 February, July
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Science and Engineering Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 080487J
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The Bachelor of Science (Honours) allows students to further develop specific areas of expertise in science by providing extended modern and rigorous training in science. It prepares students both for higher-level graduate careers in industry and government and for research at a PhD level or a Master if Philosophy.


Through a combination of research and advanced coursework units, students pursue specialised studies in an area of mutual interest with a personal research mentor/supervisor. Students will develop high level skills in a specific discipline area (biological science, earth science, environmental science, chemistry or physics) and acquire research skills appropriate to their discipline. Coursework units provide students the opportunity to develop much more advanced skills and knowledge compared with those built in the undergraduate course. Students will design and undertake experimental programs in either laboratory or field settings to solve complex problems. A research project allows students to demonstrate their advanced academic capability and culminates in the completion of an honours thesis.

Why choose this course?

The primary aim of the Bachelor of Science (Honours) course is to provide a strong and practical foundation both for research and professional employment in science. Advanced theory, professional training (where appropriate), and a research project that leads to a research paper or thesis are therefore incorporated within the course.

In addition to developing graduates' skills in knowledge and problem solving to an advanced level, the Bachelor of Science (Honours) program aims to equip graduates with well-developed skills in lifelong learning and a strong commitment to professional and ethical practice.

Career outcomes

Research, or graduate employment in industry or government.

Professional recognition

Membership in professional organisations is not specifically tied to the completion of an Honours degree as entry requirements are met by the completion of the bachelor degree.

Research pathways

Honours provides the key research pathway to postgraduate study. The program is designed to easily articulate into a Master of Philosophy or into a PhD (depending upon the level of honours attained).


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Science (Honours)

You must complete 96 credit points (8 units) from one of the following study areas:

  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics


Entry requirements

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Academic entry requirements

A completed recognised bachelor degree in science or equivalent with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 4.5 (on a 7-point scale), completed within the last five years.


Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2019: CSP $9,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: CSP $9,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

HECS-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan.

Find out if you're eligible for a HECS-HELP loan

Scholarships and financial support

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

View all postgraduate scholarships

You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Science (Honours)

You apply directly to QUT for all our postgraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Checked important dates.
  2. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  3. Checked course costs and if you're eligible for financial support
  4. Found a supervisor
  5. Discussed your options and developed your topic
  6. Written your research proposal
  7. Checked if you're eligible for credit for prior learning
  8. Collected supporting documents (see application form)

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

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